Thursday, September 23, 2010

September - The Harvest Moon

September - Harvest Moon

This full moon's name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.

September brings us the Harvest Moon, also sometimes referred to as the Wine Moon, Full Corn Moon or the Singing Moon. This is the time of year when the last of the crops are being gathered from the fields and stored for the winter. There's a chill in the air, and the earth is slowly beginning its move towards dormancy as the sun pulls away from us.

There are a whole set of traditional names for the various full moons throughout the year. The most famous of these "named" full moons is the Harvest moon. The Harvest moon is defined as the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

This year the fall equinox occurred last night on Sept. 22.

September is a month of hearth and home. Spend some time preparing your environment for the upcoming chilly months. Use this time to clear out clutter - both physical and emotional - before you have to spend the long winter days inside.

As the September Moon rises after sunset, this provides extra minutes of light each evening for farmers to work longer hours harvest their crops.

The full moon is particularly appealing at this time of year when it rises just around sunset and hovers low in the southern sky most of the night.

So, once again, eyes up this evening and enjoy this beautiful moon.

photo by peacesojourner

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