Hey, everyone. Welcome to the seventh in a series of posts about the names of full moons.
If you missed the other posts of the series, you can click the following links.
- The Wolf Moon (January)
- The Snow Moon (February)
- The Worm Moon (March)
- The Pink Moon (April)
- The Flower Moon (May)
- The Strawberry Moon (June)
The July Moon is most often called the Buck Moon. It’s the time of the year when a male deer’s antlers are in full growth mode. But there is another name for July’s moon and there is a reason I chose to use that one.
The Thunder Moon is aptly named due to summer thunderstorms. Blood Red Dawn, the second book of my Legends of Madeira series, is set primarily during the month of July. (You’ll hear more about it in the weeks to come.)
- It is a common misconception that the first Apollo moon landing occurred during a full moon. The moon wasn’t full until almost a week later.
- Summer moons make the smallest arc across the sky in the northern hemisphere due to longer days and shorter nights.
- There are several full moon celebrations in different parts of the world. One of the most popular is held on the island of Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand. Mostly attended by tourists, the Full Moon Party attracts tens of thousands of people every full moon night.
- The Japanese believed that the moon was a god with powers to foretell the future. Priests would study the moon’s reflection in a mirror, believing that if they gazed directly at the moon, it might drive them mad.
- Other names for the July full moon include The Salmon Moon, The Corn Moon, and Halfway Summer Moon.
- This month’s Thunder Moon occurs Friday, July 23.
It is unlucky to see “the old moon in the arms of the new” or the faint image of the full disk while the new crescent moon is illuminated, especially if you’re a sailor. Storms are predicted.
Do you know of any interesting legends about the moon? Please share in the comments.