Make your harvest moon extra magical with one of these enchanting ideas.
At the harvest moon, lunar energy is at its strongest. The moon rises close to sunset, making the whole sky glow with moonlight well into the evening. Here are some fun and magical ways to experience the powerful magic of the harvest moon.
1. Plant ornamental cabbage near your door.
Cabbage is a lunar-aligned botanical, and planting beautiful ornamental cabbage on the day or evening of the harvest moon will invite the moon’s radiant, receptive, refreshing vibrations into your home and life. They look gorgeous in planters or pots.
2. Make apple tarts.
In China, the harvest moon holiday is called the Mid-Autumn Festival. One of its celebratory refreshments is the moon cake, which is said to be a favorite of the moon goddess, Chang’e. While apple tarts are not moon cakes, they are similarly shaped, and you can certainly make them in honor of any moon deity from any culture, or, simply, the Moon. Apples are in season during the harvest moon, and are magically aligned with love, sweetness, and the Divine Feminine.
3. Create a moonstone crystal grid.
Moonstones are moonlight in mineralogical form. They are particularly suited to soaking up the magical vibrations of the harvest moon to harness its power for a specific intention, such as deep sleep, increased intuition, or receptivity to blessings of all varieties. Decide on your intention before you begin. Then arrange moonstones in a circle (or concentric circles depending on how many you have) around a larger moonstone piece in the center. Be sure you place the grid somewhere where it will catch the moonlight.
4. Drink a harvest moon potion
If you add 3 drops moonstone gem elixir to your favorite wine or champagne, and hold your glass under the light of the moon for a minute or so, you will have a harvest moon potion. Drinking it will align you with the healing and empowering vibrations of the harvest moon. Create one harvest moon potion for you, one for the moon, and one for anyone else with whom you may be celebrating. Toast to the magical vibes of the evening. Then drink. (And pour the moon’s potion out upon the earth in tribute.)
5. Offer mead to the moon and earth
Mead is created with fermented honey, and may be the oldest alcoholic beverage there is. As a sweet result of the industrious nature of honey bees, it aligns with the harvest moon’s tradition of celebrating hard work and enjoyment of the results of that work. Additionally, the harvest moon is a time to celebrate both the moon and the fruits of the earth. So offer a glass or bottle of mead to the earth as well as the moon. With gratitude, pour the earth’s mead into the soil and the moon’s mead into a natural body of water. Also, celebrate the sweetness of life by drinking some yourself.
6. Do a tarot reading
With the moon’s power in full effect, your intuition will be at a peak. Empower your tarot deck in the light of the harvest moon, then do a reading for yourself or someone else (or both). If you haven’t started your tarot journey yet, here’s a quick tutorial on how to get started. Alternatively, you can perform another type of divination or oracle reading.
7. Meditate in moonlight
Maybe you want to keep it simple. If so, go outside and meditate in the moonlight for a bit. Or just sit there and soak in the beauty. You might also like to do this guided Harvest Moon Meditation, indoors or out.
8. Put dahlias on your altar
As I wrote about in The Magic of Flowers, Dahlias are in harmonious resonance with the receptive energy of the moon. And as a flower that blooms in fall in many parts of the world, they are an ideal flower to place on your altar during the harvest moon. You’ll notice they bring a radiant, feminine energy into your space. Magically, they assist you with shining light into shadows of your consciousness and discovering the deeper meanings of your dreams.
9. Bless grapes
Grapes are at their sweetest at this time of year. According to Scott Cunningham in Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, grapes are also aligned with the moon and are magically employed to call in fertility and abundance. Place some grapes in the light of the harvest moon and eat them to internalize the magic.
10. Go for a night swim
This year, like many years, the harvest moon is in the water-ruled sign of Pisces. If weather permits, tap into your inner mermaid. Dive into a swimming pool or a safe natural body of water under the harvest moon and immerse yourself in this moon’s watery blessings of healing, fluidity, poetry, and psychic powers.
11. Walk barefoot on grass
In many places, September is summery weather’s final hurrah. Before it’s too late, take your shoes and socks off and walk across the grass. It’s amazing how powerful walking barefoot on the earth can be for balancing and healing your mind, body, spirit, and energy field. And when you pair that with the intense energy of the harvest moon, you will definitely feel a positive shift.
12. Bathe a new broom in moonlight, then sweep
Finally, try this simple-yet-powerful cleansing and empowering ritual for your home. First, get yourself a brand new corn broom. Place it on a white cloth under the light of the moon and let it soak for an hour or two. Thank the moon, then immediately go inside and sweep your entire house. (In any area with carpet instead of a hard floor, you can just mime sweeping a short distance from the floor). Afterwards, stand in a central location and envision your entire home filled and surrounded with the radiant light of the harvest moon. Send positive visions of health, wealth, and happiness through the space.
You may also like these 5 Ways to Celebrate the Harvest Moon.
Are you planning to try any of these magical ideas for the harvest moon? Or are you going to do something else entirely? Please share your thoughts and plans in the comments below.