Sharad Purnima - The Circle of the Harvest Moon

We begin by saying that the various names that receive each of the 13 moons of the year. The names of the full moon got invented by ancient people. The indigenous tribes used to follow the course of the seasons. They gave distinctive names to each of the Full Moons and repeated throughout the months of the year. They applied those names to the whole month in which each one of them occurred.

Most of them hunted and fished for food, but others sowed grains. They kept accounts of the seasons, giving meaningful names to the full moon's monthly. The names they gave to the moon had to do with nature and seasons, hunting, fishing, and harvesting.



This leads us, for example, during the autumn, to hear the full moon called harvest moon. Some moons' names may vary or change according to tradition and/or place.

Wolf Moon (January)

It is the first Moon of the year. The name for this Moon is also Snow Moon, being in the middle of winter. Often the herds of wolves roamed and howled outside the villages between the snows of winter. Other names include the rowan moon because it usually falls in the Celtic month of the rowan.

Snow Moon (February)

The heaviest snowfall of the year fell during this month. So the Native tribes of the north called this moon the snow moon. This is the Moon of the new life, that shows the way to the rebirth.

Worm Moon (March)

This moon is the last full moon of the winter. The climate can still be temperamental and the wind begins to blow. Temperatures began to rise and snow on land melted. The earthworms appeared bringing the return of the Robin. The northern tribes called it the Raven Moon because the crowing of the crows signals the end of winter.

Other names for this Moon are Maiden Moon, Breed Moon, Seed Moon, or Raven Moon.

Pink Moon (April)

The pink moss is a native flower of North America and one of the most scattered and early flowers of spring. Among the coastal tribes is the fish moon, because it is when the fish swim upstream to spawn. Also called Moon of the seeds, Moon of the cultivators or plantation and hare. The earth begins to be sown that will soon germinate, filling everything with life. it is time to cultivate

Flower Moon (May)

When May arrives, the flowers have already grown everywhere. So it is not surprising that this full moon is flower moon. This is the moon of joy and beauty and its intensity puts us in touch with the deepest emotions.

Other indigenous names for this moon include Moon of the Sprouts, Maize Moon, Milk Moon and Egg Moon.

Strawberry Moon (June)

June brings us the moon of the strong sun. It is also called Luna del Aguamiel because the ancients made this drink. It is a strong liquor but with sweet taste.

It is also known as the Strawberry Moon because the strawberry has a short harvest time and began in June.

Hay Moon (July)

This is the Moon of preparation for the first harvest. This was also the month in which the new horns of deer began to grow. So it was also called "Deer Moon" and also "Thunder Moon" due to the frequency of thunderstorms

Red Moon (August)

It is time for the first harvest and its harvest. It is Corn Moon because in Spain it is usually planted wheat rather than corn, as cereal to make bread and sweets.

For some tribes, this was the Sturgeon Moon. This long fish abounds in large lakes and other major water bodies. It was particularly abundant in this month. For other tribes, it was the Red Moon because while it rises in the hot sky, it looks reddish.

Some call it Moon of the herbs because it is the time of the collection of many herbs. Other names for this Moon are Barley Moon and Moon of Conflict.

Harvest Moon (September)

This full moon is the closest to the Autumn equinox. In it, the farmers usually worked until the night helped by the light of this moon, hence it was harvest moon. Sharad Purnima is some of the great Indian celebrations known and related to the full moon.

It is also called Kojagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima. According to popular tradition, Lakshmi visits the houses of the devotees asking Kojagarti? Who is awake? And she pours her blessings on those who will still be awake. Women prepare sweets such as Khichuri, Narkel Naru, Chirey Bhaja and Taaler Bora.

Blood Moon (October)

Autumn comes and leaves begin to fall. The deer is well primed to wait for the winter. As the fields have cleared, it is easy to see the animals as they come out through it. In some places, it will snow, and the earth shows its aspect more sterile and inert.

Beaver Moon (November)

Winter is entering and with it, the cycle of life, death, and rebirth begins again. In those days, it was customary to set traps on the beavers before the waters of the marshes. They appeared and were very active there, preparing for hibernation. It was a way to get a good supply of skins, and this gave him the name of Beaver Moon.

Oak Moon (December)

This moon was the moon of long nights. Of course for being December, is sometimes called Moon before Yule.

Blue Moon (the second full moon in a month)

The blue moon is the name given to the second full moon in a single month. This singular astrological phenomenon usually occurs every 2½ years. Instead of a full moon, we have two in the same month.