Genesis 1:14-16, Psalm 104:19

Happy fall!  As you may know, God created the seasons and the moon on the fourth day of Creation.  Even as a “lesser light,” a full moon is bright.  When I took our dog outside at night on September 19th, I saw the harvest moon and actually had to squint in its light.

When I sought background on the harvest moon, I discovered that there are names for every full moon each month.  Here is some of what I found:

• Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon…
• Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

If this interests you, http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/ can shed light on other full moon names.  I plan to add one or more of them to our future calendars.  Maybe you’ll choose to as well.

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