The October Blood Moon Wants You to Put Energy Into Your Relationships
In astrology, full moons tend to signify a highly emotional time. It's when we're prompted to close out chapters in our lives, and typically marks a time for change in general. But blood full moons? These uncommon astronomical events tend to be even more intense.
On Oct. 28, the only full blood moon of 2023 will rise in headstrong Taurus, bringing fierce shifts that can cause rifts in our sense of security as we try to keep a fair balance between our hearts and our minds. This moment is all about finding the confidence to get our needs met and getting out of our comfort zones. Plus, it wouldn't truly feel like Halloween without a spooky lunar eclipse right?
If you're curious what this October 2023 full blood moon will bring for you, Imani Quinn, astrologer and author of "Astrology SOS," explains the spiritual meaning and how the full blood moon of 2023 will affect every zodiac signs. Prepare accordingly.
Why Is It Called the Blood Moon?
October's full moon falls around the same time of year when hunters historically were prompted to forage for food to prepare for winter, per the Old Farmer's Almanac. In turn, this gave the full moon the nickname October full blood moon. "Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the harvest moon [in September], hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps," the almanac reads. This lunation also goes by "full hunter's moon" and "drying rice moon" in indigenous cultures.
When Is the Blood Moon in 2023?
The October 2023 full blood moon peaks on October 28, 2023.
What Sign Is the Blood Moon in October?
October's full blood moon is in Taurus.
What Is the Spiritual Meaning of the Blood Moon?
Just as this lunation prepares us for the bitter frosts of winter, you can think of October's full moon as a time for emotional catharsis. That's because this lunation also happens to be a partial lunar eclipse, which emphasizes the need to purge all the things that are holding you back from unlocking your true potential. "Spiritually, the hunter's moon is a great time to continue ritual from the fall equinox in September and prepare for winter," Quinn tells POPSUGAR.
In astrology, Taurus is associated with material comforts, security, and self-worth. "Taurus energy is inviting us to get grounded and to enjoy the luxury of our home and what it is that makes us feel good," Quinn explains. But when a pesky eclipse is part of the equation (and an intense standoff with Pluto) we're likely to spill all ugly truths as we find the power to demand alignment with our higher selves. That said, this lunation is perfect for releasing burdens and surrendering to the unpredictable waters ahead. "Make sure you are finding ways to nurture and feed your soul through the process as a Taurus would do," says Quinn.
What Does the Blood Moon Mean for Every Zodiac Sign?
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Be extra cautious of your finances right now, Aries, and don't be afraid to ask for guidance. "Also be open to unexpected gifts! This is the time that they could come in a windfall," says Quinn.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Don't give into imposter syndrome, Taurus. You might feel at a standstill in your growth, but stay true to who you are. Quinn says to find faith that you're aligned with your highest path.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Expect to clear-up some confusion right now, Gemini. Per Quinn, this lunation is a test of your faith and spiritual beliefs, so take a look at your shadow qualities, "as they will be your guiding light to your own expansion," adds Quinn.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
It's OK to step back and think about how to be a better friend, Cancer. Conflict in your social group could reveal outgrown friendships, says Quinn, "Those that are meant to stay in your life will, and those that came for a season will make their departure," she adds.
Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
This lunation is bringing major professional attunement, Leo. You're feeling super uplifted by the recognition, but Quinn says to revel in success responsibly. "Anything that is done out of ego won't stand through this moon phase and partial eclipse," Quinn says.
Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)
Virgo, this time is all about finding peace in the chaos and surrendering to the unknown. The twists and turns of this eclipse are giving you the opportunity to grow, per Quinn, so allow yourself to expand.
Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)
You're due for major changes right now, Libra. This lunation is urging you to toss out old habits, relationships, and other burdens. "How can you let transformation be a place of pleasure," Quinn asks. Lean into your prowess.
Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
Your relationships are shifting, Scorpio, and revelations may come up that may help you decide which ones are worth saving. Quinn says this is a moment to think about whether your loyalty is just as sacred to you as the company you keep.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
Overdue for self-care, Sagittarius? This is a perfect moment to hide out from the eclipse drama to focus on being present and bringing awareness to your wellness, explains Quinn.
Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
Enjoy the simple pleasures, Capricorn! Quinn says this lunation urges you to combat your worries with your creative side.
Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
Don't let vulnerability scare you, Aquarius. Gentle reflection and self-compassion are on the agenda for this lunation, and Quinn says this is the perfect time to look inward for support.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Having boundaries is a super strength, Pisces. Per Quinn, this is a powerful moment to voice what's been weighing on your heart, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Say what needs to be said with confidence.
When Is the Next Blood Moon?
The next blood moon is Oct. 17, 2024. The full moon following the October 2023 blood moon is November 27, 2023.
— Additional reporting by Hedy Phillips