The Harvest Moon of September rings in the Autumn Equinox around the 21st of the month. This year we celebrate the Equinox on September 23rd at 4:20am. The September moon is also known as Wine Moon and Singing Moon, among others. As we enter into this second of the three harvest festivals, the fruit harvest, this month’s wheel of the year season is that of Mabon (Celtic) or Michaelmas (Christian). Some earth-based traditions celebrate a form of Thanksgiving at this time, choosing vegetarian and vegan options in lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey spread. This month is marked by such Goddesses including, but not limited to, Durga, Demeter, Astarte, Innana, Isis, Freyja, Kore, and Hathor, as well as the Dark Goddess and representations of the Lady of the Forest.
As we enter this time of equal light and dark, this time of year is about balance. This sacred time just before the darker, cooler, winter months settle in to allow the earth to rest. In order to help create balance in your life, begin to incorporate some of the following correspondences and activities this month to help yourself naturally and easily go with the flow of the seasons.
Full Moon: protection, consecration, cleansing
Crescent Moon: blessing of new life (child, animal, plant, etc.)
Dark Moon: losing programmed fear, karma, self-discipline
September Moon Correspondences
Herbs: copal, fennel, milkweed, rye, sage, skullcap, valerian
Incense: copal, sage, storax
Trees: bay, dogwood, hazel
Animals: ibis, stag, salmon, snake, sparrow
Deities: Demeter/Ceres, Frejya, Hathor, Innana/Tammuz, Isis, Kore-Persephone/Prosperpina, Mabon/Modron, Ma’at, Nephthys, Rhiannon,
Stones: citrine, peridot, rose quartz
Colors: orange, red, green, black, purple, gold, bronze, brown, yellow-green
Items Needed: tree branch with twigs on it, small fresh flower blossoms (pink if you can find them), small ornaments
A meaningful, personalized gift for family or friends. Attach items onto the branch, or place items in small mesh or silk bags to hang from branch. These ornaments and charms can be used by the recipient at a later time to attach to a bracelet, used in ritual, or placed on a home altar. Some ideas for ornaments: fish symbols, evil eye glass bead, small dolls, dice, charms of any type, mesh bags of herbs, etc.