The Flower Moon of May

The May weather allows for great floral displays, which helps explain where the name Flower Moon of May comes from.

May in the Pacific Northwest is great as the weather should be nice enough to allow for the exploration of the outdoors and of the nights sky! In the sky, May is great time to start seeing the Milky Way in the Pacific Northwest and many of the summer planets. Take the time go outside with a camera, binoculars or a telescope and explore the nights sky!

The Milky Way at this time

Flower Moon

Meaning Behind The Name

The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month. There is a myriad of wildflowers which bloom in May in the Northern Hemisphere, where these traditional Full Moon names originated. For example, many types of anemone, wild garlic, indigo, bluebells, lupine, sundrops, and violets, to name just a few. It is no wonder that the colorful displays these flowers create in nature have inspired people to name this time after them.

Other names for May’s brightest Moon phase are Corn Planting Moon, Mother’s Moon, and Milk Moon, from the Old English Rimilcemona which means Month of Three Milkings, when cows were milked three times a day. Some sources refer to it as Hare Moon, but this name is more common for the March Full Moon.

Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/flower.html

FULL MOON FOLKLORE

  • Clothes washed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long.
  • The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.

Source: https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-may

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