January 25, 2005

Wolf Moon

Interesting bit of folklore from The Farmers Almanac

Tonight’s full moon is called the Wolf Moon.
February’s is the Snow Moon

Here is their description for their page that lists all of the names:

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.

Some nice back-to-the land stuff — it is good to be aware of the cycles of nature as you go about your daily work. We need to remember that we live on a big planet that has a timetable of its own. The long-view and all that…

Posted by DaveH at January 25, 2005 10:16 PM | TrackBack