First things first, what exactly is a “Hot” “Honey” “Strawberry” “Rose” Moon? One might naturally pause and wonder amidst all the hullabaloo surrounding it. And why does it have an army of monikers to convince us of its aim? Also a legitimate concern.
Will this moon shape-shift into a strawberry before our naked eyes? Do roses bloom eternal under its mystical beams? Is it emblazoned by a ring of fire? How do you explain the “honey” association? All completely valid queries in my opinion! And all solid reasons to feel overwhelmed. But fret not!
No stone shall go unturned in this post as we will dive headfirst into learning all that there is to know about tonight’s notorious “Strawberry,” “Rose,” “Honey,” “Hot,” “Mead,” whatever you want to call it, June Full Moon. Just rest assured that it’s absolutely relevant. And you should totally care that it’ll illuminate our shadowy night-sky.
To begin, the tradition of naming full moons was designed to keep track of seasons and systemize crop harvesting throughout the year. The tradition originated none other than here in the Americas, developed by early Native American tribes.
The names of the moons in use today were derived specifically from the Algonquin tribe who lived along the Lake Superior and New England stretch. They were later adopted by Colonial Americans and worked into modern calendars.
Both the Julian calendar system, implemented by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, and the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and used widely in present day, added the Native American moon names for observance. There are twelve observed moons with their respective names in the calendar we use for each month of the year.
Now that we’ve covered the origins of full moon naming, here’s how the “Strawberry” Moon got its name.To set the record straight, tonight’s moon will by no means look like a giant scintillating strawberry in space. It will, however, appear to be a tint of redish-orange. To some this may be reason enough to correlate it with anything red or hot. But there’s way more to it than meets the eye!
When naming the moons, early Native American tribes cleverly distinguished them by the rightful purpose they served for that specific time of the year. With a lunar calendar in place, they could audit harvest with ease and sophistication.
They keenly observed that the full moon of June marked the peak of strawberry season. Same rings true for mead and roses in Europe hence the many eponymous names!
Why it’s often referred to as “Hot” Moon is because the full moon occurs not long after the summer solstice or Litha in pagan traditions (I will do a near-future post on Litha. Stay tuned! ). And it is the last moon of spring ushering in summer heat!
According to CNN, the viewing of the moon will be a “powerful pull.” To better grasp why that is, history and calendar systems aside, let’s look at the effects this enchanting moon will have on us and what we can do to reap maximum boon!
According to Health, “people who had emergency heart surgery during a full moon were less likely to die. They also spent, on average, four fewer days in the hospital than patients who underwent the same surgery during two other moon phases.” Also, research found that women’s menstrual cycles seem to be synced with the full moon. Wait, what?! Don’t ask me. It’s science!
Astrologers swear that the June full moon is sacred for any kind of unity which makes it a spectacular time to tie the nuptials! Evidently, June indeed is the most popular month for weddings. Therein, aside from its honey-glazed glow, the June full moon is simply referred to as “Honey Moon” due to the honeymoon vibes in the air around this time!
Historically, Native American women have long taken part in spiritual cleansing under this moon. It is advised that all of us use this time to declutter our homes and thoughts, and do some serious cleansing of our own….a summer cleaning if you will!
Also, you can blame your sleep troubles on this moon as it has been attributed to lower melatonin production. Isn’t it astonishing how a space rock some 238,900 miles away can have such mysterious effects on our minds, bodies and lifestyles? Sure is.
If you’re in the West Coast like I am, the best time to observe tonight’s full moon is 9:53 P.M. precisely. I know where I’ll be! Perched on my rooftop overlooking Downtown Los Angeles, marveling at its sweet, rosy glory with my darling boyfriend and dearest best friend in tow.
How will you be watching the moon tonight? Have you ever experienced anything out of the ordinary during a full moon? I would LOVE to hear your stories! Please share in the comments below and thank you infinitely for your support 🙂
Wishing all a Happy Litha and Happy Full Moon! ❤