Centuries ago, early Native American tribes relied on the season’s flora, fauna, weather, and activities to christen each full moon of the month. The Snow Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Hunger Moon, Bone Moon, and Bear Moon.
When does the Snow Moon occur?
How did it earn its name?
The Snow Moon was aptly named for February’s historically harsh conditions and heavy snowfalls. In the northern hemisphere, this cold, dark month of scarcity was a difficult time for hunters, which is why the moon earned additional names associated with hunger and famine.
Honoring the Snow Moon
This moon is a hopeful sign of spring on the horizon. The Snow Moon is a reminder that there is a source of light in the darkness, that the storm is nearly over, that warmth will soon return to awaken the sleeping world. This is the time we begin to stir and think about the bird songs and buds of spring’s thaw.
With the Wolf Moon, we planned our resolutions and goals for the new year, and now we start to focus on our course of action to see them come to fruition. The spirit starts to feel restless. Think about how the seeds and bulbs in the frozen soil are gathering their energy right now in preparation of rapid growth soon. We should be preparing as well. We are awakening, and we are gathering the motivation, energy, resolve, and plan to enter the growing season with positivity and confidence. Focus on that energy. Let it revitalize you so you can shake off the lingering sleepiness of the winter and get to work.
For more information on full moons, see the 2021 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.