On Saturday evening, March 31, the Full Sap Moon rises! This is the second full Moon of the month—a Blue Moon. Get ready to enjoy this March marvel.
March Full Moon Names
The Full Worm Moon
In March, we traditionally have one full Moon—the Full Worm Moon—which was traditionally called the Full Worm Moon by Native Americans who used lunar phases 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—a true sign of spring. Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.
The Full Sap Moon
There are many alternative names for the March Moon, depending on the Native American tribe and region. One alternative name is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.
So, we are calling this second full Moon in March the “Full Sap Moon.”
See all Full Moon names and their meanings.
An alternative name for March’s full Moon is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.
What’s a Blue Moon?
Some folks are calling this second full Moon the “Blue Sap Moon.” Yes, we know, people love to give Moons names! We explain …
When two full Moons occur in a single calendar month, the second full Moon is called a Blue Moon.
This isn’t the first Blue Moon we’ve seen in 2018. Remember the Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31st?
Now it IS unusual to have Blue Moons happen twice in one year. We won’t see it happen again until 2037.
Moon Phases for March 2018
March is a special month, not only because it’s when the spring equinox occurs, but also because it will host two full Moons this year—one on the 1st and another on the 31st (just as we had two full Moons in January).
All dates and times are Eastern Time. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|Full Moon: March 1, 7:51 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: March 9, 6:20 A.M.|
|New Moon: March 17, 9:12 A.M.|
|First Quarter: March 24, 11:35 A.M.|
|Full Moon: March 31, 8:37 A.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 illusions, and when and why the Moon rides high or low in the sky. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in March 2018
Below are the best days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in March.
- Aboveground crops: 24, 25
- Belowground crops: 5–7, 15, 16
For Setting Eggs
- 3, 4, 30, 31
- 1, 17–31
See Best Days for more activities.
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