Centuries ago, early Native American tribes 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. The Worm Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Eagle Moon, Sap Moon, or Lenten Moon.
When does the Worm Moon occur?
This year, the Worm Moon will reach its peak on March 18, 2022 at 3:17 a.m. EST.
How did it earn its name?
The Worm Moon earned its title as it fell on the time of year when the frozen ground is beginning to thaw and life stirs in the soil one more. Ostara, the spring equinox, has passed. Birds pluck abundant earthworms and other types of worms and grubs emerging from the ground and winter hideouts such as tree bark.
The northernmost Native tribes called March’s full moon the Crow Moon when the cawing murders of crows announced the end of winter. Early settlers also called it the Sap Moon to mark the tapping of maple trees.
Honoring the Worm Moon
This moon brings a similar message to what we celebrate with 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. As we hibernate in winter, we tend to accumulate things and procrastinate 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 to become more functional. Take this time to 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.
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For more information on full moons, see the 2022 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.