Septembers “Full Corn Moons” Meaning, Folklore And Where To Find It!

The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon! (This year, the Harvest Moon will be in October instead.) Learn how the Corn Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

Of course, change has been the theme of 2020. Everything is different, from how we do our jobs (work from home, anyone?), to the way we go to school, to what issues have made their way to the forefront of the upcoming election. The arrival of this Full Corn Moon may be just what we need to adapt to the so-called “new normal.”

The consensus seems to be: Expect the unexpected. Things will change during this time — especially, in our relationships and our finances. So if we can embrace the fact that disruptions or unforeseen events will crop up, we’ll find it easier to lean in to any curveballs and find solutions as needed.Change can often be uncomfortable, but from that discomfort can come extraordinary growth. So as we start transitioning into a new season, take a moment to reflect on all the change you’ve weathered over the past several months. Use the knowledge of how far you’ve come to give you the strength to continue moving forward this fall. Continue doing this that nourish you and that allow you to see the positives that come with turning over a new leaf.


This year, start looking for September’s full Corn Moon just after sunset on Tuesday, September 1, as it rises high and reaches its peak illumination at 1:23 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 2.


Expecting the Harvest Moon this month? You’re not alone!

The full Moon that happens nearest to the autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23) always takes on the name “Harvest Moon” instead of a traditional name—a rule that often places the Harvest Moon in the month of September. However, when September’s full Moon occurs early in the month, the full Moon of early October lands nearest to the autumnal equinox and therefore takes on the Harvest Moon title instead. 

That’s the case in 2020, when October will experience two full Moons: one on October 1 (the Harvest Moon) and the other on the 31st (the Hunter’s Moon and a Blue Moon, too)!


Historically, some Native Americans gave a name to each month’s full Moon, naming it in relation to a natural event or sign of the season. This aided them in tracking the progression of the year. Different peoples had different names, reflecting the areas where they lived.

One such name for the September full Moon was the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponded with the time of harvesting corn in what is now the northeastern United States. It was also called the Barley Moon, as this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley. 

The tradition of naming Moons is rich in history. Here at The Divine Moon, we have long honored the Native American full Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us. We follow the full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually by the Algonquin people who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.


Here are Moon phase dates and times (EDT) for the month of September. Check our Moon Phase Calendar for dates and times in your city.

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