Have you ever heard of a Worm Moon? What does that even mean?
Centuries ago, Native American tribes and early settlers named each full moon of the month based on the activities of the season or the flora and fauna that had prominent roles around that particular time of year. This practice of naming moons has been around for centuries, dating back to a time before people used the standard 365-day calendar to keep track of the days.
The Worm Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Eagle Moon, Sap Moon, or Lenten Moon.
When Is the Worm Moon?
This year, the Worm Moon will reach its peak on March 18, 2022 at 3:17 a.m. EDT.
Worm Moon Meaning: Why Is It Called a Worm Moon?
The Worm Moon earned its title because it graces us during the time of year when the frozen ground is beginning to thaw and life stirs in the soil one more. It usually lights up the sky close to Ostara, the spring equinox. Birds pluck abundant earthworms and other types of worms and grubs emerging from the ground, tree bark, and other winter hideouts.
The northernmost Native tribes called March’s full moon the Crow Moon when the cawing murders of crows announced the end of winter. Settlers also called it the Sap Moon to mark the tapping of maple trees.
How to Honor the Worm Moon in Your Spring Rituals
This moon brings a similar message to Ostara. That is, this is a time of cleaning away winter’s clutter and preparing the garden, both physically and mentally. We plant seeds in the hopes that later we will have flowers, fruit, and vegetables to reap. Likewise, we plant the seeds of our goals as well and carefully consider how we plan to see them through to fruition.
As with spring cleaning, this is also a good time to let go. In our winter hibernation, we tend to accumulate things and procrastinate about organizing our spaces. Taking the time to clean and reorganize, to remove that which we don’t need, can help us open up our workspace and become more functional and efficient. Do the same for your mental state. Meditate and focus on letting go of what is cluttering your mind and prohibiting your ability to think clearly and plant your garden with new ideas.
As we look ahead to warmer, longer days, try doing a rune reading or tarot/oracle drawing for guidance. Candles are always an excellent addition to your altar, whether you’re honoring the light during the dark half of the year or celebrating the return of the sun. Read my guide about choosing the right candle color for your intentions in this post.
You can also make rejuvenating moon water to drink, add to your bath, water your houseplants or garden, use when you’re cooking food for Ostara, or other rituals. Learn how to make, store, and use moon water in this post.
A subscription box is a fantastic way to celebrate the full moon! See my top witchy/spiritual box recommendations.
For more information on full moons, see the 2022 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.
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