Hunter’s Moon 2021: when is it, how to see it and how might it affect me?

A full moon in the sky
The full moon is nearly upon us (Picture: Getty)

For people who love the moon, star-gazing and other astronomical occurrences, it’s nearly time for the tenth full moon of 2021.

The October full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, is so named as it came to signify the ideal time for hunting game as people planned for the cold months ahead.

When is the Hunter’s moon?

When is the October full moon?

The upcoming October full moon – the Hunter’s Moon – will fall on Wednesday, October 20.

In the UK, it’s expected to be most visible at around 3:56pm (because seeing the moon during the day actually isn’t that uncommon, despite seeming odd).

England, London, South Bank, London Eye at dusk
You’ll be able to see the Hunter’s moon in the daytime here in the UK, when it hits its peak (Picture: Getty)

When is the next full moon?

The next full moon will be the Beaver Moon on November 19.

It gets its name as beavers typically start building dams for the winter months in November.

The November full moon is sometimes known as the Frost Moon as winter frosts historically began to take their toll during this time.

This year, the Beaver Moon will coincide with a partial lunar eclipse, otherwise known as a Half Blood Moon.

How the full moon might affect your body

For generations, many have suggested that the moon has power over us mere mortals – after all, if the lunar cycle can affect the tides, why not us?

The Organic Pharmacy has looked at what the October full moon might mean for us, from our sleep patterns to headaches.

Five possible effects of the Hunter’s Moon include:

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Issues with your immune system
  • ‘Moon migraines’
  • Increased appetite
  • Kidney pains

Some of these are connected. For example, any issues with your immune system are thought to be connected to a lack of sleep.

Person covering their face with pillow
A lot of the potential effects of the full moon come down to disturbed sleep (Picture: Getty)

According to a study published in the medical journal, Current Biology, there has been a link found between sleep and the full moon. Participants of the study found it harder to fall asleep, spent less time in a deep sleep, and slept for around 20 minutes less during the period of a full moon.

A lack of sleep affects the hormone melatonin, which regulates your immune system as well as being known as the sleep hormone. Therefore, sleeping less during the full moon could lead to a reduced immune response, causing flu-like symptoms, issues with allergies and other ailments.

A lack of sleep could also be responsible for the so-called moon migraines, a strange occurrence where some people claim to suffer worse headaches during full moons. The effect on your body’s hormones could lead you to feel hungrier, too.

male holding his head with a headache
Moon migraines and feeling hungrier than usual could be a side effect of lack of sleep this full moon (Picture: Getty)

The stranger side effect is to do with your kidneys. According to a study published in the Urology Journal, scientists found a correlation between kidney stone pain and a full moon, suggesting that the lunar cycle could have a deeper impact on your body.

Although the cause of this link is unknown, some scientists suggest that this correlation could be due to fluid balances.

Moreover, other studies have found little correlation between the kidney stone pain and a full or supermoon.

Speaking about the possible connection, Margo Marrone, co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy said: ‘While scientists are still trying to get to the bottom of how the lunar cycle impacts human health and behaviour, there’s significant evidence to suggest that the symptoms many people have been experiencing during a full moon are actually down to a lack of sleep.’

‘Getting a better night’s rest during these periods could help to alleviate symptoms such as headaches, increased appetite, and symptoms associated with a low immune system.’

‘If you’re struggling to drift off during a full moon, consider taking natural health supplements containing stress-relieving ingredients, like valerian, that are designed to aid sleep.’

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