THE FULL MOON CYCLE
OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
Whether you‘re looking for a romantic getaway or a chance to reconnect with nature, a full moon holiday can be the perfect way to relax and recharge.
Located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is a remote and wild region known for its pristine and untouched rainforest, abundant wildlife, and stunning beaches. The region is graced with a full moon every month, offering a spectacular sight to behold.
The full moons on the Osa Peninsula are a magical experience, with the bright light of the moon illuminating the night sky while the stars twinkle above. The jungle comes alive with the sounds of the animals, creating a time of celebration for the locals who gather around bonfires to share stories and songs.
Beyond celebration, the full moons are also a time for reflection and contemplation, serving as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of nature, and the importance of protecting this fragile ecosystem. The rainforest on the Osa Peninsula is home to many endangered species, making it essential that we take steps to reduce our impact on the environment and ensure that it remains intact for future generations. By doing so, we can help to ensure that the full moons on the Osa Peninsula will continue to shine brightly for years to come.
THE LUNAR CALENDAR
The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months.
Blue Moon – occasionally, two full moons occur within the same calendar month. The first of the full moons goes by the name normally assigned to that month’s full moon, but the second full moon is commonly called a Blue Moon. Blue Moons occur about every 2½ years.
Black Moon – in contrast to the Blue Moon, Black Moon has been used to refer to a month in which there is no full moons. This can only occur in February, because the calendar month has fewer days (28 or 29 days) than the lunar month (about 29.5 days).
SuperMoon – Is when it is at the point in its orbit closest to Earth. In astronomy, the terms “perigee syzygy” or “perigee full moons” are typically used instead of “SuperMoon.”
Full moon January 6, 2023
The Wolf Moon
Wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time. It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but we know today that wolves howl for different reasons.
Full Moon February 05, 2023
The Snow Moon
Due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. Some alternative names for February’s full moons include the Hunger Moon and Bony Moon, due to the scarcity of food; the Storm Moon, for the turbulent weather; and the Bear Moon, as bear cubs are usually born around this time.
Full moon March 7, 2023
The Worm Moon
March’s full moons goes by the name Worm Moon, which was originally thought to refer to the earthworms that appear as the soil warms in spring. This invites robins and other birds to feed, a true sign of spring!
Full moon April 6, 2023
The Pink Moon
Although some wish this name had to do with the color of the moon, the reality is not quite as mystical or awe-inspiring. In truth, April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata, commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox, which also went by the name “moss pink.”
Full moon May 5, 2023
The Flower Moon
May’s name should be no surprise as flowers spring forth across North America in abundance this month! The activities of animals marked spring’s arrival, too, which is highlighted by the Cree names Egg Laying Moon and Frog Moon, as well as the Oglala term Moon of the Shedding Ponies. All three names indicate that warmer weather is on the way!
Full moon June 3, 2023
The Strawberry Moon
June’s full moon is a SuperMoon in 2022. June’s full moon is typically the last full moon of spring or the first of summer is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon. Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon.
Full moon July 3, 2023
The Buck Moon
July 2022 is also a SuperMoon. It’s name comes from time of year where the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.
Full moons Aug 1, 2023
The Sturgeon Moon
The August full moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer. These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”
Full moon Aug 30, 2023
The Blue Moon
Full moon September 29, 2023
The full moon that happens nearest to the fall equinox (September 22 or 23) always takes on the name “Harvest Moon” Unlike other full moons, this full moon rises at nearly the same time, around sunset, for several evenings in a row, giving farmers several extra evenings of moonlight and allowing them to finish their harvests before the frosts of fall arrive.
Full moon October 28, 2023
It is believed that this full moon came to be called the full Hunter´s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. . The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon,” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710. Some sources suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either associated with the blood from hunting or the color of the changing autumn leaves.
Full moon November 27, 2023
This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. During the time of the fur trade in North America, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts.
Full moon Dec 26, 2023
Due to the frigid conditions this time of year, when in the Northern Hemisphere, the cold weather truly begins to grip us. This name is doubly fitting because December’s full moon shines above the horizon for a longer period of time than most full moons.
Osa Peninsula Tides
Having knowledge of the tides and currents is crucial while being in the area. The rise and fall of sea levels caused by the gravitational force of the moon and sun are known as tides. The moon’s gravitational pull causes two high tides and two low tides every day. The shape of the coastline also affects the tides, and the Osa Peninsula’s long and curved coastline causes extreme tides. The tides can reach up to 3.5 meters in some areas, making them some of the highest in the world.
Tides play a vital role in the Osa Peninsula’s ecosystem, carrying in nutrients and supporting local wildlife. Moreover, the tides help keep the beaches clean by carrying away debris and sediment. Despite their beauty and significance, the tides can also be hazardous. Hence, it’s crucial to check tide charts and be aware of the tide’s direction and water speed before getting into the water.
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