The Full Moon in October 2021 is called Hunter’s Moon. It marks the end of the harvest season and it brings a time to reflect on what you have accomplished during this cycle.
The Hunter’s Moon derives its name from the hunting that was done during this time of year. It’s the time of the rut for Deer and Elk (mating season), and game are currently well-nourished. This is the season of the hunt, preservation, and preparation for the icy cold days and nights ahead.
Every full moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed for people to reflect on each season and to contemplate how it affects us and the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came and you can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
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When is the Full moon in October 2021?
September, October, November’s Full Moons are a bit different than other months. Most Full Moon names coincide with the month they land in. However, the full moon that is closest to the Autumn Equinox is considered the Harvest Moon and the next Moon that follows is the Hunter Moon. Typically the Harvest Moon lands in September, but occasionally it lands in October (about every 3-4 years).
In 2021, October’s Full Moon is called the Hunter’s Moon and occurs on October 20th and reaches its peak at 10:57 a.m. EST.
October Harvest or Hunter Full Moon Spiritual Meaning
Whether you’re celebrating the Harvest Moon or Hunter Moon in October, the spiritual meaning is focused on internal work and self-reflection. So begins the dark half of the year. Accept and welcome the darkness with open arms and spirit.
It’s a moment to look back in history to our ancestors and the lessons they can teach us. Before industrialism, people focused on harvesting and preparing for the coming of Winter. Failure to do so meant facing one’s own death or mortality.
It’s a wonderful time for gratitude and appreciation for what Nature has given us. You can feel the magical energy in the air right now as the veil grows thin and the ability to communicate with our ancestors or loved one’s increases. It’s an opportunity for spiritual growth and goal setting.
In Old England, the month was called Winmonath, which means “wine month,” for this was the time of year when wine was made. The English also called it Winterfylleth, or “Winter Full Moon.” They considered this full Moon to be the start of winter. In weather lore, we note, “If October brings heavy frosts and winds, then will January and February be mild.”The Old Farmer’s Almanac
October Full Moon Alternative Names
- Blood Moon
- Hunting Moon
- Leaf Falling Moon
- Moon the Birds Fly South
- Moon When the Wind Shakes Off Leaves
- Rutting Moon
- Changing Season Moon
Many names for the full Moon are culturally based and are not arbitrarily given. The full Moon for October is typically referred to as the Harvest or Hunter’s Moon.
For the Chinese, this is the Kindly Moon or Chrysanthemum Moon, while in medival England this was the Blood Moon.Riddle, Bob – Moon Phases
For a list of even more Native American Moon names check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.
October Full Moon Correspondences
The Hunter Full Moon spiritual meaning can be a potent time for magic and rituals, as well as a beautiful time of inward growth and reflection. Here are some correspondences and intentions to help get you started!
Hunter Moon Spiritual Meaning And Intentions
- Divination work (Tarot, Scrying, Runes, Oujia, Pendulum boards, Celtic Oghams, etc)
- Psychic messages
- Shadow work
- Psychopomps (Greek – a spirit, human, or being who guides souls that have recently crossed over. They help them transition into the afterlife from the mortal realm. I listed a few examples below)
- Ancestors or loved ones
- Hermes (Greek)
- Anubis (Egyptian)
- Aurora Borealis (Inuits)
- Shiva (Hindu)
- Azrael (Islam)
- Anito (Filipino)
- Arch Angel
- Grim Reaper
- Ruby Red
- Dark Purple
- Burnt Orange
- Deep Navy Blue
- Black Tourmaline
Full Hunter Moon Journal Prompts
- What do you know about your ancestors, heritage, and family tree? What would you like to learn more about?
- Create a mini bucket list and include how you’d like to celebrate October, Samhain, Halloween.
- What lessons do you think your ancestors would want you to have learned?
- What were some “seeds” that you planted this last Spring and Summer? How did you help them to grow over the last few months? Are you able to reap the rewards of what you have sewn? What could you have done differently? How can you do better next year?
- Imagine you’re in the last stages of your life. What memories do you hope to have? What values and stories do you hope are told about you when you’re gone?
How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas For The Full Hunter Moon
Here are a few Hunter full moon rituals, intentions, and magical ideas to help you celebrate October’s full moon
Prepare for Winter / Yule
Not only is this a lovely season for preserving our harvest for the Winter days ahead, but it can also be an amazing time to snuggle up and work on some DIY projects. There are many ways you can do this to honor the Harvest or Hunter Moon spiritual meaning.
Canning and food preservation is a great way to connect and mimic what our ancestors would have practiced in pre-industrialized times. You can also start preparing for Yule, Winter Solstice, or Christmas by hand-making items to give away as gifts or use for decorations. Maybe start crafting your Winter Solstice Yule Log!
Try making vanilla extract to give to friends, family, and neighbors. You can also make an extract by using the herbs from your garden (mint, lemon balm, etc) or dry them and give them away as tea! Start making homemade soaps or candles. You can knit blankets, beanies, socks, sweaters, etc. Anything you can start preparing now will add some more relaxation and enjoyment once December rolls around.
Grimoire, Journaling, or Wiccan Book of Shadows
Now is the season for deep internal work and journaling or working in your grimoire can be really beneficial. Don’t be afraid to look into that darkness inside of you and figure out what it wants to show you about who you are!
No judgment, be as kind to yourself as you would a loved one! There is so much happiness and magick to be found in the darkness and gloom.
You can add celebration ideas, rituals, shadow work journaling prompts, or correspondences to your Grimoire, spiritual journal, or Wiccan Book of Shadows as well!
If you’d like to know more about creating your own you can check out What’s the Difference Between a Grimoire and Book of Shadows and also includes An Ultimate List of Ideas you can put into your book of magic and answers to frequently asked questions!
Embrace The Season
The veil thins in October take some time to contemplate the natural cycle of life. Observe how Nature dies externally each season to rest and prepare for the light and growth of next Spring.
Visit a local cemetery. Bring fresh flowers to place on graves you connect with or who might need a bit of love. Read each headstone and imagine who they were and what they cared about in life.
Since the veil thins the closer we get to Samhain or Halloween it increases the opportunity to spot Fae! Learn more about how to incorporate Fae mythology origins or different types of Fae into your spiritual practice.
The October and the harvest season is traditionally a time for protection magic as well. You’ll see this rooted in the history of pumpkin and turnip carving to guard the home and people from sinister or evil spirits. Draw or design your pumpkins with sigils, bind runes, symbols, or spiritual meanings you’re drawn to like sacred geometry or the pentagram.
Embrace all things October: Halloween or Samhain decorations, pumpkin spice everything, cozy blankets, bonfires, or whatever your heart and spirit connect to! Have fun, be free of judgment, and celebrate this wonderful season.
October is an amazing season to meditate beneath the moon. Place a picnic blanket in your yard and put on some headphones.
Play some relaxing music that will help quiet your mind or binaural beats that will help you align with your goals and intentions. You could also try playing some positive affirmation songs to help with manifestation.
You can do this on a balcony as well, or even just sitting next to a window and soaking in the moonlight.
Honor and Connect With Your Ancestors
Go through old photo albums and find ways to display or chronicle family photos. Connect with places like Ancestry.com to discover more in-depth information on your family’s history.
Do you have anything that has been passed down to you that you can add to your household decor or place on your altar? Speak to your family elders to hear stories and learn more about your heritage. Contemplate how you can connect with traditions your ancestors celebrated.
You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- How To Make Moon Water
- 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Snow Moon Guided Mediation
- March Full Worm Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- April Full Pink Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- July Full Buck Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- November Full Hunter or Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
- December Full Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
I hope you all found this helpful!! Enjoy October’s Full Hunter Moon spiritual meaning and remember as always…..