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The Moon


Full Moon Names and Meanings

Many human cultures have given names to the full moon throughout the year. Different full moon names can be found among the Chinese, Celtic, Old English, and New Guinea cultures, to name a few. In addition, Native American tribes often used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons and gave a unique name to each recurring full moon. The full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American Tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known names of the full moon come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the moons. They even invented some of their own names that have been passed down through time.

The names given below aren't the only ones that have been used. Every full moon, with one exception, had variations on its name among various Algonquin tribes, not to mention other tribes throughout North America. But the names below are the most common. Some of the variations are also mentioned.


January: The Wolf Moon

In January snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.

February: The Snow Moon

Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.

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What Is Earthshine?

Earthshine is a soft, faint glow on the shadowed part of the moon caused by the reflection of sunlight from the Earth.
Specifically, Earthshine happens when the light from the sun is reflected from the Earth's surface, to the moon, and then back to our eyes. Because of this double reflection of light, Earthshine is many, many times dimmer than the direct light of the sun on the moon. Earthshine is even more faint because the moon's "albedo" (a specific kind of reflectivity) is less than Earth's. Even though this dim light is only a reflection it can still illuminate some features of the moon.

Earthshine can be best seen during the crescent phases (the 1-5 day period before or after a New Moon). During this time the sun is mostly behind the moon from our perspective and bathing the Earth in a lot of direct light that is reflected onto the shadowed parts of the moon.

Moons orbiting other planets can also experience this phenomenon, generally called "planetshine".

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That was an interesting read.

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Glad you enjoyed it Spice

Understanding Astrological Moon Signs


Astrological moon signs (or "signs of the Zodiac") are just as important as Sun signs, but not everyone pays attention to them. Moon signs are the next most planetary placement in a person's horoscope chart and are the moving cycle in the chart that helps define our emotions and make up the unconscious side of our personality. This is the place where we go to find comfort, peace and childhood memories. These signs also have an affect on our senses, such as sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. They are all connected to our subconscious memories and affect us differently than the Sun's Zodiac signs.
The twelve Zodiac moon signs can be divided into four groups: air, fire, earth and water.

Air - Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

The astrological moon signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are a little different from the Sun signs because they deal with the emotions and feelings of a person. For instance, Gemini likes to acquire as much information as they can about a given situation and let others know what they have learn. Their moon sign makes them avid talkers to get their feelings known. Libra's can please and appease. People born under this astrological moon sign have a deep feeling to be accepted. Aquarius' think first then verbalize to come to a good understanding.

Fire - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius have their own way of reacting to their feelings when the moon is in the fire sign. Aries are:

very self assured
sure of their own actions
trust in other peoples competence For Leo, they make those under this sign attention seekers that tend to dramatize, but they are very deeply passionate when expressing emotion. For Sagittarians, their astrology moon sign tends to make them move around and explore. They also tend to take their own feelings and apply them to religion.
Earth - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

The Zodiac signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn go through different emotions. Taurus, when in their astrological moon sign, will try to defuse unwelcome situations because they like calm. Virgoans are organizers; they also like to find out what is going on by engaging in activities while determining what's happening. Those under the moon sign of Capricorn tend to control emotions. They tend to keep their feelings to themselves, making this the most complicated sign of all.

Water - Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

For the astrological moon signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces emotional expression becomes a must. Their sign makes them wants to take care and be taken care of. Their free expression of emotions becomes extremely important. While those in the moon sign of Scorpio can hold resentment for a lifetime if their emotions are not released, Pisces has a caring and tenderness and helps other people in need.


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Wow, interesting stuff on the astrological signs. Fits both of us, Bec. emoticon

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March: The Worm Moon

Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found. Other signs of spring gave rise to other variations: the cawing of crows (the Crow Moon); the formation of crusts on the snow from repeated thawing and freezing (the Crust Moon); and the time for tapping maple trees (the Sap Moon). Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.


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I can't find my old writings on Finnish month names, just have to do this again.


"Kuu" is Finnish for Moon or short for month(="kuukausi", lit. moon season)

The months in Finnish:


1 Tammikuu: Oak(=Heart?) Month/Moon

"Tammi" means modernly oak, but it's believed ancient meaning of the word was heart. Oak is sometimes called "heart tree" and January is approximately time referred as "hear (of) winter"

2 Helmikuu: Pearl Month/Moon

There's ice and snow and days get longer and sun gets higher than in January, thus "pearl" refers to sunlight on snow and ice

3 Maaliskuu: ???

"Maa" means earth/ground/land; I assume the name comes from ground becoming visible a snows melt

4 Huhtikuu: ???
5 Toukokuu: ???

Neither word has any meaning in modern Finnish that I know. Old phrase "touko work" means tilling, sowing etc. but I'm not sure if that comes from older name of the month or if the month is named for that.
Wikipedia claims huhtikuu might come from "huhta", old word for slash-and-burn.

6 Kesäkuu: Summer Month/Moon

7 Heinäkuu: Hay Month/Moon

Time to make hay

8 Elokuu: (Life/)Harvest Month/Moon

Elo/elämä means life, but this refers to harverst(="elonkorjuu", lit. collecting life)

9 Syyskuu: Autumn Month/Moon

10 Lokakuu: Mud/Dirt Month/Moon

Wet and cold, what to call such time?

11 Marraskuu: ???

"Marras" refers to dead dried-up plants, specifically killed by night frost and/or frozen ground

12 Joulukuu: Yule Month/Moon

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emoticon Thanks for sharing this K!

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I enjoyed the part about the Gemini!

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Our word for month is 'moon' and it's entered English slang (especially prison slang).

Moon itself we call 'choon' - you might say 'drey o deram-engri o ruppeny choon' - by the light of the silvery moon.
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