Moon Names in 12 Month Cycle


MOON NAMES (ADAPTED TO SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE)

SEASON

SABBAT

MONTH

CELTIC

ENGLISH

ALGON

QUIAN

HINDU

SINHALA (BUDDHIST)

OTHER NAMES USED

WINTER

Early Winter  Yule June  Birth Old Wolf Paush Poornima Duruthu Poya Moon after Yule, Ice Moon
Mid Winter N/A July Milk, Nursing Wolf Snow Magh Poornima Navam Poya Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon
Late Winter  Imbolc August  Fasting, Weaning 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  Seed Egg Pink Hanuman Jayanti Bak Poya Sprouting Grass, Fish, Seed, Waking
Mid Spring  Beltaine October  Mating Milk Flower Buddha Poornima Vesak Poya Corn Planting, Corn, Hare’s
Late Spring N/A November Journey Flower Strawberry Wat Poson Honey, Rose, Hot, Planting

SUMMER

Early Summer  Litha December  Mother’s Hay Buck Guru Esala Thunder, Mead
Mid Summer N/A January Father’s Grain Sturgeon Narali, Raksha Nikini Red, Green Corn, Lightning, Dog
Late Summer  Lammas February  Nesting Corn Harvest Bhadrapad Binara Barley

AUTUMN/FALL

Early Fall  Mabon March  Harvest Harvest Hunter’s Kojagiri, Sharad Purnima, Iakshmi puji Vap Poya Travel, Dying Grass, Blood
Mid Fall N/A April Sorting, Culling Hunter’s Beaver Kartik Poornima Il Poya Frost, Snow
Late Fall Samhain May Death 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”  or in the Celtic/Germanic calendar, a “Courting Moon” (see notes on “The Moon Cycles”)

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