On October 5th at 11:40 AM PST, the Harvest Full Moon in Aries will be in full effect.

What is a Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that falls closest to the Autumn Equinox. This year, the Harvest Moon falls on October 5th.

What does the Harvest Moon represent?

The light of the Harvest Moon is used to collect all that is needed for winter hibernation. For those of us that do not literally harvest, it is a time to take note of the fruits of our labor that we have reaped since last fall. It is time to reflect, make peace with, find contentment and hope in all that we have accomplished in the first nine months of this year, and carry the momentum from those wins with us. It is also just as important to recognize, reconcile and release all that we have lost in this time as well.

What does this particular Harvest Full Moon have to offer?

This Harvest Full Moon arrives in the first constellation of the Zodiac, Aries. Aries is a fire sign, an emblem of birth and passion. This particular Full Moon is offering a chance to start anew.

As we enter a season that often feels heavy with the events of the nine months behind us and the absence of summer sun, it is easy to feel weary and discouraged. But, the heavy transition is part of the lesson.

The Harvest Moon is a reminder that all life runs in seasons and that the fall, and the reckoning that accompanies it, is a crucial part of the cycle. Take this Moon’s presence as an opportunity to unburden yourself from some of your baggage. Whether it be projects you never got around to or abandoned mid-way, relationships that did not make it through the sunny season or a routine you lost your gumption to commit to, now is the time to let it all go.

We must learn to be thankful for the time given. We must sit with, and in, the darkness just as much as we relish our time manifesting in the light. To let go and offer gratitude is a vital part of materialization. When we clear out, it is an act of invitation by way of making room. This Moon offers the space to shed all of the products, fears and defenses we have accumulated from surviving the first portion of the year. New opportunities cannot settle if they have no space to get comfortable. Aries is an initiator, a fighter and a pioneer. To embody these forces of change is to know when to cut your losses in order to move into new light. So, make this Full Moon your own personal Harvest. Till and turn your landscape in preparation for new growth and trust that the process will bring you more abundance than you could ever have imagined.

Jaliessa Sipress is a life-path Astrologer, writer and artist dedicated to making Astrology an accessible tool for navigation and healing. You can find out more about her work or book a private session at obsidianmoonastrology.com.