Balance, Elements, Full Moon, Lunar Cycles, Pagan, Wiccan, Witchy Ways

Shine On, Harvest Moon Child

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What is it about a Harvest Moon that inspires songwriters and lovers… from the old vaudevilles songs such as “Shine On Harvest Moon” to our own Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”?

I know that I love gazing at the night sky when the moon if full… so warm, inviting and powerful.

Our beautiful Luna is almost at her peak, and comes into her full glory on Friday September 16th at 19:05 UTC (12:05 PM Pacific time, 3:05 PM Eastern time) in Pisces. Pisces can bring in deep loving and romantic feelings… time for a little mooning and spooning! And just the thought of the Harvest Moon got me singing some of my favourite tunes!

“So shine on, shine on harvest moon, for me and my gal.”
– Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth

“Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon”
– written by Neal Young 

We have another astronomical event the same day, a bit earlier at 16:54 UTC (9:54 AM Pacific Time) – a penumbral lunar eclipse which will be visible in the Americas. This serves to amplify the elements of the Full Moon… more emotion, more awareness, more wisdom.

Unfortunately, for us Left Coast dwellers, the Moon will actually be below the horizon at the time of the eclipse, so we will not be able to see it … but we will be able to sense it!

For those living in regions where the moon will be above the horizon, know that a penumbral eclipse is fairly subtle, as only the outer shadow of Mother Earth reaches the Moon. You may not even notice this eclipse, or just notice that the Moon looks a little darker.

The Full Moon also marks mid-point through our monthly journey with the moon, and it’s time to review Week 3 of our Medicine Wheel readings. In Week 3, the direction is West and the Element is Water… a wonderful synchronicity with the approaching Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, which has the same correspondence, and with the Pisces water energy.

Soul Question for Week 3: “What is Flourishing?”

I like to meditate on the weekly  Medicine Wheel question based on the cards I drew for the month and the monthly theme, which is Balance and Harmony. Take a moment to meditate on how Balance and Harmony are flourishing for you at this time, especially as we approach the Yang energy of the Full Moon which is expansive, uplifting, powerful…. hopefully, your own power is experiencing the same surge.

Pisces is a Water Element, so emotions may be running even more deeply and powerfully at this time. But the Sun is in the opposite sign of Virgo… very grounded, analytical, observant. How are you maintaining the balance between the Water and Earth elements of this Sun and Moon?

If you have a release ritual planned for this Full Moon (perhaps a gentle water release?), try to schedule it during this powerful period of the Eclipse Full Moon for an even more transformative release.

And remember to Shine On, Harvest Moon Child!

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