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. 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, usually appears to sit low in the sky. This orange-hued moon, also called Full Corn 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. The Harvest Moon is also symbolic of a new beginning. It marks the time when harvests would be collected and stored for winter use. After this long harvest, the fields would be ready for rest and renewal—a fresh start.

This special event happens once a year. Interestingly enough, this year’s Harvest Moon will also be a micromoon, an event that occurs when the moon is in its furthest orbit from Earth. While the full moon will be visible tonight, Friday the 13th, it will reach its fullest phase at 12:33am EST on Saturday, September 14. At this time, look out upon the horizon. Stand in the light of this golden-colored moon and hold The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth. As you align with the energies of the Harvest (micro) Moon, restore yourself for your beautiful new beginning.

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