FULL MOON REMINDER… Saturday, September 29th, 11:19 pm – EDST, is the FULL MOON exact day and time in SEPTEMBER! Don’t miss this chance to view your life objectively. During the three days around the Full Moon, you can see where you need to make changes in an important relationship. Once aware of your interaction, how can you best adjust your approach so that you can more successfully reach your life goals? It’s time for reevaluation.
There is an opportunity for insight and progress inherent in the FULL MOON. People often react emotionally during the days of the Full Moon due to a feeling of helplessness. They become aware of the distance between the way they want their life to be, and the way it actually is. Often, when they see this gap, they become upset.
The reflection from your environment shows you ‘what is’ – and this may be in stark contrast to the way you would like things to be. A feeling of powerlessness can come from the awareness of the discrepancy between the way you would like things to be, and the way they actually are. The empowerment is that once aware, you have the chance to change things successfully.
Because this FULL MOON occurs in the sign of ARIES, the emotional energy stirred in the atmosphere is feisty and can be even a bit combative. Feelings of anger can arise when you become aware of how current circumstances may not be supporting the larger goals in your life.
You will be very aware of the limitations in your life that bind you through a teamwork situation you have agreed to, leaving you without the amount of independence you need to feel whole. You may be questioning how to balance your time better between relationship obligations and needs for your own self-discovery. Those you are interacting with may be perceiving situations in a way that leads them to feel their security is threatened, leading to over-emotional reactions you didn’t expect. As is often the case with the days of the Full Moon, people get upset.
This is a powerful time (9/28-10/1) for reevaluating the new beginnings you made during the last New Moon. Re-read your wish list and notice how where you are now is either closer to – or further away from – the dreams in your heart that you would like to manifest in your life.
Given that this FULL MOON is in the sign of ARIES, you are likely to be more aware than usual of your own needs for activities that help you to discover and experience yourself, on your own. What adjustments can you make in handling important relationships so that they become more supportive of your needs?
The Full Moon in ARIES opposes the Sun in LIBRA, and people are likely to become emotionally upset if they feel their independence is being curtailed. The Aries energy explodes in anger quickly, and then is over it. This is likely to be the case if someone in your environment unexpectedly reacts with upset. It will be fiery, and then pass quickly.
Times during this Full Moon when the emotional intensity will be at its strongest:
Friday, 9/28 – all day and night, especially volatile 10:35 pm – midnight
Saturday, 9/29 – all day and night, especially volatile 12:01 am – 9:14 am
Sunday, 9/30 – all day and night
Monday, 10/1 – energy starts to calm
These times are in Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDST) and need to be converted to your local time zone.
Harvest Moon 2012
The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox came on September 22. That makes the September 29-30 full moon the Harvest Moon.
Why is the Harvest Moon special?
Harvest Moon is just a name. It’s the name for the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll always see the Harvest Moon in either September or October. In the Southern Hemisphere, a moon with these same characteristics always comes in March or April.
But the Harvest Moon is more. Nature is particularly cooperative around the time of the autumn equinox to make the full moonrises unique around this time.
Here’s what happens. On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But when a full moon happens close to the autumnal equinox, the moon (at mid-temperate latitudes) rises only about 30 minutes later daily for several days before and after the full Harvest moon. Why? The reason is that the ecliptic – or the moon’s orbital path – makes a narrow angle with the evening horizon around the time of the autumn equinox. The narrow angle of the ecliptic results in a shorter-than-usual rising time between successive moonrises around the full Harvest Moon.
These early evening moonrises are what make every Harvest Moon special. Every full moon rises around sunset. After the full Harvest Moon, you’ll see the moon ascending in the east relatively soon after sunset for several days in a row at northerly latitudes. The lag time between successive moonrises shrinks to a yearly minimum, as described in the paragraph above. Because of this, it seems as if there are several full moons – for several nights in a row – around the time of the Harvest Moon.
How the Harvest Moon got its name
So why is this moon – the moon closest to the autumnal equinox – called the Harvest Moon?
The shorter-than-usual time between moonrises around the full Harvest Moon means no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours. As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.
Who named the Harvest Moon? That name probably sprang to the lips of farmers throughout the Northern Hemisphere, on autumn evenings, as the Harvest Moon aided in bringing in the crops. The name was popularized in the early 20th century by the song below.