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Worm Moon Rising

Photo: Shannon Hicks

The Farmers’ Almanac tells us the full moon that rose March 26 was 2013’s Full Worm Moon. It reached its peak at 5:27 am this morning. According to another trusted source, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we are reminded that the Native Americans, who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States, kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full moons. Each full moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred. The Full Worm Moon celebrates the time with the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This month’s moon is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins (although local maple enthusiasts have already been busy for a number of weeks, judging from the buckets affixed to trees in the area).

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