Did you know that every full moon has a name? June’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon.
Early Native American tribes are to thank for christening the moons. Naming each moon of the month helped people who didn’t use the 365-day calendar to keep track of time. The moons are typically named based on the flora, fauna, seasonal weather patterns, or tribe’s activities such as planting, harvesting, and hunting.
The Strawberry Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Rose Moon, Hoeing Moon, Mead Moon, or Honey Moon.
When is the Strawberry Moon?
The Strawberry Moon falls in June toward the end of the month. It comes after the Flower Moon named for the abundant spring flowers in May and the Buck Moon in July.
This year, the Strawberry Moon will be on June 24, 2021.
How did the Strawberry Moon Get its name?
This moon represents the first harvest. The strawberry harvesting season is relatively short, and this full moon’s name was pretty much universal among all of the Algonquin tribes since it faithfully rose during or close to the harvest window.
European settlers usually referred to June’s full moon as the Rose Moon or the Honey Moon in reference to ancient European marriage customs that involved giving and drinking mead (made from honey).
How to Celebrate and Honor the Strawberry Moon
The June full moon embodies the spirit of Litha, the summer solstice celebration and longest day of the year.
Even as we welcome summer’s arrival, we are at a tipping point in the Wheel of the Year. The light half has now reached its zenith and will slowly decline as the days shorten and we begin the downward shift into the dark half of the year. But don’t despair—there’s still plenty of light left before the official transition.
The Strawberry Moon is a time for positivity. We are celebrating long summer days and the beginning of the harvest season when we reap the benefits of the gardens we’ve planted and tended to for the past few months.
Honor the full moon in your garden, if you have one. Harvest your own strawberries or buy from your local farmer’s market. Picking flowers and arranging them in vases around the home and on your altar is another great way to pay homage to the Strawberry Moon. Fire is a powerful Litha symbol of the sun and summer, so a bonfire beneath the Strawberry Moon can create powerful energy.
When setting your intentions, focus on positivity, celebration, and inner peace. Know that your hard work is paying off, and the fruits of your labor are ripening. Sit quietly with your thoughts and ruminate on the path ahead of you.
Common altar colors for the Strawberry Moon are red, pink, white, and green. Bring flames to your altar with candles. This is also a perfect time to make moon water and capture the power of the full moon during the summer’s peak.
Remember, however you celebrate the full moon is completely up to you and on your own schedule. There is no right or wrong way; just do what feels best for you.
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For more information on full moons, see the 2021 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.