The harvest moon of september is one of the most special of the year. Unlike other full moons, the harvest moon is a little different in both its colour and timing. The harvest moon takes place during the autumnal equinox, when the sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south at the start of autumn. Unlike other moons it is the only moon determined by an equinox rather than a month. Some of my most striking full moon nights have been under the Harvest Moon as this moon is the brightest of the year.
In some traditions, it’s identified with corn and has extra importance among those who celebrate when crops are brought in from the fields. As such this Moon’s spiritual meaning is all about balance and abundance and due to the closeness to the autumnal equinox and the turning of the seasons means that it is also symbolic of new beginnings.
Now like all of the big solar and lunar events in the calender around this moon you may be feeling a little unstable or wobbly as I like to call it. That is completely natural at the times where the seasons change. Although change is practically one of the only constants in life we humans don’t really enjoy it! So first and formost be kind to yourself at this time and slow down.
After the Equinox we begin, like nature, to turn inwards. During the cooler darker months we become more reflective. Equinox is a time of balance. A poised moment in the middle of the transistion and this energy is very much part of Harvest Moon energy. This is the time to realign with our spirit, soul, and self to settle us into a much slower pace and rhythm.
- Fall Moon
- Barley Moon
- Nut Moon
- Corn Moon
- Autumn Moon
- Singing Moon
- Home and hearth
***The HArvest moon in 2022 is Sept 10th ***
HArvest moon activites
- Balance – For some people finding balance may mean doing a chakra balancing, for others it might be yoga, or cleaning or walking in the woods. Do something that helps you to feel balanced in body and your soul
- Slow down – It it truly important to slow your life down at this time of year. Listen to slower music, cut back on pressure, take time to do good things for yourself, your home and your loved ones. The Harvest moon allows us to indulgw in activites that we can take slowly (yes you can even indulge in slow cleaning!)
- Foraging – The Harvest Moon is at it’s core about… harvest (yes funny that I know). One of the most authentic ways to connect with that energy is to go berry picking. Gather your berries and bring them home for a harvest treat like a crumble.
harvest moon home blessing charm
Home is central to the Harvest Moon, after all we are about to spend more time in our homes for the next 4-6 months. What better way to start your home hibernation that creating a charm to bless, attract abundance and purity to your home.
You will need
- Salt (preferably sea salt)
- Dry white rice
- 4 jars or glass vessels
The process is sooo simple: literally all you have to do is combine these four ingredients in four clear glass vessels or jars and place them in the four corners of your home.
If you wish you can infuse the herbs with you power of intent by running you fingers through them and repeating a mantra of abundance and purity or saying a prayer for your famliy.
*Credit to the writing witch for this awesome inspiration.
Wishing you a blessed full moon