Here’s a list of the full moons of 2018 and what they symbolize.
In January the Wolf Moon will appear on the first of the month. This moon was named by Native American tribes for a time when packs of wolves roamed the land during winter in search of food.
A second full moon will illuminate the sky on Jan. 31. The second full moon in the same month is known as a Blue Moon.
The Blue Moon in January means there will be no Snow Moon in February — the shortest month in the year and the time of most snowfall in some areas.
We’ll celebrate the spring equinox in March and also its two moons: the Worm Moon or the Sap Moon will appear on March 1, heralding the coming of a new season, the return of migratory birds, and maple trees ready to be tapped.
The second Blue Moon of the year will rise on March 31.
The Pink Moon of April, appearing on April 29, is also known as the Fish Moon or Sprouting Grass Moon. It celebrates the awakening of nature from a season of dormancy as creatures and plants begin to populate the landscape.
The Flower Moon on May 29 is symbolic of growth and fertility as more plant and animal life springs forth during these warm days. May’s moon is also called the Milk Moon or the Mother’s Moon.
Depending on what’s growing in your area, June 27 brings the Strawberry Moon or the Rose Moon.
The storms of July precede the Thunder Moon on July 27. It is also known as the Buck Moon, as the growth of deer’s antlers occurs during this time of year.
August’s Sturgeon Moon is revered by fishermen of North America’s Great Lakes as a time when the region offers the most generous catches. Appearing on Aug. 26, this moon is often referred to as the Moon When All Things Ripen and the Blueberry Moon.
The full moon on Sept. 24 comes days after the autumnal equinox and therefore is the Harvest Moon. The moon closest to this change of season will always carry that honor.
The Hunter’s Moon on Oct. 24 is symbolic of a time when Native American tribes prepared and stored provisions for the coming winter. This moon is also called the Dying Grass Moon.
November’s Frost Moon arrives on Nov. 22 with a chill that will surely be felt in the air. The Algonquin tribes referred to this moon as the Beaver Moon and set traps to collect pelts that would keep them warm through the cold days and nights ahead.
December’s Cold Moon marks the arrival of short days, long nights, and the winter solstice. By the time this moon appears on Dec. 22, the year will almost be over and a new lunar cycle about to begin.