Shine on, Shine on Harvest Moon*

Arriving on September 20th at 4:54pm (on the West Coast) this year’s Harvest Moon will be in the sign of Pisces. A “Harvest Moon” is the name given to the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox (September 22, 2021). According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac around the Autumn Equinox the moon rises soon after sunset, casting a bright light. The name “Harvest Moon” comes from the farmers who worked by the light of the moon to complete their harvest of summer’s crops.

The Moon is Yin (feminine) to the Sun’s Yang (masculine) and governs our emotions, intuition, psychic abilities, and the subconscious. The light generated by Full Moons illuminate that which was previously hidden or not fully acknowledged. When the moon is full emotions are amplified, but she also exposes secrets and reveals hidden agendas. In Pisces (which is ruled by Neptune, The Planet of Illusion) we may see deceptions or false perceptions being exposed. Read between the lines. Listen to your gut. Pay attention to clues given in your dreaming state. Your psychic abilities will be heightened.

The astrological sign of Pisces (The Dreamer) is the 12th sign of the Zodiac marking the end of a cycle. Full Moons also indicate the end of a cycle and this one wraps up everything that began with the New Moon (Pisces) of March 13, 2021. It’s harvest time. Pisces rules the 12th House: The subconscious and unconscious and what remains hidden from conscious awareness; mysticism and the occult. It is referred to as “The House of Darkness” and often associated with challenges that involve deprivation, loss, isolation, hospitals, prisons or institutions, hidden enemies, fear of death or illness, self-undoing or secret enemies.

This Harvest Moon falls just one hour after Mercury (communication) trine Jupiter (luck) which imbues it with optimism, generosity, and good fortune! Focus on the positive. The only catch here is the Moon is conjunct fixed star Scheat (Beat Pegasi) which is located on the leg of the Pegasus constellation.

A true malefic, Scheat’s influence may express itself as worry, loss and gain of friends through criticism, extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning.

Who is the Muse for this year’s Harvest Moon? Interestingly I pulled the 2 of Wands.

The Moon enters the sign of Aries late Monday and the Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 23rd, so I guess this makes sense. Libra is opposite Aries which will cause some friction – but this need not be negative.

The 2 of Scepters (Wands) glorifies our individuality and uniqueness. This card is ruled by Aries signifying a warlike energy and a fierce driving force of Will. Unlike the passivity of Pisces, Mars in Aries is unabashedly assertive in its nature. A time of challenges lies ahead which should be faced head-on and with a clear head.

“The image of Dracula as Vlad the Impaler is illustrated here. He stands in a fortress surrounded by fiery energy; in the background we see a watchtower, a beacon both as a solid place of energy (representing leadership) and as a lightning conductor, illustrating the card’s qualities as a channel for fiery creative power.” [1]

ℳ –

* “Shine On, Harvest Moon”


[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 156.


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