Ephemera: 16 October 2016 & More: Last Full Moon Of Autumn


Yes, another full moon is about the grace the sky. There will be a full moon on Sunday, 16 October 2016: This full moon, located in the constellation of Aries, is known as the Harvest moon to ancient and latter-day Celts, and the Blood moon to those of old medieval England, and others.

‘The sky is studded with the crystal light of stars and the moon casts mint light over the fields.’ John O’Donohue.

Lunar details: Because this full moon will be slightly closer to the Earth than many of its recent orbits, it will appear slightly larger the usual (and more so if you see it closer to the horizon – this is called the Ebbinghaus illusion). Some would dub this full moon a ‘supermoon’ because it is slightly closer to the Earth (but definitions of what constitutes a supermoon vary). Maybe calling this full moon ‘almost a supermoon’ is, probably, more accurate – but it’s a natural phenomena and happens several times a year, so there’s no need for alarm. Just enjoy the spectacle.

Have you noticed the air temperature dropping, especially late evening to the early morning as we move toward the end of autumn. Indeed, this is the last full moon of the autumn (as the season of winter starts at the end of the month).

‘And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growin’ brown and golden under a sinkin’ sun.’ Roy Bean

This full moon will be near a bright star: Omicron Piscium also known as Torcularis septentrionalis, which is 142 light years away (according to Wikipedia, though others place it at 250-260 light years away). In Chinese, it’s known as 右更 (Yòu Gèng), meaning Official in Charge of the Pasturing.

‘The moon has become a dancer at this festival of Love.’ Rumi

On this day: 16 October: Angela Lansbury, English-American actress, singer, and producer, was born (1925) – I really do like her a lot, especially in ‘Murder, She Wrote’; Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II (1978); Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1984); The Skye Bridge was opened (1995); and 16 October is also World Anaesthesia Day, commemorating the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia in 1846.

‘The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.’ Shannon L Alder

Suggestions(s): Many use full moons as a time of release, and use ritual, too. So, how about (1) using this time of the full moon to reflect and see if anything is holding you back, personally, and releasing it. And, (2) maybe use the Caim this time  – see here – as a power ritual to lift up and bless the American people, especially as they draw ever closer to the time of the presidential election.

3 thoughts on “Ephemera: 16 October 2016 & More: Last Full Moon Of Autumn

  1. Tadhg, across the Pond and on the west coast we are in the midst of a trilogy of storms, so brother if you can maybe you can photograph it and Post it for us who will be under the vial of storm clouds…..hmm.


    • Oh,I feel for you with those storms. I’ll do my best to take a full moon photo on Sunday evening and post it.

      I should point out that the skies over the UK can be cloudy at the best of times (though spring and winter are good times for clear skies – I’m an amateur astronomer), but about this time of the year in the UK, when the seasons are transitioning, it, too, can lead to (small) storms and cloudy skies. But…’fingers crossed….’


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