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Hunter's Moon and the grace of a season

The moon lights the night
Carol Gibson

Hunter's Moon is one of two of the brightest Full Moons of the year. Mark the October calendar for Monday the twenty-ninth, wear something warm and see a beautiful moonscape.

Hunter’s Moon annual celebrations take place around the world as a meaningful tradition. Historically, these celebrations had a slightly different meaning back in earlier times. The Hunter's Moon is a demarcation that had a lot to do with survival and gratitude.

The generally overcast nature of this time of year, gives intermittent obscurity to the Hunter. When the moonlight pops out of an opening between passing clouds, the element of surprise is granted to the hunter. Often, night time brings a mist that helps too.

First of all, the focus of gratitude goes to the abundance of the crops that have been harvested. Sometimes the harvesting work goes on into the night, and the bright Harvest Moon of September is the first phase of preparation for winter. This bright and full moon allows for extra hours to accomplish a larger than life task. The Harvest moon goes hand in hand with gathering and storing life giving sustenance. It will bring survival through a cold and sparse winter.

October’s Hunter’s Moon is used for game hunting. What the hunters capture equals survival. Considering this viewpoint, it's easy to comprehend why the Hunter's Moon is still observed and revered by contemporary people.

Parades and gatherings may feature Native American Ceremonies and dancing. Mini parades of the original uniformed armies of the local governments of an olden day bring the real meaning of survival to be known and recognized.

After cold sets in at the end of the season hunters know that animals cease to roam and graze. Each passing day makes it harder for the hunters to gather, prepare, and insure survival needs that will take them through the harsh winds, snow and bitter cold of winter.

Following the Harvest Moon of the previous month, the days begin to get shorter making the Hunter's Moon crucial and a marker for the tough jobs at hand.

The hunt must take place before the animals go into hibernation, and while the Moon is at its brightest. When the Hunter's Moon is at its brightest, there’s a be-in-the-moment grace to the last precious moments that contribute to the existence of our ancestors. Our gratitude of predecessors becomes a theme leading into November’s holiday of thankfulness. The celestial surround blends with primitive survival and ultimately with gratitude expressed for our own life because of the work our ancestors performed.


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