The Thirteen Full Moons of the Year
The pagan practices bases its festivities not only on the sabbatical wheel of the year, but also in the thirteen full moons that occur throughout the year.
January – Wolf’s Moon
With the deep snow of winter, hungry packs howled near the villages, this is why the full moon this month was known by this name. It was also known by the moon after Yule. We can associate these wolves with the furious horde of wolves that came with the god of the wild hunt.
February – Snow’s Moon
Usually the heaviest snow fell in February and hence its name, but it was also referred to as “full moonof hunger.” So at this time comes the first festival of light of the year in the Pagan Calendar , Imbolc.
March – Raven’s Moon
The Ravens announced the departure of winter, which was at the beginning of the thaw, this was thereason that it was also entitled as the full moon’s crust, as the snow thawed during the day andreturned to form a crystalline crust overnight. Celebrating the arrival of spring in its equinox, Ostara.
April – The Moon of the Rose
This full Moon owes its name to the pink colored-moss, one of the first flowers to bloom in early spring, but the April moon was recognized as the frog’s moon or planter’s moon.
May – The Moon of Flowering
Because May is the month that begins with Bealtaine and because the flowers reach their maximumbrightness, color and fragrance this time of the year, this full moon is well known by this, or as the full moon flowers.
June – Moon of strawberries
It has this name because it is the season where people wanted to reap the fruits, in Europe it is known as the moon rose, since the roses reach their maximum splendor in this month. Litha is celebrated, orsummer solstice.
July – The Thunder Moon
July brings heat and thunderstorms, showers and heat, being one of the months that have moreclimatic variations. However, this full moon is also nicknamed the blood moon because of thesacrificial rites that took place at this stage of the year.
August – The Red Moon
At the peak of harvest, the full moon appears in the sky with red tones, reflecting the light of theindomitable August sun. Reminds us of the sacrificial rites of the oak god in Lughnasadh.
September – The Harvest Moon
In the month of threshing corn and early harvest, this is the most appropriate name to the full moon ofSeptember. Mabon is celebrated and all the good things that the land gave us.
October – The Moon of the hunt
Since the peak period of harvest, and since the light of the sun was maintained to a late time, people began hunting in the woods. On the last day of the month it is celebrated Samhain, the beginning of the pagan year, announcing the wild chase of Winter.
November – The moon of the Pig
It was in this month of the year, when people killed the pigs and began to to replenish the flue as a wayof ensuring subistencia in winter.
December – The Icy Moon
Also known as the long night moon, is closely linked to the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.Yule is celebrated and the full moon was also known as the Oak Moon.