Tarts, I got down to the waterfront before moonrise on July 3, the night of the full moon. So as we watch the moon rise we will explore this month’s names.
Plymouth Harbor is a neat place to be if you are in the mood for people. I spent nine or ten years working on the waterfront in the summer. It is also a beautiful spot. These pictures were taken from the parking lot for the building that was the old clam factory. It was rehabbed into office space and a museum by Ocean Spray. They eventually moved to new quarters and it is just office space in general.
The moonrise pictures were taken looking over the state boat ramp. The hills that the moon is rising over are the Pine Hills. I read somewhere that they are the highest point directly on the Atlantic coast between here and Brazil.
In the dead center of the first picture is a white pickup truck. Right above the pickup just cresting the hills is the first sight of the moon. Most of the pictures are going to be darker than it really was because I used the zoom on my camera and that’s how they came out. The lighter pictures will be with the normal setting.
So without further ado, here is the July Full Moon….
So let’s start with the animal kingdom. The Cree have noticed that the Ducks Moult during this full moon. The Hopi call it the Raptor Moon. The soaring birds are taking advantage of the heat of the day and riding the thermal currents. The cranes have made their migration north and the Choctaw are seeing them in the sky and on the waterways so to them it is the Crane Moon.There are two Nations that connect this moon with horses. The Taos call it the Sun Horse Moon and the Apache call it simply the Horse Moon.The Arapaho and the Omaha call the July full moon the Buffalo Bellows Moon.
Now we will look at the plant kingdom. The first will be the Sioux calling it the Wild Red Cherries Moon. Chippewa call this moon the Raspberry Moon.
The Mohawk and the Passamaquoddy both call it the Ripening Moon.
The Cherokee call this moon the Ripe Corn Moon and the Potawatomi call it the Young Corn Moon.The Medieval English, English and Wicca traditions call the July moon the Mead Moon. Another way of calling this moon and meaning the same is to call it the Hay Moon which the English do as well as.
Then there are a few names that are not in either of the above categories. There is the Summer Moon so-called by the Colonial Americans and the Middle of Summer Moon given to us by the Dakota. The Comanche call it the Hot Moon.
Knowing the Tarts as I do, I can’t leave out the Chinese as their name for the July moon is the Hungry Ghost Moon. The Celtic tradition calls it the Moon of Claiming. I also saw the Blessing Moon but no particular culture or belief tided to that name.
I have saved the most commonly known names for last this time. The Algonquin Nations use both of these. The first is the Full Buck Moon. This is because the antlers are beginning to grow again and the bucks have these velvety fur bumps on their heads. The other name is the Thunder Moon because this is the time of the most thunderstorms.
So that is this month’s offerings. The moon only took about fifteen minutes to rise from just peeping over the hills to this last picture taken over the marina. I hope you enjoyed watching it come up. I wanted something different for pictures this time.