Seasons of the Moon
Each full moon has its own name depending on the month and/or season. Here are the names recognized by most Chrechte for the seasons of the moon. Some associate certain things with the type of full moon, while others say all full moons are the same. Though most Chrechte acknowledge that the moon's waxing and waning and unique full risings impact their lives in what can be significant ways.
Winter: Long Night Moon (Dec), Wolf Moon (Jan) & Snow or Hunger Moon (Feb)
Spring: Windy Moon (Mar), Grass Moon (Apr) & Budding Moon (May)
Summer: Honey Moon (Jun), Thunder or Blood Moon (Jul) & Fruit Moon (Aug)
Fall: Harvest Moon
(Sept), Hunter's Moon (Oct) & Frost Moon (Nov)
Phases of the Moon
New Moon: When the moon is not visible to the earth - on Days 0 and 29 of its cycle.
Crescent Moon: When a sliver less than half of the moon - a crescent - shows in the night sky. The Waxing Crescent is seen Days 1 to 6 and the Waning Crescent is seen Days 23 to 28.
Half Moon: When half the moon shows in the sky (also called a Quarter Moon) on Day 7 & 22.
Gibbous Moon: When more than half the moon shows. The Waxing Gibbous is seen Days 8 to 13 and the Waning Gibbous is seen Days 15 to 21.
Full Moon: Lasts for one rising on Day 14 of the moon's cycle around the earth.
Blue Moon: When a second full moon occurs in any single calendar month. The phenomenon happens about every 2.5 years. The stories in Star Quality are centered around the effects of the Blue Moon.
Moonrise from Earth
The moon rises and sets every day, appearing on the horizon just like the sun. The time depends on the phase of the moon. It rises about 30 to 70 minutes later each day than the previous day, so the moon is out during daytime as often is it's out at night. At the time of the new moon, the moon rises at about the same time the sun rises, and it sets at about the same time the sun sets. As the days go by (as it waxes to become a crescent moon, a half moon, and a gibbous moon, on the way to a full moon), the moon rises during daytime (after the sun rises), rising later each day, and it sets at nighttime, setting later and later each night. At the full moon, the times of moonrise and moonset have advanced so that the moon rises about the same time the sun sets, and the moon sets at about the same time the sun rises. As the moon wanes (becoming a half moon and a crescent moon, on the way to a new moon), the moon rises during the night, after sunset, rising later each night. It then sets in the daytime, after the sun rises. Eventually, the moon rises so late at night that it's actually rising around sunrise, and it's setting around sunset. That's when it's a new moon once again. This definition from Enchanted Learning.
© 2006 Lucy Monroe