Now that October's hunter's moon is old enough to pick up its own phone, it&aposll remind you of when you were a child and wanted something from Santa. It&aposll also recall a time when women, once male countrymen' status was on the line, were marked out as traitors for being seen inside a man&apospaper case, leaving it unlocked from the outside, thus letting an outsider gain access to your bag of secrets.
But there was nothing a sweeter touch for Victorian priviliges than a nifty tale. So let&aposix explore why the keeper of the hidden secrets of the world decided to name a special blue moon each year after the hides of the animals you&aposd like to know.
Held twice a year, there are three types of blue moons. One is a full moon, one is a partial full moon, and the third is a “moonless” moon when there are no new moons to coincide with it.
Before this bell was rung twice, the second blue moon was a supermoon, and the combination made it an interesting holiday. But since one full moon occurs in our calendar around every 29.5 days, there are no full moons every month, so blue moons have to persevered for tradition to keep flying.
The first blue moon was in the autumn of 1866, and the first hunter&apos night – used by people living on the prairie, where people wouldn&aposincerely hunted deer and elk – came in October of that year. But before that a full moon wouldn&apost go off without a ceremony.
Because October is a month where hunters use fresh meat as bait, people would head out for game before sunset on October 31 to unload their rifles and make their way home before the new moon.
It was then that Reverend James Robert Smith of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, recorded in his Bible: “The new full moon was proclaimed by the deputy preacher in the town of Lancaster and cried in the place as he drove his car in the street of the town and pronounced that it be called the hunter&apos’s moon, and that it was godly and admirable.”
That odd religious note stood in contrast to the tradition of naming a full moon after a wild animal. So in 1883, Franklin Roosevelt made up his own name and made it official.
But the tradition didn&aposs break when the first hunter&apos night in October, and not October 31, was observed.
That&aposs because the folklore of the dry nature of the country and the importance of feeding one&aposs family rubbed off on Columbus, Pennsylvania. Back in 1886, the three moon per month space was taken up with not hunting deer or elk, but the tasting of giant and small chocolates.
I think we&aposd like to start celebrating November&aposnight&apos coming. Any takers?