The Harvest Moon Means A New Beginning, So Start Setting Your Intentions

by Alexandra Strickler

We've barely made it through the first week of October, and already, we've got a sort of spooky, seriously celestial event headed our way. Tonight, on the evening of Oct. 5, we'll be graced with what is called a Harvest moon, which is basically just how we refer to the first full moon after the fall equinox on Sept. 22. Aside from being a beautiful sight to see when you peer up at the sky tonight, the Harvest moon means a new beginning — a time to set tangible goals and intentions for the months ahead.

Look, I know as much as the next person how easy it is to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of life. Routine is comfortable, and it can be really hard to push yourself to set new goals when that sense of intrinsic motivation is just lacking for one reason or another. But hear me out, guys: If you know deep down that you need a change in your life, consider tonight's Harvest moon your cue to wipe your slate clean and start fresh.

This doesn't have to mean dyeing your hair, or quitting your job, or anything wild like that. Sometimes the best kinds of new beginnings are the ones that only you will notice in your everyday routine.

And the full moon tonight happens to be in the sign of Aries, which means it's all about conquering what you thought was unconquerable.

Have you been trying to wake up a few minutes earlier every morning to squeeze in some yoga before you run out the door and start your day? Are you trying to cut down on the time you spend online, and instead devote those few extra minutes each day to reading a good book?

If up until now, your efforts have been fruitless to accomplish these small, but personally meaningful goals, consider tonight's Harvest moon your cue to kick into high-gear and actually make these intentions a reality.

Keep in mind, though, while Aries is all about getting what you want and doing whatever it takes to make it happen, this sign is also, at times, stubborn AF. Change doesn't always come easily, but all that really means is the stakes are even higher to transform intentions into realities.

So, when the natural Aries push-back strikes, do your best to breathe through the tension and remind yourself that you can conquer anything, literally anything at all, if you put your mind to it.

With new beginnings in the front of your mind this Harvest moon, remember the holidays are also right around the corner, too.

Perhaps it's just me, but I never consider Jan. 1 to mark the beginning of a new year. Yes, I'm aware of how calendars work, but as far as me and my own internal sense of motivation are concerned, I feel the drive for change and new beginnings as soon as the weather begins to change — when sweltering summer heat transforms into cool, crisp, autumn air.

And as we transition into the colder months, that means holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it — aka that time of the year when we are all but obligated to spend time with family.

Look, I love my family, but I don't always "like" them, you feel me? Spending a lot of time with them — which, in my mid-20s, almost exclusively happens only during the holiday season — can be both mentally and physically exhausting. But I know that quality time means a lot to them, and I guess in the long run, it matters to me, too.

Perhaps the best part of the timing of this Harvest moon is that it provides us all with a chance to transition into a content, peaceful, headspace that allows us to reevaluate how we interact with our loved ones now, and how we can improve in the upcoming months.

Take this time as an opportunity for a fresh start. If you and a family member haven't been on the best terms lately, be the bigger person and reach out to them tonight, harnessing the power and energy of the Harvest moon to help you do so. If you're notoriously awful at texting your mom back when she checks up on you, make it a point to text her first tonight and remind her just how much you love her.

Change doesn't have to be monumental. Like I said, it's usually the littlest ones that really make all the difference.