The end of May is no doubt an exciting time. There are Memorial Day celebrations to attend, not to mention a general buzz of anticipation as we prepare for an amazing summer ahead. And while a full moon is hardly unique to the month of May (in case you missed it, there is, in fact, a full moon more or less every month), the May flower moon does have some spiritual meanings that set it apart from those we see at other times of year.
Not familiar with the phrase "flower moon?" The annual May full moon is so named because of its association with a time of, well, flowers! Per Time and Date, Native Americans in centuries gone by observed the arrival of flowers like anemone, wild garlic, indigo, bluebells, lupine, sundrops, violet, and others at roughly the same time as this full moon, which they started referring to accordingly. Like the fall harvest moon and the winter frost moon, this one honors the natural world and the beautiful seasonality of our environment with its nickname.
This year's flower moon will rise on May 29, according to Space.com. While it will be technically full at 10:19 a.m. EST — a time when many of us here in the U.S. would expect to see a bright daylight sky — it will also appear full when it rises later that night.
With those facts in place, it's time to get spiritual! Here are a few of the deeper meanings associated with the May 2018 full flower moon.