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September: Folklore, Moons, Symbols & Correspondences

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

The name September means “seventh month” as it was the seventh month of the year according to the old Roman Calendar which began in March.

Today, September is the ninth month in the modern Gregorian calendar as it was in its predecessor, the Julian Calendar. The month of September has 30 Days.

Those born in the first part of September are said to be born under the sign of Virgo and those born in the latter part of September are born under the sign of Libra.


In witchcraft, September marks a period of transition and preparation for the coming autumn. As the days begin to shorten and the weather cools in the Northern Hemisphere, witches focus on balance, introspection, and inner transformation.

September is associated with the autumn equinox, also known as Mabon, a time of balance between light and dark.

Witches may engage in rituals and spells to honor this balance, as well as to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest season.

They may also work with symbols of the harvest, such as fruits, grains, and nuts, and may participate in rituals to release what no longer serves them and to prepare for the darker months ahead.

Magickal Practices in September

September is a month of balance, gratitude, and transition in witchcraft, marked by the festival of Mabon and the Autumn Equinox.

It’s a time to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest, reflect on the blessings of the past year, and prepare for the darker half of the year.

We often engage in rituals, spells, and meditations that reflect the themes of balance, gratitude, transition, and reflection, aligning themselves with the natural rhythms of the Earth and the turning of the wheel of the year.

Mabon RitualsWitches often perform rituals to celebrate Mabon, honoring the balance between light and darkness and giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest. These rituals may include making offerings to the Earth, performing gratitude rituals, and creating altars adorned with harvest fruits and symbols of balance.
Balance SpellsSeptember is a time to work on balancing energies and expressing gratitude for the blessings of the harvest season. Witches may perform spells to cultivate inner balance, restore harmony, and embrace the changing seasons.
Harvest ReflectionMabon is a time to reflect on the blessings of the harvest season and prepare for the darker half of the year. Witches may spend time in introspection, journaling about their experiences, and giving thanks for the abundance in their lives.

Correspondences and Themes for September

SymbolsHarvest fruits, acorns, leaves, cornucopia
ColorsOrange, red, yellow, brown
Herbs and FlowersAutumn leaves, sage, marigold, cinnamon
CrystalsCitrine, yellow jasper, carnelian
ThemesBalance, gratitude, transition, reflection

The September Full Moon

The September full moon may be called the full Corn Moon, or the full Harvest Moon. The harvest moon is technically the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox, so it may fall in September or October.

The full moon in September will always be in either Aries or Pisces (Pisces if before the equinox, Aries after.)

The September New Moon

The new moon in September will always take place in either Virgo (if before the equinox) or Libra (after the equinox.)

Symbols for the Month of September

  • Birthstone sapphire
  • Birth flower Forget me not, Morning glory, aster
  • Deities Vulcan, Opis, Demeter

Events in September

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn officially begins in September. In the Southern Hemisphere, spring begins. Meteorological autumn/spring begins September 1st.

The autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere or the spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere takes place sometime in September between the 20th and the 24th.

In the Northern Hemisphere, September often marks the beginning of the school year.

  • Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September in the US and Canada
  • National Grandparents Day takes place the first Sunday after Labor Day
  • Respect for the Aged Day takes place on the third Monday in Japan
  • September 19th in International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  • Michaelmas Day
  • Queen Elizabeth I was born on September 7th, 1533
  • Mabon or Second Harvest in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Ostara or Eostre in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Ludi Magni begins September 4
  • Michaelmas Day the 29th of September carries a great deal of folklore attached to it.
  • Most Pagan Pride festivals take place in the month of September, but they may also take place in August or October.

Fun Facts and Folklore about September

In 1752, Great Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in favor of the Julian Calendar they had been using. The date they chose to make the switch was September 3rd according to the Julian calendar.

However, it was September 14th according to the Gregorian calendar so the date went instantly from the 3rd to the 14th. 11 days of British history never happened.

September is harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere and one European tradition associated with the season is that of the Corn Dolly.

This was a decorative item woven of sheaves from the last of the season’s harvest and kept safe through the winter for the spirit of the grain to rest in until the following planting season.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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