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Full Moon Meditation: September

by BetterSleep
Sep 7 • 3 min read

September Full Moon Names

Historically, Native Americans gave a name to each month’s full Moon, naming it in relation to a natural event or sign of the season. This aided them in tracking the progression of the year. Different peoples had different names, reflecting the areas where they lived.

One such name for the September full moon is the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponded with the time of harvesting corn. It has also been called the Barley Moon, as this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley.

Other full Moon names for September Include:

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

Full Moon Meditation

Regular meditation, no matter when you do it, is beneficial. From reducing stress to improving focus to managing symptoms of illnesses, meditation is good for the body and mind. The best time to meditate is whenever it works for you. Some people enjoy meditating in advance of or during a full moon. There are no proven benefits to full moon meditation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something out of it.

What is a Full Moon Meditation?

Many people meditate for the full moon to harness what is believed to be greater energy during this time of the month. Others focus on the full moon as a symbol of the fruition of goals and efforts. As the moon grows from new to full, it represents achievement and an end product.

Meditate during September’s full moon with a focus on what you have achieved over the last four weeks. The accomplishments of this period represent a pinnacle of energy that you can harness and carry into the next lunar cycle.

Some people also like to use the full moon as a chance to gather together with others. Like-minded friends meet outside to enjoy the full moon, to meditate together, and to harness energy together. Simply enjoying the light of the moon is a great way to recharge, get energized and enjoy the company.

September’s Full Corn Moon

The full moon that appears in September goes by many names. One of the most well-known is the Full Corn Moon. This comes from the fact that the moon generally corresponds with the harvest of corn. For the same reason, September’s moon is also referred to as the full barley moon.

Another common name across cultures is the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon doesn’t always occur in September; sometimes it comes in October. Traditionally, people could continue harvesting crops at night at this time because the light from the full moon is so bright.

Native American tribes had names for the full moons throughout the year that described natural events. They used these as aids to mark the progression of months. The name varied by where the tribe lived:

  • Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet – Lakota Sioux
  • Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth – Omaha
  • Moon When the Calves Grow Hair – Sioux
  • Moon Between Harvest and Eating Corn – Algonquin
  • Rice Moon – Chippewa
  • Drying Grass Moon – Arapahoe
  • Snow Goose Moon – Cree
  • Ice Moon – Haida

Meditating on September’s Full Moon

While there are many names for this full moon, all relate to the changing of the season from summer to fall. The focus is on harvest and abundance, preparing for winter.

Use the opportunity of September’s full moon to make meditation personally meaningful. What does this time of year mean to you? Think about the harvest and how you experience it in your daily life. This is a great jumping off point for a soothing meditation.

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