The Full Hunter's Moon
The Full Hunter's Moon
January 1, 2019
When is the full Hunter’s Moon 2019—and what does this mean? Plus, find your Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!
Moon Phases for October 2019
See all Moon phase dates and times (EDT) below.
|First Quarter: October 5, 12:47 P.M.|
|Full Moon: October 13, 5:08 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: October 21, 8:39 A.M.|
|New Moon: October 27, 11:38 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
The Hunter’s Moon Meaning
The Algonquin Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon because time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Since the harvesters have reaped the fields, hunters can easily see the fattened deer and other animals that have come out to glean (and the foxes that have come out to prey on them).
The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1710. Some sources suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either associated with the blood from with hunting or the turning of the leaves in autumn. Other Native American tribes, who tied the full Moon names to the season’s activities, called the full Moon the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”
This full Moon is called Kartik Purnima in India, and it is a sacred festival celebrated all over India. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali—the festival of lights of the gods.
Image: Moonrise over the Syr Darya river, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
In lunisolar calendars, the months change with the new Moon and full Moons fall in the middle of the lunar month. This full Moon falls near the middle of the ninth month in the Chinese calendar and Marcheshvan in the Hebrew calendar. In the Islamic calendar, the months start with the first sighting of the waxing crescent Moon a few days after the New Moon. This full Moon is near the middle of Safar, the second month of the Islamic year.
What is Special About the Full Hunter’s Moon?
Most of our monthly Moon names come from Native American and early American folklore. However, the Full Hunter’s Moon is one of two Moons that is a longstanding astronomical term.
Specifically, the Hunter’s Moon is always the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon (which is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox).
The Hunter’s Moon rises right around sunset—and sets around sunrise. It’s the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.
Because the Hunter’s Moon rises around sunset near the horizon, it may appear bigger and more orange than your typical Moon. However, this is just the “Moon Illusion.”
Want to know the exact moonrise in your location? Check out the Almanac’s custom Moonrise and Moonset Calendar.
October Full Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in October 2019
Below are some of the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.
Aboveground crops: 4, 5, 6
Belowground crops: 14, 15, 16
- Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
- Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
- A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.