Astronomy: The March Full Moon – Worm, Crow, Sap, Crust & Lenten Moons

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If you’re into multiple names for the full moon, then March’s moon is the one for you!

March’s full moon arrives full of promise for an early spring in America’s lower 48 on March 5, 1:05 pm eastern time.

The Native American full moon names for March are largely based on these being considered the last full moons of winter: the crow caws its farewell to the season and worms start to surface at this time, signaling the retreat of winter and the marching in of springtime.

The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter. The name Storm Moon comes from weather folklore, it is said to occur during shifting weather patterns in the northern hemisphere.

Other names include Sugar or Sugaring Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of the Winds, Moon of the Snow Blind.