Moon Names Lunar 12 Month Cycle (Southern Hemisphere)


MOON NAMES (ADAPTED TO SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE)
POSITIONAL NAME SABBAT MONTH ENGLISH ALGONQUIAN HINDU SINHALA (BUDDHIST) OTHER NAMES USED
WINTER
Early Winter  Yule June  Old Wolf Paush Poornima Duruthu Poya Moon after Yule, Ice mMoon
Mid Winter
N/A July Wolf Snow Magh Poornima Navam Poya Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon
Late Winter  Imbolc August  Lenten Worm Basanta (spring) purnima, dol purnima (holi) Medin Poya Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Suragr Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste, Death
SPRING
Early Spring  Ostara September  Egg Pink Hanuman Jayanti Bak Poya Sprouting Grass, Fish, Seed, Waking
Mid Spring  Beltaine October  Milk Flower Buddha Poornima Vesak Poya Corn Planting, Corn, Hare’s
Late Spring N/A November Flower Strawberry Wat Poson Honey, Rose, Hot, Planting
SUMMER
Early Summer  Litha December  Hay Buck Guru Esala Thunder, Mead
Mid Summer N/A January Grain Sturgeon Narali, Raksha Nikini Red, Green Corn, Lightning, Dog
Late Summer  Lammas February  Corn Harvest Bhadrapad Binara Barley
AUTUMN/FALL
Early Fall  Mabon March  Harvest Hunter’s Kojagiri, Sharad Purnima, Iakshmi puji Vap Poya Travel, Dying Grass, Blood
Mid Fall N/A April Hunter’s Beaver Kartik Poornima Il Poya Frost, Snow
Late Fall  Samhain May  Oak Cold Margashirsha Poornima Unduvap Poya Frost, Long Night’s Moon Before Yule

NOTES:

* Traditionally, each full moon of the year was assigned a name to represent its relation to the season, e.g. the Egg Moon was the full moon before Ostara. In modern practice, traditional names are assigned based on the Gregorian calendar.

* Purnima/pornima is Sanskrit for full moon, which has also become the Malay word for full moon, purnama.

* Each season usually has 3 moons. Each year usually has 12 months. Every 2 – 3 years there is an extra moon due to the extra 11 days in each solar cycle which add up annually. This moon traditionally is called a “Blue Moon” (see notes on “The Moon Cycles”)

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