HoneyMoon in June: Moon Names and Their Meanings
June 2, 2016
Every 29 days the beautiful bright light of the full Moon welcomes us to the evening hours. But did you know, for Native Americans, each Full Moon served a different purpose throughout the year? Native Americans used the Moon to assist with time tracking and named each month’s Moon according to what was to be expected for that month. Farmer’s, in turn, adopted this naming process and added to it throughout the years.
Take “honeymoon” for instance. Today, the first thing that may come to mind is that joyous getaway two people take after their wedding. The Honey Moon is also the name of the full Moon seen in the month of June. Some say it’s because of ancient European marriage customs and the giving and drinking of mead (honey) wine or that the first month of marriage is the sweetest. Some say it comes from June’s full Moon taking the lowest arc across the sky which makes it retain its glowing yellow hue as we see it through thick layers of atmosphere instead of high in the sky.
With so many names given to our full Moon we decided to highlight one for each month. Take a look at 2016’s Moon names and comment below with some of your own unique Moon names.
January - Full Wolf Moon
With the temperatures cold and the ground covered in snow, wolf packs roam happily and freely. With so many wolves on the prowl you’re likely to hear a howl or two at this full Moon.
February – Full Snow Moon
The heaviest snowfall is usually seen in the month of February, and thus the name was given.
March – Full Worm Moon
Spring begins to peak through winter’s cold and earthworm casts can be seen peaking about with it. The earthworms would queue up the robins and the calls of the birds would let the tribes know they were in the month of the Full Worm Moon.
April – Full Pink Moon
Pink moss and flowers are now in full bloom. With the emergence of these beautifully colorful plants the Native Americans dubbed April the month of the Full Pink Moon.
May – Full Flower Moon
We all know that April showers bring May flowers—it’s only right that the full Moon celebrate as well.
June – Full Strawberry Moon
June is the perfect month for harvesting strawberries. Well, honestly, with the harvesting season being so short it’s more like the only month to harvest. The Strawberry Moon was a nod to the harvesting time of those sweet, red, berries!
July – The Full Thunder Moon
If you’re looking for a thunderstorm you’re likely to find it in the summer month of July. Known for it’s stormy weather, this full Moon highlights a month of thunder and lightning.
August – Full Sturgeon Moon
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.
September – Full Harvest Moon
This full Moon occurs closest to the autumn equinox. Being at the peak of harvest time the Harvest Moon allowed farmers to work into the night by it’s bright light.
October – Full Hunter’s Moon
The month of October highlights the time of year when many animals are preparing for the winter. Noticing that the animals were at their largest during this time the Native American tribes would do a lot of hunting throughout the month.
November – Full Beaver Moon
November’s full Moon name comes from the winter activities of the beaver. Gearing up for cold temperatures, the Native Americans sought to catch beavers during this time in hopes of obtaining their furs.
December – The Full Cold Moon
In December, the nights come sooner and the temperatures get lower. With the onset of Winter, this chilly month was appropriately named for it’s low temps and icy feels.