Hey everyone! Welcome back to the second of my monthly moon phases series. As I said last time, February is the shortest month of the year, but moon-wise it has a unique distinction apart from all others. But first, let’s learn a bit more about the reasons behind the name.
Native Americans commonly called the February full moon the Snow Moon. It’s aptly named for those nights where snow blankets the ground. Some refer to it as the Hunger Moon because of the long, cold winters where food often became sparse.
- Although no one has proven the full moon directly affects our mental state, many believe it does. A survey conducted at a Quebec University found that 80% of nurses and 63% of doctors questioned said they saw an increase in the number of patients with mental health problems during a full moon than in other times of the month.
- The full moon cycle occurs every 29.5 days. Therefore, February is the only month in which there can be no full moon. This happens roughly every nineteen years. The last time was in 2018 and it won’t happen again until 2037.
- This month, the full moon occurs on February 27.
Leap years and time zones affect this unusual occurrence. Some say it’s roughly around 550 years in which there is no full moon in February anywhere on the earth, and the last time this happened was in 1961. I have no inclination to check the lunar cycles of every time zone on earth, so I can’t substantiate this claim.
Now, before you say there’s a full moon every month, consider this. The moon is technically 100% full for only a few seconds. Although we can’t see it, the rest of the time it is either waxing or waning
There are various definitions of the term “Black Moon.” Some state it’s when two new moons occur during a calendar month. Others claim it is when a fourth new moon happens during a particular season. Still others refer to this rare February event as a Black Moon.
Some astrologists believe the black moon draws out our darkest feelings, hidden skeletons, and things we’d rather keep hidden. They believe this is a time for drama and for all negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and revenge will surface.
That wraps up this month’s moon post. Were you aware of the February phenomena? What’s your take on the superstition?