Is this the only way to structure a lunar calendar? No… not at all. It is just one way, and we have set it out here for you to use as an example when you fashion your own lunar calendar. Again, the names we use, and the place in the eternal Wheel of the Year that we have selected for the beginning of the year are matters of option and choice. If you would prefer to begin your calendar with the first new moon in January and you prefer to name the moons after your favorite flowers, or your family members, or something else… please feel free to do so.
Many different paths from Native American to Celtic, to Egyptian, to Nordic, and Italian use names different from each other for each moonphase. But the differences aren’t as striking as the similarities. What one path calls the Snowmoon another may call the Wintermoon, but you don’t have to use any more than your own human intuition to know what season will most often hold this particular moonphase… and from there it is easy to determine the name you most closely associate the moon of the season. Simple eh?”
(a time for divination)
Quickening energy. Beginning and conceiving. Awakening compassion. Looking to the future and it’s needs.
01-11-13 CANDLE MOON – New
01-20-13 AQUARIUS RISES
01-26-13 CANDLE MOON – Full
02-02-13 CANDLEMAS, IMBOLC, FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, (AWAKENING)
THE SILENT MOON
(a time for protection)
The birth of energy and a break in the stillness of winter. Cleansing past actions and regrets. Shifting attention through purification to future growth.
02-10-13 SILENT MOON – New
02-20-13 PISCES RISES
02-25-13 SILENT MOON – Full
03-10-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES
THE MAIDEN MOON
(a time for awakening)
The first lusty cry of energy breaking the veil of illusion. A balance of light against dark. Fire withstands ice. Making way for new beginnings, growth, exploration and prosperity.
03-11-13 MAIDEN MOON – New
03-21-13 ARIES RISES
03-21/22/23-13 OSTARA, EOSTAR, SPRING EQUINOX, (THE MEETING)
03-27-13 MAIDEN MOON – Full
THE HONEY MOON
(a time for love)
Full peaceful energy protects, strengthens, and wards the future. Romance, beauty, and healing are revealed in this light.
04-10-13 HONEY MOON – New
04-20-13 TAURUS RISES
04-25-13 HONEY MOON – Full
05-01-13 BELTANE, MAYDAY, WHITSUN, (THE MARRIAGE)
THE SEED MOON
(a time for growth)
Creative energy flows from the growth of all things. Strengthened connections to all powers natural and supernatural. Radience illuminates your path.
05-09-13 SEED MOON – New
05-21-13 GEMINI RISES
05-25-13 SEED MOON – Full
THE BLESSING MOON
(a time for magic)
Energy moves into creation. Opportunities for self reliance and confidence bloom. Unity and balance.
06-08-13 BLESSING MOON – New
06-21-13 CANCER RISES
06-21/22/23-13 LITHA, MIDSUMMER, SUMMER SOLSTICE, (MATURITY)
06-23-13 BLESSING MOON – Full
THE HARVEST MOON
(a gathering time)
Energy achieving fullness and success. Dream work, meditation, divination, and preparation for the spiritual harvest which will sustain life.
07-08-13 HARVEST MOON – New
07-22-13 HARVEST MOON – full
07-23-13 LEO RISES
08-01-13 LAMMAS, LUGHNASADH, HARVEST HOME, (THE DECLINE)
THE PROMISE MOON
(a time for prophecy)
Energy expended into harvest and gathering supplies and sustenance for the coming winter. An appreciation for vitality and the loss which balances it.
08-06-13 PROMISE MOON – New
08-20-13 PROMISE MOON – full
08-23-13 VIRGO RISES
THE SINGING MOON
(a time for exhilaration)
Completion, acceptance, mellowing, and rest after labor. A balance of light and dark lead to organization and clean-up of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.
09-05-13 SINGING MOON – New
09-19-13 SINGING MOON – Full
09-21/22/23-13 MABON, AUTUMN EQUINOX, WINTER FINDING, (CRONING)
09-23-13 LIBRA RISES
THE BLOOD MOON
(a time for sacrifice)
Letting go and clearing away to find justice, balance, and harmony. Inner cleansing and the lament of loss. Seeking shelter in friendship, karma, and reincarnation.
10-04-13 BLOOD MOON – New
10-18-13 BLOOD MOON – full
10-23-13 SCORPIO RISES
10-31-13 SAMHAIN, SHADOWFEST, ALL HALLOWS EVE, (THE DEATH)
11-01-13 THE NEW LUNAR YEAR BEGINS
THE SPIRIT MOON
(a time for power)
Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.
11-03-13 SPIRIT MOON – New
11-03-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES
11-17-13 SPIRIT MOON – Full
11-22-13 SAGITTARIUS RISES
THE SPIRAL MOON
(a time for renewal)
The moon of the winter solstice. Slow change, contemplation, and preparation for the re-birth of the light.
12-02-13 SPIRAL MOON – New
12-17-13 SPIRAL MOON – Full
12-21/22/23-13 YULE WINTER EQUINOX YULETIDE (THE BIRTH)
12-22-13 CAPRICORN RISES
I love this comparison depicted on Wikipedia, though it is based on a 12 month lunar calendar , there is a close relationship based on Solstice and Equinox Periods as many cultures have…
|Full moon names|
|Positional name||Associated Month||English names||Algonquian 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 Purnima||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||Fruit 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 Purnima, 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, Winter Moon, Long Night’s Moon, Moon Before Yule||Margashirsha Poornima||Unduvap Poya|
Deep peace of the gentle light on you…
Shine On! ☼
This is one of those years.
We have come to the final phase of the Blood Moon and we are not ready to begin the first phase of the Spiral Moon.. and so this in-between time is a time of great power and opportunity.
A time of great strength of spirit.
A time we call the Spirit Moon
However you may know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Beaver Moon, the Oak Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, you should know that this moon speaks to strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to survive the transformation through the greatest darkness.
By the light of this moon shall we walk the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.
By the light of this moon shall we signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
By the light of this moon shall we let go of the past, reach for the future, and see the present moment fully within our grasp.
And, the power of the present moment is really what this moon is all about. Note how the deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present. Ceres (from which we get the word Cereal), the Roman goddess and patroness of crops and the growth cycle of all grains, calls our attention to the need to preserve the harvest of the present moment in order to prepare for the barren season to come, Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three Fates and the very personification of the present moment. Cardea, who guards all doorways and portals, is known as the hinge of the door of the year and can be seen as the present moment that links the past to the future.
This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the Wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness.
Youth in age and age in youth.
Life in death and death in life.
Light in darkness and darkness in light.
The power found in this time of transition and transformation… this time of change and creativity… the endless cycle of self-renewal… will be found at the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.
So, Sweetie, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your fabulous future. A new year is turning into view and this presents a whole new opportunity to you. How is the big spirit within you guiding your journey through the spiral path? What will you choose as your first steps on this path?
While you ponder the wonderous mystery of your own personal transformation from last years same old same old… I’m gonna ask you to keep a couple of things on the leading edge of your consciousness.
The slate is utterly clean.
The page is totally blank.
The stone is entirely unmarked.
From this moment on you can create whatever reality you choose.
That’s right…. whatever YOU choose.
In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is often typically named the Spirit Moon. This name refers to the return to the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.
In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar this moon is The Secret of the Unhewn Stone and is observed on December 23rd.
The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), this moon is known as Nyd (Necessity) from November 13th through November 27th, and Is (Ice) from November 28th through December 12th.
The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Cailleach and runs from October 31st through November 27th.
However you know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Blue Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, this moon speaks to Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.
The deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment as a common thread in their desciptions. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present, and Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three fates and the personification of the present.
This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness, Youth in age and age in youth, life in death and death in life, light in darkness and darkness in light.
It is simultaneously a signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next and in this time of transition and transformation change and creativity will be found the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.
So, with all that information to guide you, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your life to unfold and reveal with the next turn of the Wheel of the Year.
If you select a personal name for this moon, it should be one that calls to mind the endless renewal of your evolving inner spirit as it prepares to begin again a journey through the spiral path.
(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)
Filed under: Lunar Calendar
I am glad to share with you an excerpt of this interesting post written by Tara as featured on her gorgeous blog “Love of the Goddess“. (All rights reserved by the author and published under her kind permission)
The Norse Goddess Hel is also a dark Goddess, called upon on the dark moon. She represents death as she is Queen of Underworld in Norse mythology. Her body was said to be half dead and half alive representing the balance in life. Of light and dark, those sides of ourselves, and our lives. Hel’s role in the Underworld is to decide the fate of the souls entering her realm. She can grant rebirth, but can also damn you to the depths of Helheim, her Kingdom. She can help you to shed the old, and prepare for rebirth, if you are ready for it.
The dark moon embodies a chance to star over. To cleanse oneself, and be reborn in a sense at the new moon. Our lives flow in unison with the cycles of the moon. It can be bight and full, and then become dark and unseen. Just like the balance of light and dark in our own lives, and in nature. There cannot be light without the dark.
Wishing you all a blessed dark moon or deipnon if you honor Hekate!
(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)
“Celtic Astrology” by Helena Paterson