Wolf Moon on the Gulf Coast

Are you ready for the Wolf Moon? Ready or not, it’s on its way! The Wolf Moon is so named because it occurs in January, when wolves are lean and hungry–according to Native American lore. Tonight’s Wolf Moon is a full moon and will be at its closest point to the earth, or in its perigee. For the next two or three days, the oceanic levels will be at their highest point of the year.

Other wolf moons for the year–>

  • January: Wolf moon
  • February: Ice moon
  • March: Storm moon
  • April: Growing moon
  • May: Hare moon
  • June: Mead moon
  • July: Hay moon
  • August: Corn moon
  • September: Harvest moon
  • October: Hunter’s moon
  • November: Snow moon
  • December: Winter moon

(from Wikipedia, “full moon”)

Positional name Associated Month English names Native American names Other names used Hindu names Sinhala (Buddhist) names
Early Winter January Old Moon Wolf Moon Moon After Yule, Ice Moon Paush Poornima Duruthu Poya
Mid Winter February Wolf Moon Snow Moon Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon Magh Poornima Navam Poya
Late Winter March Lenten Moon Worm Moon Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon basanta (spring) purnima, dol purnima (holi) Medin Poya
Early Spring April Egg Moon Pink Moon Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Waking Moon Hanuman Jayanti Bak Poya
Mid Spring May Milk Moon Flower Moon Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon, Hare’s Moon Buddha Poornima Vesak Poya
Late Spring June Flower Moon Strawberry Moon Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon, Planting Moon Wat Poornima Poson Poya
Early Summer July Hay Moon Buck Moon Thunder Moon, Mead Moon Guru Poornima Esala Poya
Mid Summer August Grain Moon Sturgeon Moon Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lightning Moon, Dog Moon Narali Poornima, Raksha bandhan Nikini Poya
Late Summer September Corn Moon Harvest Moon Corn Moon, Barley Moon Bhadrapad Poornima Binara Poya
Early Fall October Harvest Moon Hunter’s Moon Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon Kojagiri or Sharad Poornima, lakshmi puja Vap Poya
Mid Fall November Hunter’s Moon Beaver Moon Frost Moon, Snow Moon Kartik Poornima Il Poya
Late Fall December Oak Moon Cold Moon Frost Moon, Long Night’s Moon, Moon Before Yule Margashirsha Poornima Unduvap Poya

As far as I can tell, the exact name of the moon doesn’t have much bearing on the planting of your crops. It’s all about the phase. If you are planting during the waning moon phase, plant root crops. Plant during the waxing moon phase for crops above ground.

“There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” – Luke 21:25

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