Full Moon names and dates for Western Australia.
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I have created this poster, because of my increasing frustration at seeing so much information about the Moon names, used by many Southern Hemisphere, spiritual people, being a direct copy and paste of Indigenous American moon names, that relate, not only to different seasons then those found in the Southern Hemisphere, but many animals not found in Australia. I decided to make this poster with information about Australian Moons specifically Western Australian moons, as I have become tired of seeing events to celebrate The Hunters Moon when we are in Spring not Autumn and the Wolf Moon when we are in mid-summer not mid-winter. I have created this using Western Australia seasons, like many parts of Australia, Western Australia has six seasons, not the commonly used four. These seasons also are not given a specific calendar start and finish date as with nature it is fluid and does not conform to our ridged calendar, calendar months have been used as a guide only.
The area that I live in is called Nyoongar country, with six seasons:
Birak – First summer (season of the young) December – January
Bunuru – Second summer (season of the adolescence) February – March
Djeran – Ant season (season of the adulthood) April – May
Makuru – Cold and wet time of the year (fertility season) June – July
Djilba – Growing season (season of conception) August – September
Kambarang – Wildflower season (season of birth) October – November
January – Fire Moon
Traditionally the burning time of year. Fire is a very real force in the hot Australian bush, and its awesome power of destruction and creation is to be respected. Reptiles also shed their old skin for a new at this time. We can use this time to do the same. As we have grown from the experiences of the past year we she the old, to make way for the new.
February – Dry Moon
The hottest time of the year with little to no rain. If you’re close to the coast there is hot easterly winds with a cooling sea breeze most
afternoons. In land is hot and dry.
March – Fish Moon
Still little to no rain with, hot easterly winds. Coastal waterways, rivers and estuaries being an important part of this time. Seeing an abundance of fish and animal life centered around these areas.
April – Ant Moon
Sees a break in the really hot weather, with cool nights and early morning dew. The winds have changed their intensity, with light breezes in a southerly direction with many flying ants can be seen flying around in the light winds..
May – Seed Moon
Time of red flowers especially from the Red Flowering Gum and Banksias start to display their flowers, ensuring that there are nectar food sources for the many small mammals and birds that rely upon them. Seeds are
collected and stored, along with the root bulbs, fresh water fish, frogs and turtles.
June – Kangaroo Moon
Begins the coldest and wettest time of the year, marking a move back inland from the coast as the winds turned to the south/west bringing the cold weather, rains. Focus moves now to inland grazing animals such as the kangaroo.
July – Crow Moon
Animals begin pairing up in preparation for breeding season. You now see pairs of ‘Wardongs’ (ravens) flying together. You’ll also start to see a large influx of the Black Swan or ‘Mali’ as they too prepare to nest and breed. So this moon can also be called
Black Swan Moon.
August – Grass Tree Moon
Transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer, rainy and windy days mixing with the
occasional sunny day or two. As the days start to warm up, we start to see and hear the first of the new born, and we’ll start to see the flower stalks of the Grass Trees emerge, if they have been burnt during the burning time of the year.
September – Magpie Moon
As the days continue to warm up, many birds will still be nest bound, hence the swooping protective behavior of the Koolbardi (Magpie) starts to ramp up.
October – Wildflower Moon
We see an abundance of colourful flowers exploding all around us. Acacias, Banksias and many other smaller flowering plants including the Kangaroo Paw and Orchids.
November – Snake Moon
At this time you’ll encounter a snake as the reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation looking to make the most of the warm energy to assist them in looking for food. Many things are undergoing transformation with the warm change in the weather.
December – Frog Moon
Sees the rains ease and the warm
weather really start to take hold. With the rising temperatures and the decreasing rainfall,
it’s also time for the baby frogs to complete their transformation into adulthood.
The name given to a full lunar eclipse, as the shadow on the moon has a red tint.
The name given to a second full moon in a calendar month.
Disclaimer: These are not Traditional Nyoongars Moon names. I am not of Nyoongars blood. The names for the Moons have come from my research and living in the area all my life.
Picture for illustration only.
|Dimensions||40 × 355 × 40 mm|
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