March’s Full Worm Moon is this weekend. Find out when to see it rise—plus Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.
The highest and most dramatic Moon for 2017 will be from March 4 through the 6th at nightfall, above Orion.
March Full Moon Names
March’s Full Moon is traditionally called the Full Worm Moon by the Native Americans who used the Moons to track the seasons; Colonial Americans also used these names, especially those of the local Algonquin tribes who lived between New England and Lake Superior.
At the time of this Moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the return of robins and migrating birds.
Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.
In some regions, this 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.
See all Full Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for March 2017
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|First Quarter: March 5, 6:32 A.M.|
||Full Moon: March 12, 10:54 A.M.|
||Last Quarter: March 20, 11:58 A.M.|
|New Moon: March 27, 10:57 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see Full Moon Dates chart.
March Full Worm Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Worm Moon, Moon illusion, and when and why the Moon rides high or low. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in March 2017
Below are the best days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in March.
- Aboveground crops: 6, 7
- Belowground crops: 15-17, 25
For Setting Eggs:
- 1-12, 27-31
See Best Days for more activities.
We invite you to share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!