Lunatic Rix

I used to have a calendar set up with my AOL mail that would tell me the name of the full moon each month.  I loved the different names that applied to the full moons like “Wolf Moon” for the moon in January.

Those terms — taken mostly from the tribes of what we call New England — felt far more tied to the yearly cycle than the Roman names we inherited.  Thinking of hungry wolves at the beginning of the year makes a lot more sense to me than thinking of a god with two faces.  Don’t get me wrong, I mean it makes sense that Janus looks at the year that passed and the year to come.  But growing up in the Ozarks, on a cold night after New Years, seeing a coyote slink across the field under the moon light made you feel like a part of something living.  The animals know that time of year by their hunger, by the cold, by the snow and ice.

I wanted to start thinking of the calendar that way — as something that tied me to a living, visible cycle instead of a relic from a culture harder to embrace.  As stupid as it may sound, having that monthly reminder from AOL would serve like a prick to my senses.  “Ah, yes, the Flower Moon in May,” I would note at my computer, and then I would notice the truth of it when I got out into the world.

Now that I use Gmail, I wanted to find something similar, but all my searches on the public calendars left me wanting.  “Screw that!” I thought, and I made my own.  If you have Google Calendar, just do a search for “full moon names,” and my public moon calendar should pop up as the first result.  Or go here to preview it and add it to your list of calendars.

Also, look for a blog each full moon this year highlighting the folk names for that moon.  Hopefully, by the end of 2008, you and I both will think of calendars, months and moons in a different way.

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