Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Harvest Moon meaning: What does Friday the 13th mean for September Full Moon?

The Harvest Moon is the anachronistic name for September’s Full Moon. This year’s Harvest Moon will be all the more unusual because it will arrive during a particularly sinister period. This is because the Harvest Moon will peak before midnight on Friday 13th in some parts of the planet. The rare occurrence on the paranormally portentous date is making superstitious stargazers especially excited.

The superstition surrounding Friday 13th is commonly thought to relate to the Last Supper.

Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples attended the Last Supper, totalling 13 people, on the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday.

The number 13 is consequently associated with Christ’s betrayer Judas Iscariot and is considered as imperfect compared with 12.


Friday is regarded as unlucky in the Christian religion, as Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday.

The number 13 has also been academically connected to King Philip IV of France, who arrested hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.

The Catholic Church alleged new Knights recruits were made to spit on the cross, deny Christ and engage in homosexual acts during initiation ceremonies.

The baseless claims are now considered to provide a convenient context for Philip to persecute the wealthy and waive debts he owed them following years of war with England.


The knights were charged with corruption and worshipping false idols, following confessions obtained under torture.

Many of the knights were subsequently burnt at the stake in Paris.

This week’s Friday 13th is the second of 2019. An irrational fear of the date is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia.

In Spanish-speaking countries and in Greece, it is Tuesday the 13th that frightens people. While it is Friday the 17th in Italy.


Famous indicators of bad luck include a black cat crossing your path, breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder, opening an umbrella indoors and saying the name Macbeth during performances of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play”.

Meteorologist Ross Ellet wrote on Twitter: “**Cue the spooky music** Tomorrow night’s full moon will fall on Friday the 13th.

“It is also a rare “micro” harvest moon. The last time a full moon fell on Friday the 13th was 13 years ago on January of 2006.

“It will happen again in another 13 and a half years.”

When is the 2019 Full Harvest Moon?

The coinciding the Harvest Moon and Friday the 13th will, of course have no real bearing on your day.

Depending on where you live, the Full Harvest Moon will peak on Friday, September 13 or early on the following Saturday.

This means the Harvest Moon precedes the Autumn Equinox by only nine days.

The Harvest Moon will not coincide with Friday the 13th in the UK, as it arrives at 5.32am BST (4.32am UTC) on Saturday.

In central and western parts of the US, however, the Harvest Moon will appear on Friday.

Maine Farmers’ Almanac astronomer Joe Rao said: “The arrival of this year’s Harvest Moon will depend on which time zone you happen to live in.

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