Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Full Worm Moon Tonight - March 8, 2012

March Full Moon

This full moon is the one closest to the March 20 equinox. This equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the southern. In the northern hemisphere, we call tonight’s full moon the Crow Moon, Worm Moon or Sap Moon – all names that suggest winter is giving way to Spring. This March full moon and planet Saturn shine close together from dusk until dawn.

Full Moon names date back to Native American Indians of the northern and eastern United States. They kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring Full Moon. European settlers followed the custom and even created some of their own.

Full Worm Moon - In March as the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, welcoming the return of the robins. The more northern indigenous 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, a biblical name referring to the last full Moon of winter.

This Full Moon helps us to recognize, honor, and preserve personal and family traditions in order to bring comfort into our lives and maintain a firm base for future growth. It will help us to discover the importance in remembering where we come from, which will give us a deeper sense of who we are now and how we wish to develop in the future.

Being self-aware will make us stronger, less vulnerable, and protect us from destabilizing, external influences in our lives.

Full Worm moon, Full Crow moon, and Lenten Moon - all the names are fitting - whichever one you choose, make sure that you are outside tonight to enjoy Mother Nature's gift to us.

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