Mapping nature's changes remind us of our environmental clocks and their subsequent feedback loop we may subtly rely on. The moon takes about a month to orbit the Earth, rising in the east and setting in the west each and every day. With each rise and fall our moon waxes and wanes, producing full and new moons.
Full moons in almanacs were seasonal markers, times for harvest, planting, equinoxes and solstices. These names have their roots in folklore.
January - Old Moon, Moon After Yule
February - Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
March - Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon
April - Grass Moon, Egg Moon
May - Planting Moon, Milk Moon
June - Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon
July - Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August - Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon
September - Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon
October - Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
November - Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December: - Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon
About once every 19 years, February has no full moon at all. Moreover, in 7 out of every 19 years, two full moons will fall in the same calendar month. The second of the month’s two full moons is popularly referred to as a Blue Moon.
2016 has no such events but we welcome each rise and fall of our moon.