Full Moon Names

The other day when I mentioned Harvest Moon, both the night sky phenomena and the Neil Young song, it occurred to me that I wasn’t too sure what the names of each month’s full moon was.? Because of a Nick Drake song, “Pink Moon,” I knew that had to be one at some point.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon.? Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.”

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: Either the “Long Nights Moon” or the “Cold Moon”

Descriptions of why each moon earned the name it did can be found at the Farmer’s Almanac.

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

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  • Dany March 16, 2009, 2:02 pm

    Is there a way to become a content writer for the site?