The next time you find yourself gazing longingly at the perfect wonder of the moon try and appreciate your cosmic connection to people of ancient cultures who did more than stare in wonder. . .They gave meaningful NAMES to each months full moon.
North American moon names come mainly from Native American Algonquin tribes whose settlements ranged from from New England to Lake Superior Although full moon names can vary, heres a version of how the Algonquin people saw it.
January: Wolf Moon, for hungry packs that howled at night.
February: Snow Moon, for massive winter storms.
March: Worm Moon, when earthworms and robins reappear.
April: Pink Moon, for widespread phiox flowers.
May: Flower Moon, for springs proliferation of blooms.
June: Strawberry Moon, for the berries peek season.
July: Buck Moon, when bucks that have shed their antlers sprout soft, velvety new growth.
August: Sturgeon Moon, for the late summer abundance of this fish.
September: Harvest Moon, for staple crops of corn, pumpkins, squash and beans.
October: Hunters Moon, prime season for deer, fox and other game.
November: Beaver Moon, time to set winter traps.
December: Cold Moon, for the seasons icy blasts.
It seems these Indians knew how to use the full moons to their advantage, kind of like a huge clock for all seasons. They say today that a full moon brings with it strange and bizzare behavior, I wonder if it was the same back in those days?