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Solitary Witchcraft - The Full Moons

Updated on December 21, 2016

The Meaning of Full Moons

The full moon is considered by many as a time of great power and the ideal time for many rituals. The Moon is representative of the Goddess as the Sun is representative of the God. The bond that links them is that the light of the moon is the reflected light of the sun transmuted by the Goddess and given back to the earth. The information you will find in this article is based solely on my own research and experience and is not a definitive guide to the pagan moons.

The Native Americans had a name for each of these moons as they tracked through the course of the year. Each moon had a special meaning to mark the importance of the time of year and what activities that would take place in their lives. Different tribes had different names for the different moons and the list is too long to include in this article. See the attached link for many more names of the different Native American tribe for the full moons.

January: The Wolf Moon

During this cold winter month, the wolves are out in the moonlight, hunting for their next meal in this lean time. In the night you can hear their voices cutting through the still night air.

February: Snow Moon/Hunger Moon

In the northern parts of the country this is the time of the heaviest snows as the cold of winter reaches it depths. It is a time of hunger for both man and beast.

March: Worm Moon/Crow Moon

The last full moon of winter heralding the coming of spring. The crow calls it’s farewell to winter as the earthworms begin to wake and come to surface and begin to move about.

April: Pink Moon/Planter's Moon

The first sprouting of flowers such as pink moss and phlox (pink) for their spring debut. Seeds are waking and the world begins to wake with beauty as farmers prepare.

May: Flower Moon/ Budding Moon

The flowers are in bloom painting a canvas of color across the earth in variety and beauty. It is said that under the full moon the flowers dance in honor of the Goddess.

June: Strawberry Moon

It is easy to understand the name of this moon. The strawberries are at their ripest and prim for picking. Gathering them by the light of the full moon was believed to insure a larger harvest during the next season and to honor the crops.

July: Thunder Moon/Buck Moon

For many tribes this the time of storms with the booming sound of thunder. It is also known as the time of year when male deer begin forming their antlers with their velvety coating.

August: Green Corn Moon/Sturgeon Moon

The fullness of summer and the first of the crops are tender and ready to be picked. To native tribes around the Great Lakes of North America this was when the sturgeon would be caught most easily.

September - Harvest Moon

The reason for the name of this moon is obvious. It is the best time in which to harvest the crops. With the full moon there would be extra time to bring in the harvest (crops).

October: Hunter's Moon/Falling Leaves Moon

It is prime hunting season under this moon. The leaves are changing and falling from the trees making it easier for hunters to find their prey under the glowing light of the full moon. This is how they began stockpiling the needed meat for the coming winter season.

November: Beaver Moon

This is the prime time to set traps for the beavers as they would be in their glory. It is the ideal time to collect them so that the People would have warm furs for the coming cold.

December: Cold Moon/Long Night Moon

We come full circle with this moon. Frigid and cold winter has set in as the People settle in for the long winter. This in the time of the longest and coldest night of the season.

The Blue Moon

Most years have only 12 full moons, but every two to three years there is a 13th moon which is called the Blue Moon. The Native Americans did not have a specific name for this moon as their ‘calendar’ was marked from moon to moon. But for pagans the Blue Moon is considered a time of special significance. The magic of the Blue Moon has great power for rituals at this time.

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      Circe Flamefeather 

      6 years ago

      This is a great resource. Thanks for putting it together and sharing!

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting piece of writing (since I know very little about the moon and astronomy in general). I am curious if the date of 30th of November means anything to you?

      All the best.

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      Lea Williams 

      7 years ago

      I like this a lot. I love full moons. =)

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