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Mitos y Leyendas: The 12 Names of the Moon According to the Algonquian Tribes

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the 12 names of the moon according to the Algonquian tribes.
  • The moon is a celestial body adored in almost every culture around the world.
  • It has been the subject of all kinds of fantastic stories and studies.

The Moon, our faithful companion in the night sky, has intrigued and captivated humanity since the beginning of history.

Since ancient times, the different phases of the moon were observed, recorded, and imbued with meaning by various cultures around the world.

Today, in Myths and Legends, we will explore the fascinating tradition of the names of the 12 moons throughout the year, according to the culture of the Algonquian Indians, a Native American tribe.

In the fall, it is common to hear the full moon called the «Harvest Moon.» But did you know that in the Algonquian tradition, the full moon receives different names in each month of the year?

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These names were created by this indigenous tribe, whose life was deeply intertwined with nature and the seasons of the year.

The Algonquian Indians were mainly engaged in hunting, fishing, and agriculture for their livelihood.

Therefore, the names they assigned to the full moon were closely related to their activities and the natural environment that surrounded them.

They lived in the northern and eastern regions of North America, and their lunar traditions have been passed down through generations.

The 12 Names

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Let’s dive into the names of the 12 moons throughout the year in Algonquian tradition:

In January, the «Wolf Moon» was named because the packs of hungry wolves howled through the night, creating a lasting impression on those who observed it.

February was the month of the «Snow Moon,» as it was common for snowfalls to be more abundant in the middle of winter.

March brought the «Worm Moon,» marking the start of spring, when worms and robins began to make their appearance.

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April gave us the «Pink Moon,» in honor of the blossoming of the Mossy Rose or wild Phlox, which spread everywhere.

May was filled with color with the «Flower Moon,» as flowers were plentiful during this month.

June brought the «Strawberry Moon,» when strawberries were ready for harvest and consumption.

July stood out with the «Antelope Moon,» when these animals began to show new horns and their skin turned velvety.

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August carried the name «Sturgeon Moon» due to the ease with which this large fish could be caught in the Great Lakes during this time.

In September, the «Harvest Moon» allowed farmers to continue their harvests long after sunset.

October was the month of the «Hunters’ Moon,» when hunters went out under the moonlight to store food for the coming winter.

November had the «Beaver Moon,» marking the time to set traps for beavers before the swamps froze over, ensuring a supply of warm furs for winter.

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Finally, December arrived with the «Cold Moon,» in tune with the arrival of the winter cold.

These Algonquian lunar names transport us to a time when people lived in close harmony with nature and depended on it for their survival.

Each full moon had a specific purpose and meaning in their lives, reminding us of the importance of observation and respect for the natural world around us.

The tradition of the moon names is a beautiful example of how different cultures have interpreted and honored the Moon throughout history. Mitos y Leyendas bids farewell for now. Until next time!

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