Full Moon Names
The names corresponding to the 13 Lunar Year Full Moons are what I have come to call them. I give credit to all those before me for figuring out what seems to work and for passing it on to me. They can be called by many other names in respect to your particular path or tradition. In this calendar (of sorts) that I am providing as a guide, the first full moon in the Lunar Year is the one that contains the time of the Winter Solstice and the start of my wheel of the year. These are called by many as Esbats and should not be confused with Sabbats or other holy days, although they generally celebrate close to the same intentions. As I go through this coming year I will be posting what each moon means to me personally here.
The suggested gemstones can be used in many ways as you celebrate. One way would be to cast your circle using 13 stones (one symbolizing each moon in the year). Another would be to place a stone associated with that particular full moon on your alter. Yet another would be to arrange your 13 lunar stones in a spiral shape on your alter. The possibilities are endless and the energy created is amazing. I have had many individual requests to put together stones for this purpose and I am now pleased to offer a Lunar Gemstone Kit.
The Spiral Moon - A time for Renewal
The beginning of my lunar year (December). It reflects the spiral path known to all spiritual journeyers. This moon will contain the Winter Solstice and will convey the energy of slow change, contemplative meditation and preparation for the re-birth of light as the days begin to lengthen after the Solstice. Read more on the Spiral Full Moon...
Stones: Tree Agate, Moonstone, or Aventurine
The Silent Moon - A time for Protection
This moon is a reference to the break in the stillness of winter that is indicative of a gathering of energy. Like the silence before the storm, the Silent Moon offers an opportunity to cleanse past regret so that we may shift our attentions to future growth. Read more on the Silent Full Moon...
Stones: Green Jasper, Lepidolite, Tourmaline in Quartz, or Watermelon Tourmaline
The Candle Moon - A time for Divination
This name refers to the light of the candles which (in many traditions) serve as a representation of the celebrations of Imbolc, Candlemas, The Festival of Lights, and Brigantia, to name but a few celebrated on or around February 2nd to celebrate and encourage the return of the sun and with it, the renewal of hope. Read more on the Candle Full Moon...
Stones: Amethyst, Jasper and Quartz, or Smokey Quartz
The Maiden Moon - A time for Awakening
This is a time for growth and energy breaking through the veil of illusion. The name is an indication and a homage to the many maidens of springtime honored in this season, from Persephone, to Aphrodite, to Eostara, (from which the name Easter is derived), this moon hails them all. Read more on the Maiden Full Moon...
Stones: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, or Emerald
The Seed Moon - A time for Growth
This name indicates the season most appropriate for planting the seeds for what you hope will flourish in the coming season of growth and fertility.
Stones: Garnet, Aquamarine, Emerald, Tree Agate
The Honey Moon - A time for Love
In pagan lore the Summer Prince and the Maiden of the Moon meet, and find delight in each others company. And so, this is known as the Honey Moon. In many cultures and beliefs this is seen as the time in the Wheel of the Year when the Goddess in her mature aspect of Queen of the May is coupled with the God in his mature aspect of Summer King. Together they reign over the peaceful season of growth and abundance.
Stones: Emerald, Moonstone, Rhodochrosite, or Rose Quartz
The Blessing Moon - A time for Magick
A time to celebrate the blessings of the sacred marriages of earth and sky, or dark and light, or the King and Queen of summer.
Stones: Moonstone, Agate, Sapphire, Alexandrite, or Fluorite
The Mystery Moon - A Sacred Time
The seasonal transition from apparent life and growth to apparent decline and death. Because the world is renewed each spring with a return of life out of the apparent death of winter, this moon calls to mind the mystery of the endless renewal that transcends even death.
Stones: Ruby, Pearl, Moonstone, or Botswana Agate
The Harvest Moon - A time for Gathering
The harvest time in both our physical gardens and in our personal perspectives. This is represented in both the physical harvests of energy that was expended in growth and spiritual harvests of the insights and in the meditations which will sustain both the body and the spirit during the coming winter months.
Stones: Peridot, Sardonyx, Carnelian, Jasper, or Fire Agate
The Singing Moon - A time for Exhilaration
After the seasonal harvests are completed, a time comes for acceptance, mellowing, and rest after our labors. It was named for the festive attitude known to every person who has worked to complete what was necessary for the survival of their community and who can now celebrate the completion of those labors.
Stones: Sapphire, Peridot, Olivine, Chrysolite, Quartz, or Tiger Iron
The Promise Moon - A time for Prophecy
This moon requires use of the forethought and far-seeing skills that are necessary in deciding what to keep and what to discard as we enter the dark uncertainty of the season to come. The name reflects the promise of renewal, regeneration and rebirth that awaits us on the other side of the "death" represented by winter.
Stones: Obsidian, Tourmaline, or Aquamarine
The Blood Moon - A time for Sacrifice
The time of hard frosts and final harvests for many of us, a time of letting go and clearing away. This when, through inner cleansing, we make way for the justice of karma and a time for seeking shelter in friendship and community. We reflect on the final harvest of livestock and the ultimate sacrifice of the harvest King as he leaves the world above for the mysterious transformation to be found in the underworld.
Stones: Amazonite, Larimar, or Turquoise
The Spirit Moon - A time for Power
Coming to the end, and to the beginning. Our return to the spiral path on the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.
Stones: Rutilated Quartz, Garnet, or Carnelian