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Full Moon Names For Next 5 Months

Here’s the next five months’ full moon names, why they’re named so and what we can expect from these lunar events.

English translations of full moon names date back a few hundred years to Native Americans living in what is now the northern and eastern United States. There were some variations in moon names between groups, but, in general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names.

SNOW MOON; FEBRUARY – Usually, the heaviest snows fall in this month. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some tribes this was the Full Hunger Moon.

FULL WORM MOON: MARCH – In this month the ground softens and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins. Some more northern tribes knew this as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.
FULL PINK MOON: APRIL – The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and — among some tribes on the east coast — the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn.

FULL FLOWER MOON: MAY – Flowers are abundant everywhere by this time of year. This moon was also known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon. This full moon will also undergo a Blood Moon total lunar eclipse. North America will have a ringside seat for it, as totality will occur between the late evening hours of May 15 and the after-midnight hours of May 16 depending on your location. Totality will last 85 minutes.
FULL STRAWBERRY MOON: JUNE – Strawberry picking season peaks during this month; Europeans called this the Rose Moon.

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