The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon. The full moon on October 18-19 is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon. If you’re prone to tilt your head and howl at the moon, like the great hunters the coyotes, October 18 will be the only night this month when the moon will be visible in the sky all night long. Just be mindful of the neighbors when you howl!
As for Halloween night, the moon, if visible at all will be just a thin sliver, adding to the mystery of the night.
To the Native Americans full moons were a way to keep track of the seasons and make appropriate preparations for survival. Besides, with falling leaves and the fattening of wild game, also preparing for winter, who could argue that this month’s moon signaled a good time to go hunting.
As the moon rises in the east at dusk (Friday, October 18) in the continental United States, the lunar disk will be partially covered over by the Earth’s faint penumbral shadow. But you’re very unlikely to notice any shading at all on the moon’s surface. Europe and Africa will be in a better position to see the subtle penumbral eclipse because the lunar eclipse takes place at late night (instead of evening or morning twilight). For the most of Asia, the moon will be in eclipse as its sets at sunrise tomorrow (Saturday, October 19). Be forewarned. The moon does not dip into the Earth’s dark umbral shadow during this eclipse, so – at best – the partial penumbral eclipse may be seen as a slight shading of the moon’s southern limb.
Some say it is unlucky to sleep in the light of the moonlight, but I disagree. I relish it. I imagine that I am drawing down her beauty and energy to store it and draw upon as needed.
The full moon is always a good time to pray, have ceremonies, and be reminded of the continuation of life. Enjoy my friends.