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Lunar Calendar: The Singing Moon (September 16th to October 15th)


This is a time for Exhilaration

Now, after the seasonal harvests are complete comes a time for acceptance, mellowing, and rest after labor. In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is typically named the Singing Moon. It has been so named in reference to the festive attitude known to every laborer who has toiled to complete work necessary to the survival of the community and now celebrates the completion of those labors.

In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar the name of this moon is Muin (Vine) which runs from September 2nd through September 29th.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by As (Messenger) from August 13th through August 28th, and Rad (Motion) from August 29th through September 12th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Hesperis and runs from August 9th through September 5th.

The American Backwoods Calendar refers to this moon of the year as the Harvest Moon and is determined by whichever full moon falls in September.

This is a time for the exhilaration that comes with rest after your labors. Whether you know this as the Beaver Moon, the Fog Moon, or the Singing Moon, you are able to feel all energies marching resolutely toward completion, acceptance, and mellowing. The balance of light and darkness brought by the Autumnal Equinox on 9-21 is the culmination to be found at this turn of the Wheel.

The Summer King, mortally wounded by the grain harvests, prepares to make his way to the Summerlands deep within the mysterious underworld where all things are bound to travel before they are renewed with the spring. In his final sacrifice he offers to take your deepest fear, your heaviest burden, and your bitterest heartache with him on his journey.

This charitable offer to help you as you clear away your regrets and clean-up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter should be mirrored in your own offers of charity as your thoughts turn from what you need to preserve to carry your hearth and home through the darkness to come to what those around you still need to safely carry them through what is to come also.

The releasing of sorrows at this time of year is common to many cultures and often villagers would bring small representations of their regrets in the form of "corn dollies" to be thrown in the communal balefires lit to burn away the waste and unneeded husks of the recent harvest.

So, with all that information to guide you, think of this moon as an excellent opportunity to shed the regrets and sorrows you may have accumulated over the year and leave you with only the songs of celebration to sing.

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