Blessings of the Harvest Moon

by Beth on September 23, 2010

Spring scarce had greener fields to show than these
Of mid September; through the still warm noon
The rivulets ripple forth a gladder tune
Than ever in the summer; from the trees
Dusk-green, and murmuring inward melodies,
No leaf drops yet; only our evenings swoon
In pallid skies more suddenly, and the moon
Finds motionless white mists out on the leas.

– Edward Dowden, In September

As the Wheel turned last night from Summer to Autumn, we got a rare treat of having the Full Harvest Moon come right on its heels. This is the first time those two events have come so close together in 20 years, resulting in what some call a Super Harvest Moon. In fact, the two events were as close together as they’ve ever been, with Autumn Equinox falling at 11:09pm Eastern time and the full illumination of the Harvest Moon occurring this morning at 5:17am.

The next time they come nearly as close will be in 2029.

Astrologer Auntie Moon writes:
“The Equinox and the Harvest Moon glide into the change of seasons as a couple this year, strongly emphasizing the need ~ the requirement ~ for balance in our lives. A Full Moon always seeks balance between two opposite signs, but this year we have the Full Harvest Moon in Aries arriving only a few hours after the Equinox.

“It is the Equinox that brings a balance of light and dark hours to us, urging us toward greater preparation for what lies ahead. Whether we are headed toward the dark nights of the Northern Hemisphere or the fiery days of the Southern Hemisphere, we must now set about a change in behavior, in habit, so that we can meet our challenges without hesitation.”

She also notes, “What a spectacular Harvest Moon this year! Not only is it the wild and lascivious Full Moon in Aries, every planet except Mercury will be a part of this dance of fire! Poor Mercury. He’s must have gotten distracted while out hand delivering invitations to the Gods. Odds are, he’ll get the full scoop on it anyway.

“If you take all the energy of the Aries Full Moon ~ which is steeped with Venus and Mars ~ add a dash of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to the mix, you’ll start to get a feel for just how spicy this particular Full Moon is. Each of these planets is in aspect to our Full Moon dancers. But is that everyone? Of course not! No, this is the soiree of the season. Chiron and the North Node are here, too. Everyone is cutting in on our cosmic lovers.

“How do we handle all this energy? Forget about it. It’s too hot to handle! Just keep on dancing.”

May your dances leap with warmth and fire. May the Moon bring true for you your deepest desire.

Please note: I will be going out of town on a much-needed retreat for the next several days. Please forgive me – this is likely to make my Tarot Card of the Week a day or two late – unprecedented, but necessary.

May we Merry Meet and Merry Part.

And Merry Meet again.

Rose September 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

Beth, wonderful post! This energy is astounding and welcome to me, and I embrace the Full Moon and the Equinox heartily!

Enjoy your time away!

Blessings to you.

Della September 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

Great post, Beth. Thanks! (I especially love he dancers in your graphic.)

Blessings of Balance be yours as you release and recharge on retreat.

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Della

Arie September 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

Hi Beth,
Happy Mabon.
Enjoy your retreat.
Her in Israel it is very hot and humid and no signs of rain.
And the crickets are tired of shrilling at high speed. :-)
Arie

cjwright September 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Beth, thank you so very much for the wonderful mention here. What a lovely surprise. Like Della, I also love your dancers ~ they’re fantastic! I hope your dances leap with fire and warmth, too, and that they bring you beautiful memories. ~ cj

Beth September 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Oh, thank you SO much, CJ! How exciting to have you drop by, live and in person! I just recently found your Auntie Moon site, when you were listed in “Best Astrology Blogs” list, and I just love your perspective!

Sarazan September 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

This is a beautiful site. Beautiful art! Mabon Blessings. Thanks for the Astrology info.

Athene Noctua September 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Beth-

Thank you for another lovely post. I will need to check out Auntie Moon’s sight. I guess this explains why I couldn’t sleep at all last night-the partying planets were keeping me awake.

Have a wonderful, restful, and rejuvenating retreat.

Blessings and Happy Mabon-
Athene Noctua

cjwright September 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Big smile! Enjoy your retreat. What a fantastic time of year to get to go.

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