The Blood Moon of October
In this article I have quoted from other sites, as well as added my own knowledge.
I have been a practicing (and studying) follower of the Moon (I call myself a Mooner!) for about 25 years now. I've learned that scientific terms can get misused and then somehow, someone, declares the misuse to be fact - don't ask me how that works!
I've also learned that people tend to use terms in whatever way seems to tickle their fancy a the moment, and then, this too, somehow, becomes accepted as fact - what?!
Anyway, I have put together some bits and pieces from sites I feel somewhat comfortable with (speaking of accuracy) and some of my own learned information.
I honestly hope this makes things a little clearer :^)
"'Blood Moon' is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish color." The term "Blood Moon" is a sort of nickname given to the October full moon by the native americans and early settlers of this country.
"In October, we see the Blood Moon travel through the sky. This moon is also called the Shedding Moon or the Falling Leaf Moon, depending on where you live."
"The Full Moon in the month of October is also sometimes called a Blood Moon in many North American cultures. This name comes from the fact that October is usually when hunters spend time hunting game and preparing meat for the coming winter."
"Traditionally, this included hunting, slaughtering and preserving meats for use in the coming winter months."
"For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons."
"Other names (for the October full moon) are Hunter's Moon,Travel Moon and Dying Grass Moon. Some also called it Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon" - which also refers to the hunting season as it is defined as "blood-red". Another possible definition for sanguine is "optimistic" which I quite enjoy.
I guess the easiest way to state the fact is this - The Full Moon of October is called the Blood Moon because this is the time when blood was shed. The blood of animals was shed that many could store food for the coming cold months when food sources would be more scarce.
If people choose to keep referring to the eclipses as blood moons, well I can't stop them.
At least you (and anyone you choose to share this information with) now know the reason behind the name of the October full moon - The Blood Moon.