The Anglo-Saxon lunar calendar differs from other lunar calendars in that it names the full moons according to the season or month in which they occur. For example, the first full moon following Yule (the winter solstice) may be the Yule Moon, the first one following the vernal equinox may be the Egg Moon, and the one prior to that the Lenten Moon. The Harvest Moon, can be the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox. In my calendar, however, the Harvest Moon is the last full moon of summer. The full list of full moon names that I have chosen to use is shown below, arranged by season, winter, spring, summer and autumn. These conform roughly with those stated in this Wikipedia article with a few exceptions.
|Full Moon Name||Date Range|
|Moon Before Yule||Nov-Dec|
Every now and then a season has four full moons instead of three. One of these “extra” full moons is designated as a “Blue Moon”, and because certain full moons must occur in certain places, e.g. the Lenten Moon must always precede the Egg Moon and the Moon Before Yule must precede the Yule Moon, the third full moon in every seaoson that has four is designated the Blue Moon.
This table shows the names and dates of the full moons for the years 2008 to 2011.
|After Yule Moon||24 Dec 2007||11 Jan 2009||31 Dec 2009||19 Jan 2011|
|Snow Moon||22 Jan 2008||9 Feb 2009||30 Jan 2010||18 Feb 2011|
|Lenten Moon||21 Feb 2008||11 Mar 2009||28 Feb 2010||19 Mar 2011|
|Egg Moon||21 Mar 2008||9 Apr 2009||30 Mar 2010||18 Apr 2011|
|Milk Moon||20 Apr 2008||9 May 2009||28 Apr 2010||17 May 2011|
|(Blue Moon)||20 May 2008||–||–||–|
|Flower Moon||18 Jun 2008||7 Jun 2009||27 May 2010||15 Jun 2011|
|Hay Moon||18 Jul 2008||7 Jul 2009||26 Jun 2010||15 Jul 2011|
|Grain Moon||16 Aug 2008||6 Aug 2009||26 Jul 2010||13 Aug 2011|
|Harvest Moon||15 Sep 2008||4 Sep 2009||24 Aug 2010||12 Sep 2011|
|Hunter’s Moon||14 Oct 2008||4 Oct 2009||23 Sep 2010||12 Oct 2011|
|Blood Moon||13 Nov 2008||2 Nov 2009||23 Oct 2010||10 Nov 2011|
|(Blue Moon)||–||–||21 Nov 2010||–|
|Before Yule Moon||12 Dec 2008||2 Dec 2009||21 Dec 2010||10 Dec 2011|