The first lunar eclipse of 2022 occurs with Monday’s Full Moon.
The eclipse will happen in the early hours before dawn, as the Moon is low on the horizon, and the Moon will take on an increasingly red colour as totality approaches. Totality of the eclipse is at 4:29am, Monday morning, but weather permitting, early risers will be rewarded with a bright brownish-red Moon before it descends below the horizon just after 5am.
Other names attributed to this Moon full of the promise of summer are:
Leaf Budding Moon
Egg Laying Moon
Field Making Moon
Moon Of The Shedding Ponies!
Next month on 14th June 2022, the Strawberry Moon will be the first Supermoon of 2022.
The Full Moon is when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth, and 100% of the Moon’s face is illuminated by the Sun.
This month’s Full Moon is at 19.56hrs. on Saturday, 16th April and is known as the ‘Pink Moon‘.
It is also the Paschal Full Moon. Simply speaking, the Paschal Full Moon is the first full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This Moon can sometimes occur in March and sometimes in April. The first Sunday after April’s full moon is celebrated as Easter Sunday. It’s possible that the reason why the Easter Bunny brings eggs is because April’s Full Moon is also known as the Egg Moon, given that animals such as geese begin mating and laying eggs in Spring.
This name is not because the Moon will be pink in colour. It comes from the pink moss, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the Spring in North America. Other names for this month’s Full Moon, all of which indicate the season, include:
Full Sprouting Grass Moon
Full Fish Moon, among coastal tribes because this was the time that the fish swam upstream to spawn.
At the same time, April is a time when rivers and streams begin to fully thaw. Accordingly, April’s Full moon was:
Full Melting Moon, by the Shoshone tribe.
Moon Where Ice Breaks in the River, by the Arapaho tribe.
Sugar Maker Moon, by the Abenaki tribes
Sugarbush Moon, by the Ojibwe tribe. The Ojibwe tribe would journey north to their spring camps to tap maple syrup and engage in spear fishing. Maple syrup was integral to Ojibwe culture: not only was it a crucial method of seasoning all their foods (they did not have access to salt at that time), but it also symbolized harmony within the community and with the forces of nature around them.
In other religions:
In Islamic communities around the world, April’s full moon is celebrated as Bara’at Night, also known as the Night of Innocence. Muslims offer up prayers, asking their God to absolve dead ancestors of their sins. They also prepare sweet desserts such as halva or zarda and give it out to children, the needy, and other members of their community.
March’s Full Moonis known as the Worm Moon, which was originally thought to refer to the earthworms that appear as the soil thaws in Spring. This itself leads to the appearance of robins, chats and other worm eating birds.
An alternative explanation for this name comes from Captain Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer, who wrote that this Moon name refers to a different sort of “worm”—beetle larvae—which begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees and other winter hideouts at this time.
There are other names for this particular Full Moon all of which herald the transition from Winter into Spring. Such names include:
Crow Comes Back Moon.
Sugar Moon – marking the time of year when the sap of sugar maples trees starts to flow.
Wind Strong Moon – referring to the strong windy days that come at this time of year.
The Sore Eyes Moon – from North Dakota where the blinding rays of sunlight reflect off the melting snow of late winter.
Traditionally, each Full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the Full Moon.
It’s a period of new beginnings. Look for the spectacularly bright Moon as it rises above the horizon this evening!
The New Moon is on Wednesday, 2nd March which means the skies are dark and, when clear, the stars and constellations are much easier to see.
The best way to see how many stars we can all see in the sky is… to count them! We are very fortunate where we live when it comes to light polloution. The Countryside Charity are asking people from all across the country to become ‘citizen scientists’ and look heavenwards for one night. Join in by choosing a clear night from tonight, 26th February to 6th March 2022 and become a stargazer. It’s happening now – don’t miss out!
With brilliant support from the British Astronomical Association, they want you to look up at the constellation Orion and let them know how many stars you can count. Don’t worry: they’re giving you plenty of support on how to do this – click HERE. Once you’ve done your star-spotting, use their simple online form (click HERE) to quickly and easily send them your count – and then they get busy with the number-crunching.
Your results from Star Count will help them make a map of where star-spotters are enjoying deep, dark skies. By showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, they can then work with local councils and others to decide what to do about it.
Better still, Star Count is also a great way to switch off from the distractions of daily life and reconnect with nature. Look up at the cosmos and… breathe 🙂
Known by many as the Snow moon, due to the seasonal weather, it is also known as the Black Bear or Bear Moon: referring to the time when bear cubs are born.
About once every 19 years, February does not have a Full Moon, known as a Black Moon. In 2018, this was the case in most time zones. This can only happen in February, as this is the only month which is shorter than a lunar month. When this occurs, both January and March have two New Moons, instead of just one, creating a double Blue Moon.
2022’s first Full Moon is at 23.49hrs on Monday, 17th January.
Known as the Wolf Moon – more fokelore can be found HEREin 2021’s post.
The Moon will then begin to wane with the night skies becoming darker until the New Moon on February 1st.
These clear winter skies give you the opportunity to observe the stars and the constellation of Orion (The Hunter) is bright, even by the Full Moon, so wrap up warm for an evening stroll and enjoy the sky 🙂
The November Full Moon, known as the Beaver Moon, will also be accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse that will be visible from the United States, Canada and Mexico (essentially all of North and South America), as well as Australia and parts of Europe and Asia. It will last six hours and peak at 09.02am (GMT). Therefore the Moon will look it’s fullest on Thursday evening.
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. There was some variation in the Full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes – those who rely on full moon periods to track crops and harvest.
This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.
According to ancient legend, humans will turn into wolves on a Wednesday or Friday when sleeping outdoors on the night of the Full Moon.
He will turn into a wolf when the light of the moon shines on his face. Thankfully, the scientists have disproved this 🙂
The Moon will be at its fullest at 15.57hrs on Wednesday afternoon. It will be at it’s fullest and brightest… if clouds and thunderstorms don’t get in the way in the evening.
Referred to as the “Hunter’s Moon” it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps (as well as the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon,” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710.
Other names this lunation is known by:
Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon
Falling Leaves Moon
Freezing Moon or Ice Moon
The first full Moon to follow the Harvest Moon, means that it can occur in either October or November.
The Full Moon is at 00.55 hrs on Tuesday 21st September. The most popular name for this Full Moon is the Harvest Moon. You only have to look at the new What’s On pages to see the many harvest lunches and suppers taking place within the parish.
Also referred to as the Corn Moon or Barley Moon. Most of the names for the Moons come from the Native Americans and colonial times and tracked the seasons. Other Indian tribes would refer to this moon as
“Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux.
“Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha.
“Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux.
The first Super New Moon of the year takes place on November 4th/5th. Like all New Moons, it won’t be visible from Earth, but the dark night skies will provide great opportunities for some great night sky watching 🙂