The full moon this month preludes the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere and the end of summer in the southern hemisphere. It is a time of shift and the energies are high. In addition, a full moon partial lunar eclipse amplifies the effect. Get ready for a ride!
Officially occurring at 8:01 AM EDT March 23, 2016, this full moon will appear to overlap both March 22 and March 23. In North America, native peoples gave names to the moons to indicate what to expect in that month.
Full Crow Moon
The March full moon is called the Full Crow Moon because of the crows gathering to welcome spring. We hear their cawing and are reminded of the continuous transformation of life. Crow is a symbol of the magic and mystery of life which unfolds again at this time of year. Of course readers in the Southern hemisphere may be having the opposite experience. As the earth shifts it balances.
March is the month where the ground begins to thaw and spring begins to unfold. Life begins to sprout again. The birds return to their nesting areas and loudly claim their territory. Crows chase away the hawks and flashy red-wing blackbirds stake their claims. As the ground thaws the earthworms begin to burst through the surface. The robins and other birds return because of the buffet rather than the weather. The full moon in March is also named the Full Worm Moon for the return of earthworms.
The March full moon is also called the Full Crust Moon, to signify when the snow gets crusty because it thaws in the day and refreezes at night. It is also called the Full Sap Moon, to identify the time that sap begins to run from the trees. As the ground thaws and the trees come back to life, maple sap flows like a river. Every year the sweetness of life returns.
There is also a penumbral lunar eclipse this month. Beginning Wednesday, March 23 at 5:39 AM EDT. The maximum effect of the eclipse occurs at 7:47 AM EDT and will be seen in North America, Australia and parts of South America and Asia. Unlike a full eclipse, a penumbral eclipse occurs when only a small part of the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow.
This Month’s Guidance
Along with seasonal changes, this month’s full moon comes at a time when earth energies are already high. Many people are feeling the effects of these energies and face inner challenges stronger than ever before. Old issues come to the surface, emotions feel drained, and relationships face challenges. The area where you have the most control is YOURSELF. Pay special attention to staying grounded through chaos. Be kind to others and recognize that perhaps they are just dealing with internal issues. In times of chaos there are opportunities to guide yourself, your activities and the mood of others towards a higher and greater purpose. Over the next month, set your greater vision and move forward.