~~March 3, 2015~~
Full Worm Moon
The Algonquin tribes called the March full moon the “Full Worm Moon”. The ground in March is thawing. Earthworms reappear and with them come the robins.
There were several variations on this moon name. Northern tribes called it the Full Crow Moon because the crows’ cawing meant the end of winter. Other tribes called it the Full Crust Moon (because the snow becomes crusted from repeated thawing and refreezing) or the Full Sap Moon (because it is time to tap the maple trees).
European settlers called this moon the Lenten Moon.
This weekend, the full moon comes calling – so full of itself as a herald to the equinox close on its heels that it will be intruding on our personal space a bit more than usual. The full moon this month coincides with lunar perigee, which brings it closer to earth than it has been for the past 18 years.
The phenomenon has been dubbed a “supermoon,” by the media, which have also fueled suggestions that its influence on earth is so powerful that it was in some way responsible for the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan.
This bit of lunacy, however, has no scientific basis since the moon was not at perigee, but at a more average distance from earth, when the earthquakes occurred.
Full Moon Names and Their Meanings
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 Worm Moon – March
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
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~~Published on Mar 25, 2013~~
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