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types of Moons

Post by laura ann on April 2nd 2012, 7:40 pm

The Naming of Moons article talked about some of the traditions and cultures which names the different moons as part of their season and annual calendar. Here is a list of the various months of the year, the name or names often associated with that moon, and some of the significance behind the names.

January - Wolf Moon, also Moon After Yule. The name Wolf Moon comes from wolf packs which roam in the depth of winter.

February - Snow or Hunger Moon. This moon is named for the fact that this is most often the harshest time of winter.

March - Worm or Sugar Moon. These moon names indicate the very beginnings of spring. Sugar moon comes from groups which tapped trees to make syrup.

April - Pink or Seed Moon. This moon happens when flowers have really started to bloom and spring is underway.

May - Flower or Hare Moon. Most everywhere has full flowers by this time of year.

June - Strawberry or Rose Moon. This moon is named for the very short strawberry harvest season. Rose Moon is the European name, given by new settlers.

July - Buck or Mead Moon. This is the time of year that male deer, bucks, begin to grow their horns.

August - Sturgeon or Green Corn Moon. The sturgeon came from tribes in the Great Lakes area, for when this fish was plentiful.

September - Harvest or Barley Moon. The moon closest to the Equinox is the Harvest Moon. Occasionally when this falls in October, the September moon becomes the Corn or Barley Moon.

October - Hunter’s or Dying Grass Moon. With the harvest done, and the leaves falling, this is a time of hunting game for winter.

November - Beaver or Frosty Moon. The beaver name is related to either the trapping of these animals by hunters or the fact that beavers are busy readying for winter at this time of the year.

December - Cold Moon, also Moon Before Yule. At this point, winter weather has arrived and the shortest day of the year approaches.

Each season usually has three full moons. However, there are sometimes four full moons in a season. When this happens, the third full moon is the “Blue Moon.” This preserves the named moon cycle, and is a rare occurrence. Due to an error in a 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope Magazine, the term blue moon has been associated with a second occurrence of a full moon within one month. However, true blue moons are much more rare than that, happening about once every two and a half years on average.

source: http://www.bellaonline.com
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