The Thirteen Moons of the Year

The 13th Moon, or “Blue” Moon can occur at any time during the year. A Moon is called Blue only when it is the second full Moon to take place that month (moon-th). The second New Moon in a month is known as a Black Moon. Blue Moons are considered to be stronger than regular Full Moons, and Black Moons are considered to be stronger than regular New Moons.

Below is a chart detailing the names associated with each of the moon cycles of the year.  The “Witch” moon names are from The Witches Almanac.  .  “Almanac” names are from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, who claims that the names come from east coast Native American names.  The “Celtic Tree” names are associated with the attributions from Robert Graves’ The White Goddess.

The Moon names of our tradition are based on each of the sources listed above, along with a comparison to the totems and energies we honor at each month.  Our lunar names are as follows:

January — Wolf Moon
February — Storm Moon
March — Hare Moon
April — Seed Moon
May — Merry Moon
June — Mead Moon
July — Wort Moon
August — Corn Moon
September — Harvest Moon
October — Blood Moon
November — Frost Moon
December — Cold Moon
13th Moon — Blue Moon