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What Do The Seasonal Moons Mean?

When we first posted about our Seasonal Moon Necklaces, we had a lot of requests to post about what each seasonal moon meant. So, with that a mind we thought it would be a good idea to describe to you each one. I have never heard of the seasonal moons before and I had no idea that my month was the “frost moon”. The frost moon is the name of the full moon in November, also know as the Full Beaver Moon, and was known as the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

Here are the other meanings of the Seasonal Full Moons

January: The Old Moon – Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside of villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Most commonly know as Full Wolf Moon, or the Moon After Yule.

February: The Storm Moon Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

March: The Sugar Moon – As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. It marks the time of tapping maple trees. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full moon of winter.

April: The Growing Moon – This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. It’s a time when things begin to grow.

May: The Flower Moon – Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

June: The Honey Moon – The Algonquin tribes knew this moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries.

July: The Mead Moon – July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.

August: The Lighting Moon – The sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

September: The Fruit Moon – This full moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.

October: The Travel Moon – This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead.

November: The Frost Moon (see above)

December: The Winter Moon – This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.



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Kacie -March 26, 2013, 12:44PM

Aw I love that my birth month is the flower moon, it just so fits me!

anji -March 26, 2013, 7:56PM

Does June’s Honey Moon explain how ‘honeymoon’ got its name?

Jenny Ekberg -March 26, 2013, 11:02PM

It is so appropriate that my birth moon is the travel moon. I have travelled a lot, and now live on the opposite side of the earth to where I was born…

Jenny Ekberg -March 26, 2013, 11:03PM

PS YES, I also thought of tattoos IMMEDIATELY!!! Would go really well with my other tattoos (mehndi symbols).

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I love this ♥ and that typo, oh my! what is it? so familiar….

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@ces_o AMERICAN HORROR STORY! Thats the font in which the title is written

ah -March 27, 2013, 11:22AM

You should post this on your website with the moon necklaces. or add the meanings under the necklace description! so interesting.

Andi -March 27, 2013, 1:17PM

How do you determine your moon? is it the month you were born? Like a birthstone kind of thing?

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@Andi yes that’s correct!

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@jamie Yes!! I knew I saw it somewhere, Thank u :)

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Asia -May 6, 2013, 1:55AM

The June moon actually represents the time when the Algonquin tribes found it was time to harvest honey (not strawberries) and yes in a way it does relate to where the term “honeymoon” comes from. Traditionally (like 4000 years ago) honeymoon came into use for the month after a wedding, when the bride’s father would give the groom all the mead he wanted. Mead is actually a honey beer, and being so, the Babylon’s calendar was a lunar calender, which is based off the moon. They then started to call that month, the ‘honey month’, which we now have adapted to be honeymoon.

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Erin -December 1, 2013, 10:11AM

I love these but the August moon is the fruit moon. I suppose there are different meanings based on different tribes. I’m Cherokee and the August moon is always the fruit moon. Not September.

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I would love to know what the moons mean in the southern Hemisphere ?? as these seem to be from the northern ??

Tamara -April 29, 2016, 10:49PM

Where do the symbols come from? Are they native american symbols or is this an artist interpretation? They are beautiful but I wish to know their origin.

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What does your moon mean? Your moon doesn’t mean anything, it’s not your moon. Because you were born under the “Traveling Moon” doesn’t mean you like travel, that your going to travel, or that you’re always ready to travel. “I was born under the Fruit Moon – so THAT’S why I like grapes so much!” Ridiculous.

It has nothing to do with you. This isn’t astrology. And although I’m sure the symbols will show up on Pinterest when idiots start getting them as tattoos they aren’t ancient, don’t hold the deep meaning you’re so desperately searching for, and are certainly not of Native design.

A company making and selling beautiful clothes is one thing – power to ya. Wanting a connection to the earth or the seasons, I get it! However, a company peddling faux spirituality to yuppies desperately trying to fill the void or showcase their uniqueness by buying trendy, meaningless jewelry is gross. Don’t give these people your money or buy into this crap, you’re better than that.

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