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In this modern world we rely on digital gadgets
and calendars to help us tell time. But our ancestors used the Moon to
mark time. Tracking from one Moon phase to the next allowed them to plan
everything from daily activities to annual gatherings and celebrations.
January ~ Wolf or Storm Moon
In January the stormy weather earned this moon its name. Snow
February ~ Snow or Ice Moon
This moon its most common called the Snow moon, but the tribes
March ~ Worm, Crow or Seed Moon
As the earth starts to warm the earthworm casts appear, inviting the
April ~ Hare or Pink Moon
The Hare was a sacred animal associated in Roman legends with
May ~ Flower, Milk or Dyad Moon
Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant. Also called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. Some call it the Dyad moon, (the Latin word for a pair) refers to the twin stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.
June ~ Mead or Strawberry Moon
During late June and most of July the meadows, or meads, were
July ~ Wort, Hay or Buck Moon
When the sun was in Leo, the worts (from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt
August ~ Sturgeon or Barley Moon
Sturgeon, a large fish of major bodies of water, were most readily
September ~ Corn or Harvest Moon
The September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. Native Americans sometimes refer to it as the Corn moon because it marked the time when corn was supposed to be harvested. The chief Indian staples of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice are now ready for gathering.
October ~ Blood or Hunter's Moon
Native Americans named this moon the Full Hunter's Moon or Blood Moon as it was now time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Leaves are falling and hunters can easily see the animals they hunt. The Hunter's Moon is historically an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
November ~ Beaver or Oak Moon
Beavers were actively preparing for winter and they provided a
December ~ Cold or Long Night Moon
As Winter arrives the temperatures plummet. Some also call this the Long Night Moon as the nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon.
The Blue Moon ~ Variable
A Blue Moon occurs when the moon with its 28 day cycle appears twice within thesame calendar month. Many consider the Blue Moon to be a goal moon where you set specific goals for yourself.
The Black Moon ~ Variable
A Black Moon occurs when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. It is believed that the second dark moon is a time of great power within the spiritual world and any magic worked during this time is especially powerful.
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