crops have grown abundant over the Summer, and the harvesting is near
completeion. The sickles and the scythes have been worn dull from the
wark of harvesting the crops and it is time to turn thoughts from
outdoor activities, to the rest of the cold months. Intellectual
activites are on the rise, as is time sepnt by the fire with the loved
ones. The crops that have been harvested still need to be preserved for
the lean months of winter, but the work of summer is nearing its end.
of the names that this moon have been known by are: Harvest Moon, Fruit
Moon, Wine Moon, Blood Moon, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Haligmonath
(Holy Month), Witumanoth (Wood Month), and Moon When the Deer Paw the
The Full Moon at September was not the only thing
that had special names. According to the old Roman Calendar, this month
was once called Septem and the Irish name for September is Mean
Fomhair. Even Modern Asatru has a name for September…they call it, The
Month of Shedding.
In India, the Feast of Gauri was held
at the New Moon. And the Incas celebrated the Citua, or Feat of the
Moon, at the New moon as it neared the Autumn Equinox. For this feast,
everyone performs a ritual cleansing, then smeared their faces with a
paste of ground maize. Followed by several days of feasting and
dancing. This Moon festival was in honor of Mama Quilla, the Moon
Goddess. These are not the only cultures that had feasts and activities
at this time. The Festival of the Pig was held at the Full Moon to
honor the Greek Goddess Demeter and the Norse goddess Freyja. In China,
the annual Festival of Yue-ping was held from the New Moon to the Full
Moon. During this festival, people made round cakes and painted figures
of women or a hare and trees on them. These were called Yue-ping, or
Moon Cakes. These cakes were presented to relatives and friends
Chinese said that the Moon Mother had twenty-eight “houses (hsiu) and
rested each night in a different one. In each “house,” she kept a
warrior-hero consort who kept her company and did her bidding.
Correspondences for the Harvest Moon:
*Birth Stone: Sapphire
*Nature Spirit: Trooping Faeries
*Herbs: Copal, Fennel, Rye, Wheat, Valerian, Skullcap
*Colors: Brown, green, yellow-green, yellow
*Flowers: Narcissus, Lily
*Scents: Storax, Gardenia, Bergamont, Mastic
*Stones: Peridot, olivine, citrine, chrysolite
*Trees: Hazel, Larch, Bay
*Animals: Snake, Jackal
*Birds: Ibis, Sparrow
*Dieties: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Thoth, Freyja, Ch’ang-o
*A time to rest after the labors of the last two months.
*A time of balance of light and dark.
*A time to clear up mental clutter and get thoughts back into perspective.
hard work of harvesting what has grown (plans, emotions, food) over the
Summer is basically over. It is now time to rest after the labor.
*Work on getting organized along with cleaning out unwanted and unconstructive physical, emotional and spiritual “items.”
*If it is fair the first day of September, it will remain so at least until the beginning of October.
say that if the Moon, in the first or last quarter, lay in a nearly
horizontal position with the horns upward, the weather will be fine.
*Country folk in the U.S. say that the same type of Moon means good weather for twenty-eight days.
*Rain is coming when the Moon has a halo around it, or when an outline can be seen between the horns of a waxing or waning moon.
the Moon is at the full; Mushrooms you can safely pull. But when the
Moon is on the wane; wait ere you think to pluck again.
born when the rustling leaves; are blowing in the September breeze; a
sapphire on her brow should bind; ‘twill cure diseases of the mind.
Of full roundness;
A perfect cookie
Made of silver white chocolate.
The sky’s so black
It’s a light at the end
Of a long vast tunnel.
I want to run;
Pull myself through that hole in the sky;
Escape this dark world of confusion.
I will fly like a hawk;
Soar beyond the Earth;
Beyond the stars.
Will rush by like an explosive wind
I won’t stop flying;
Until I hear the sweet music of rest.