Here are highlights of the February 2014 Moon! The Almanac's monthly Moon guide keeps you informed about full Moon names, Moon phase dates, and Best Days by the Moon.
Full Moon Names
February's full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.
Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.
Other Native American tribes called this Moon the "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon" (Wishram Native Americans), the "No Snow in the Trails Moon" (Zuni Native Americans), and the "Bone Moon" (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.
See more about the month's Full Moon names and their meanings.
2014 Moon Phase Dates
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|First Quarter: February 6, 2:22 P.M.|
|Full Moon: February 14, 6:53 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: February 22, 12:15 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full 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 Snow Moon. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in February 2014
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in February.
- Aboveground crops: 1, 2, 10, 11
- Belowground crops: 20, 21
For Setting Eggs:
- 8, 16–18
February 2014 Moon Fact and Folklore
- The Moon floats below Jupiter on the 10th and then helps to create a wonderful conjunction on the 19th, when it stands to the upper right of blue Spica and orange Mars.
- Then the Moon dangles below Saturn on the 22nd, when the pair rises at around 1:00 A.M.
- Wolves have howled at the Moon for centuries, yet it is still there.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,they danced by the light of the Moon.
—Edward Lear, English poet (1812-88)
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