Last night, we could enjoy the view of October’s full moon, nicknamed the Harvest Moon. All the twelve full moons of the year have their own name, but this one holds a unique symbolism. Since it falls close to the equinox, it is known as a moment of change, marking the transition between seasons and the passage to cold and darkness.
The Harvest Moon is closest to the autumn equinox
It’s not obligatory for the Harvest Moon to fall in October. This name is given to all such events which fall closest to the autumn equinox, which occurs near the end of September. However, this year, October’s full moon was closer to the event than September’s. Traditionally, this month’s moon is known as The Hunter’s Moon, but a change marked this year.
The name dates back several centuries ago, when people didn’t have the technology we had today, and the full moon was of great help for them during harvests. As the autumn equinox approached, days got shorter and shorter, and darkness reigned over the fields. This means farmers had less time to gather their crops.
What’s the history of the Harvest Moon’s name?
However, when the Harvest Moon came, the fields were again showered in light, and they gained time to pick up all their crops right before the harsh weather came. Also, near this astronomical event, the skies grew less dark between sunset and moonrise. Therefore, farmers decided to honor this full moon and thank it for its precious help by giving it a special place in history.
Now, these myths no longer apply, but mystery and symbolism still surround the Harvest Moon. Given its position, it is easier to spot shortly after sunset. Sometimes, people find it bigger or tinted with a shade of orange but, in fact, it’s no different than other full moons. This appearance is given by its position closer to the horizon, but this mysticism revolves around it makes it look more magical.
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