A storm is said to rage most fiercely just
before it ends, and the year usually follows suit.
February ~ Chaste Moon
The antiquated word for pure reflects the
custom of greeting the new year with a clear soul.
March ~ Seed Moon
Sowing season and
symbol of the start of the new year.
April ~ Hare Moon
The sacred animal was associated
in Roman legends with springtime and fertility.
May ~ Dyad Moon
The Latin word for a pair refers to the twin
stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.
June ~ Mead Moon
During late June and most of July the
meadows, or meads, were mowed for hay.
July ~ Wort Moon
When the sun
was in Leo, the worts
(from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt plant)
were gathered to be dried and stored.
August ~ Barley Moon
Persephone, virgin Goddess of rebirth,
carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.
September ~ Blood Moon
Marking the season when domestic
animals were sacrificed for winter provisions.
Libra's full moon occasionally became the Wine Moon
when a grapeharvest was expected to produce a superior vintage.
October ~ Snow Moon
Scorpio heralds the dark season when
the sun is at it's lowest and the first snows fly.
November ~ Oak Moon
The sacred tree of the Druids and the Roman
God Jupiter is most noble as it withstands winter storms.
December ~ Wolf Moon
The fearsome nocturnal animal
represents the "night" of the year.