Full Moon Names

The native American names
for the Full Moons

January: Wolf Moon,
Old Moon
February: Snow Moon,
Hunger Moon
March: Worm Moon,
Sap Moon
April: Pink Moon,
Planter's Moon
May: Flower Moon,
Budding Moon
June: Strawberry,
Rose Moon
July: Buck Moon,
Thunder Moon
August: Sturgeon Moon,
Green Corn Moon
September: Harvest Moon (see below for explanation),
Corn Moon
October: Hunter's Moon,
Moon of Falling Leaves
November: Beaver Moon,
Frost Moon
December: Cold Moon,
Long Nights Moon

  • When a calendar month has two Full Moons, the second is a



Harvest moon: The Full Moon nearest the Northern Hemisephere's autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23). The Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.

When is the next Harvest Moon?

Full moons that occurred too early (in August) were sometimes called the Green Corn Moon
to distinguish them from the later moon when the plants were ready for harvesting.

Month Moon name Meaning
January Wolf Hungry wolf packs howl at night
February Snow Heaviest snowfalls in the middle of Winter
March Worm At the start of Spring, the earthworms began to appear
April Pink An early Spring flower called "Mountain Pinks" start to bloom
May Flower Many types of flowers bloom in May
June Strawberry Strawberries are ready to be picked
July Buck

New antlers on buck deer begin to appear

August Sturgeon Sturgeon, a fish found in the Great Lakes, are easily caught at this time of year
September Harvest Farmers can continue harvesting until after sunset by the light of the Full Moon
October Hunter's Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, gathering food for the coming Winter
November Beaver

Beaver traps are set to make sure of a supply of warm Winter fur

December Cold The cold of Winter tightens its grip as the nights are longest

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