Hey, everyone. Welcome to the third in a series of monthly posts about folklore and facts about the full moons. If you missed the first two, you can read about the Wolf Moon (January) and the Snow Moon (February) by clicking on the links.
And now for the month of March.
The Worm Moon is so called because spring arrives this month. The earth begins to warm and earthworm casts begin to appear. It is also sometimes referred to as the Sap Moon because of the rising sap of maple trees.
I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for spring, especially after our “Snowmageddon” last month. While I haven’t seen any earthworms yet, Spring Peepers are already out and about.
March is considered a time of kindness, renewal, and rebirth, as nature comes back to life after the stormy and cold winter. Earth is starting to regenerate, so it’s time for people to do the same.
- The RAF (Royal Air Force) used the light emitted by the full March moon to launch their attack on the German city of Lubeck during World War II.
- Early American settlers called this month’s moon the Lenten Moon and considered it the last full moon of winter.
- Many gardeners plant according to the moon phases. Some believe above-ground crops should be planted during the waxing phase. Bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below the ground are best planted during the waning phase.
- The spring (or vernal) equinox arrives on March 20.
- The full moon is on Sunday, March 28, making it the first full moon of spring.
It is considered unlucky for the full moon to occur on a Sunday, but lucky when it happens on “Moon Day” (Monday).
Have you ever planted according to the moon phases or astrology signs? Do you think there’s merit to this? Please share in the comments.