February’s Esbat on the 22nd

The Esbat or Full Moon for February 2016 will be on Monday the twenty-second. This is a time for spell work pertaining to protection, bring positive things into your life, the raise at work you might want, etc. This is the Mother phases of the Triple Goddess.

Some of the names for February’s Full Moon and their meanings are:

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings from FArmer’s Almanac

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 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. http://farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/

Full Moon Names and Meanings from 

Many human cultures have given names to the full moon throughout the year. Different full moon names can be found among the Chinese, Celtic, Old English, and New Guinea cultures, to name a few. In addition, Native American tribes often used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons and gave a unique name to each recurring full moon. The full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American Tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known names of the full moon come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the moons. They even invented some of their own names that have been passed down through time.

The names given below aren’t the only ones that have been used. Every full moon, with one exception, had variations on its name among various Algonquin tribes, not to mention other tribes throughout North America. But the names below are the most common. Some of the variations are also mentioned.

February: The Snow Moon
Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions. http://www.moonconnection.com/full-moon-names.phtml

 Can you tell me the full moon names? from EarthSky

For both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the full moons have names corresponding to the calendar months or the seasons of the year.

Some almanacs like to give each month a special full moon name. Other almanacs like to reference full moons relative to seasonal markers, as defined by equinoxes and solstices. Is one way better than the other? No. Both have their roots in folklore. Of course, both the monthly names and the seasonal names necessarily favor either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. That’s because the moon has different characteristics in the two hemispheres, at opposite times of year. For example, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. So it falls in September or October for the Northern Hemisphere, and it falls in March or April for the Southern Hemisphere.

Find lists common full moon names, below. To do this please click on this link: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/full-moon-names

General search “February Full Moon Names” on Google.com. USe this link to find other articles you may be interested in reading on this topic: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=february%20full%20moon%20names

 

 

Some of the Full Moon Names for July

Northern Hemisphere

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July: The Buck Moon
Buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July. Frequent thunderstorms in the New England area also resulted in the name Thunder Moon. Some tribes also used Hay Moon.

From: http://www.moonconnection.com/full-moon-names.phtml

The Full Buck Moon – July 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.

From: https://farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/

July: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

From: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/full-moon-names

FOr a list of many different traditions of full Moon names: http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moonnames.htm

 

Southern Hemisphere (exact opposite of Northern for names)

July: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon

From: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/full-moon-names

 

 

 

Full Moon Names-Native American

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
  Chief Seattle 1854 

American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months.

Abenaki
Northeast, Maine
Abenaki Children
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
Mid-March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
alamikos
piaôdagos
mozokas
sigwankas
sogalikas
kikas
nokahigas
temaskikos
temezôwas
skamonkas
penibagos
mzatanos
pebonkas
greetings maker moon
makes branches fall in pieces moon
moose hunter moon
spring season maker moon
sugar maker moon
Abenaki Bowlfield maker moon
hoer moon
grass cutter moon
cutter moon
corn maker moon
leaf falling moon
freezing river maker moon
winter maker moon

Algonquin
Northeast to Great Lakes
Algonquin Mother and Child
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
squochee kesos
wapicuummilcum
namossack kesos
suquanni kesos
moonesquanimock kesos
twowa kesos
matterllawaw kesos
micheenee kesos
pohquitaqunk kesos
pepewarr
quinne kesos
Algonquin Masksun has not strength to thaw
ice in river is gone
catching fish
when they set indian corn
when women weed corn
when they hill indian corn
squash are ripe
when indian corn is edible
middle between harvest and eating corn
white frost on grass
much white frost on grass

Anishnaabe
(Chippewa, Ojibwe)

Great Lakes
Chippewa Man
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
gichi-manidoo-giizis
namebini-giizis
bebookwaadaagame-giizis(oog)
iskigamizige-giizis(oog)
waabigwani-giizis
ode’imini-giizis
aabita-niibino-giizis
miini-giizis
manoominike-giizis
binaakwe-giizis
gashkadino-giizis(oog)
manidoo-gizisoons
great spirits moon
sucker moon
snow crust moon
broken snowshow moon
blossom moon
strawberry moon
raspberry moon
Chippewa Beaded Bag c. 1900berry moon
rice moon
falling leaves moon
freezing moon
small spirits moon

Apache
Southern Plains
Apache Woman
Month Name of Moon
January
April
May
July
October
Apache Bagtime of flying ants
moon of the big leaves
season when the leaves are green
moon of the horse/time of ripeness
time when the corn is taken in

Arapaho
Great Plains
Arapaho Village
Month Name of Moon
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
late July
August
September
October
November
December
Arapaho Seed Bagwhen snow blows like spirits in the wind
frost sparkling in the sun
buffalo dropping their calves
ice breaking in the river
when the ponies shed their shaggy hair
when when the buffalo bellows
the hot weather begins
when the chokeberries begin to ripen
geese shedding their feathers
drying grass
falling leaves
when the rivers start to freeze
popping trees

Assiniboine
Northern Plains
Assiniboine Man and Dogs
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
wicogandu
amhanska
wicinstayazan
tabehatawi
indiwiga
wahequosmewi
wasasa
capasapsaba
wahpegiwi
anukope
cuhotgawi
wicogandu-sungagu
Assiniboine Headdresscenter moon
long dry moon
sore eye moon
frog moon
idle moon
full leaf moon
red berries
black cherries
yellow leaf
joins both sides
frost moon
center moon’s younger brother

Cherokee
East Coast, Carolinas
Cherokee Woman
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
unolvtana
kagali
anvhyi
kawohni
ansgvti
dehaluyi
kuyegwona
galohni
dulisdi
duninhdi
nvdadegwa
vskihyi
cold moon
bony moon
strawberry moon
flower moon
Cherokee Bottleplanting moon
green corn moon
ripe corn moon
drying up moon
nut moon
harvest moon
trading moon
snow moon

Cheyenne
Great Plains
Cheyenne Braves
Month Name of Moon
January
April
May
September
October
November
December
Cheyenne depiction of the Battle of Little Big Horn, c. 1878moon of the strong cold
when the geese lay eggs
when the horses get fat
drying grass moon
freeze begins on stream’s edge
deer rutting moon
when the wolves run together

Choctaw
Southeast, Mississippi, Louisiana
Choctaw Woman
Month Name of Moon Meaning
Early December
Late Dec – Early Jan
Late January
Early February
Late Feb – Early March
April
May
Early June
Late June – Early July
Late July – Early August
Late August – September
October
November
Hash Haponi
Hash Haf
Hash Chaf Iskono
Hash Chaf Chito
Hash Mali
Hash Bissi
Hash Bihi
Hash Takkon
Hash Watallak
Hash Luak Mosholi
Hash Tek Inhasi
Hash Koinchush
Hash Koichus
moon of cooking
moon of sassafras
Choctaw Bagmoon of little famine
moon of big famine
moon of winds
moon of blackberry
moon of mulberry
moon of peach
moon of the crane
green corn festival
courting time
moon of the wildcat
moon of the panther

Comanche
Southern Plains
Comanche Chief Quanah Parker
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
toh mua
positsu mua
tahpooku mua
tahma mua
totsiyaa mua
puhi mua
urui mua
tahma mua
taboo mua
yuba mua
yubaubi mua
wahi mua
year moon
sleet moon
Comanche Arrowheadcottonball moon
new spring moon
flower moon
leaf moon
hot moon
summer moon
paperman moon
fall moon
heading to winter moon
evergreen moon

Cree
Northern Plains, Canada
Cree Moose Hunter
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
gishepapiwatekimumpizun
cepizun
migisupizum
kiskipizun
aligipizun
sagipukawipizun
opaskwuwipizun
opunhopizun
weweopizun
opinahamowipizun
kaskatinopizun
papiwatiginashispizun
moon when the old fellow spreads the brush
Cree Moccasinsold moon
eagle moon
gray goose moon
frog moon
moon leaves come out
moon when ducks begin to molt
moon young ducks begin to fly
snow goose moon
moon the birds fly south
moon the rivers begin to freeze
moon when the young fellow spreads the brush

Creek
Southeast, Alabama, Georgia
Creek Children
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
rv’fo cusee
hotvlee-hv’see
tasahcucee
tasahcee-rakko
kee-hvsee
kvco-hvsee
hiyucee
hiyo-rakko
otowoskucee
otowoskv-rakko
echolee
rvfo-rakko
Creek Potwinter’s younger brother
wind moon
little spring moon
big spring moon
mulberry moon
blackberry moon
little harvest
big harvest
little chestnut moon
big chestnut moon
frost moon
big winter

Haida
Alaska
Haida Canoe
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
táan kungáay
hlgit’ún kungáay
xitgáas kungáay
xíit kungáay
tahálaa kungáay
gáan kungáay
chíin kungáay
k’íit’aas kungáay
kálk kungáay
cha’áaw kungáay
t’a’áaw kungáay
gáangálang kungáay
bear hunting moon
goose moon
Haida Polenoisy goose moon
migratory geese moon
food-gathering moon
berries ripen moon
salmon moon
cedar bark for hat & baskets
ice moon
bears hibernate
snow moon
ripe berries

Hopi
Southwest, Arizona
Hopi Children
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
paamuya
powamuya
osomuyaw
kwiyamuyaw
hakitonmuyaw
uyismuya
nimanmuya
paamuya
nasanmuyaw
angaqmuyaw
kelmuya
kyaamuya
moon of life at it’s height
moon of purification and renewal
moon of the whispering wind
moon of windbreak
Hopi Weavingmoon of waiting
moon of planting
moon of the homedance
moon of joyful
moon of full harvest
moon of long hair
moon of fledgling hawk
moon of respect

Kalapuya
Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Kalapuya Man
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
atalka
atchiulartadsh
atcha-uyu
amanta kotantal
atantal
anishnalya
ameku
akupiu
atchiutchutin
atchalankuaik
alangitapi
adshampak
stay inside
out of food
women dig camas
time for pounding camas
Kalapuya Bowlcamas blooming time
camas ripe
mid summer
end of summer
after harvest
start getting sagittair roots
moving inside for winter
not bad weather

Lakota
Northern Plains
Lakota Woman
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
wiotehika wi
cannapopa wi
istawicayazan wi
wihakaktacepapi wi
canwape to wi
wipazatkan waste wi
canpasapa wi
wasutoa wi
canwape gi wi
canwape kasna wi
waniyetu wi
wanicokan wi
hard moon
moon when the trees crack because of the cold
moon of the sore eyes
moon when the wife had to crack bones for marrow fat
moon of the green leaves
moon when the berries are good
Lakota Basketmoon when the chokecherries are black
moon of the ripening
moon of the brown leaves
moon when the wind shakes off leaves
moon when winter begins
moon when the deer shed their antlers

Mohawk
Eastern Woodlands
Mohawk Man
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
tsothohrhko:wa
enniska
ennisko:wa
onerahtokha
onerahtohko:wa
ohiari:wa
ohiarihko:wa
seskehko:wa
seskhoko:wa
kentenha
kentenhko:wa
tsothohrha
Mohawk Basketthe big cold
lateness
much lateness
budding time
time of big leaf
ripening time
time of much ripening
time of freshness
time of much freshness
time of poverty
time of much poverty
time of cold

Omaha
Central Plains, Nebraska
Omaha Boy
Month Name of Moon
January
February
March
June
July
September
Omaha Drummoon when snow drifts into tipis
moon when geese come home
little frog moon
moon when the buffalo bulls hunt the cows
moon when the buffalo bellow
moon when the deer paw the earth

Passamaquoddy
Northeast U.S. – St. Croix River Region
Passamaquoddy Mary Selmore, age 101
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
opolahsomuwehs
piyatokonis
siqon
ponatom
siqonomeq
nipon
accihte
apsqe
toqakiw
amilkahtin
kelotonuhket
punam
whirling wind moon
when the spruce tips fall
spring moon
spring moon
Passamaquoddy Birch Bark Canoealewive moon
summer moon
ripening moon
feather shedding moon
autumn moon
harvest moon
freezing moon
frost fish moon moon

Ponca
Southern Plains
Ponca with Tomahawk
Month Name of Moon
January
March
June
July
August
October
Ponca and Sioux Battle Scene c. 1858snow thaws moon
water stands in the ponds moon
hot weather begins moon
middle of summer moon
corn is in the silk moon
moon when they store food in caches

Potawatomi
Great Lakes
Potawatomi Men
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
May
June
July
August
October
November
mkokisis
mnokesis
cicakkises
te’minkeses
msheke’kesis
we’shkitdaminkese
e’mnomukkises
e’sksegtukkisis
pne’kesis
Potawatomi Shoulder Bagmoon of the bear
moon of the rabbit
moon of the crane
moon of the strawberry
moon of the turtle
moon of the young corn
moon of the middle
moon of the first frost
moon of the turkey

Pueblo
Southwest, New Mexico
Pueblo Woman
Month Name of Moon
February
March
June
September
November
Pueblo Potmoon of the cedar dust wind
moon when the leaves break forth
moon when the leaves are dark green
moon when the corn is taken in
moon when all is gathered in

Shawnee
Midwest, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Shawnee Leader
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
ha’kwi kiishthwa
haatawi kiishthwa
shkipiye kwiitha
poosh kwiitha
hotehimini kiishthwa
mshkatiwi kiishthwa
miini kiishthwa
po’kamawi kiishthwa
ha’shimini kiishthwa
sha’teepakanootha
kini kiishthwa
washilatha kiishthwa
severe moon
crow moon
sap moon
Shawnee Dresshalf moon
strawberry moon
raspberry moon
blackberry moon
plum moon
papaw moon
wilted moon
long moon
eccentric moon

Shoshone
Great Basin, Nevada, Wyoming
Shoshone Woman and Child
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
goa-mea’
isha-mea’
yu’a-mea’
badua’-mea’
buhisea’-mea’
daa’za-mea’
daza-mea’
guuteyai-mea’
yeba-mea’
naa-mea’
ezhe’i-mea’
dommo-mea’
freezing
Shoshone Dance Shield c. 1890coyote
warming
melting
budding
summer starting
summer
hot
fall
rutting
cold
winter

Sioux
Great Plains, Dakotas, Nebraska
Sioux Woman
Month Name of Moon
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Sioux Tipiwolves run together
dark red calves
sore eye moon
red grass appearing
moon when the ponies shed
strawberry moon
red blooming lilies
cherries turn black
calves grow hair
changing season
falling leaves
when deer shed their horns

Tlingit
Pacific Northwest Coast
Tlingit and Canoe
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
t’aawak dís
s’eek dís
héentáanáx kayaan’i dís
x’eigaa kayaaní dís
at gadaxéet yinaa dís
at gadaxéet dís
xaat dísi
sha-ha-yi
dis yádi
dís tlein
kukahaa dís
shanáx dís
goose moon
black bear moon
underwater plants sprout
budding moon of plants and shrubs
moon before pregnancy
Tlingit Raven Maskbirth moon
salmon moon
berries ripe on mountain
big moon
young animals moon
scraping moon
unborn seals are getting hair

Winnebago
Great Lakes
Winnebago with Pipe
Month Name of Moon
February
April
May
July
November
December
Winnebago Wigwamfish-running moon
planting corn moon
hoeing-corn moon
corn-popping moon
little bear’s moon
big bear’s moon

Wishram
Columbia River, Washington, Oregon
Wishram Catching Salmon
Month Name of Moon
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
her cold moon
shoulder to shoulder around the fire moon
Wishram Petroglyphslong days moon
the 8th moon
the 9th moon
fish spoils easily moon
salmon go up rivers in a group moon
blackberry patches moon
her acorns moon
travel in canoes moon
snowy mountains in the morning moon
her winter houses moon

Zuni
Southwest, New Mexico
Zuni Woman
Month Name of Moon Meaning
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
September
October
December
dayamcho yachunne
onon u’la’ukwamme
li’dekwakkya ts’ana
li’dekwakkya lana
yachun kwa’shi’amme
ik’ohbu yachunne
dayamcho yachunne
li’dekwakkwya ts’ana
li’dekwakkwya lana
ik’ohbu yachunne
when limbs of trees are broken by snow
Zuni Jewelryno snow in trails
little sand storm
great sand storm
no name
turning moon
when limbs of trees are broken by fruit
corn is harvested
big wind moon
sun has traveled home to rest

    source: americanindian.net

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Moon Names

The Moon has long been as important in deity worship as the Sun has. For many ancient people believed that without the Moon to allow the Sun to sleep the Sun would not return the next day. For many the month or a period of time passing was from one full Moon to the next. Many tribes had a calendar year of thirteen months to coincide with the number of full Moons. The Celtic/Lunar calendar, still in use today, has thirteen months or Moon cycles to it. The lunar calendar is based on a month that has approximately 29.5 days. This is the reason the full Moon dates change from year to year.

Why does each full Moon have many different names? For that we have to consider that the names come from many different parts of the world. When the old ones naming them were alive they did not have the communication access to other people around the globe as we do now. They were isolated in their own portion of the world and only knew things there. Remember it is only been a few hundred years that the Earth was not thought of having an end you could fall off of in to an abyss.

I am sure I have missed a few of the names the Moon is or has been called by so I do not claim this is a complete list. If you know of other names I have not listed please email the name and month it belongs to, to me at ladybeltane@aol.com, so I can put them on. Thanks!

What and when is a Blue Moon?

Most seasons have only three full moons in them, but because of the variation due to the Moons 29.5 day cycle some seasons have four full moons. The term “blue moon” is used to identify these extra full moons.

All Moon Names are listed in order by regular calendar month names

Some of the Native American names for the Northern and Eastern Tribes/Nations

Wolf

Snow

Worm

Pink

Flower

Strawberry

Buck

Sturgeon

Harvest or Corn

Hunter or Harvest

Beaver

Cold or Long Nights

COLONIAL AMERICA

Winter

Trapper’s

Fish

Planter’s

Milk

Rose

Summer

Dog Day’s

Harvest

Beaver

Christmas

CHINESE

Holiday

Budding

Sleepy

Peony

Dragon

Lotus

Hungry Ghost

Harvest

Chrysanthemum

Kindly

White

Bitter

NATIVE AMERICAN- CHEROKEE

Cold

Bony

Windy

Flower

Planting

Green Corn

Ripe Corn

Fruit

Nut

Harvest

Trading

Snow

NATIVE AMERICAN-CHOCTAW

Cooking

Little Famine

Big Famine

Wild Cat

Panther

Windy

Crane

Women’s

Mulberry

Blackberry

Sassafras

Peach

NATIVE AMERICAN-DAKOTAH SIOUX

Moon of the Terrible

Moon of the Raccoon, Moon when trees pop

Moon when eyes are sore from bright snow

Moon when Geese return in scattered formation

Moon when leaves are green, Moon to plant

Moon when June berries are ripe

Moon of the middle Summer

Moon when all things ripen

Moon when calves grow hair

Moon when quilling sand beading is done

Moon when horns are broken off

Twelfth Moon

NATIVE AMMERICAN-ALGONQUIN

Wolf

Snow

Sap

Seed

Flower

Strawberry

Buck

Sturgeon

Corn

Raven

Hunter’s

Cold

CELTIC-TWO VERSION

(The Celts also you a 13 month lunar calender of Trees. This does not fit into months we are use to.)

Quite or Storm

Moon of Ice or Chaste

Moon of Winds or Seed

Growing or Hare

Bright or Dyan

Moon of Horses or Mead

Moon of Claiming or Corn

Dispute or Barely

Singing or Blood

Harvest or Snow

Dark or Oak

Cold or Wolf

ENGLISH MEDIEVAL

Wolf

Storm

Chaste

Seed

Hare

Dyan

Mead

Corn

Barley

Blood

Snow

Oak

NEO PAGAN

Ice

Snow

Death

Awakening

Grass

Planting

Rose

Lightening

Harvest

Blood

Tree

Long Night

New Guinea

(These do not go by our calender months)

Rainbow Fish Moon

Parriotfish Moon

Palolo Worm Moon

Flying Fish Moon

Black Trevally Moon

Open Sea Moon

Tiger Sharl Moon

Rain & Wind Moon

CELTIC-LUNAR

(This calendar does not have months like we are use to. It has thirteen months based on 29.5 days or from one Full Moon to the next. I have included the dates the coincide with our regular calendar)

Birch (December 24 – January 20)

Elder (November 25 – December 23)

Birch (December 24 – January 20)

Rowan (January 21 – February 17)

Ash (February 18 _ March 17)

Alder (March 18 – April 14)

Willow (April 15 – May 12)

Hawthorn (May 13 – June9)

Oak (June 19 – July 7)

Holly (July 8 – August 4)

Hazel (August 5 – September 1)

Vine (September 2 – September 29)

Ivy (September 30 – October 27)

Reed (October 28 – November 23)

Elder (November 24 – December 23)