What Moon Is It This Month? A Year-Round Glossary of Named Moons

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The Moon is more than a rock. One of the few true constants throughout time, the Moon has been following Earth around for as long as we know. Civilizations old and new have studied and celebrated the Moon. Full Moons in particular bring out intrigue and a spectrum of energies from a lot of different places. A harvest moon will rise on September 20, coinciding with the autumnal equinox and radiating bright moonlight on a grand scale.

Full moons brighten the sky like no other so long as it isn’t cloudy, so it only makes sense that more activity can happen around full moons, especially when the days are shorter. More light means the potential to get more done. Many cultures associate annual events and other special times with the full moon that precedes that time, with Easter and Passover being strong examples of that.

The Romans implemented the calendar we know and follow today. With that calendar’s implementation, the population at large used names associated with these months to label their moon. Knowing what moon it is on a given night might dictate one’s decisions during their day-to-day. Usually, the names of full moons are indicative of what’s going on seasonally in nature.

Most of these moons were associated with their respective months because of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which used Indigenous influences and knowledge from early European settlers. But there are also some abnormal names for moons. And because different cultures have different names for moons, it’s fun to see how their similarities and differences intersect.