NOT the ‘Harvest Moon’ (oops)

Full Moon for September 2017 (Midnight PT- MT- 3 am ET – 8 am UTC)

Turns out the ‘Harvest Moon’ is September 20th – just before the Autumn Equinox. This one is the ‘Full Corn Moon’. So we get to play Neil Young again next month 🙂
 Tonight and tomorrow it will look equally full. Always an awesome sight.
Happy Full Moon!

“Here are Moon phase dates and times (ET). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city’s dates and times.
Full Moon: September 6, 3:04 A.M.
Last Quarter: September 13, 2:26 A.M.
New Moon: September 16, 1:30 A.M.
First Quarter: September 27, 10:55 P.M.

The September Full Moon is usually known as the ‘Full Corn Moon’ because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley.

Some other traditional September Full Moon names used by Native Americans include:

“Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans.
“Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans.
“Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americans

NOT the ‘Harvest Moon’ (oops)

Often, the September Moon is also called the Harvest Moon, but this year the Harvest Moon occurs in October. The Harvest Moon is the Moon that falls nearest the autumnal equinox; this full Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!”


Eventful Day: Mars enters Virgo + Mercury stations direct

The hot, calm, smoky conditions where I live really fit Mercury stationing in fiery, fixed Leo. Mercury is now direct but won’t reach Virgo until Saturday, about the time we’ll begin to see some improvement in air quality . . . *fingers crossed*. Sometimes we have no choice but to wait things out and this is one of them.

Mars entering Virgo is an interesting situation. It does mean less strum and drang but Mars is not at his best in Virgo. It doesn’t suit his natural full speed ahead preference because Mercury ruled Virgo has to look at every single detail before taking action. As a matter of fact, Mars won’t be happy until he reaches Scorpio on December 10. Libra’s wishy washy ways drive him nutters too. What we can do is put Mars in Virgo to work, doing some deep cleaning and organizing places like closets and garages. It will be an excellent time to recycle items we no longer use too.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Smoky Sunrise © Diane Lang

Dreamy PIsces – Harvest Moon



“There is a new energy inside each one of us – whether it is tangible at this point or not. This new energy requires that your environment, whatever that may be, adjust itself to you in a new way.” Lena Stevens from Mystic Mamma



If August was a Reboot/Reset – then September is about Adjustment – as we make an effort to move into alignment with the new energies ushered in by the New Moon/Solar Eclipse.



The Full Moon on Wednesday brings to peak what was stirred up by the eclipse. It is in dreamy, romantic Pisces and exactly conjoined with Neptune – the planet whose attributes give Pisces that spaced out feel. Neptune can bring a sublime spiritual flow or a disorientation and  lack of direction. If you find yourself drifting off to space that could be why.


This is also the  Harvest Moon – appropriate title for harvesting the powerful energies unleashed at the eclipse. Sun in Virgo is all about the details and can assist us in sorting and separating out what has been stirred up.  Virgo asks us to discriminate between what is essential and what is not. 
 On the other side of the sky – Pisces activates our dreams and our imagination, as we feel into the changes that are occurring. You may feel a strong tendency to float away in day dreams and fantasies…


Yet just as we begin to drift  into  a blissful reverie – something seems to block our escape. That would be Saturn (limitations/duties/rules). Saturn ‘s strong influence on  this Full Moon can trigger  feelings of dissatisfaction and restriction – stirring up old beliefs that we always have to struggle in life, that we never get what we want , or we always seem to want something that we can never have. Saturn insists on Maturity and Mastery – he is not called the  Grand Taskmaster for nothing. We must face our responsibilities and limitations – yet not be limited by them (if that makes any sense)





If you find yourself in conflict between letting go and holding on, or having to balance the urge to totally dissolve yourself by merging with something or someone (Neptune) – with an equally strong need for clearer boundaries (Saturn) – attempts to indulge our fantasies could get a rude awakening. Beware of becoming entangled in deception or dodgy dealings which could have negative consequences.



 As we teeter- totter between this issue of being spaced out and undisciplined –  or  too restrictive – a shift in our thinking might help bring some perspective. As Mercury turns direct exactly on the eclipse point today – new information may come to light that helps bring us more clarity. This is the time to review the facts to discriminate between what is true and what is false. 



These are testy times.  Mars (warrior planet) has been stirring up tension all weekend, especially for people born in the mid 50’s who have Pluto in late degrees of Leo (where the eclipse was). Ouch! Have you noticed you are reacting to everything or going a little OCD? Power struggles and compulsive energies  trigger conflicts as people try to control each other. 
Yet Pisces refuses to be controlled. It will just morph and shift and slip away into the mist.  Addictions are part of this atmosphere. One way to avoid responsibility (or tension) is to check out. Are you addicted to something – or someone? Having trouble walking away from a dodgy situation? Avoiding facing up to the changes you know you want/need to make? Ever notice in the Pisces symbol how two fishes are swimming in opposite directs?




As our eclipse intentions (conscious or not)  enter this ripening Full Moon energy field,  and things  begin to shift and morph,  something positive can emerge out of our ambivalence.  But we must remain alert and aware.  We are in a process of growth that is so new as to be disorienting. That’s when the tendency to fall back into old habits can trip us up. If  you are seeking change –  or if change is seeking you – then  something will come to a head now that helps make things more clear.  Be ready to ask the right questions – and be ready to hear the answers.  Somewhere in your life there can be no turning back. When the butterfly is bursting through  its cocoon, it will be a caterpillar no longer.



by Leonard Cohen


The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.
I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.
Ring the bells that still can ring …
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.