Every 29.5 days, the Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon then appears to be a complete circle. This completely round and illuminated phase of the moon is called a Full Moon.
Native Americans would assign special names for the Full Moons, according to the activity that would take place during that month.
According to Western Astrology, the following is the list of Full Moon names, along with their meanings, and their dates of sightings in 2020 -
January - Wolf Moon - This Full Moon is also known as Old Moon and Ice Moon. This January moon got its name from the fact that during the cold, snowy winters, wolves would howl hungrily outside villages, looking for food.
Wolf Moon 2020 will be observed on 10th January.
February - Snow Moon - Also known as Storm Moon and Chaste Moon, this Full Moon gets its name from the snowy conditions during the month of February. The snowy conditions would make it hard for tribes to hunt, making food sources scarce. This is also why some North American tribes would refer to it as the ‘Hunger Moon’.
Snow Moon 2020 will be observed on 9th February.
March - Worm Moon - This is the last Full Moon of the winter season. It is called so as during this time, the snow would finally thaw and earthworms would come out. This Moon is also called ‘Crow Moon’, ‘Crust Moon’, and ‘Sap Moon’.
The March Full Moon 2020 will be observed on the 9th March.
April - Pink Moon - The April Full Moon was named after the first spring flowers for the new year. It is also called the Pink Moon, because of the pink flowers, phlox, that bloom during the springtime. Other names include ‘Sprouting Grass Moon’, 'Fish Moon’, and ‘Egg Moon’. The April Full Moon is also known as the Paschal Moon, which is used to calculate the date for Easter.
Pink Moon 2020 will be observed on 8th April.
May - Flower Moon - Also known as ‘Corn Planting Moon’, and ‘Milk Moon’, the name signifies the flowers that bloom during the month of May.
The Flower Moon in 2020 will be observed on May 7th.
June - Strawberry or Rose Moon - The June Moon gets its name from the little red berries that ripen at this time. Other names include ‘Hot Moon’, and ‘Mead Moon’.
Rose Moon 2020 will be observed on June 5th.
July - Buck Moon - It signifies the new antlers that emerge on deers. It is also called Thunder Moon as thunderstorms are frequent during this month.
Buck Moon 2020 will be observed on 5th July.
August - Sturgeon Moon - The Moon gets its name from a large number of fish that were abundant in the lakes during this month.
August Full Moon 2020 will be on 3rd August.
September - Corn Moon/ Harvest Moon - It refers to the time after Autumn when the crops are gathered.
Harvest Moon 2020 will be observed on 2nd September.
October - Hunter's Moon - The October Full Moon is called so as, traditionally, people in the Northern Hemisphere spent months preparing for the coming winter by hunting, slaughtering and preserving the meat.
Hunter’s Moon 2020 will be observed on 1st October.
November - Beaver Moon/ Frosty Moon/ Oak Moon - The Full Moon in November is named after beavers who become active to prepare for the winter.
Beaver Moon 2020 will be on 30th November.
December - Cold Moon - Called so as during this month, the winter season, for the Northern Hemisphere, begins again. It is also known as ‘Moon Before Yule’.
Cold Moon 2020 will be observed on December 30th.