October 27 rolls in the final harvest moon for the growing season. In Native American folklore this is called the Moon When Leaves Fall. Massachusetts has had its first freeze marking the official end to the growing season. The full moon will be in earthy Taurus. Full Moons signal the culmination of events and emotions. This is a time to gather the last of the fruits and vegetables from the garden. A time to gather falling leaves laying a carpet of crimson, bittersweet orange and yellow on the cold grass. A moment to look at what is done, what is over and what is to be laid to rest. The trees, shrubs and perennials turn inward. They pull their vital energy in and sink to their roots. The fall season is at it’s most glorious.
A rare celestial moment will be happening over the next three days. A Full Harvest Moon sails in Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Sunday, the Moon will be in full lunar eclipse sometimes called the Blood Moon. The Moon will be in the Earth’s shadow giving it a slightly reddish tinge. This all makes for one Super Moon. The next one will not occur until 2033. Optimum viewing time for the lunar eclipse will be between 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. EST. The full eclipse will be at 11:23 p.m.
Native American folklore refer to this first full moon after the fall equinox as the Moon When Ducks Fly. Our feathered friends are flocking and moving out to warmer winter feeding grounds. The hummingbirds, wood thrush, and cat bird are already gone. The leaves are starting to turn color. Nights are cool.
Harvest time is here. A moment to gather what has been planted. A time to tidy and put away for the season. Consider what is to be done, what is to be let go, and what is to be celebrated. The sun is in Libra, a time to balance and appreciate the beauty of nature.