Last night I was gifted with the most amazing dream. It was a peaceful answer to something I had been meditating on a couple of weeks ago, but at the same time, disquieting. I mentioned it to my friend, Cynthia (the very spiritual lady I modelled Sandy's character after in the book...you'll know why her comment is so moving if you have read the book). She stated simply, "Perhaps it's because of the Harvest Moon". Wow!
So, I did some research about the Harvest Moon and discovered that today, Sept. 23, 2010, is a most significant day. This is because the annual Harvest Moon happens to fall on the same day as the Autumnal Equinox. This very rarely happens. I've posted some of the information provided by Lisa C. from the Accu Weather site below (she says it so much better than I could hope to):
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox. Seeing as how the equinox takes place at 11:09pm TONIGHT, and the moon will be officially full at 5:17am Thursday, this is about as close as you can get! The name "harvest moon" comes from the days before we had electricity. Farmers used the bright light of the full moon around the equinox to continue harvesting their crops.
The Harvest Moon and the equinox rarely happen at the same time. As a matter of fact, this is the first time we've had a full moon the night of northern autumnal equinox in nearly 20 years! The moon will rise just before the sun sets tonight, and then after dark you can watch the Harvest Moon dance with brilliant Jupiter all night!
While you watch the Moon rise, you may notice it looks much larger near the horizon. Many people report seeing the moon look HUGE as it rises and/or sets this time of year, but it's an illusion. The Moon is not about to hit Earth, and it has not swelled in size. It is a phenomenon that is not yet well understood by astronomers or psychologists, but you can test out the illusion by simply taking a picture of the Moon when you see it looming "large" near the horizon.
It will not show up "huge" in your picture, and the pictures you may see online of a huge moon looming on the horizon have been creatively altered. Since you can't capture it on camera, just enjoy your view of it. Illusion or not, that gigantic moon is beautiful!
Whether this moon influences our dreams, actions, thoughts, emotions, etc...I do not know for certain. But I do know there is no such thing as a coincidence. I plan to research more about the effects of this rare occurrance on us and will post as I find interesting info. I know this is the time for completion and moving into glorious autumn.
In the meantime, ENJOY this beautiful rare moon tonight. Reach your hands skyward and feel its energy as it washes over you. I will be there with you...