Last evening, the eastern hemisphere saw the rise of the full moon of September, commonly known as the Harvest Moon. This is the moon all know by its folk name, but most people expect it to occur in October.
Full Harvest Moon allows farmers to work in their fields late into the
night, bringing in crops. It is also called the Full Corn Moon by Native
Americans who set this date to mark when corn should be harvested.
Other names include: Barley Moon; Hazel Moon; Wine Moon; Singing Moon;
Sturgeon Moon; Haligmonath (Holy Month); Witumanoth (Wood Month); Moon
When Deer Paw the Earth.
the world, the coming Autumn Equinox will be celebrated by many cultures. The
energy flowing from the Autumn Equinox through Winter Solstice to the
Spring Equinox is getting deeper, more hidden. Spiritually, the Dark
Moon deities, representing the Underworld, death, reincarnation, and
deep spiritual mysteries, now hold control.
the ancient Incan Empire, the Citua celebration was held on the date of
the New Moon nearest the equinox. Everyone performed a ritual
cleansing, then smeared their faces with a paste of ground maize (corn).
After, they feasted and danced for several days. This was a festival in
honor of Mama Quilla, the Moon goddess.
Correspondences of the September Moon
Nature Spirits: trooping faeries
Herbs: copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
Colours: brown, yellow-green, yellow
Flowers: narcissus, lily
Scents: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot
Stones: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
Trees: hazel, larch, bay
Animals: snake, jackal
Birds: ibis, sparrow
Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Ch'ang-O, Thoth
Flow: rest after labor; balance of Light and Dark. Organize. Clean and
straighten up physical, mental, emotional and spiritual clutter.
I hope you were able to take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures and magical beauty of the Harvest Moon.
Art: ahoberer78 and Jayne Barnett
Reference: The Months of the Moon