Crying a Lot? Blame Tonight’s Full Corn Moon

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If you caught yourself tearing up at a car commercial hawking four-wheel drive recently, feel free to blame your heightened emotions on the September 2 full moon in the empathetic sign of Pisces.

And, of course, this isn't an average full moon. The third and final full moon of the summer is the ‘Full Corn Moon,’ which will graze the sky at 05:22 UTC (or around 1:23 a.m. ET). The phrase, according to USA TODAY, comes from “Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern U.S. [who] coined the term Corn Moon, according to the Maine Farmer's Almanac, since this was the time for gathering their main staple crops of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice.” 

Why is this Full Corn Moon particularly emotional? Well, for one, PureWow astrologer Jaime Wright explains that full moons bring catharsis in general. And since this one is in dreamy, intuitive Pisces—arguably the most sensitive of all 12 zodiac signs—our sensitivity might feel extra calibrated to pick up the minutia—hence the tears.

And although emotions are heightened, it doesn't mean everything's sad. In fact, while the week before September's full moon may have had us feeling obsessive, impulsive and inarticulate, the Full Corn Moon has the power to settle that tension. As Wright says, it might even help us realize long-held goals aren't as far off as they may have once seemed. Plus, it's important to consider how the full moon will affect each sign differently. For example, the full moon in Pisces will lead Capricorns to reconnect with old friends via travel, while Geminis may reconnect with important career dreams.

Wondering if the Full Corn Moon is the same as the Harvest Moon? They're different! The Full Corn Moon comes before the Harvest Moon, which is the closest full moon to the fall equinox. So, keep an eye out for the Harvest Moon on October 1, 2020.

Curious how the Full Corn Moon will impact you? Check out your September monthly horoscope

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