Full Moon in October 2021

Watch for the Hunter's Moon!

October 19, 2021
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October’s full Moon appears on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Learn how the Hunter’s Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

When to See the Full Moon in October 2021

The Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 10:57 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 20. It will be below the horizon at this time, so we’ll have to wait until sunset to watch it take its place in the sky. Like September’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights in a row, so start looking for it on Tuesday, October 19!

As the Moon drifts over the horizon around sunset, it may appear larger and more orange—how perfect for the fall season! But don’t be fooled by the “Moon Illusion,” which makes the Moon appear bigger than it really is.

→ Want to know the exact time of moonrise in your location? Check out our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator!

A buck carrying the full moon in his antlers.
An elk holds the Moon in his antlers. Credit: Gallinago/Shutterstock.

The Harvest, the Hunter, and the Equinox

For decades, the Almanac has referenced the monthly full Moons with names tied to early Native American, Colonial American, and European folklore. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred and through all of the Moon’s phases—not only the full Moon.

The Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon are unique in that they are not directly related to this folklore, nor necessarily restricted to a single month. Instead, they are tied to an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox!

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon which occurs nearest to the date of the autumnal equinox (September 22, 2021). This means that either September or October’s full Moon may take on the name “Harvest Moon” instead of its traditional name. Similarly, the Hunter’s Moon is the first full Moon to follow the Harvest Moon, meaning that it can occur in either October or November.

This year, the Harvest Moon occurred on September 20, so the Hunter’s Moon will follow it one lunar cylce later, on October 20.

Why Is It Called the Hunter’s Moon?

It is believed that this full Moon came to be called the full Hunter’s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps (as well as the foxes and wolves that had 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 hunting or the color of the changing autumn leaves. 

Alternative October Moon Names

The names of the Moon are most often related to natural signs of the season or to activities that were done at this time of year. Some of our favorites include:

  • Drying Rice Moon, a Dakota name, describes part of the post-harvest process of preparing rice for winter.
  • Falling Leaves Moon is an Anishinaabe term that highlights the transition between summer and fall.
  • Freezing Moon (Ojibwe) and Ice Moon (Haida) refer to the increasingly cold temperatures of this period.
  • Migrating Moon (Cree) refers to the time when birds begin to fly south to warmer climates.

Read more about Full Moon names and meanings.

Moon Phases for October 2021

See all Moon phase dates and times (in Eastern Daylight Time) below. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your location and time zone.

Moon Phases for October 2021

New Moon: October 6, 7:05 A.M. EDT
First Quarter: October 12, 11:27 P.M. EDT
Full Moon: October 20, 10:57 A.M. EDT
Last Quarter: October 28, 4:06 P.M. EDT

When is the next full Moon? Consult our Full Moon Calendar to find out!

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 2021

Below are some of the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.

For Harvesting

Aboveground crops: 12, 13

Belowground crops: 3, 4, 31

For Setting Eggs

14, 15, 22, 23

For Fishing

6–20

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Folklore

  • 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.

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Ready for Halloween

A full moon on Halloween + it being on a Saturday = Awesomeness

hunters moon picts from Cayucos, Calif.

Have some great .jpg picts of this mornings (10/24/18/06:00hrs.) hunters moon & reflection off the pacific Ocean in Calif. Can't find a way to attach them for all to enjoy.
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Thank you for this. I love farmer's almanac and glad to be here.

Getting pregnant

What date in October is the best to get pregnant

vaccinations

I just wanted to check and see when the best dates are for getting the flu vaccine in October!

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First full moon on or before October 31st

The first full moon on or before October 31st is the Witches moon. This night is when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest and you can receive prophecy if you are of a lineaged bloodline.
If you live in a place or area that is haunted, or if you work in a place where someone has passed, if a ghost wants to materialize, this night will be when it will happen.

moonlight Jesus

Just a wonderful reminder of Gods Glorious shining light, reflecting off of wherever it wills, and as the case was last night, I saw the whitest clouds ever against a crisp navy blue galaxy, I was so in awe, and I could finally see so clearly, I have never had this much peace, I felt I was looking right into God's domain.

The beautiful night sky

Know what you mean Moonlight Jesus. I am from Chicago and the sky here last night was just as you described. It was a beautiful Fall evening.

october moon

your god has nothing to do with nature on this planet or the moon , stars , sun and the universe...

October Moon

God has all to do with His universe. He is the one who spoke the universe and all everything in it into existence.
Psalms 148: 3 & 5-Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Verse 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he
commanded, and they were created.

Yep, He controls everything

Yep, He controls everything in the universe. Including starvation, cancer in children, and don't forget Lucifer, the first angel He created.

You misunderstood. He

You misunderstood. He created, He does not control. We all have free will. He created our souls, not our bodies or our dna. We can thank Mom and Dad for that.

Mark Comment

How the Hell do You know about Her God and secondly that's just Your opinion.

Aren't these comments just

Aren't these comments just the greatest? Lol

shall i do property registration on full moon day oct 27

I plan to register my home on oct 27 full moon day. My rasi is magaram and naksathram uthradam. is it advisable ?

Would one to have a calendar

Would one to have a calendar for Austin Texas as far as the moons go

best time for neck surgery

best time for neck surgery this month

total eclipse

The total eclipse happens with the super moon on Sept. 27th, not the Hunter's Moon in October. Check your own facts. The link "eclipses" shows the correct information.

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P. S. Which makes this Sunday's moon a blood moon!

I was born on a full moon,

I was born on a full moon, and am in my mid 40s now. It is not an easy position to carry through one's life. Astrologically, your emotional expression and means of feeling, and your basic ego/self are always in opposition. The sun does cast light which illuminates, and the moon has no light of her own so does benefit from the sun's, of course. So my ego and sense of self informs my emotional state. I have ended up fairly neurotic as a result. Just something to bear in mind.

It may seem very romantic and magical, and it definitely has beauty of its own inherent, but it is a very difficult placement speaking from experience. The moon also represents the mother in astrological terms, and one might wish to be cognisant of this. My Aries moon does reflect my (non) relationship with her and the difficulties that I had to face, represented in this position. I think a Taurus moon is better in a lot of ways. And others, dependent upon what the rest of the sky is up to.

I do add the caveat, vive la difference. Long live diversity. It's a hard enough world already though. May as well find whatever advantage we can.

I was born on a full moon and

I was born on a full moon and my moon is in Aries as well; however my experience is not the same as yours. Both my children were born on a full moon and though we all have high energy levels on the regular basis- I do not think it determines our state of mind on the day to day basis. When the moon is full, I have noticed that we are all affected more than most people but I think that the astrological sign that the moon is occupying has more of an influence on us rather than a permanent impact of being born on a full moon.

Hi, My Estimated Delivery

Hi,

My Estimated Delivery date is 9th Oct 2014. However could you please let me know which will be the best date to deliver in the month of October? In my case, mostly it will be a C-section. (That's what doctors say)

Thanks,
Lasitha

The best day to deliver your

The best day to deliver your baby is TODAY

What is the significance of

What is the significance of being born under a full moon and how can i find out what moon phase was in november 21st 1982 my mother believes the alighnment of the stars and moon and planets are a part of who were are when we enter this life

To find out what Moon phase

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To find out what Moon phase was on a particular date from 1970 to 2037, you can use our Moon Phases and Lunar Calendar at:
http://www.almanac.com/moon/ca...
Just put in the zip or postal code to tailor the data to your location (Moon phase date is dependent on local time, and sometimes the date will change depending on what time zone you are in.)
It looks like November 21, 1982, was 2 days before First Quarter (so it was a waxing crescent Moon).
As for the significance of being born under a full Moon astrologically speaking, the answer can get a little lengthy, depending on how many other factors you are considering, too. We'd suggest that you post your question on our Astrology and Signs Forum. Someone there would probably be able to help answer your question.
http://www.almanac.com/forums/...
Or, you can search online for "full Moon," "astrology," "significance," and "born" and you'll see several astrology sites that may help.

How can I find out if my

How can I find out if my husband was born on a full moon night. He is fascinated by the moon and I wonder if he was born under a full moon.

http://www.fullmoon.info/en/f

http://www.fullmoon.info/en/fu...

I looked mine up. This site chronicles from 1900-2050

It does conflict with the FA

It does conflict with the FA though. It says the Oct. full moon is on the 19th. While the FA says the 18th.

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