Here’s what you need to know about the Dying Grass Moon on “American Horror Story: Roanoke”

Oh, awesome. Now not only do we have to worry about Mercury in retrograde, and Black Moons, and Harvest Moons, but now DYING GRASS MOONS?

When will the celestial madness end?? If we’re talking about American Horror Story, the answer is probably NEVER — and spoilers ahead for the fourth episode of Roanoke, “Chapter Four.”

If you’ve been trying to figure out what’s the deal with the ghosts — and yes, it’s now been confirmed, The Butcher and her band of colonists are ghosts — it’s because they died on the land. They get to haunt it for all eternity (or, until Matt and Shelby can stop them) but they can haunt it like, 500% more during the “Dying Grass Moon” cycle.

What the what is a Dying Grass Moon?


According to what we learn during the episode, it’s six-day cycle between the first quarter moon to the Blood Moon when the dead can “slip the veil between the shadow world and ours.” Basically, they can walk freely any day of the year, but it’s during this time period that they can actually like, KILL YOU. And that is BAD.

Most of the ghosts still lingering on the Roanoke property aren’t out for blood, because they themselves were killed by The Butcher and her crew (like, Bridget and Miranda, the Murde House nurses). This group of roughly a dozen of them congregate on the property and play games, like tag. Not even kidding.


Okay, but back to this moon. After a quick Google search, turns out that a Dying Grass Moon is just a ~fancy~ name for a Full Moon, one that happens in October and correspond with the fact that all the plants, trees, and leaves out there are dying before the winter season (and last episode, it was established that Roanoke is currently taking place in early October).

A Dying Grass Moon doesn’t sound too scary…but also it appears as if the moon over Roanoke is a BLOOD RED MOON and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a scary one here. In ~our world~ Blood Moons usually happen during eclipses, and they’re semi-common. But here with AHS, it probably actually means MORE BLOOD. 


So while we don't necessarily have to freak out about Dying Grass Moons, Matt and Shelby should probably be very worried.