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The Cottage Midsummer 2003
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Esbats By SkyeFyr Nightsong

Every month, most pagans will celebrate something called the Esbat. This is another term for the full moon. Below are some traditions and their "names" for each of the moons.

The moon actually goes through four stages each month. It starts with waxing (when it gets larger), to full (when it's a complete circle in the sky), to waning (as it gets smaller), to new (when there's nothing there). Actually, my daughter taught me an interesting trick. If you draw a line that starts above the moon and ends at the bottom corner it will either make a b or a d. If it's a "b" it's the beginning, or waxing moon. If it's a "d" it's the dying, or waning moon.

As you know, in some years there is a 13th moon. Whenever a month has a second full moon in it, this moon is called the blue moon. I have not found information that gives it another name in any tradition I have researched. However, if I should, I will set up another chart specifically for the "13th" moon.

(Please note, I have used the most commonly known moons for each group. Some traditions/nations may vary in their associations.)

January Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Cold Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Cooking Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon of the Terrible
American Indian (Ottewell)
Moon After Yule
Celtic/Druidic Quiet Moon
Chinese Holiday Moon
Colonial American Winter Moon
English Midieval Wolf Moon
Miscellaneous Old Moon
Neo Pagan Ice Moon
Wiccan Wolf Moon

February Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Bony Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Little Famine Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon of the Raccoon, Moon when Trees Pop
American Indian (Ottewell)
 
Celtic/Druidic Moon of Ice
Chinese Budding Moon
Colonial American Trapper's Moon
English Midieval Storm Moon
Miscellaneous Snow Moon, Hunger Moon
Neo Pagan Snow Moon
Wiccan Storm Moon

March Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Windy Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Big Famine Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow
American Indian (Ottewell)
Lenten
Celtic/Druidic Moon of the Winds
Chinese Sleepy Moon
Colonial American Fish Moon
English Midieval Chaste Moon
Miscellaneous Sap Moon, Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon
Neo Pagan Death Moon
Wiccan Chaste Moon

April Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Flower Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Wildcat Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation
American Indian (Ottewell)
Egg Moon
Celtic/Druidic Growing Moon
Chinese Peony Moon
Colonial American Planters Moon
English Midieval Seed Moon
Miscellaneous Moon of the Red Grass Appearing, Fish Moon
Neo Pagan Awakening Moon
Wiccan Seed Moon

May Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Planting Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Wildcat Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Leaves are Green, Moon to Plant
American Indian (Ottewell)
 
Celtic/Druidic Bright Moon
Chinese Dragon Moon
Colonial American Milk Moon
English Midieval Hare Moon
Miscellaneous Corn Planting Moon, Flower Moon
Neo Pagan Grass Moon
Wiccan Hare Moon

June Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Green Corn Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Windy Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When June Berries are Ripe
American Indian (Ottewell)
Flower Moon
Celtic/Druidic Moon of the Horses
Chinese Lotus Moon
Colonial American Rose Moon
English Midieval Dyan Moon
Miscellaneous Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon
Neo Pagan Planting Moon
Wiccan Dyad Moon

July Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Ripe Corn Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Crane Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon of the Middle Summer
American Indian (Ottewell)
Hay Moon
Celtic/Druidic Moon of Claiming
Chinese Hungry Ghost Moon
Colonial American Summer Moon
English Midieval Mead Moon
Miscellaneous Thunder Moon, Buck Moon, Hay Moon
Neo Pagan Rose Moon
Wiccan Mead Moon

August Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Fruit Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Women's Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When All Things Ripen
American Indian (Ottewell)
Grain Moon
Celtic/Druidic Dispute Moon
Chinese Harvest Moon
Colonial American Dog Day's Moon
English Midieval Corn Moon
Miscellaneous Green Corn Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon
Neo Pagan Lightening Moon
Wiccan Wyrt Moon

September Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Nut Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Mulberry Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Calves Grow Hair
American Indian (Ottewell)
 
Celtic/Druidic Singing Moon
Chinese Chrysanthemum Moon
Colonial American Harvest Moon
English Midieval Barley Moon
Miscellaneous Fruit Moon, Nut Moon, Corn Moon
Neo Pagan Harvest Moon
Wiccan Barley Moon

October Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Harvest Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Blackberry Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Quilling and Beading is Done
American Indian (Ottewell)
Hunter's Moon
Celtic/Druidic Harvest Moon
Chinese Kindly Moon
Colonial American Hunters Moon
English Midieval Blood Moon
Miscellaneous Harvest Moon, Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon
Neo Pagan Blood Moon
Wiccan Blood Moon

November Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Trading Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Sassafras Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Moon When Horns Are Broken Off
American Indian (Ottewell)
Hunter's Moon
Celtic/Druidic Dark Moon
Chinese White Moon
Colonial American Beaver moon
English Midieval Snow Moon
Miscellaneous Frost Moon, Trading Moon
Neo Pagan Tree Moon
Wiccan Snow Moon

December Moons
Tradition Name Moon Association
American Indian (Cherokee) Snow Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
Peach Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
Twelfth Moon
American Indian (Ottewell)
 
Celtic/Druidic Cold Moon
Chinese Bitter Moon
Colonial American Christmas Moon
English Midieval Oak Moon
Miscellaneous Cold Moon, Snow Moon
Neo Pagan Long Night Moon
Wiccan Oak Moon