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Worm Moon

Pleine lune de mars. Appelée ainsi parce que les vers de terre sortent avec le dégel.

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. For this reason, the March full moon is often known as the Full Worm Moon.

Northern Native American tribes knew this moon as the Full Crow Moon when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter. They also used Full Crust Moon because the snow cover became crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.

The Dakota Sioux named it Moon When Eyes Are Sore From Bright Snow. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is a Colonial American variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon. It was considered to be the last full moon of winter.


33 harvest moon
i gather my thoughts
for winter

lune des moissons
je rassemble mes pensées
pour l'hiver

Karma Tenzing Wangchuk

50 March brings
the full Worm Moon --
the earth ready for spring

Mars apporte
la pleine Lune des Vers --
la terre prête pour le printemps

Betty Kaplan

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