This year’s micro-moon will rise into the night sky on March 5th. Because of its current distance from the earth it is the smallest moon of the year, but for me it represents something big—something exciting—the end of winter!
Many of the March moon monikers symbolize this welcome transition of the seasons. After months of the bright winter sun reflecting off the snow, some Native Americans call this The Moon When Eyes are Sore from the Bright Snow. And as the snow melts in the warming daytime temperatures only to freeze again at night, a thick crust forms on the snow, providing inspiration for another name–the Full Crust Moon.
Soon the winds will dry the melting snow, which is why the Celts call it the Moon of Winds.
As always, I have a favorite name for this month’s moon. It is the Full Crow Moon.
The winter wind ruffles the crow’s black feathers as he soars just above the bare branches of the sleeping trees, their roots tucked safely away beneath the long winter’s snow.
Impatient for darkness it shines before him in the blue sky.
The crow circles once, then alights at the top of a towering pine. He caws, disturbing the evening stillness as he welcomes the last moon of winter.
He too is impatient. He is ready for the melting of the snow and the softening of the earth which will bring the worms to the surface. He is ready for the trees to once again be filled with fresh green leaves, teeming with insects. He is ready to soak up the warmth of the sun.
When I look up at the Full Crow Moon, I too will say goodbye to winter. Although I’ll pass on the teeming insects, like the crow, I crave the warmth of the sun, trees filled with fresh green leaves, and the emergence of colorful spring flowers. I can hardly wait to soak in their beauty! What’s your favorite part of spring?