We’ve made it to the Ides of March once more in our revolution around the sun. In the Algonquin tradition this time of year is known for the “Worm Moon” because it marks the time of year when the earth begins to soften and earthworms begin to emerge to get back to work, donating their castings to the soil we build our lives on. If you’re looking for other hopeful names for the moon that appears this time of year, consider “Sap Moon” for the sweetness of the maple syrup gathered as it begins to flow again, “Crow Moon” for the crow cawing goodbye to winter, or “Full Crust Moon” noting that this is the time of year when the snow’s crust begins to soften.
This year’s Worm Moon was Sunday, March 12. In some parts of the world, especially the Northeast, as this moon wanes through the week, it will be reflecting off some pretty deep snow. But, in spite of the snow and cold, we hope this moon will give you that little boost you need to get through the rest of the winter. Spring is just around the corner. Persephone will be released from Hades to make the world blossom and grow again. And we’ll be very happy to see this particular winter gone!
Hang in there!
Rachel and Kathy
P.S. If you’re the toasting kind of person, ready to celebrate this Moon, here’s a pomegranate martini recipe. 🙂