Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Full Moon Tonight

The full moon names originally came from the Native Americans that lived in the northern and eastern area of the United States. They named the recurring full moons a distinctive name to help them in keeping track of the seasons. The name was applied to the entire month in which the full moon appeared.

These names and variations of the names were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. The full moon for March is the Full Worm Moon, with the following name variations: Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sugar Moon, Full Sap Moon. The reason the full moon in March was named the Worm Moon, as the sun increasingly warmed the soil, earthworms became active and their castings (excrement) began to appear.

Crows are out and about during March, the snow has a crust like surface, and March is Maple Sugaring season – the sap begins to rise in the sugar maple. Welcome to March and soon we will welcome Spring.

Full moon folklore - historical archives / Old Farmer’s Almanac

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