In many traditions, there are specific names for each of the full moons in a year. A lot of these names supposedly come from Native American tribal names, old world English names, or other sources.

This past year, the Old Farmer's Almanac ran a contest for people to give modern names for the full moons. Here are the names for the full moons that they came up with:

January--New Beginnings Moon
February--Sweetheart's Moon
March--Shamrock Moon
April--Fools Moon
May--Bloom Moon
June--Firefly Moon
July--Independence Moon
August--Cricket Moon
September--Summer's End Moon
October--Pumpkin Moon
November--Thankful Moon
December--Glad Tidings Moon

What do you think of these? Do they fit better than some of the more obscure names of the full moon or is it better to stick with "traditional" names? If you have full moon names that you use and can share, what are they?

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What a complex question. The new names seem to reflect modern living more but lose some mystery and connection to old patterns and ways of connecting with the Earth. If we are truly trying to reconstruct ancient ways the new list misses that point. Granted not everyone approaches their path in a reconstructed way. But when i first started exploring Paganism the idea of old hidden or lost knowledge was very big among the Pagan community. I am not really all that good at reconstruction myself and some of the new names are quite good at hitting what is now done during these time periods by non secular society. ( I hope i used non secular correctly as secular is religious in nature and non secular is common culture I think) sometimes i get dyslexic ideas instead of letters. I also get right and left mixed up at times. Used to drive my Great Grandmother nuts because she wanted me to know my directions by looking at the sky, I still have difficulty with directions in a new place.
Maybe I'm just a stickler for tradition, but I honestly think the old names are much better.  This is purely personal preference however, as mindfulness of past traditions is a big part of my spirituality.  These new names do indeed address modern traditions and customs, but they don't trigger for me the mental associations that aid me in slipping into a state of thought and being that is harmonious with the changing cycle of the year. For whatever reason, ruminating on what these moons must have meant to our ancestors who lived by the Earth's cycles out of necessity enriches my practice and brings me closer in my connection to the natural world. 

Thanks so much for posting this list!


I did wonder if it might be helpful to post some of the other "systems" and names -- So i'd like to offer / upload that, if i may -- It's from the excellent book, "Covencraft" by Amber K and Azrael Aryn K --

It's  in a .pdf file - If you don't have a pdf reader, you can get one FREE, here:


Blessed Be - GaiaDianne




Very interesting post,

I haven't come across these names before.

Thank you for sharing.

MoonCrone xx

MoonCrone xx

Same here, I prefer the old and original names myself =)

I have just started to work with the Moon and I find that the old names are better.  Being Canadian, I don't celebrate some of the holidays for which the new names were picked (Independance and Thankful) or they just sound too Hallmark for me (Sweethart, Fools and Pumpkin).  They just don't have a real feel to them.



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