The September full moon (in the northern hemisphere) which is often known for its enormous, bright, golden orange hues got its name from pre-electricity days when the farmers were grateful for the extra moon light to work later trough the nights harvesting their crops. In the northern hemisphere, it’s also the time in the year where summer is giving way to fall energy. The fertile dancing goddess of the sun is quickly losing hold to the emerging crone, sage, winter energy of darkness, stillness and hibernation. It’s a transitional moon that appears with whatever weather pattern is current so alignment for harvesting under this moon don’t always happen. Metaphorically, it’s the time within our own internal year where we often seek a hit pause putting to welcome what abundance has come from the summer before and how we begin to prepare for what is coming in the busier, more social, and hospitality filled months.
The full moon is always a time of -reaping what we sew - shining a light on something -illuminating new paths/options - clarity - embracing abundance -power and strength -fullness -exposure It applies in greater ways during this September cycle because the sun sign in which it often falls or is preceded by is Virgo. She holds great influence on the potency of the moon because her sign’s greatest strengths are in close parallel to that of the feminine full moon. We feel extra emphasis physically, environmentally, and emotionally around -harvesting -collecting/gathering -taking inventory -planning for seasonal changes -adapting -gratitude and reflection
It’s color enhances the energy of the sacral and solar plexus chakra merging where foundational energies fuel: -abundance -confidence -perseverance -practical disciplines -energetic expansion Where the actual harvest is in flow, this deep, velvety, color chakra burst adds a sense of injection or replenishment to the life force of the farmers nearing completion. We too as observers of the farming path can compare how this process reflects on us and where we are within our own process of seed to sun to plant to earth. Reaping what we sew, is a great journal prompt.
HOW HAVE I REAPED WHAT I SEWED THIS SEASON?
WHAT DO I EXPECT MY HARVEST TO BRING ME?
WHAT CROP DO I INTEND TO PLANT NEXT? WHAT AM I MOST GRATEFUL FOR IN THE ABUNDANCE I HAVE RECEIVED? WHAT HAS THIS SEASON TAUGHT ME ABOUT MY STRENGTHS, FERTILITY, AND ABILITY TO RECEIVE?
The harvest moon falls either in the sun signs of either VIRGO or LIBRA, but the energy of the sun sign opposing the moon during fullness tells us the energy that also deeply influence that moon. As you reflect where you are in your own cycle or season, you may feel a bringing of forward elements from both the energetic light and shadow of the astrology occurring.
The Harvest Moon is linked with the Fall Equinox and it also marks a time where the hours of light and hours of darkness are in balance again, but heading into the coming darkness. We will be depending on the energy of the coming months of darkness where the role of the moon is more to nurture and replenish the lack of light, than now where its a push of surplus energy.
When we feel safe and balanced with comfort of knowing what is to come, and to welcome it as it happens there is an immense confidence that brings warmth and richness for the winter to come.