September’s Full Moon

This month’s Full Moon falls on 2nd September at 06.22 BST (05.22 UTC) on the 11th degree of Pisces, with the Sun on the opposite 11th degree of Virgo. 

Full Moon in Pisces showing Two Fish on the face of the moon
Full Moon in Pisces

Fun fact: The time it takes between full moons is known as a Synodic month and is 29.530587981 days long!  At Full Moon, the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun’s rays.  This key Moon phase lasts only a moment; the instant when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth, which means that the exact time for a Full Moon varies throughout the planet.  The Moon can appear to be Full a day before or after the exact moment of Fullness, when more than 98% of the Moon’s disc is illuminated.

Diagram showing the Moon Phases in Relation to the Sunlight
Moon Phases in Relation to the Sunlight

This Moon is sometimes known as a Harvest Moon, however this year is a one in three years occurrence when the September full Moon is further away from the equinox than the October Full Moon (1st October), which is why this year, it is not known as a Harvest Moon, October’s Full Moon will be called this (did you follow that?).  The named Harvest Moon is the only Full Moon name which is determined by an equinox rather than the month that it appears in.  When not referred to as a Harvest Moon, this Moon is called the Grain or Corn Moon as this is the time for bringing in the crops, as celebrated in the first of three harvest festivals at Lughnasadh.

Full Moon  in a dark sky over a Wheat Field that shows a rolled bale of grain
Moon over Grain Field

This is the Moon phase when things begin to come to fruition, we reap what we have sown throughout the year.  Plans are showing signs of completion, now there is no going back.  It is a time to be in harmony with others and of celebration and emotions of all kinds are heightened.  This is a time to manifest what you intuitive know.

A stamp with the word Completed around the outside and a big tick in the middle
Completed Stamp

What do you think you have planted and nurtured throughout the year?  What will you begin gathering in?  Do you feel pleased or disappointed with your crops?  How would you improve this next year? 

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