Long before clocks and calendars, the only way civilizations knew how much time had passed was to observe the moon phase.
Everyone from the Europeans to Native American tribes named moons after features they associated with the seasons. For instance, the full moon in December is called the full cold moon because it truly starts getting cold. The full flower moon is in May because the flowers begin popping out of the ground. And fittingly, the full moon closest to the September equinox is called the Harvest Moon, and it is either in September or October.
Because the moon names were based on different civilizations, there are often multiple names that are given to the same full moon.
BELOW ARE THE MOST COMMON FULL MOON NAMES
Wolf Moon – January
Snow Moon – February
Worm Moon – March
Pink Moon – April
Flower Moon – May
Strawberry Moon – June
Buck Moon – July
Sturgeon Moon – August
Harvest Moon – September or October
Full Corn Moon (Harvest) – September
Hunter's Moon (Harvest) – October
Beaver Moon – November
Cold Moon – December
Typically there are 12 full moons per year, one per month. However, there are some years where there are multiple full moons in the same month. That second moon in the month is known as a blue moon.
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