Friday, April 1, 2011

Full Moons!


January Moon - Wolf Moon - According to lore, under this moon, wolves would howl in hunger outside Native American villages.  When the moon is full in January, people tend to eat too much, drink too much, and play too much trying to fill a winter emptiness.

February Moon - Snow Moon - February is traditionally when the heaviest snow falls.  People often dream of places they'd rather be when they sleep under a full Snow Moon.

March Moon - Wolf Moon - In the spring, the ground softens and earthworms reappear..as do the robins who eat them.  The lure of possibly getting caught while doing something daring or scandalous is hard to resist during the first full moon in March.

April Moon - Pink Moon - This full moon marks the appearance of pink ground phlox, an early spring flower.  The amount of hope in the air during a full Pink Moon makes it the best time to ask someone to marry you.


May Moon - Milk Moon - The abundance of greenery to eat at this time of year gives cows and goats the potential to produce rich, fortified milk.  People often think they are the most attractive under a full Milk Moon.


June Moon - Strawberry Moon - June is typically when strawberries ripen and are gathered.  The best time to seek forgiveness is under the Strawberry Moon.  Sweetness seems to linger during this time.

July Moon - Buck Moon - Bucks begin to grown new antlers at this time.  Young men will butt heads and generally show themselves under this full July moon.

August Moon - Sturgeon Moon - Native American lore says that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were the most easily caught during the full moon in August.  This full moon tends to make people feel restless and overwhelmed.

September Moon - Harvest Moon - This is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, bright enough to allow farmers to work late into the night, bringing in the last of their harvest.  A time of introspection.  People are often moody during this moon.

October Moon - Hunter's Moon - Historically, after the harvest, with leaves falling and fields bare, it was easier to see to hunt under this full moon.  If you stare at a Hunters' moon with a question, it will become clear what has to be done.

November Moon - Beaver Moon - Beaver traps were set during this time, before the waters froze, so furs would be in abundance for the cold months ahead.  For some people, the full Beaver Moon is the last chance to do something they've wanted to do but put off, before the heaviness of winter settles over them.

December Moon - Cold Moon - The full moon hearalding long, dark, cold nights ahead.  Unquestionably the best sleeping moon of the year.

Thank you to author Sarah Addison Allen for that!

In my neck of the woods, we woke up this morning to snow, about an inch of snow.  Mother Nature's April Fools joke?!

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