The moon is beautiful, and fascinating! Sailors have used the moon to navigate by, and astrologers have used the moon to time events by for centuries. I added a new element to our psmeditation.com site that tracks where the moon is so that we know when a new moon or a full moon is coming up. The names of the full Moon originated with the Native Americans. Tribes kept track of the seasons with unique names for each full Moon. European settlers continued the tradition and created some more names of their own. The Farmer’s Almanac lists these names:
-January: Full Wolf Moon. In midwinter the wolf howls.
-February: Full Snow Moon. The heaviest snow usually falls during this month.
-March: Full Worm Moon. As the ground begins to thaw, earthworms appear, which signals the return of the robins.
-April: Full Pink Moon. Named from the herb moss pink, one of the earliest flowers of spring.
-May: Full Flower Moon. Flowers are abundant in May.
-June: Full Strawberry Moon. The peak of the very short strawberry season.
-July: Full Buck Moon. Buck deer usually get their antlers this month.
-August: Full Sturgeon Moon: Sturgeon are plentiful in the Great Lakes this month.
-September: Full Harvest Moon. Occurs closest to the autumn equinox, at the peak of harvest.
-October: Full Hunter’s Moon. With the leaves off the trees, it’s easier to see the animals.
-November: Full Beaver Moon. When the beavers prepare for winter.
-December: Full Cold Moon. When nights are long and dark.
Track the moon’s progress at http://www.psmeditation.com