Moon Lore III

The Lunar Year

A lunar year usually contains 13 months of 28 days, based on the cycle of the Moon.  Some claim that this way of telling time is more accurate than a solar calendar.  The following is a table of correspondences for the Lunar Year.  Note that all correspondences are approximate; dates may not match up exactly.  The Blue Moon, the 13th Month, is included after July because that is the month that this year's Blue Moon falls in (2004.) 

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Moon Names: Cold Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Ice Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Old Moon, Wolf Moon, Man Moon, Snow Moon, Quiet Moon, Chaste Moon, Dusting Moon, Winter Moon, Moon after Yule, Moon of Little Winter, Moon of Frost in the Tipi. 

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Zul-Hi'jjah (Islamic,) Tevet (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - brilliant white, blue-violet, black; Scents - musk, mimosa; Stones - garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase; Plants - marjoram, holy thistle, nuts, cones, snowdrop, crocus, birch; Animals - fox, coyote, pheasant, blue jay; Nature Spirits - gnomes, brownies.

Power Flow: sluggish, below the surface, beginning, conceiving, protection, reversing spells, personal internal work, aligning various bodies.

Gods: Janus, Sinn

Goddesses: Aurora, Ch'ang-O, Freyja, Inanna, Hera, Sarasvati

Solar Year Equivalent: January Druid Tree: Birch (Beth) Date 2004: January 7

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Moon Names: Quickening Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Snow Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Trapper's Moon, Storm Moon, Coyote Frighten Moon, Winter Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon, Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, Horning Moon, Wild Moon, Seed Moon, Hunger Moon, Red & Cleansing Moon, Big Winter Moon, Crow Moon, Sore Eye Moon, Snowblind Moon, Solmonath (Sun Month).

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Muharram (Islamic,) Shevat (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - light blue, violet; Scents - wisteria, heliotrope; Stones - amethyst, jasper, rock crystal; Plants - balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard, primrose, rowan, laurel, cedar; Animals - otter, unicorn, eagle, chickadee; Nature Spirits - house & houseplant faeries.

Power Flow: energy working to surface, purification, growth, healing, loving self, accepting responsibility, planning for the future.

Gods: Lupercus, Narcissus, Pan 

Goddesses: Aphrodite, Brighid/Brid, Demeter, Diana, Echo, Februa, Juno, Kwan Yin, Persephone

Solar Year Equivalent: February Druid Tree: Rowan (Luis) Date 2004: February 6

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Moon Names:  Storm Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Death Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Worm Moon, Chaste Moon, Lizard Moon, Wind Strong Moon, Chaste-Virgin Moon, Raven Moon, Budding Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of Winds, Crow Moon, Quickening Moon, Storm Moon, Sap Moon, Plow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sugar Moon, Lenting Moon, Moon of the Snowblind, Fisherman's Moon, Moon of Red Grass Appearing, Moon of Green Grass Appearing, Planting Moon, Worm Moon, Hrethmonath (Hertha's Month). 

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Safar (Islamic,) Adar (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - pale green, red-violet; Scents - honeysuckle, apple blossom; Stones - aquamarine, bloodstone; Plants - broom, High John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss, jonquil, daffodil, violet, ash, dogwood; Animals - cougar, hedgehog, boar, sea crow, sea eagle; Nature Spirits - merfolk, air & water spirits of spring rains & storms.

Power Flow: energy breaking into the open, growing, prospering, exploring, new beginnings, balance of Light & Dark, breaking illusions, seeing truth.

Gods: Mars 

Goddesses: Artemis, Astarte, Athena, Bellona, Black Isis, Cybele, Hecate, Luna, Minerva, the Morrigan, Persephone

Solar Year Equivalent: March Druid Tree: Ash (Nion) Date 2004: March 6

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Moon Names:  Wind Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Awakening Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Leaf Split Moon, Ashes Moon, Seed Moon, Egg Moon, Leaf Moon, Pink Moon, Growing Moon, Grass Moon, Hare Moon, Planting Moon, Planter's Moon, Fish Moon, Budding Trees Moon, Green Grass Moon, Ostara Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Easter Moon, Moon When Ponies Shed, Eastermonath (Eoster Month,) Ostarmanoth, Green Grass Moon.

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Rabi' al-awal (Islamic,) Nisan (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - crimson red, gold; Scents - pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli; Stones - ruby, garnet, sard; Plants - basil, chives, dragon's blood, geranium, thistle, daisy, sweetpea, pine, bay, alder; Animals - bear, wolf, hawk, magpie; Nature Spirits - plant faeries.

Power Flow: creating & producing, settling nerves, change, self-confidence & reliance, taking advantage of opportunities, work on temper, emotional flare-ups, selfishness.

Gods: Ares

Goddesses: Anahita, Bast, Ceres, Hathor, Ishtar, Isis, Kali, Ostara, Venus

Solar Year Equivalent: April Druid Tree: Alder (Fearn) Date 2004: April 5

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Moon Names:  Flower Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Grass Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Corn Planting Moon, Hare Moon, Leaf Tender Moon, Dyad Moon, Merry Moon, Mother's Moon, Spring Moon, Moon of Making Fat, Rose Moon, Goddess Moon, Planting Moon, Blossom Moon, Bright Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Milk Moon, Moon When the Ponies Shed, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month,) Sproutkale, Winnemanoth (Joy Month), Pestilent Moon.  

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Rabi' al-Thaany (Islamic,) Iyar (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - green, brown, pink; Scents - rose, sandalwood; Stones - emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian; Plants - dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, lily of the valley, foxglove, broom, willow; Animals - cats, lynx, leopard, swallow, dove, swan; Nature Spirits - faeries, elves.

Power Flow: full creating energy, propagation, intuition, faeries, connections with supernatural beings, power from Greenwood Gods & trees.

Gods: Atlas, Chung K'uei, Pan, Horned God, Mercury

Goddesses: Aphrodite, Atremis, Bast, Diana, Maia, Sappha, Venus

Solar Year Equivalent: May Druid Tree: Willow (Saille) Date 2004: May 4

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Moon Names: Strong Sun Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Planting Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Honey Moon, Dyad Moon, Leaf Dark Moon, Moon When the Corn Tassel Appears, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, Fallow Moon, Strawberry Moon, Hot Moon, Stickman's Moon, Mid-Year Moon, Thunder Moon, Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Moon of Horses, Partner Moon, Lovers' Moon, Moon of Making Fat, Aerra Litha (Before Litha,) Brachmanoth (Break Month).   

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Jumaada al-awal (Islamic,) Sivan (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - orange, golden-green; Scents - lily of the valley, lavender; Stones - topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite; Plants - skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses, lavender, orchid, yarrow, hawthorn; Animals - monkey, butterfly, frog, toad, wren, peacock; Nature Spirits - sylphs, zephyrs.

Power Flow: full but restful energy, protection, strengthening, prevention, time of Light, decision making, taking responsibility for the present, work on personal inconsistencies, reinforce positive traits.

Gods: Green Man, Jupiter

Goddesses: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Hera, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith

Solar Year Equivalent: June Druid Tree: Hawthorn (Uath) Date 2004: June 3

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Moon Names:  Blessing Moon (Witches' Calendar,) Rose Moon (Lunabar - Neopagan,) Buck Moon, Mead Moon, Ripe Moon, Sun House Moon, Wort Moon, Lightning Moon, Hay Moon, Thunder Moon, Summer Moon, Midsummer Moon, Moon When the Cherries Turn Black, Ale Moon, Honey Moon, Storm Moon, Oak Moon, Wort Moon, Horn Moon, Moon of Claiming, Harvest Moon, Moon of Blood, Fallow Moon, Maedmonat (Meadow Month,) Hewimanoth (Hay Month).

Other Lunar Calendar Names: Jumaada al-Thaany (Islamic,) Tammuz (Hebrew)

Correspondences: Colors - silver, blue-gray; Scents - orris, frankincense; Stones - pearl, moonstone, white agate; Plants - honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop, lotus, water lily, jasmine, oak, acacia, ash; Animals - crab, turtle, dolphin, whale, starling, ibis, swallow; Nature Spirits - hobgoblins, faeries of harvested crops.

Power Flow: relaxed energy, preparing, succeeding, Dreamwork, divination, meditation on goals & plans, esp. spiritual.

Gods: Khepera, Orion

Goddesses: Arianrhod, Athena, Cerridwen, Cybele, Diana, Hel, Holda, Juno, Nephthys, Venus

Solar Year Equivalent: July Druid Tree: Oak (Duir) Date 2004: July 2

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* Moon Names: Blue Moon (Witches' Calendar, Lunabar - Neopagan)

Other Lunar Calendar Names: none

Correspondences: Colors - yellow, gold; Scents - frankincense, heliotrope; Stones - cat's eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate; Plants - chamomile, St. John's Wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange, sunflower, marigold, holly, hazel, aldar, cedar; Animals - lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon, crane, falcon, eagle; Nature Spirits - dryads.

Power Flow: energy into harvesting, gathering, appreciating, vitality, health, friendships.

Gods: Ganesha, Thoth

Goddesses: Diana, Hecate, Hathor, Nemesis

Solar Year Equivalent: none Druid Tree: Holly (Tinne) Date 2004: July 31



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Originally published May 15, 2004 at What's Brewin' eMag

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