A Pagan Family Guide to Celebrating the Full Moons
By Kerrilyn Bachler-Connor
Your family may choose to hold monthly rituals on each of the full moons. For those who do, here are some suggestions
for these Lunar Festivals.
Names for the January full moon: Wolf Moon, Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Chaste Moon, Disting Moon, and
Moon of Little Winter.
The colors associated with the January moon are white, blue-violet and black.
The corresponding stones are garnet, onyx, jet and chrysoprase. Herbs used in this full moon ritual should include
marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones. Spells done at this time should be geared toward new beginnings.
Names for the February Full Moon: Ice Moon, Storm Moon, Horning Moon, Hunger Moon, Wild Moon, Quickening Moon,
Solmonath Moon, and Big Winter Moon.
The colors associated with the February moon are light blue and violet. The corresponding stones are amethyst, jasper
and rock crystal. Herbs used in this full moon ritual should include Balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh and sage. Spells done at
this time should be geared toward facing life’s challenges, purifications, dedications or rededications.
Names for the March Full Moon: Storm Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of Winds, Plow Moon, Worm Moon, Lenting Moon, Sap
Moon, Crow Moon, and Moon of the Snowbird.
The colors associated with the March moon are green and violet. The corresponding stones are aquamarine and
bloodstone. Irish Moss should be included in this full moon ritual. Spells done at this time should center around success
Names for the April Full Moons: Growing Moon, Hare Moon, Seed Moon, Planting Moon, Planter’s Moon, Budding Moon,
Easter Monath Moon, Eostre Moon, Ostar Monath Moon, Pink Moon, and Green Grass Moon.
The colors for the April moon are red and gold, with rubies and garnets as the corresponding stones. Herbs used at this
ritual should include basil, chives, dragon’s blood, geranium and thistle. Spells performed should deal with preparing and
planting your garden.
Names for the May Full Moon: Hare Moon, Merry Moon, Dyad Moon, Bright Moon, Flower Moon, Frogs Return Moon, and
The colors for May are green, brown and pink. The corresponding stones are emerald, malachite and amber. Herbs to use
during this ritual include elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme and yarrow. Perform spells for health, love, romance and
Names for the June Full Moon: Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Lover’s Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Strawberry
Moon, and Rose Moon.
Colors for this full moon include Orange and yellow-green. The associated stones are topaz, agate and alexandrite. Herbs
to be used should be skullcap, meadowsweet and parsley. Spellwork for romance and fertility is ideal.
Names for the July Full Moon: Hay Moon, Wort Moon, Moon of Claiming, Moon of Blood, Blessing Moon, Buck Moon, and
The colors associated with the July full moon are silver and blue-grey. The corresponding stones are pearl, moonstone
and white agate. Herbs used in the ritual should include honeysuckle, lemon balm and hyssop. Spellwork should focus on
enchantments, health, success and strength.
Names for the August Full Moon: Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Dispute Moon, Harvest Moon, and Moon When Cherries Turn
The colors for August are yellow and gold. The stones are cat’s-eye, jasper and fire agate. The herbs to use are
chamomile, St. John’s Wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue and orange. Spells for abundance, plants, agriculture, harvesting
and marriage should be performed.
Names for September Full Moons: Harvest Moon, Wine Moon, Singing Moon, and Sturgeon Moon.
September colors are brown, yellow-green and yellow. The associated stones are peridot, olivine, chrysolite, and citrine.
Herbs used for the September full moon ritual should include copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian and skullcap. Perform
spells for protection, prosperity and abundance.
Names for October Full Moons: Blood Moon, Harvest Moon, Falling Leaf Moon, and Moon of the Changing Season.
The best color for the October full moon is dark blue-green. Stones that can be used are opal, tourmaline and turquoise.
Herbs to use for ritual are pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, angelica and burdock. Spells for new goals, protection, spirituality
and resolution are best performed at this time.
Names for the November Full Moons: Snow Moon, Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Beaver Moon, Mourning Moon, Mad Moon,
Storms Moon, and Moon When Deer Shed Antlers.
The colors for November are grey and sea green. Stones to use are topaz and lapis lazuli. Herbs to use include verbena
and thistle. Do spells for family, friends and divination.
Names for December Full Moon: Cold Moon, Oak Moon, Wolf Moon, Moon of Long Nights, and Big Winter Moon.
This month’s colors are red, white and black. The stones are serpentine and peridot. Herbs to use are holly, English ivy, fir
and mistletoe. Work your spells for hope and healing.