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The particular phase of the Moon is not the only factor that influences the energies of the Moon. The particular Moon is also important. Lunar cycles are 28 days long. As such, there are 13 Full Moons in a Lunar Year. These Moons are also influencial in Magickal Workings. The Lunar Months below are taken from Moon Magick by D.J. Conway.

January - Wolf Moon
Nature Spirits: gnomes, brownies
Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones
Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black
Flowers: snowdrop, crocus
Scents: musc, mimosa
Stones: garnet, onyx, jet,chrysoprase
Trees: birch
Animals: fox, coyote
Birds: pheasant, blue jay
Deities: Freyja, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, Ch'ang-O, Sinn
Power Flow: sluggish, below the surface; beginning and conceiving.
Protection, reversing spells. Conserving energy by working
on personal problems that involve no one else. Getting your
various bodies to work smoothly together for the same goal.
February - Ice Moon
Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of house plants
Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
Colors: light blue, violet
Flowers: primrose
Scents: wisteria, heliotrope
Stones: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal
Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar
Animals: otter, unicorn
Birds: eagle, chickadee
Deities: Brigit, Juno, Juan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone,
Aphrodite
Power Flow: energy working toward the surface; purification,
growth, healing. Loving the self. Accepting responsibility
for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.
March - Storm Moon
Nature Spirits: Mer-people, Air and Water beings who are connected
with spring rains and storms.
Herbs: broom, High John root, yellow dock, wood betony,
Irish moss
Colors: pale green, red-violet
Flowers: jonquil, daffodil, violet
Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom
Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone
Trees: alder, dogwood
Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar
Birds: sea crow, sea eagle
Deities: Black Isis, the Morrigan, Hecate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene,
Minerva, Artemis, Luna
Power Flow: energy breaks into the open; growing, prospering, exploring.
New beginnings; balance of Light and Dark. Breaking illusions.
Seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt.
April - Growing Moon
Nature Spirits: plant faeries
Herbs: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle
Colors: crimson red, gold
Flowers: daisy, sweetpea
Scents: pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli
Stones: ruby, garnet, sard
Trees: pine, bay, hazel
Animals: bear, wolf
Birds: hawk, magpie
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast
Power Flow: energy into creating and producing; return balance
to the nerves. Change, self-confidence, self-reliance,
take advantage of opportunities. Work on temper
and emotional flare-ups and selfishness.
May - Hare Moon
Nature Spirits: faeries, elves
Herbs: dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow
Colors: green, brown, pink
Flowers: lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom
Scents: rose, sandalwood
Stones: emerald,malachite, amber, carnelian
Trees: hawthorn
Animals: cats, lynx, leopard
Birds: swallow, dove, swan
Deities: Bast, Venus, Aphrodite, Maia, Diana, Artemis, Pan, Horned God
Power Flow: full creating energy; propagation. Intuition, contact with faeries and
other supernatural beings. Stregthen connection with supernatural
protectors and beings around you. Power flowing from the
Greenwood Gods and trees.
June - Mead Moon
Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs
Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass,
parsley, mosses
Colors: orange, golden-green
Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow
Scents: lilly of the valley, lavender
Stones: topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite
Trees: oak
Animals: monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
Birds: wren, peacock
Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man,
Cerridwen, Bendis, Ishtar
Power Flow: full but restful energy; protect,strengthen, and
prevent. A time of Light; Earth tides are turning.
Decision-making, taking responsibility for present
happenings. Work on personal inconsistencies.
Strengthen and reward yourself for your positive traits.
 
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RE:Moon Phase Correspondences and Names
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The particular phase of the Moon is not the only factor that influences the energies of the Moon. The particular Moon is also important. Lunar cycles are 28 days long. As such, there are 13 Full Moons in a Lunar Year. These Moons are also influencial in Magickal Workings. The Lunar Months below are taken from Moon Magick by D.J. Conway.

 
July - Hay Moon
Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small, grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures),
faeries of harvested crops
Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm,hyssop
Colors: silver, blue-gray
Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine
Scents: orris, frankincense
Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate
Trees: oak, acacia, ash
Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
Birds: starling, ibis, swallow
Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephthys, Venus
Power Flow: relaxed energy; preparing; succeeding. Dream-work, divination and
meditation on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones.
August - Corn Moon
Nature Spirits: dryads
Herbs: chamomile, St. Johns wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange
Colors: yellow, gold
Flowers: sunflower, marigold
Scents: frankincense, heliotrope
Stones: cat's eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate
Trees: hazel, alder, cedar
Animals: lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon
Birds: crane, falcon, eagle
Deities: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hecate, Nemesis
Power Flow: energy into harvesting; gathering, appreciating. Vitality, health. Friendships.
September - Harvest Moon
Nature Spirits: trooping faeries
Herbs: copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
Colors: brown, yellow-green, yellow
Flowers: narcissus, lily
Scents: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot
Stones: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
Trees: hazel, larch, bay
Animals: snake, jackal
Birds: ibis, sparrow
Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Ch'ang-O,
Thoth
Power Flow: rest after labor; balance of Light and Dark. Oraganize.
Clean and straighten up physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual clutter.
October - Blood Moon
Nature Spirits: frost faeries, plant faeries
Herbs: pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock
Colors: dark blue-green
Flowers: calendula, marigold, cosmos
Scents: strawberry, apple blossom, cherry
Stones: opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise
Trees: yew, cypress, acacia
Animals: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion
Birds: heron, crow, robin
Deities: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, Horned God,
Belili, Hathor
Power Flow: to let go; inner cleansing. Karma and reincarnation. Justice
and balance. Inner harmony.
October 27 - November 1 - Blue Moon
Nature Spirits: banshees and other beings who carry messages
between worlds
Herbs: ginger, hops, wormwood, hyssop, patchouli, mugwort,
nutmeg, star anise
Colors: black, white, purple
Flowers: white lily, dahlia, chrysanthemum
Scents: rosemary, dragons blood, lilac, pine, wisteria
Stones: obsidian, onyx, Apache tear
Trees: pine, cypress, yew, elder
Animals: bat, wolf, sow, dog, snake
Birds: owls, raven, falcon
Deities: Cybele, Circe, Hel, Nephthys, Cerridwen, Horned God,
Caillech, Freyja, Holda
Power Flow: release, remember; communion with the dead. Prophecy.
Releasing old negative memories and emotions.
Special Note: D.J. Conway places this moon during a specific span of time.
Blue moons occur during any month where there are two full moons.
November - Snow Moon
Nature Spirits: subterranean faeries
Herbs: grains of paradise, verbena, betony, borage,
cinquefoil, blessed thistle
Colors: gray, sea-green
Flowers: blooming cacti, chrysanthemum
Scents: cedar, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, narcissus,
peppermint, lemon
Stones: topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli
Trees: alder, cypres
Animals: unicorn, scorpion, crocodile, jackal
Birds: owl, goose, sparrow
Deities: Kali, Black Isis, Nicnevin, Hecate, Bast, Osiris,
Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Skadi, Mawu
Power Flow: take root, prepare. Transformation. Strengthen
communication with the god or goddess who seems closest to you.
December - Cold Moon
Nature Spirits: snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Herbs: holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe
Colors: blood red, white and black
Flowers: holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Scents: serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Stones: serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Trees: pine, fir, holly
Animals: mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds: rook, robin, snowy owl
Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel,
Osiris, Norns, Fates
Power Flow: to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness.
Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths. Reach out to friends and
family, the lonely and needy.
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RE:Moon Phase Correspondences and Names
(Date Posted:01/12/2009 20:37 PM)

The Full Moon Names
 

January -- Storm Moon
A storm is said to rage most fiercely just before it ends, and the year usually follows suit.

February -- Chaste Moon
The antiquated word for pure reflects the custom of greeting the new year with a clear soul.

March -- Seed Moon

Sowing season and symbol of the start of the New Year.

April -- Hare Moon

The sacred animal was associated in Roman legends with springtime and fertility.

May -- Dyad Moon

The Latin word for a pair refers to the twin stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.

June -- Mead Moon

During late June and most of July the meadows, or meads, were mowed for hay.

July -- Wort Moon
When the sun was in Leo, the worts (from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt plant) were gathered to be dried and stored.

August -- Barley Moon
Persephone, virgin Goddess of rebirth, carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.

September -- Blood Moon
Marking the season when domestic animals were sacrificed for winter provisions. Libra's full moon
occasionally became the Wine Moon when a grape harvest was expected to produce a superior vintage.

October -- Snow Moon

Scorpio heralds the dark season when the sun is at its lowest and the first
snows fly.

November -- Oak Moon
The sacred tree of the Druids and the Roman God Jupiter is most noble as it withstands winter storms.

December -- Wolf Moon

The fearsome nocturnal animal represents the "night" of the year.

The Blue Moon -- Variable

A Blue Moon occurs when the moon with its 28 day cycle appears twice within the same calendar
month, due to that month's 31 day duration. Many consider the Blue Moon to be a goal moon where
you set specific goals for yourself.

The Black Moon -- Variable

A Black Moon occurs when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. It is
believed that the second dark moon of a time of great power within the spiritual world and any magick
worked during this time is especially powerful.

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RE:Moon Phase Correspondences and Names
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Traditional Names for the moon
      • January: Wolf Moon
      • February: Ice moon
      • March: Storm moon
      • April: Seed moon
      • May: Hare moon
      • June: Mead moon
      • July: Hay moon
      • August: Wort moon
      • September: Harvest moon
      • October: Blood moon *
      • November: Snow moon
      • December: Oak Moon
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In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, this January Full Moon is Wolf Moon, so called because this is the snowy time when prey is scarce, the howl of hunger is heard and those who must cross the forest had best go armed and in company. Also called Ice Moon, Cold Moon and “Little Winter,” coming just before “Great Winter”, when the latest potential of all things begins to stir toward birth in the Spring. This is the time to set the new ideas into motion, the new things to work, and prepare for birth.
 
This Full Moon is one of the five great annual festivals in the Chinese Taoist calendar: Wang Mu, or the Empress Mother through whom the Tao of Creation and Destruction manifests on Earth. As Wang Mu is honored at the year's strongest moment of Yin, or feminine energy, she is also identified as the Shen, or Deity of the Earth element, North, Winter and the color White.
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RE:Moon Phase Correspondences and Names
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The Esbats

As Sabbats are held as celebrations, with revelry and fun, the Esbats are the magical working days (or nights, actually). These special times are when energies are raised and sent out for special purposes, such as healing, success for a positive project, personal growth, or banishment of negativity (such as a bad habit).

Most often, the magical work is done during a full moon, however work can be done on the new and dark moons. Traditionally, the energies raised during a full moon is used for protection, divinations, and removal of negativity, whereas the energies raised on the dark and new moons are for growth, healing, and blessings, with the hoped for goal being achieved by the full moon.

If a full moon (or new/dark moon) occurs during a Sabbat, both aspects of working energy and celebration are often incorporated into the same ritual. The magical work is done first, then the celebration begins. Some traditions do cast separate circles for each aspect, even though one is done immediately after the other. It all depends on what the tradition is comfortable with.

The full moon of each month has a special name, which again may vary from tradition to tradition, and is closely related to the season they occur in. Although the Goddess and God are present in both the Sabbats and Esbats, it is generally felt that the Sabbats are held in honour of the God and the course of the sun, and the Esbats are held in honour of the Goddess and the phases of the moon.

January: Ice Moon. The surface of the earth is frozen and barren. Food is scarce, and many of the people are starving. It is the leanest time of the year. Candle colour for this moon is deep purple, symbolic of the harsh, bitter cold of winter.

February: Storm Moon. The last of winter's harsh storms pass. Nature begins to stir and awaken from the long sleep. Hope and promise arise as the sun rises earlier and longer. Candle colour for this moon is blue, symbolic of the warming of the ice, yet still very cold.

March: Chaste Moon. The herald of the return of light and life, youth and spring. The earth is cleansed with the rains of spring. The wandering herds return. Candle colour for this moon is white, symbolic of purity, and cleansing.

April: Seed Moon. The time to start planting. Buds appear with the promise of a green earth. Winter coats of animals are shed with the arrival of warm weather. Candle colour for this moon is pale green, symbolic of the new shoots and buds of spring.

May: Hare Moon. Mating season has arrived. Animals and people enjoy the warm freedom. Flowers are abundant. People gather their strength from the hardship of winter. Candle colour for this moon is pink, symbolic of the emotion of love and lust, instinctive of all animals, including humans.

June: Dyad Moon. All is now in balance. Traditionally this is a time for handfastings and weddings. It is a time to enjoy life and be at peace. Candle colour for this moon is orange, symbolic of the peak of the sun's power at this time.

July: Mead Moon. Crops are now close to their first harvest. Honey is abundant, and people make mead. A time of plenty and thanks. The power of the sun begins to decline. Candle colour for this moon is golden yellow, symbolic of the declining sun.

August: Wort Moon. Time to gather the first harvest of food and healing herbs. A time for major healing works. Candle colour for this moon is dark green, symbolic of the plants and energies of healing

September: Barley Moon. The last harvest time. Time to begin preparations for the coming cold weather. The earth prepares itself for the long sleep. Candle colour for this moon is brown, symbolic of the fertile earth, which has provided food.

October: Blood Moon. Returns to hunting wild game for food, as the fields now lie bare. The cold weather returns. Herds are culled for winter slaughter. Candle colour for this moon is deep red, symbolic of the colour of shed blood from the herds, and of the game.

November: Snow Moon. The first of winter's snow has arrived. Nature now sleeps deep within the earth. Herald to the death of the year. Candle colour for this moon is grey; symbolic of the cloud filled skies of winter storms.

December: Oak Moon. This is the darkest time of the year. A promise of the return of the sun's light. Ice and snow have now set in. Colour for this moon is black, symbolic of the darkest time of year.

Thirteenth Moon: Wolf Moon, also called Blue Moon. Occurs when two full moons are within the same month. A time for any new goals and achievements. Candle colour for this moon is the same colour as the month of similarity; for example, a Blue Moon and a Mead Moon month will both use a golden yellow candle.

In one particular tradition, the Yule candles on the Log were actually the remnants of each months moon candles. These were placed upon the Yule Log, relit and left to burn completely down. Any children attending the Yule celebrations lighted the candles, and as each candle was lit, either the child lighting or another group member would read out the meaning of that particular candle.

Also, it is felt (within this same tradition, I must note) that the candle colours may be substituted with a plain white candle if the particular moon's colour can not be obtained. This was chosen as within light, the colour white represents all of the colours, and by using a white candle, the colour needed was in essence still portrayed.

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RE:Moon Phase Correspondences and Names
(Date Posted:01/12/2009 20:42 PM)


Names for the Full Moon

Month

Name

Derivation

January

Wolf or Hunger moon

During this month the wolves once roamed the countryside, thus suggesting the name wolf moon. In cold and temperate climates of the Northern Hemisphere, it was difficult to find food during January, thus the name hunger moon.

February

Snow Moon

In certain parts of the world, snow is usually the deepest in this month, thus the name snow moon.

March

Sap or Worm Moon

Because sap rises in March, this full moon is called the sap moon. The ground softens during this month, and worms begin to burrow out of the ground, thus the name worm moon.

April

Pink Moon

Many flowers turn pink and bloom in April, thus the name pink moon.

May

Flower Moon

Because many flowers bloom in May, after the April downpours, May's moon is called the flower moon.

June

Strawberry or Rose Moon

Because strawberries bloom in June, this month's moon is the strawberry moon. Also, the French call this moon la lune rose, which translates into English as "the rose moon."

July Buck Moon Male deer, or bucks, grow their first antlers during this month, thus the name buck moon.
August Sturgeon Moon Because it is sturgeon season in certain parts of the world in August, its moon is called the sturgeon moon
September Harvest or Corn Moon Native Americans began to harvest their crops during this month every year. (If this full moon occurs late in August it is called the harvest moon.). If the full moon occurs earlier in September, it is called the corn moon because the corn crop is ready for picking at that time.
October Hunter's Moon The hunting season begins in October, thus the name hunter's moon.
November Beaver Moon Beaver traps were once set in this month to catch enough beaver to make warm clothing for the upcoming winter.
December Cold Moon The approach of cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere gives this month's full moon its name.
 
 
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