Harvest Full Moon September 2021 Spiritual Meaning Everything You Want To Know

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Harvest moons are considered a particularly lucky full moon. The harvest moon is often the brightest full moon of the year because it occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.

Harvest Moons have been associated with harvest festivals for hundreds of years and were celebrated in Europe from the Middle Ages until well into the 16th century. Celebrations are held on the full moon closest to harvest time, landing in September or October in North America.

In some traditions, it’s identified with corn and has extra importance among those who celebrate when crops are brought in from the fields.

Every full Moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and contemplate how it affects us and the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came, and you can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.

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What is a Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Full Moon of September can be a little tricky! Most Full Moons correlate with the month it lands in. However, the full moon that is closest to the Autumn Equinox is considered the Harvest Moon. Typically the Harvest Moon lands in September, but occasionally it lands in October (about every three years).

The Harvest Moon rises just after the sun sets for a few nights in a row. Due to the atmosphere, the Harvest Moon has a pumpkin orange glow! Perfect for bringing in the Autumn season!

When is the Harvest Moon?

The full Harvest Moon rises shortly after sunset. The bright moonbeams of September’s Moon are extremely helpful for busy farmers harvesting their crops and allowed them to work long hours into the night. This is how the Harvest moon’s name came to be!

In 2021, September’s Moon is the Harvest Moon

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac (which also gives a very scientific explanation if you’re interested):

The Harvest Moon isn’t like the other Moons. Usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes.

Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum. It may almost seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!

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September Harvest Moon Spiritual Meaning

September Moon’s spiritual meaning is all about balance and abundance, whether you’re celebrating the Harvest Moon or the Corn Moon. It’s a time to honor and appreciate your home, a time for reflection and gratitude.

Full moons always symbolize a time of climactic conclusion, but this is felt even more deeply now as we near the changing of seasons and the cooler months ahead are imminent.

We are beginning to turn inward. This is a time of balance, just as it is for the natural world around us. We feel the coming of the darkness and are pulled towards our spiritual side in a new way.

I always feel drawn to different music as well. The happy-go-lucky music I listened to in the summer always becomes more nostalgic and poetic, like Lana Del Rey.

This is a beautiful time to realign with our spirit, soul, and Self. September’s Moon helps to settle us into a much slower pace and rhythm. Immerse yourself and enjoy these last days of warmth so you can gladly enter the darkness of Winter.

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Alternative Names

  • Fall Moon
  • Barley Moon
  • Nut Moon
  • Drying Grass Moon
  • Autumn Moon
  • Singing Moon
  • Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth

For a list of even more Native American Moon names, check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.

September Corn or Harvest Moon Journaling Prompts

  • As summer comes to a close, is there anything else you’d like to complete before the Winter cold and darkness sets in?
  • Create a mini bucket list and include how you’d like to celebrate Autumn.
  • What accomplishments, skills, light, and creativity do you want to bring with you into the Autumn season? What bad habits, regrets, and negative thoughts will you release? It’s ok to just let go.
  • Write down any recipes, infusions, or herbal creations you’d like to create with in-season, herbs, flowers, or veggies. What are their magical correspondences?
  • Create an Autumn mantra to live by.

September Harvest Moon Correspondences

The Harvest Moon symbolizes the connection between life and death, growth and decay, natural cycles, and seasonal times.

Spiritual Meaning and Intentions

  • Gratitude
  • Abundance
  • Harvesting and agriculture
  • Transitions
  • Balance
  • Home and hearth


  • Brown
  • Burnt Orange
  • Deep Red
  • Amber
  • Dark Green
  • Earth tones


  • Citrine
  • Amber
  • Quartz
  • Aventurine
  • Gold
  • Ruby
  • Tiger’s Eye

Home / Altar Decor

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Wheat/ Barley / Grains
  • Corn – maize, blue, or gold
  • Fallen leaves
  • Pumpkins or gourds
  • Flax seeds
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How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas For September’s Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is a celebration of abundance and time to give thanks to Nature.

Seek Out Nature’s Seasonal Abundance

The Harvest Moon spiritual meaning is all about abundance because Nature is ripe with it right now! If you have your own garden, find ways to bring its beauty into your home. Harvest flowers, herbs, or leaves and incorporate them into a beautiful bouquet. You could also hang them to dry and use later in oils, as smoke cleansers, or Yule decor.

If you don’t have a garden, find a way to get outside and do some foraging. Collect natural items for art projects. Flowers could be pressed and framed or included in your grimoire or journal. You can also bring a sketchbook or sit peacefully and enjoy the beautiful Autumn season.

Set Intentions with Moon Water

September is a beautiful time to meditate beneath the Moon as the evenings and nights are much cooler. Sit with your hands on each side of your water envision your gratitude, light, and intentions filling up the Moon water.

You can even say a chant if you’d like to help focus your intent:

As I sit beneath the Full Moon tonight,

I’m filled with an illuminating and positive light,

I am grateful for_______ and __________,

I honor these last days of summer and warmth,

May this next season bring love, growth, and joy,

to myself and those I love

If you’re looking for some creative ways to use your Moon Water, here are 45 ideas!

Moon water intentions for full moon

Anointing Oils

If you created any herbal-infused oils over the summer, use them! Try adding dried/crushed lavender to Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil. After a bath or before meditation, take a moment to be fully present and hydrate your body with your oils. Focus on your intentions or what you are grateful for. You can also add some of your Moon Water to it!

A favorite ritual of mine is to focus on each body part and think about at least one thing I appreciate. I focus on why I’m grateful as I hydrate my skin with oils or lotion.

Try incorporating a bath ritual as well. Use oils, bath salts, herbs, bubbles, candles, or music to help immerse you in this present moment and set intentions. Take a moment to relax and just be!

Hearth and Home

Incorporating the hearth and home into your Harvest Moon spiritual meaning and rituals is a beautiful way to refresh the energy in your home! Throw open the windows and let that cool fresh Autumn breeze drift into your home.

Autumn encourages us to nest, and it feels incredible to have a fresh, clean, and organized home. It makes a huge difference once we start spending more time inside. Finish it off with your favorite Autumn scent, light a candle, burn an incense, bake an apple crisp, or dissolve a wax melt.

This doesn’t need to be exclusive to your home, though! Your car or office would be some other great options to refresh!

Once your home is cleaned and revitalized, why not spend some time organizing it? Go through your closets, drawers, or cupboards and donate anything you’re not using, don’t find valuable, or that gives you unwanted feelings of stress or guilt. Evaluate whether or not the things in your home or space are helping you to move forward or are holding you back.

Prep Food For The Winter

The nights are longer and more in balance with the daylight, so take advantage of the warm and pleasant weather. Autumn is the season to reap what you have sown and to show gratitude for the abundance. Find ways to fully indulge in the current season and prepare for the cold days ahead, either literally or metaphorically.

You can see that I fermented some cherry tomatoes fresh from my garden in garlic, rosemary, and basil (also from my garden). This year, I’m also trying my hand at making zucchini-kraut because my husband loves sauerkraut. Fingers crossed it turns out yummy! You can also try canning or freezing summer produce and herbs!

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You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:

I hope you found this helpful!! Enjoy September’s Harvest Moon and remember as always…..

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