Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

March Moon

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“For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.”  ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I have a fear of oversleeping. I’ll often check my alarm clock 3 or 4 times before I fall asleep, that’s just me. Yesterday morning, I opened my eyes and the room was full of light. It’s never light when I get up for work, I knew I  had overslept. I sprung out of bed, put on my slippers and glanced at the clock, it was 4:00 a.m. As I took a peek through the blinds, like a beacon directing the sailors, there was a full moon.

The full moon dates back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago. In order to keep track of the changing seasons, tribes gave each recurring moon a distinctive name. The names applied to the entire month in which it occurred. Although there have been some variations in the moon names, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England and continued west to Lake Superior.

The full March moon that woke me from a peaceful sleep is called the Worm Moon. Native Americans referred to this as the last full moon of the winter after worms left a trail on the newly thawed ground, inviting the return of the robins. The Worm Moon is sometimes referred to by other names associated with the signs of spring. When the cawing of the crows signaled the end of winter, the more northern Native American tribes referred to the full moon in March as the Crow Moon or the Sap Moon, marking the time when maple sap begins to flow.

Despite the arrival of spring last week, winter has not released its grip on Charlotte. We’ve covered our sensitive plants at night as temperatures dip down into the low 20’s. I would venture to say, there won’t be any worm trails this month, but April’s moon is the Pink Moon, an affirmation that winter is finally over.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

21 thoughts on “March Moon

  1. I can honestly say I never worry about oversleeping these days. Aside from the fact that I haven’t had a sound night of sleep in a fortnight, the reality is my home wakes up at the earliest of the three kids. Whoever wakes up first wakes everyone else up…

    I have definitely woken up to a moon though, so I feel your pain there.

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  2. Like you, I fear oversleeping on a work-day! I’ve never woken up to a full moon. I enjoyed reading about the different names of the full moon:-)

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  3. I missed the moon due to cloud cover, although last night I saw its light peeking through the clouds. But I will be looking forward to the Pink Moon. I am up early today because the sun is gloriously shining. ~Mary

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  4. It’s rare I oversleep, but that moon would have fooled me too.

    I am very ready for spring, repotting some spider plants to hang from our back awning, and just the overall sense of winter’s end. We were lucky this winter, no freezing nights. Hoping yours temps warm soon, and a very Happy Easter to you! 🙂

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    • I don’t think I’ve overslept since college, but the fear is always there. 🙂 Like you, I’m so ready for spring. We’re going to have a taste of the 70’s on Monday, but then back into the low 50’s. I’m beginning to wonder if my hummingbirds will ever be able to return. Happy Easter to you and your family, Anna!

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  5. The moon has been amazing these last few nights and I’ve taken photos of it. I have very heavy curtains where I’m staying at the moment, so I’m not woken by a full moon, but I can’t wait until I’m in my own place and that moon wakes me up at 4:00 a.m (what a beautiful sight!) 😉

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    • It has been amazing. I’m sure you’ve got some great photos. I might need to invest in some of those heavy curtains, lack of sleep makes for a cranky Jill. 🙂 It’s been beautiful driving into work with the moon directly in front of me during the entire commute.

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  6. Thank you for sharing such nice information about the moon with us. It surely gets very bright when the moon is full. I too can oversleep anytime. Happy Easter to you. Thanks for a lovely post.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Samina. Even though I’m paranoid of oversleeping, I haven’t slept until dayight for years, but this moon sure tricked me. 🙂 Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  7. Maybe you can help me. Every time we have a full moon, I don’t remember going to bed, but when I wake up, my PJs are in tatters and covered in blood, and I have raw meat stuck in my teeth. The weirdest part is I find bits of course fur tangled up in the sheets. I’d describe it as dog fur, but that’s not quite right… it’s a little longer and denser.

    Any ideas?

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  8. Perhaps you should try some hynotherapy, Eric. 🙂 I can always count on you to bring some humor to my blog! 🙂

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  9. The full moon, or Worm Moon, as you’ve called it, is quite bright, isn’t it. I really look forward to the Pink Moon…one of my favorite colors. 🙂

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  10. I just want to know why I wake up so early at weekends! x

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  11. I LOVE sleeping! The moon would have to be in my room hitting me over the head with a hammer before I wake up! 🙂

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  12. Was reading your blog about the glue. Lol

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