Worm Moon (Full Moon February 2008)

Our full moon this month goes by the name of the Full Worm Moon (according to the seasonal method) or the Full Snow Moon (according to the monthly method — see Full Moon Names: Rewilding your calendar for an explanation of the different methods.)

The Farmer’s Almanac has this to say about our moon this month:

Worm Moon – Seasonal method

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Snow Moon – Monthly method

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

The Worm Moon always stands out to me because my son came into this world during the new phase of the Worm Moon two years ago. I wrote a song to commemorate the time and place where my son drew his first breaths.

In honor of the worminess of this time of year when the grown thaws and the worms start squirming and making casts, you could try creating your own vermiculture bin for composting your kitchen scraps. Try one of these systems for a cheap and simple solution:

As for other Native American names for this moon, the Eastern Comanche referred to the February moon as the Sleet Moon and the March moon as the Hot & Cold Moon — both of which really describe the weather we have had here in NW Arkansas, lately.


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