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.
- Anglo-Saxon Gerstmonath, barley month
- Switzerland Herbstmonat, harvest month
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.
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.