Native American Full Moon Names

Post date: Nov 5, 2014 9:44:05 PM

September 9, 2014 by Dikki Jo Mullen

Names for the Full Moons were a part of the culture of early peoples around the globe since star gazers first observed how the heavens reflect life on Earth below. There are a variety of different lists of Full Moon names. The Maine Farmers’ Almanac seems to have been the first almanac to publish Native American “Indian” Full Moon names in the 1930’s. Here is a list which originally seems to have been compiled for the boy scouts nearly a century ago. An early list of “Indian month names” was published in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The American Boy’s Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols for use by the boy scouts. Beard’s “Indian” month names were:

January: Difficulty, Black Smoke

February: Raccoon, Bare Spots on the Ground

March: Wind, Little Grass, Sore-Eye

April: Ducks, Goose-Eggs

May: Green Grass, Root-Food

June: Corn-Planting, Strawberry

July: Buffalo (Bull), Hot Sun

August: Harvest, Cow Buffalo

September: Wild Rice, Red Plum

October: Leaf-Falling, Nuts

November: Deer-Mating, Fur-Pelts

December: Wolves, Big Moon

What do you think of this version of Moon names? Can you relate it to the Moon’s impact on your own spiritual path?