“Worm” Full Moon on March 7th

By timeanddate.com

In March, the Full Moon is the Worm Moon; if it occurs on or after March 21, it is also the Paschal Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon.

Katsiaryna Naliuka, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, 512px-Full_moon_in_the_clouds via Wikimedia Commons
Full moon in the clouds via Wikimedia Commons

The Worm Moon gets its name from the earthworms that come out when the soil warms up. The worms provide food for birds and other animals.

It happens around the changing of the seasons, from astronomical winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Early Spring and New Beginnings

The Anglo Saxons called the March Full Moon the Lenten MoonLenten is derived from Germanic languages and means spring. The Lenten Moon has also given its name to the Christian Lent period before Easter.

The March equinox has had great cultural significance through the times, and many cultures still celebrate new beginnings, rebirth, purity, cleaning, and chaste or lean living around this time.

Awakening of Nature

Native American tribes named this Moon after early spring and the awakening of nature: Crow Moon for the crows coming back, Snow Crust Moon after the crust which forms on top of the snow as it melts and re-freezes, and Sap or Sugar Moon for when the maple sap runs.

The Celts called it the Wind Moon and Plough Moon from preparing the fields for the growing season. In Old English, it was known as the Chaste Moon, referring to the purity of the spring season.

How can a Full Moon be in the daytime?

It Can Be the Paschal Moon

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