Framed 12×16″ handcut design tribute to the Harvest Moon and September life.
The full moon of September is the Harvest Moon.
Sometimes called the Corn Moon or Barley moon, this moon is the closest to the Autumnal Equinox and is named for its nearness to the harvest season of early fall crops.
Named by Indigenous peoples, the full moon names relate to seasonal activity in their wilderness, and community.
This piece is a tribute to the Moon, to a hopeful return to listening to the natural world and its many lessons and secrets.
The design includes a swallow because it is time for swallows to migrate and follow warmer weather south. Monarch butterfly wings pay homage to their great metamorphosis and migration. Rabbits and florals are a reminder of September’s great garden explosion of life. One final showy display which is also a very efficient spreading of seeds in preparation for spring life and feeding spring bunnies.
September in the garden and forest often feels like one final party before life rests for winter.
Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Flower Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.
Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.