Moon Phase Names in the Southern Hemisphere

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Pleine luneMoon Phase Names in the Southern Hemisphere

In most neo-Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the names given to the various moon cycles are based upon a couple of different sources. Some come to us from the Native American tribes of North America, and others are rooted in Celtic and western European mythology. In the Native American tribes, the moon cycles were used to keep track of seasons, and thus designated different agricultural markers. If you live in the southern hemisphere, however, your seasons are directly the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere, and so it wouldn’t make any sense for you to celebrate an September harvest moon if September is when you do your planting, rather than your harvesting.

Because of this, people who live in the southern hemisphere would have to calculate their moon names based upon seasons. A lunar month is only 29 days long…

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