By rights, March's full moon should rise when there is no snow, and one doesn't have to wear a parka to gaze at it. We (Spencer and I) shivered as we waited for Lady Moon to put in an appearance last night. It was cloudy this time around, but a little after nine the clouds rolled back for a moment, and there She was, lustrous and pearly and a hopeful harbinger of the greening season still to come.
This month's moon is often called the Moon of Awakening by northern indigenous cultures because it usually rises when the maple syrup season is in full swing, when the woods are filled with of owl songs, migratory birds are returning, and trees everywhere are budding out. This year there is still snow everywhere, and temperatures are in the minuses at the moment. It will be weeks before loons call across the lake, and herons haunt the shoreline of my favorite lake. A few flocks of geese have returned, but there are many flocks to come.
As cold it was last evening, springtime is making its way northward, however slowly, and last evening we were content with things just as they were. In my eldering years, I am (perhaps) learning a little patience and can wait for warmer nights and other full moons. Every night and every moon is a gift.
We also know this moon as the: Alder Moon, Big Famine Moon, Big Winds Moon, Blossoming Out Moon, Bud Moon, Buffalo Dropping Their Calves Moon, Catching Fish Moon, Chaste Moon, Cherry Blossom Moon, Cold’s End Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Daffodil Moon, Death Moon, Deer Moon, Eagle Moon, Goose Moon, Green Moon, Growth Begins Moon, Hard Crust on the Snow Moon, Hertha's Moon, Hyacinth Moon, Lenten Moon, Little Frog Moon, Little Sand Storm Moon, Little Spring Moon, Lizard Moon, Long Days Moon, Maple Sweetness Moon, Middle Finger Moon, Moon of Earth Awakening, Moon of Opening Hands, Moon of the Crane, Moon of the Snowblind, Moon of the Whispering Wind, Moon of Winds, Moon When Buffalo Cows Drop Their Calves, Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow, Moon When the Leaves Break Forth, Moon When the Geese Return, Moose Hunter Moon, Much Lateness Moon, Ogroni Moon, Plow Moon, Rebirth Moon, Sap Moon, Seed Moon, Sleepy Moon, Snow Blind Moon, Snow Crust Moon, Snowshoe Breaking Moon, Storm Moon, Strawberry Moon, Sucker Fishing Moon, Sugar Making Moon, Trail Sitting Moon, Tree Peony Moon, Violet Moon, Water Stands in the Ponds Moon, Wind Strong Moon, Windy Moon and Worm Moon.
I am rather fond of Moon of Earth Awakening, Maple Sweetness Moon and Rebirth Moon, but for me, this will always be Melanie's Moon.