Full Moon Names

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Full Moon Names

Postby Yogi » 14 Jan 2015, 09:02

Each Full Moon has a name. There obviously is a Northern Hemisphere bias in this list, but it's interesting nonetheless:
    January - Wolf Moon
    February - Snow Moon
    March - Worm Moon
    April - Pink Moon
    May - Flower Moon
    June - Strawberry Moon
    July - Buck Moon
    August - Sturgeon Moon
    September - Harvest Moon
    October - Hunter's Moon
    November - Beaver Moon
    December - Cold Moon
http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/mo ... names.html
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Kellemora » 14 Jan 2015, 13:37

Hmm.
We always called the full moon in August the Red Moon, so we didn't confuse it with the Blood Moon of October. Grandpa called the August moon something else, not Corn Moon though. It was time for the early harvest, but danged if I can remember what he called it. Grand Moon maybe?
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby pilvikki » 14 Jan 2015, 17:06


the last full moon I saws the most spectacular ever! it rose up behind the montréal cathedral and from our vantage point looked like it was about to swallow most of the town. it was the colour of blood orange, but of course, you'll get nothing without the proper lenses, which we don't have.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 15 Jan 2015, 17:13

Was that a blood moon Vikki? Those sort of eclipses can have a beautiful effect.

You're right Gary, there IS another name for an August moon but I can't think of it either, although I think what Yogi's listed're the most well-known names for them. I hadn't heard of a "worm" or "beaver" one though.

There's an "African moon" celebrated in August during the pagan festival of Lammas, but I don't think that's the one I was trying to think of.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby pilvikki » 15 Jan 2015, 18:14


well, it may have been. it was the reddest, fattest moon I've ever seen. same colour I saw some 4 yrs ago as an eclipse in Canada.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 15 Jan 2015, 19:15

Probably was, then. I've only ever seen 2 huge orange moons. The last one had a lighter halo round it. It was the day I sent the stuff off to France, so not long ago. Beautiful moon, but I don't know why it was as big and colourful as it was.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby AJRC » 16 Jan 2015, 05:39

The UK has different names for the full moons.

0 Moon After Yule January 7, 15:40
1 Wolf Moon February 6, 08:47
2 Lenten Moon March 6, 23:14

Spring Equinox: March 20, 06:49
3 Egg Moon April 5, 11:03
4 Milk Moon May 4, 20:33
5 Flower Moon June 3, 04:20

Summer Solstice: June 21, 00:57
6 Hay Moon July 2, 11:09
7 Grain Moon July 31, 18:05
8 Fruit Moon August 30, 02:22

Autumn Equinox: September 22, 16:30
9 Harvest Moon September 28, 13:09
10 Hunter's Moon October 28, 03:07
11 Moon Before Yule November 26, 20:07
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 16 Jan 2015, 08:02

Fruit moon? LOL! I don't know why, but I kept thinking of fruit bats when I saw that one!

Hunter's moon - that's the one I was trying to think of, but it's in October, not August. : (
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Kellemora » 16 Jan 2015, 12:28

Grain Moon is what grandpa called the August full moon.
But I don't remember which crop he brought in during August.
Seems the first dry crop we harvested was Oats. Wheat was both an early and a late crop.
Way too many years have gone by to remember when we did what anymore.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 16 Jan 2015, 20:44

They all come from folklore or oral history anyway, when people ran their lives by seasonal changes and the growing of various crops. I think it's nice to have various names for the moon.

Most crops're sown in spring and harvested in August and September.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby pilvikki » 17 Jan 2015, 08:04


winter wheat is sown in the fall.

I went looking for moon names in finnish, but it appears there aren't any. strange.

well, i'll give you the translations for the names of the moths in finland:

1. mid winter, derived from the tree 'oak', which was considered the center in building anything.
2. pearl. from the beads formed by frost.
3. from the ground starting to show.
4. time to cut next year's fire wood.
5. sowing etc.
6. plowing up fallow fields
7. hay.
8. harvest (used to be the less attractive 'rot' month)
9. autumn
10. mud. :lol:
11. death.
12. yule. (was called winter month)
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 17 Jan 2015, 21:42

"Winter wheat's" also spring-sown as well Vikki, and other crops such as beetroot and cauliflower can be sown in January and February - which's still winter time in the UK.

Love those translations, which're basically right!
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby pilvikki » 18 Jan 2015, 06:54


there are big fields of cabbage down the road atm. I wonder what they'll plant there later on...

it's supposed to snow next week, which would not surprise me, it's gotten chilly out there.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Jan 2015, 08:27

I don't know what follows cabbages - probably potatoes? I used to know all the crop rotations, but don't take much notice of it these days, so not sure .....

Yes, snow's on the horizon again for us as well, although further north, they've been getting it constantly.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby pilvikki » 18 Jan 2015, 09:19


all I know is you can't plant nightshade 2 years in a row and every third year the fields were left fallow. that was before.

now...

no clue.
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Re: Full Moon Names

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Jan 2015, 18:56

Me neither. We used to use 4-year crop rotations over here, e.g. potato, root, grasses, brassica - in which case, potatoes WOULD follow the cabbages, but it's now considered that 4 year cropping cycles're too short to prevent nasties like stubble disease and others, so I think 5 or 6 year rotations're used, but can't be sure about that, because I've known a field to be sown with wheat, and then 1-2 years later it had maize in it. Maybe the standard of soil has some part in it?
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