Hunter's Moon or Wolf Moon...

One of the more dramatic sights in the night sky – and inspiration for poets, artists and lovers – full moons captivate us like nothing else.  Most of us are impressed with the beauty of a full moon shining down from the darkened sky; however, did you know that the twelve (oops sometimes thirteen) full moons each have a name.   Full moon names date back to Native American tribes from northern and eastern United States.  The various tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each full moon.  The following are the names of the various moons.

January            Ice Moon, Old Moon or Moon after Yule

February           Snow Moon, Hunger Moon or Wolf Moon

March                Crow Moon, Death Moon, or Lenten Moon

April                   Grass Moon, Pink Moon, Seed Moon or Egg Moon

May                     Milk Moon or Planting Moon

June                    Honey Moon, Flower Moon or Strawberry Moon

July                     Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon

August               Sturgeon Moon, Lighting Moon or Corn Moon

September        Fruit Moon or Harvest Moon*

October              Blood Moon or Harvest Moon*

November         Hunters Moon or Beaver Moon

December         Long Night Moon or Moon Before Yule

*A harvest moon is said to occur closest to the equinox and can happen in late  September or early October.

Now back to the oops!   I am sure almost everyone has heard the expression “Once in a Blue Moon.”   Well, this comes from the fact that two full moons occur in one month only seven times every nineteen years.   Since the early 1700s, this has been known as the “Blue Moon”.

For centuries, the moon phases have been an important part of our human existence.   In fact, the Hindu, Hebrew, Islamic, Mayan, Germanic, Celtic and Chinese calendars are all based on the phases of the moon.

In closing, I wonder if you have noticed that winter moons ride high and small in the sky and summer moons are larger and lower in the sky and seem much brighter.   This is because in the summer, the moon is closest to the northern hemisphere and seems larger.

Reposted from from EUGENE WARE’s Presque Isle Blog