New and Full Moons
Full Moons 2013
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||on the 27th at 7 Leo 24 at
at 4:39am FULL WOLF MOON
|on the 11th at 21 Capricorn 46|
||on the 25th at 7 Virgo 24
at 8:27pm FULL SNOW MOON
on the 10th at 21 Aquarius 43
||on the 30th at6 Libra 52
at 9:28am FULL WORM MOON
|on the 11th at 21 Pisces 24|
||on the 25th at 5 Scorpio 46
at 7:58pm FULL PINK MOON
LUNAR ECLIPSE at 8:09pm
|on the 10th at 20 Aries 41|
||on the 25th at 4 Sagittarius 08|
at 4:26am FULL FLOWER MOON
LUNAR ECLIPSE at 4:11am
|on the 10th at 19 Taurus 31|
SOLAR ECLIPSE at 12:26am
||on the 23rd at 2 Capricorn 10
at 11:33am FULL STRAWBERRY MOON
|on the 8th at 18 Gemini 01|
||on the 22nd at 0 Aquarius 06
at 6:17pm FULL BLUE MOON
|on the 8th at 16 Cancer 18|
||on the 21st at 28 Aquarius 11
at 1:46am FULL STURGEON MOON
|on the 6th at 14 Leo 35|
||on the 19th at 26 Pisces 41
at 11:14am FULL HARVEST MOON
|on the 5th at 13 Virgo 04|
||on the 18th at 0 Aries 45
at 11:39pm FULL HUNTER'S MOON
LUNAR ECLIPSE at 11:42pm
|on the 5th at 11 Libra 58|
||on the 17th at 25 Taurus 26
at 9:29am FULL BEAVER MOON
|on the 3rd at 11 Scorpio 16|
SOLAR ECLIPSE at 12:47am
||on the 17th at 25 Gemini 36
at 9:29am FULL COLD MOON
|on the 3rd at 10 Sagittarius 59|
What is a Blue Moon, you may be asking yourself! Well, there IS such a phenomena!! The Moon can sometimes appear bluish because of atmospheric conditions, but the expression “Once in a Blue Moon” refers to a month in which Two Full Moons occur. This happens only once every few years.
A Harvest Moon is no ordinary Full Moon; it behaves in a special way. Throughout the year the Moon generally rises about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox the day-to-day difference in the local time of moonrise is only 30 minutes. That comes in handy for northern farmers who are working long days to harvest their crops before autumn. The extra dose of lighting afforded by the Full Moon is what gives the Harvest Moon its name.
Full Moon Names and Their Meanings
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The 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 was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the Full Moon names.
Full Wolf Moon:
January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
Full Snow Moon:
February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
Full Worm Moon:
March Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled 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. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
Full Pink Moon:
April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Full Flower Moon:
May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
Full Strawberry Moon:
June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
The Full Buck Moon:
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month's Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
Full Sturgeon Moon:
August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
Full Harvest Moon:
September This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
Full Hunter's Moon:
October With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can easily see fox and the animals which have come out to glean.
Full Beaver Moon:
November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon:
December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
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