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.