Happy Saturday, Halloween, and Blue Moon, beautiful people! It feels like such an auspicious trifecta that I may try my luck at gambling. Cheese rolling? Ferret bingo? Bog snorkeling? (Yep, these are real things you can bet on). Sike, who am I kidding. My luck is bunk, so perhaps I'll just sit tight with my ducats and let someone else play the ponies.
A blue moon occurs when a calendar month has two full moons, thus the saying "once in a blue moon" to indicate something that doesn't happen frequently. In fact, the last blue moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one is slated for August 31, 2023. On average, a blue moon ascends every two-and-a-half to three years.
Fun Fact: A full moon on Halloween takes place roughly once every nineteen years, a pattern known as the Metonic Cycle.
The first full moon this month was called the Harvest Moon, which hearkens to times before electricity when farmers used the bright light from the moon to gather their bounty late into the night. This evening's full moon is referred to as the Hunter's Moon because we are entering the time of year when game is fattened up, and traditionally, hunters prepare for the cold winter months by tracking, slaughtering and preserving their meats.
However you spend tonight, take some time to celebrate slaying another work week, bask in the blue moonlight for a bit and scare the shit outta some kiddos because you can!