The Harvest Moon: Seasonal Transition

Before there were city lights to cloud our views, the night sky was awash with glimmering stars and the bright, magnificent moon. For thousands of years, people have relied on the moon for many things—to determine the weather, to understand the changing seasons, and to tell time—just to name a few. Science tells us that the changing phases of the moon have an impact on animal behaviors, migration patterns, sleeping patterns, and mating patterns. It’s incredible to see how everything in Nature is connected. All beings truly rely on each other for survival.

The Harvest Moon, a symbol of the seasonal transition from summer to fall, appears to sit low—and large—in the sky. This orange-hued moon, also called Blood Moon or Hunter’s Moon, is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox. It comes around once every year, casting a warm orange glow over the horizon. It was named by Native American farmers who would tend to their harvests later than usual under the moonlit sky. Some say that it’s essential to migration patterns, as many birds begin their migrations on the night of the Harvest Moon.

This special event happens once a year. This year’s Harvest Moon will occur on October 5, 2017. No matter where you live around the world, the detailed face of the moon will be visible—even without the assistance of a telescope!


Join our nationwide practice at 6:45 p.m EST on October 5, 2017.

No matter where you live, join us in holding The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth at the time noted above.

If you live locally, we invite you to join us at our center in New York or at our Qigong school in Montclair, New Jersey. St. John’s Episcopal Church.

This evening event is a gift to you as we connect our energies and align with the energies of the Harvest Moon.

If you don’t live locally, click here to see a list of instructors that will be hosting a practice.