This year’s Harvest Full Moon comes early. The designation of the Harvest Moon goes to the Full Moon rising closest to the Autumnal Equinox, sometimes making it fall in October. But roughly every 2 out of 3 Harvest Full Moons fall in September. This is the time of the year when the largest harvesting of the crops take place. Such staples as pumpkins, corn, squash, beans and wild rice were harvested and stored for long, cold months yet to come in the northern regions of our country.
There were other names given to this full moon. The Chippewa and Ojibwe referred to it as the Full Rice Moon, while the Assiniboine called it the Yellow Leaf Moon … both representative of their area and weather. The Cheyenne, Sioux and Northern Arapaho called it the Drying Grass Moon, the Creeks Little Chestnut Moon, while the Cherokee referred to it as the End of the Fruit Moon. Other names include Moon When The Leaves Fall Off by the Kiowa, Lakota’s Moon of the Brown Leaves, Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth by the Mohawk, the Navajo’s Half Moon, Shoshoni’s Fall Moon, Natchez’ Maize Moon, and the Hopi’s Moon of Plenty.
As a month of great harvesting, it is a month of bounty and change. Take this time to harvest what you have sewn. If you are happy and content with what you reap, share it with all those you come to meet, now and into the coming months. Continue to plant, grow and nurture more of the same, so you are never depleted but always rich and full and able to share.
If, however, you find the crops you have sewn no longer sustain, nurture or feed the deepest yearnings of your soul, take this time to rethink and retool your planting and harvesting efforts. Remember the old adage … we reap what we sow. As the colder weather draws near and you begin to think about your period of hibernation, has your harvested bounty brought you what you need to nurture and sustain you through the coming months? Have you gathered what will warm your heart and hearth? Or will you run short before the long, cold nights turn into longer, warmer days? Take inventory. Then begin planning for next year’s harvest. Begin identifying what changes you need to make so you can secure and realize a bounty that will nurture and feed your soul through even the longest and coldest of nights.