The next full moon occurs on October 28, 2023. When the moon peaks, it may appear orange, perfect for a spooky evening that falls just a few days before Halloween. Read on to get the most out of the next full moon, and make sure you don’t miss it.
What Is a Full Moon?
The moon appears in eight phases in the night sky, with a full moon occurring roughly once a month. The moon’s phases are determined by its position relative to the Earth and Sun. The moon does not change shape—instead, our view of it changes.
The moon reflects light from the Sun. Our view of the illuminated part of the moon depends on where the Moon is in its orbit around Earth, writes Nasa Space Place. Therefore, a full moon occurs when we have a full view of the completely illuminated side of the moon.
The eight phases of the moon are:
- Waxing crescent
- First quarter
- Waxing gibbous
- Waning gibbous
- Third quarter
- Waning crescent
What Is the Name of the Full Moon on October 28, 2023?
The full moon on October 28, 2023, is called the Hunter’s Moon. The moon will take its place in the sky around sunset and reach its peak illumination at 4:24 P.M. Eastern Time, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
This year, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights, so you can start looking for it the night before its peak.
The earlier recorded use of the term “Hunter’s Moon” dates back to 1710, when it was cited in the Old Oxford Dictionary. It is believed that the October full moon earned this name because it served as a signal to prepare for winter by going hunting.
Animals were especially plump during this time, and fields cleared under the Harvest Moon made spotting deer and other game easier. Foxes and other creatures also emerged to do some hunting of their own.
Other Names for the Hunter’s Moon
Some sources call the Hunter’s Moon the Sanguine or Blood Moon. This name may refer to the blood of hunting or the autumn colors in the leaves. Indigenous cultures also have several different names for the Harvest Moon. They are as follows:
|Drying Rice Moon
|Falling Leaves Moon
When Was the Last Full Moon on October 28?
The last full moon that fell on October 28 occurred in 2004. The next full moon will fall on October 28, which takes place in 2042. This is because the Metonic Cycle causes the moon to fall on the same date once every 19 years. However, the recurrence is not perfect.
The October Hunter’s Moon most commonly lies in front of Pisces’s constellation, as it did last year and will next year, writes EarthSky. Traits that characterize Pisces include compassion, romance, creativity, and empathy.
This year, however, the October Hunter’s Moon lands in Aries, the Ram. Aries is characterized by passion, confidence, and determination. On rare occasions, the Hunter’s Moon occurs in Cetus, the Whale.
How the Hunter’s Moon Might Affect the Zodiac Signs
A partial lunar eclipse and a full moon occur on October 28, 2023. According to Cafe Astrology, this eclipse is a final push to resolve issues, find a balance, learn a lesson, and move on. The eclipse will especially affect the Fixed Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
A Hunter’s Moon affects each of the 12 Zodiac signs differently. However, on October 28, 2023, Taurus’ earthy steadiness will offset Scorpio’s intensity, bringing positive outcomes for all the Zodiacs, predicts Lifestyle Asia.
The Harvest Moon is ideal for outdoor activities like hunting and camping. Sagitarrius, in particular, is the most outdoorsy sign and may benefit from a long hike or walk. The moon will also promote stability in each of the signs. It’s important not to be stubborn during this period, and Taurus may benefit from being more flexible.
How to Celebrate the Full Moon
Each full moon provides an ideal time to tune into nature and spirituality. Many rituals and practices are associated with the full moon, but you can take a break and connect with the world around you any way you see fit.
Luna & Soul suggests cleansing your space with sage to eliminate negative energy. You can also try meditating, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
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