22 Feb '16, 4pm

Full moon names and what they mean

Full moon names and what they mean

With no shortage of poetry, many Native American tribes once tracked time by naming full moons rather than months. To those of us who live with the Gregorian calendar, it’s hard to imagine July as anything but July. But for many early Native American tribes, “July” would have been meaningless. These tribes kept tabs on time by observing the seasons and especially the celestial clock known as the moon. Rather than months as we know them, they watched the year pass in a series of moons, each one named for a predominate display of nature. How lovely to be so in touch with the planet that time could be marked in such a way; instead; instead, we now get months named after numbers and Caesars (okay, we have some gods and goddesses thrown in there too, but still). According to the Farmer’s Almanac , each tribe had different methods for describing the year. Some had four seasons, ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/full-moon-name...

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