Friday, October 06, 2006

The Full Hunter's Moon of October

October's full moon rises high over windswept trees, fallen leaves and newly stubbled fields, places which always seem spooky, deserted and bereft of life in the pale moonlight and the cold air.

Now and then geese pass singing across the October moon as they travel to and fro between the cornfields and the river. There is soft rustling in the hedgerows from the deer who are venturing out to graze in the fields and sample the apples in our abandoned orchard. Across the road the coyotes are giving voice to their pleasure and somewhere behind me in the darkness, a small pack of timber wolves is moving into position on the hill and will answer the coyotes with a joyful song of their own.

I am wrapped up in my warmest shawl and holding a mug of tea this evening, watching, listening and loving this old October moon, which is the tenth moon of the turning year. Perhaps I shall add my voice to the wild chorus and sing along.

We also know this moon as:

Acorns Cached Moon, Banksia Moon, Big Chestnut Moon, Blackberry Moon, Blood Moon, Calendula Moon, Changing Season Moon, Chrysanthemum Moon, Corn Ripening Moon, Drying Grass Moon, Falling Leaves Moon, Harvest Moon, Ivy Moon, Joins Both Sides Moon, Kantlos Moon, Kindly Moon, Leaf Dancing Moon, Leaf Falling Moon, Leaves Change Color Moon, Maple Moon, Michaelmas Daisy Moon, Middle Finger Moon, Moon of Acorn Gathering, Moon of Changing Seasons, Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of Long Hair, Moon of Poverty, Moon of First Frost, Moon That Turns the Leaves White, Moon When Birds Fly South, Moon When Deer Rut, Moon When Quilling and Beading Are Done, Moon When the Corn Is Taken in, Moon When the Geese Leave, Moon When the Water Begins to Freeze on Streams, Moon When They Store Food in Caches, Moon of Winds and Frost, Nut Moon, Pekelanew Moon, Raking Moon, Samhain Moon, Shedding Moon, Small Trees Freeze Moon, Song Moon, Striped Gopher Looks Back Moon, Strong Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Tenth moon, Travel in Canoes Moon, Trees Felled by Fire at Butt Moon, Trout Moon, Turkey Moon, Wait until I Come Moon, White Frost on Grass & Ground Moon, Wilted Moon, Vintage Moon, Wine Moon, Winter Coming Moon


Jane said...

The October moon is one that beckons from me a sense of longing as well as anticipation.

Perhaps, I shall add my voice to yours. . .

Lovely site.

Wishing you all things autumnal,

Val said...

A beautiful moon here too, in a clear sky. We've just driven back down to the valley from some friends hill top house, and we really didnt need the headlights. So bright she is.

harmonyinline said...

Beautiful picture and an enchanting post reading it makes me want to join you in wraping up in my shawl with a cup of tea

silverlight said...
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silverlight said...

Beautiful photo and words.
Until I found your blog, I did not fully realize there is such a variety of names for Lady Moon.