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The Blood Moon

Learn about the Blood Moon with Natalie Berko

The Blood Moon also known as the Hunter’s Moon refers to a full moon that appears during the month of October closest to the autumnal equinox. The moon gets its name from native tribes that used to autumn moonlight to hunt and stockpile food for the coming winter. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September, hunters could easily see foxes and other animals.

The Blood Moon is associated with feasting and comes right before Samhain. It is a time when the nights are crisp and clear, and you can sense a change in the energy around you. Take time to stock up on provisions, can garden vegetables, and hang the last of your herbs to dry. Begin figuring out what sorts of things you can do over the winter to help keep yourself warm and well fed. Think baking, crocheting or knitting, and candle making!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Try the activity below to get you in the spirit of autumn.


  • one medium sized pumpkin
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • spices for flavor (smoked paprika, cumin or chili powder)


  1. Cut pumpkin, scrape seeds, and rinse.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil with salt and seeds. Once boiling let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Bake Seeds on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil and desired spices at 400 F about 15 minutes until seeds begin to brown.

This article was originally posted at Sabat Magazine.


About Natalie Berko

Natalie is a certified crystal healer and the creator of Violet & Poppy. This collection of carefully curated lifestyle products is inspired by nature's natural treasures. Products are handmade in Princeton, NJ using dried flowers, crystals, essential oils and other magical ingredients. Certified in Yoga, Meditation, Herbalism, & Crystal Healing, Natalie is also the owner of 3 beautiful Persian kitties, a plant lady, crystal collector, and lover of dark bars and tiny coffee shops. Natalie believes that returning back to simplicity and embracing the Earth we can raise our vibration and glow just a little brighter.

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