Tuesday, May 15, 2012

M is for Moon (FD)

I've always thought the moon was beautiful, so it was my first thought when I was looking for an "M" topic. And, since I have a few shots Kelly took for me around the time of the full moon in April, it worked out well. He went down to the ocean to take them for me. And here they are:

Ever wonder what the different moons are called?

Well, as it happens, I got a list among some lessons in a Wiccan course I get, so here it is:

Full Moon Names and Lore
January ~ Wolf or Storm Moon
In January the stormy weather earned this moon its name. Snow covered the earth and the howling of wolves could be heard echoing through the cold winter air. Some tribes called this the Snow Moon, but that name was more commonly used for the February moon.

February ~ Snow, Ice or Hunger Moon
This moon is most commonly called the Snow moon, but the tribes that used this name for the January moon called this moon the Hunger Moon as the food supply was often low this time of year.

March ~ Worm, Crow or Seed Moon
As the earth starts to warm the earthworm casts appear, inviting the return of the robins. Some tribes called this Moon the Full Crow Moon, because the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter. It was also known as the Seed Moon as it was now time for sowing.

April ~ Hare or Pink Moon
The Hare was a sacred animal associated in Roman legends with springtime and fertility. In other areas, this moon was known as the Pink Moon, named after the flowers that began to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox. Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).

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 mowed for hay. Also called The Strawberry Moon, as Strawberry picking season reaches its peak during this time. This is one of the few names that was universal to all Algonquin tribes.

July ~ Wort, Hay or Buck Moon
When the sun was in Leo, the worts (from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt plant) were gathered to be dried and stored. Some tribes also called it the Hay Moon. Perhaps most commonly known as the Buck Moon, because deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July.

August ~ Sturgeon or Barley Moon
Sturgeon, a large fish of major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes called it the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rose, it appeared reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. Persephone, virgin Goddess of rebirth, carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.

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, Frosty or Oak Moon
Beavers were actively preparing for winter and they provided a source of warm winter furs for trappers. This moon is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. Others call it the Oak Moon, named after the sacred tree of the Druids which withstands winter storms.

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 the same calendar month. Many consider theBlue 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.

~~~Moon info and lore taken from a Wicca course via The Celtic Connection.


AliceKay said...

I've always been fascinated by the moon and all of it's stages. Interesting info on the different moons from the Wiccan perspective. Thanks to Kelly for taking the photos for you. :)

Toriz said...

Glad you enjoyed the post. :)

That corgi :) said...

Those are great pictures, Tori! I too like the moon! I didn't realize there were so many names for the different moons! I'm going to print this out and keep it handy to refer to monthly; thanks!


Parsley said...

Something very soothing about the moon. I like it! I've reopened my old blog and wanted to say hi from here.

Toriz said...

Glad you enjoyed the post so much; hope you enjoy using the list. :)

Welcome back, and glad you liked the post! :)

Mina said...

These moon images are so gorgeous! Well done and I love the moon name information. Hugs!

Toriz said...

Glad you enjoyed the post! :)