International Moon Day 2022: Full moon names and its meaning
- The supermoon is also known as the 'Buck Moon'
- The month of January is associated with the Wolf Full Moon
- The Pink Moon is also called the Full Sprouting Grass Moon
The different names for the full moon date back to the dark ages when there was no calendar and or the luxury of weather forecasts. Native American moon names were traditionally used to point to the entire lunar month. The names used for the moon these days are rooted in a mix of indigenous, colonial American, and European origins.
Beverly Francis, an astrologer in an interview with Elite Daily said, "They usually named the moons after either seasonal changes that they witnessed or patterns with animals for hunting or agriculture." Hunters and gatherers also used to keep track of these cycles and patterns so that they knew when to plant and harvest crops, and when to hunt for which animals.
Here’s a look at the months and the names of the full moon associated with it.
January: Wolf Full Moon
The month of January is associated with the Wolf Full Moon. This is the month when wolves become more active and mark their territories. This Wolf Moon has also been given different names across various tribes.
February: Full Snow Moon
February is associated with the Full Snow Moon and as the name suggests February is one of the snowiest months of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, February traditionally sees the most snowfall of the year. Eagle Moon, the Bear Moon and the Black Bear Moon are among few alternative names of the Full Snow Moon.
March: Full Worm Moon
In this month the ground starts to thaw out and the worms start coming out. Sugar Moon, Wind Strong Moon and the Sore Eyes Moon are among the various other names given to this moon.
April: Full Pink Moon
The month of April is given the name of the Pink Moon because the first flowers of the springtime tend to be pink in color. The Pink Moon is also called by the name of the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Full Fish Moon, and the Paschal Full Moon if it occurs before Easter.
May: Full Flower Moon
As spring transits to summer in this month the flowers are pretty much out in full. Other names for the Full Flower Moon include the Cree’s Budding Moon and Leaf Budding Moon, as well as the Dakota and Lakota’s Planting Moon.
June: Full Strawberry Moon
It is the last full moon of the spring season and first full moon as summer approaches. This moon suggests the perfect time of harvesting of strawberries as it reaches the peak of ripeness. The Strawberry Moon is also known as the Berries Ripen Moon, the Cherokee’s Green Corn Moon.
July: Full Buck Moon
July's Buck Moon derived its name from Native Americans. In this month, the bucks shed their antlers and grow them back even larger around the same time each year so the month of July is associated with the full buck moon. In addition to "Buck," other titles for this moon include "Thunder Moon," "Mead Moon," and "Hay Moon."
August: Full Sturgeon Moon
The name Sturgeon Moon is given in this month because the sturgeon fishes are in abundance in this particular month. Sturgeons are giant fishes that are 200 million years old that originate from Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Cree Flying Up Moon, the Dakota Harvest Moon, and Anishinaabe Ricing Moon are the different names of this moon.
September: Full Harvest Moon
September denotes the harvest month so the moon of this month is known as full harvest moon. The full Harvest Moon rises at about the same time around sunset and has other names like the Autumn Moon, Falling Leaves Moon and many others.
October: Full Hunter’s Moon
The Hunter’s Moon gives more light and people could also hunt later at night. According to the Farmer’s Almanac it is also easier for hunters to spot animals after clearing their fields of crops during the Harvest Moon. The Drying Rice Moon, the Falling Leaves Moon are the alternative names of this October moon.
November: Full Beaver Moon
This moon suggests the time when animals and beavers start to hibernate in their shelter. During the ancient times, the beavers were trapped in this season for fur trade. The November full moon has also been called the Digging Moon, Deer Rutting Moon
December: Full Cold Moon
This indicates the cold and dark period of the year. The moon indicates the winter season and is known by the name Moon before Yule, the Frost Exploding Trees Moon and others.