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January 10 — Wolf’s Moon
The very first full moon of the year is known in many cultures as the Full Wolf Moon, which is appropriate given the deep, ancient ties between wolves and January’s full moon. Wolves are much louder and more noticeable in January, which is when breeding season begins. Wolves begin to howl more frequently and aggressively to establish their territory, threatening neighbors and enemies alike to stay far away from their breeding grounds.
February 09 — Snow Moon
As the snowiest month in the United States, February’s full moon is commonly known as the Full Snow Moon in Native American cultures. These ancient tribes named this moon after the way trees cracked in the cold, or how people had to sit shoulder to shoulder around the fire for warmth. As expected of the coldest month in the year, the Full Snow Moon is also known by more sinister names, such as the Bone Moon.
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March 09 — Worm Moon
March’s full moon is commonly called the Full Worm Moon. This is because of the earthworms that wriggle out of the ground as the earth begins to thaw in March. The Worm Moon is also called the Sap Moon instead.
April 08 — Pink Moon
April’s full moon is widely known as the Full Pink Moon, even though it doesn’t turn pastel pink as the name suggests. The Full Pink Moon’s name comes from the abundance of moss phlox, a common little pink flower that typically begins to spread across the ground in early spring. With that said, this creeping phlox is not the only thing that begins blooming during the Full Pink Moon.
May 07 — Flower Moon
May is most notable for being the turning point in the year where temperatures rise and a vast variety of flowers come into full bloom, letting the world break out into a riot of color. As such, May’s full moon has come to be known as the Full Flower Moon. The Apache and Lakota peoples named May’s full moon the Green Leaves Moon, while the Mohawk tribe called it the Big Leaf Moon. But there is one specific plant that’s very important during the May season — and it is, in fact, not a flower.
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June 05 — Strawberry Moon
The sweetest full moon of the year is June’s full moon, commonly known as the Full Strawberry Moon. While the full moon itself is inedible, despite how round and delicious it may seem, the Full Strawberry Moon marks strawberry harvesting season in North America. Delicious though ripe strawberries may be, June’s full moon has another name that’s even sweeter.
July 05 — Thunder Moon
July’s full moon is called the Full Thunder Moon, after the frequent thunderstorms that roll in during early summer. It is the result of the moist, hot air rising from the ground to the higher, colder parts of our atmosphere. The Full Thunder Moon is, therefore, a warning sign for a surprisingly dangerous time of the year.
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August 03 — Sturgeon Moon
August’s full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon, after the primitive fish that used to be abundant in North America’s lakes and rivers during the summer months. Nowadays, however, it’s almost impossible to see a sturgeon during the Full Sturgeon Moon.
September 02 — Harvest Moon
September’s full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon, as it is the full moon that is closest to the fall equinox. The Full Harvest Moon holds major cultural significance in many different communities, who spend this full moon not just celebrating the fall harvest, but also the moon itself.
October 01 — Hunter’s Moon
October’s full moon is commonly called the Hunter’s Moon, harkening back to European and Native American traditions where hunters would use the light of the full moon to track down their prey and stock up for the coming winter. In some areas, the Hunter’s Moon is known by a far morbid name — the Blood Moon.
November 30 — Beaver Moon
November’s full moon marks the beginning of the end. This year, it is the very last full moon before the winter solstice, which makes it the Mourning Moon according to Pagan tradition. And not without good reason — the Full Mourning Moon marks a dangerous time of the year where people could easily slip into the underworld with a single misstep.
December 12 — Full Long Nights Moon
December full moon is commonly known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Full Long Nights Moon. It takes its name from the winter solstice, which has the longest night in the year. Strangely enough, in certain other cultures, December’s full moon can be associated with warmth.