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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Native American Moon Names


Native Americans named each recurring full Moon and the month it occurred in.  These are Algonquin names; other names were sometimes used and/or they could be interchangeable to a degree but these are my favorites:

• January - Full Wolf Moon, named for the howling of hungry wolves in winter. 

• February - Full Snow Moon, named for the extreme weather that often occurred at this time. 

• March - Full Crow Moon, named for the crow calls that herald the end of winter. 

• April - Full Egg Moon, named for the new life that comes with Spring.

• May - Full Flower Moon, named for May's abundant blossoms. 

• June - Full Strawberry Moon, named for the short strawberry harvesting season. 

• July - Full Thunder Moon, named for July's frequent storms. 

• August - Full Red Moon, named for the reddish tint the sun takes on in hot, hazy weather.

• September - Full Corn Moon, named for the ripe corn.

• October - Full Harvest Moon, the time for gathering the primary staples of the Native American diet

• November - Full Frosty Moon, the time to actively prepare for winter.

• December - The Full Cold Moon, named for the long, chill nights.

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