Full Moon Traditional Names

The names of the full moons charity and come from many sources. Most reflect Native American tribal traditions and have been relayed to us through Farmers Almanacs produced in the United States. In the United Kingdom Almanacs were also produced, which is part of the reason that we find apparently Anglo-Saxon and Christian influences appearing.

Farmers Almanacs were part farming calendars, part predictive forecast of the year ahead in the same sense we can pick up books forecasting our astrological signs year for 2020 from book stores. Many of the names reflect seasonal events, or confirm the best time to undertake seasonal preparation, and would have been surrounded by weather forecasts as well as information on fortunate / unfortunate daya and make claims about the fate and fortune of notable people in the country in which they were written. In the case of this latter information the authors accuracy could propel them to fame and fortune in the eyes of higher levels of society. A lack of accuracy could have the opposite consequences.

Now a days Farmers Almanacs are less sensational in this regard, but they are still peppered with folklore and good advice be they focused towards a magical or mundane reader. The most prominent aspect carried forward into the pagan community is the naming of the moon, and the association of each moon with a magical focus based on that name. Sometimes these foci overlap with the astrological associations of the moon but the nature of the lunar and steller cycles means that these associations do not always directly overlap. Timing magic by magical name as opposed to astrological sign is just simply another way to time things; each has their own context and are equally valid within them.

January – Wolf Moon

Other names: Moon After Yule, Old Moon, Ice Moon, and Snow Moon.

This moon is appropriate for magical works for initiatig new beginnings, personal issues, personal protection, setting goals, revealing hidden agendas, spell reversal.

February – Snow Moon

Other names: Hunger Moon, Storm Moon and Chaste Moon.

This moon is appropriate for magical works for purification, healing, forgiveness, self love, personal growth, personal responsibility, self forgiveness, new plans.

March – Chaste Moon

Other names: Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon, Worm Moon, Lenten Moon.

This moon is appropriate for magical works for prosperity, new financial ventures, exploration, balance, truth, honesty, finding clarity.

April – Pink Moon

Other names: Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, Paschal Moon.

This moon is appropriate for magical works for creativity, balance, change, confidence, opportunities, emotions and productivity.

May – Flower Moon

Other names: Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for creativity, intuition, connecting with trees and plants, psychic work, building spirit connections.

June – Strawberry Moon

Other names: Hot Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for protection, strength, decisions, personal responsibility, personal issues, inner power.

July – Buck Moon

Other names: Thunder Moon, Wort Moon, Hay Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for success, new plans, reaching your goals, dreams, divination, spiritual work.

August – Sturgeon Moon

Other names: Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, Grain Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for being projects to fruition, appreciation, health, good friendships, abundance.

September / October – Harvest Moon

Technically, the Harvest Moon is the Full Moon closest to the Autumn Equinox . Most years it is in September, but around every three years, it is in October. The Harvest Moon is the only Full Moon name which is determined by the equinox rather than a month.

September – Corn Moon

Other names: Corn Moon, Full Corn Moon, Barley Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for finding peace and balance, personal cleansing (mental, spiritual and physical).

October – Hunter’s Moon

Other names: Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon, Sanguine Moon. However, this should not be confused with a Total Lunar Eclipse – Blood Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for divination, spirit contact, death and rebirth, justice, balance, harmony, moving on, cord cutting.

November – Beaver Moon

Other names: Frosty Moon, Oak Moon, Mourning Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for personal development and transformation, strength, communication with the divine.

December – Cold Moon

Other names: Moon Before Yule, Wolf Moon.
This moon is appropriate for magical works for death and rebirth, balance, spiritual matters, family, friendships, relationships, shadow work and personal issues.

About knotmagick

Weaving Magick and Crochet in the madhouse I call home. I am a devotee of Hekate and a follower of Pan.
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