Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Harvest Moon

Moon Day 11

This day gives you an abundance of energy and favors moves and changes. It helps to get off the ground a business which was previously derailed. Make sure you put your excess energy into something useful, however, to avoid conflicts and bust-ups.
Next Full Moon Date: Sunday, October 4, 2009

Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:

* Colonial American: Hunter's Moon
* Chinese: Kindly Moon
* American Indian (Cherokee): Harvest Moon
* American Indian (Choctaw): Blackberry Moon
* American Indian (Dakotah Sioux): Moon When Quilling and Beading is Done
* Celtic: Harvest Moon
* English Medieval: Blood Moon
* Neo Pagan: Blood Moon

Full Harvest Moon (October)

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.

This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

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