June’s Sun Moon

Strong Sun Moon, Dyad Moon, Lovers Moon, Mead Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon, Moon of Horses, Aerra Litha (Before Lithia), Brachmanoth (Break Month), Seremonath (Dry Month)

In the Pacific Northwest, June’s Full Moon arrives on June 23 at 3:32 am (Pacific Time).

The days are long and the earth is bountiful with flowers and the first fruits.  Enjoy time outdoors, and nurture your garden, your relationships and yourself!

Colors: Sun colors like gold, yellow, orange
Gemstones: Topaz, agate
Trees: Oak, maple
Deities: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone, Áine
Herbs: Parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
Element: Earth

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May’s Flower Moon

Flower Moon, Hare Moon, Merry Moon, Dyad Moon, Bright Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Sproutkale, Planting Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Winnemanoth (Joy Month)

In the Pacific Northwest, May’s Full Moon arrives on May 24 at 8:25pm (Pacific Time).

Now that the weather is warming up, this is the time for planting.  Put the fertility of spring to good use and sow your seeds!

Colors: Red, orange, yellow
Gemstones: Ruby, garnet, amber, Apache tear
Trees: Hawthorn, rowan
Gods: Kali, Priapus, Cernunnos, Flora
Herbs: Cinnamon, members of the mint family
Element: Fire

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April – Wind Moon

Pagan: Wind Moon, Seed Moon, Planting Moon, Seed Moon, Growing Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Pink Moon, Hare Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, April’s Full Moon arrives on April 25 at 11:57 am (PST).

Nature Spirits: faeries
Herbs: basil, chives, dragon’s blood, geranium, thistle
Colors: crimson red, gold
Flowers: daisy, sweet pea
Scents: pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli
Stones: ruby, garnet
Trees: pine, bay, hazel
Animals: bear, wolf
Birds: hawk, magpie
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast

Energy: Creating and producing, returning balance, change, self-confidence, self-reliance, taking advantage of opportunities. Work on temper and emotional flare-ups and selfishness. This is a good time for working on potential relationships, or looking at problems in existing ones.

  • At this time, the storms of March subside to the gentle breezes of April, scattering seeds and spreading life.
  • Known as the Hare Moon, the hare being a sacred animal associated with springtime and fertility in Roman legends.
  • Also known as the Pink Moon after the spring flowers that began to appear.
  • Other names were the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes), when the fish came upstream to spawn.

PaganWiccan About.com – Wind Moon
Pagan’s Path – Full Moon Names
AngelFire – The Olde Way
Wicca – Celtic Connection
Farmers’ Almanac – Full Moon Names
Wise Witches Society – Full Moon Names

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March – Storm Moon

Pagan: Storm Moon, Chaste Moon, Plow Moon, Seed Moon, Crow Moon, Lenting/Lenten Moon, Faery Moon, Crust Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Worm Moon, Sap Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, March’s Full Moon arrives on March 27 at 1:27 am (PST).

Nature Spirits: Air and water beings, connected with spring rains and storms
Herbs: High John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss
Colors: pale green, violet
Flowers: daffodil, violet
Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom
Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone
Trees: alder, dogwood
Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar
Birds: sea crow, sea eagle
Deities: Isis, the Morrigan, Hecate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene, Minerva, Artemis, Luna, Eostre

Energy: Growing, prospering, exploring, new beginnings, balance of light and dark, breaking illusions, seeing the truth in your life. A good time for healing magick.

  • Because sap rises in March, marking the time of tapping maple trees, this full moon is called the Sap Moon.
  • Some tribes called this moon the Crow Moon because the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter.
  • Also known as the Seed Moon as it was now time for sowing.
  • Also called the Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.
  • To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full moon of winter.
  • As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to soften, earthworms appear, heralding the return of the robins.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Wicca.com
Farmers’ Almanac

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February – Quickening Moon

Pagan: Quickening Moon, Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Ice Moon, Big Winter Moon, Horning Moon, Hunger Moon, Wild Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Snow Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, February’s Full Moon arrives on February 25 at 12:26 pm (PST).

Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of house plants
Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
Colors: light blue, violet
Flowers: primrose
Scents: wisteria, heliotrope
Stones: amethyst, jasper
Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar
Animals: otter, unicorn
Birds: eagle, chickadee
Deities: Brigid, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite

Energy: Purification, growth, healing, loving the self, accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans. This is a good time to focus your magick on home, hearth and family.

  • Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, some native tribes often called February’s full moon the Snow Moon.
  • The tribes that used Snow Moon for the January moon called this moon the Hunger Moon, as the food supply was often low and harsh winter conditions made hunting difficult this time of year.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Wicca.com
Farmers’ Almanac

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January – Cold Moon

Pagan: Cold Moon, Wolf Moon, Chaste Moon, Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Ice Moon, Storm Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Wolf Moon, Hunger Moon, Snow Moon, Old Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, the first Full Moon of 2013 arrives on January 26th at 8:38pm (PST).

Nature Spirits: gnomes, brownies
Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts, cones
Colors: white, blue-violet, black
Flowers: snowdrop, crocus
Scents: musk, mimosa
Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase
Trees: birch
Animals: fox, coyote
Birds: pheasant, blue jay
Deities: Freyja, Inanna, Hera

Energy: Sluggish, beginning and conceiving, protection, good for reversing spells. Conserve energy by working on personal problems that involve no one else.  This is a good time for planning your year from a spiritual perspective. Set some goals and plan how to achieve them.

  • In cold and temperate climates of the Northern Hemisphere, it was difficult to find food during January.
  • This was the time when snow covered the earth and the howling of wolves could be heard echoing through the cold winter air.
  • Sometimes it was also referred to as the Moon After Yule.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Wicca.com
Farmers’ Almanac

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