The Harvest Moon
September is a big month for astronomers and astrologists alike. The full moon of September, otherwise known as the Harvest Moon, will be visible in the sky on the 24th this year. So let’s grab some friends, roll out those yoga mats, and get our moon-gazing on! Or rather, just get excited about the release of our new The Moons in the Sky yoga mat, which is part of our Sawyer collection! Since the beginning of time, the moon has been the focus of folklore and mystery. That’s why this month, we want to celebrate the moon’s magical beauty with a mat that fully captures its elegance and bewitching charm!
The Harvest Moon can occur anytime between September and October, and is marked by the full moon which takes place closest to the September equinox. Of the many full moons throughout the year, the Harvest Moon is considered to be the most well-known. It’s debated as to exactly where the name “Harvest Moon” originated, but September has been labeled the “Harvest Month” as early as 700 AD! Considering how much has happened throughout history, it’s pretty amazing the name is still used today. Thanks to the famous (if we can call it that) Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published in 1792, we have a list of all the modern full moon names, derived from a combination of indigenous, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic month names. Who knew the Harvest Moon had so much history behind it?
What does it mean for your Zodiac sign?
For those of you who aren’t big history buffs, the Harvest moon (in Aries) can also mean big things for your Zodiac sign. How the Harvest moon will affect you is mostly based on your ability to relax. The full moon is asking your sign to pause, take a deep breath, and be present — something we could all use a little more of…am I right, yogis? If you’re like an Aries, and always on the go, whether it be school, work, or errands, prepare yourselves because it’s gonna to be a tough month. While you may be ready to act on your first impulses, all signs says take a step back and look at the bigger picture first. Maybe think about heading to the studio for a bit with a brand-new yoga mat to clear the mind and re-center the body!
Other Holidays and Traditions
The Harvest Moon is a symbol for many cultures, stretching beyond simply marking the beginning of the Harvest in America. The full moon of September marks the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a commemoration of the time spent in the wilderness following their exodus from Egypt. In China and Vietnam, the Harvest Moon marks Mid-Autumn Day, which is one of the most important festival of the year! And all over the Southern Hemisphere this rich Harvest Moon actually marks the seasons becoming warmer! It’s so easy to forget that the seasons are flipped (at least for those of us here in the good old U.S. of A.)!
Regardless of where you are, or what the Harvest Moon means to you, it’s clear that this event marks an important shift in many cultures across the globe. Let’s recognize and celebrate the beautiful September harvest together — whether it means you’re heading into spring or getting ready for winter, our Moons in the Sky mat is perfect for any climate. Let us help you empower your mind and body during your practice, knowing you’re supported by the force of the dazzling Harvest Moon!