Meaning Of The Blue Moon

Today brings us another blue moon. What is the meaning of a blue moon? Known as a rare event, this occurrence in the cycle of full moons has been captured in the expression, “once in a blue moon”.

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Full moons are known to affect our awareness. Hospitals have stated seeing more people in the ER during a full moon. Mental health is said to be “stimulated” during a full moon, as well.

We see full moons every 29.53 days. Right there, with our 30 and 31 day months (sorry February!) you’d think that blue moons would be more common or expected.

Why are blue moons called by this name?  Each of the moon cycles have been given names by native americans. Even the early settlers came up with their own names for the full moons. These names spoke about the month of that moon.

  • January – Full Wolf Moon, also known as “old moon”. Imagine the harsh, dark winter, and the strength of the wolf.
  • February – Full Snow Moon, named for the heavy snow fall, when survival was most difficult.
  • March – Full Worm Moon, this early indicator that spring is approaching came with the thawing of the ground, with birds resuming their search for the succulent earth worm. There are other variations of the meaning of the march full moon, such as Crow or Sap moon, but let’s give homage to the little worms that support our earth.
  • April – Full Pink Moon, named for the spring flowers. It’s also the Grass moon, also named the Fish moon. All names in this month reflect the growth and life cycles of spring.
  • May – Full Corn Planting Moon, with the naming associated with timing for planting crops. May’s full moon has also been called the Milk moon.
  • June – Full Strawberry Moon, yum.
  • July – Full Thunder Moon, for this time of year when thunderstorms are more frequent. The month of July is also called Full Buck moon. Here we have a disruption of the naming of the moons, with a second full moon appearing in July this year. What do we call it? Blue moon, nothing fancy, just a generic name. Now, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled moon cycles.
  • August – Full Sturgeon Moon, named for the abundance of fish harvests. Another name is the Green Corn moon.
  • September – Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Fall Equinox. This is the moon of gathering, when crops are ready to be harvested. This year the harvest moon will be a perigee moon, the closest full moon of the year. It should be amazing! As a side note: there will be a total lunar eclipse happening this month across the U.S. If you’re on the west coast, watch around the time the moon rises.
  • October – Full Hunter’s Moon, named for the hunting season that follows the abundant food supply of the summer.
  • November – Full Beaver Moon is another “marker” for tasks to be completed. As the beavers prepare for winter they are very active, so traps would be set during this active time, before the winter freeze.
  • December – Full Cold Moon, also known as Long Nights moon. December’s winter solstice gives us the longest and darkest nights. The good news is that once the winter solstice, the days are now growing longer again. But, it will take some time before our long summer days.

The meaning of blue moon

So there we have it, the term “blue moon” is just a way to name that “once in a blue moon” moon so that it doesn’t disrupt the regular full moon naming system.

Is there any other meaning of a full or blue moon?  As typical here at, let’s delve into satisfying that quest for inner or personal meaning.

Summertime is a time when we’re active and outgoing. There is so much happening around us, and we’re very interactive during this time of year. There is more to you than your active self, there is the inner self, the soul, and finding your own intuitive meaning for the events in your life.

That’s what a full moon is about, being reflective. During the darkness of night life becomes quiet, renewing itself for the day to come. But the light still exists, even when it cannot be seen. The moon offers no light of it’s own, it is reflecting the sun light.

Reflection in the blue moon

You and I can do the same, being reflective of our own inner light. Your soul is like the sun, your eyes are the reflective full moon. Take a breath, and let the light of this blue moon be your reminder to let your own light shine through.

Let’s delve a little deeper into the meaning of “blue” moon. The old word for this odd extra full moon is belewe, which means ‘to betray’. Tricky full moon!! No one likes to be betrayed. Instead, let’s take another deep breath, and appreciate your resilience to being swayed by such distractions. You know that your light is ever present, and the full moon, blue or not, is simply a reminder.

Oh, one last thing on this whole topic of blue moons. Today’s full blue moon is based on the calendar month. What about basing it on the season, within the structure of the spring and fall solstice, and winter and summer equinox? Here’s when the true “blue moons” occur! August 20, 2013, May 21, 2016, May 18, 2019, and August 22, 2021. Talk about belewe, or betray! Whichever way you look at it, enjoy this splendid full blue moon, and let the meaning of blue moon be one that delights you!

More on blue moons:

Once in a Blue Moon Intuitively Speaking

Blue Moon Meditation

Meaning Of The Blue Moon © 2015 Dennis Finn. About the author: Dennis enjoys many outdoor activities, and appreciates finding spiritual insights as a fun adventure.


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