Full Moon Names

According to space.com,

Full moon names were bestowed by the Native Americans of what is now the northern and eastern United States. A few hundred years ago, those 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 were some variations in the moon names, but in general the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior.

Click this link to see a complete listing of full moon names, descriptions and times for 2008. Note that’s there’s a good ol’ total lunar eclipse on tap for next month.

Here’s just the full moon names, dates and times in EDT/EST.

Jan. 22, 8:35 a.m. EST — Full Wolf Moon

Feb. 20, 10:30 p.m. EST — Full Snow Moon

Mar. 21, 2:40 p.m. EDT — Full Worm Moon

Apr. 20, 6:25 a.m. EDT — Full Pink Moon

May 19, 9:11 p.m. EDT — Full Flower Moon

Jun. 18, 1:30 p.m. EDT — Full Strawberry Moon

Jul. 18, 3:59 a.m. EDT — Full Buck Moon

Aug. 16, 5:16 p.m. EDT — Full Sturgeon Moon

Sep. 15, 5:13 a.m. EDT — Full Harvest Moon

Oct. 14, 4:02 p.m. EDT — Full Hunters’ Moon

Nov. 13, 1:17 a.m. EST — Full Beaver Moon

Dec. 12, 11:37 a.m. EST — Full Cold Moon

6 responses to “Full Moon Names

  1. June is also a month to begin to gather honey from the hive, and so i’ve been told was also known and the “Honey Moon.” Young couples after a June wedding were told to go out and enjoy their Honey Moon together.

    And of course the blue moon is the 2nd full moon in a calendar month (or 4th full moon in a quarter), which is a rare event leading to our expression of ‘once in a full moon’

    blah blah blah, i talk too much. back to taking photos!

  2. ‘one in a blue moon’ i meant. sheesh. i shouldn’t be allowed to type!

  3. Since my own world view and spirituality is a quilt of the things that feel true and right within me, i don’t feel that listening to and, if you will, borrowing from non-white, non-judeocentric cosmogonies is at all ‘playing’ with their view of spirituality. I neither speak for native americans nor believe that their sharing of their world view in any way detracts from the truth that they themselves as a people, hold sacred. From what i do know – and do encorporate into my world – is that there is the-spirit-that-moves-within-all-of-us (repeat all-of-us) that is more about being human than it is being ‘owned’ by a specific group.

    Are you implying that native americans have ‘less’ cosmogony now because others have listened and believed?

    I do believe that there are people who have taken religious tenets and used them to further greed or ego – and that’s true of any cosmogony, any point of view. And i also believe that they are in the minority, and that’s one of the dangers and foibles of being human – that it is the risk of any pursuit of the truth, that – once put into words or song – can be misunderstood, misconstrued and used to exploit others. But somehow reducing the strength of “what’s left of their cosmogony?” Hardly.

  4. Zen, that man seems mentally ill, or at least unable to present a coherent opinion, and intent on painting my blog with rambling nonsense. I am trying to ban him from the blog.

  5. Oh, ok. I felt compelled to defend the choices i’ve made even though he didn’t seem to be attacking either you or i, but making assumptions about what people should do, much like the narrowings of a religionist instead of a spiritualist who attempts to open up to something larger.

    thanks for the advice, i’ll keep that in mind, Jennifer.

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