Monday, February 25, 2013
Did you see the "Full Snow Moon" of February?
February’s Full Snow Moon reached fullness tonight.
Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon because bitter weather conditions in their areas made hunting difficult.
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans during what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
This full snow moon image was designed from a photo circle of earlier snow that fell on Cherry Mountain by poet Nancy Simpson.