“Crown’d with the sickle, and the sheaten sheaf, while Autumn, nodding o’er the yellow plain, comes jovial on” ~ James Thomson, Autumn, 1730
The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls this moon the Full Corn Moon however this year there seems to be some debate as to whether this is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest moon usually occurs in September but can also fall in early October which is the closest date to the Autumn Equinox. The Harvest Moon will actually be in October this year. Many of the Native American tribes’ staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, were ready for harvesting during this month.
Other names for this moon are Chrysanthemum Moon (china), Nut Moon (cherokee), Mulberry Moon (choctaw), Singing Moon (celtic), and Barley Moon (medieval english).
As Mother Earth begins her journey into the dark part of the year, the sun pulls away and we get that welcome autumn chill. September is a time of hearth and home. For Kitchen Witches this is a great time to reestablish your hearth and kitchen altars. Take time as well to acknowledge the things that we have accomplished since spring and declutter both home and self in preparation of winter’s season of introspection.