God's Purpose In the Harvest Moon

Last night many of us watched the beautiful Harvest Moon “rise” in the eastern sky. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. This usually means it’s the September full Moon though it can also fall in early October, coming anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the equinox.

God’s Purpose in the Harvest Moon.

The Harvest Moon isn’t like the other moons. Usually, throughout the year, the moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes. The Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and will continue to rise near sunset for several nights in a row. It will seem as if there are full moons multiple nights in a row! Also, at the beginning of autumn the moon’s orbital path makes a narrow angle to allow it to sit relatively low on the horizon for a long period of time which optimally lights up fields.

In the days before lighted combines, farmers relied on moonlight to help gather their crops after sundown. The Harvest Moon became an essential part of harvesting. The abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening is no coincidence. It has been a traditional aide for farmers not only in the past, but also today.

Learn more about the moon by booking Larry Dye the Creation Guy to speak at your next event.