A Moon of Many Names

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August 23, 2013 by Ray Yanek

Moon Lamp

Learning new things give me a thrill.  Not major things like skills or crafts, just little things.

Usually little things that have to do with words.

Or names.  Names fascinate me because usually there are stories behind names. Stories that have been there for ages but that we have failed to see because the object in front of the name is so familiar that fail to look beyond the surface.

Take for example the recent Blue Moon.

I did know that a Blue Moon isn’t actually blue in color.  A blue moon is the name given Moon and Cloudsto either the second full moon in a month, or the third of four moons in a season with the later being the most traditional definition.  From my understanding, a season usually only has three full moons.

Not only was this last moon a Blue Moon, but it also had a variety of other names as well.  These other names include:

The Full Sturgeon Moon:  This was a name given to the August full moon by Native American tribes, because it was the best time to catch large Sturgeon fish.

Red MoonThe Full Red Moon:  A name given to the full moon by other tribes because as it rises during this time of year, it has a tendency to look red.

The Green Corn Moon:  I live in Illinois so the reason for this name is a given.  The corn stalks at this time of the year are velty green and velty green.  The stalks are at their peak.  Soon, they turn golden and start to wither—which will happen, of course, near the Harvest Moon.

And there are other names for other moons in other months. Many of those names are lot more interesting then the one’s listed above.   Here is a link to a space.com website that gives the names of the different moons that have risen into the 2013 skies:

Moon Swoon:  How 2013’s Full Moons Got Their Peculiar Names.

Take a look, it definitely worth the minute it takes.

And what’s your favorite name?  Place it in the comments!

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