What Is A Strawberry Moon? How To See It And Spiritual Meaning - Freshered
full moon against orange and purple sky with trees in foreground
Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

What Is A Strawberry Moon? How To See It And Spiritual Meaning

Jasmyne Jeffery June 2, 2023

Many full moons have a different name with a special meaning attached to it. That’s the case for June as many look to the skies tomorrow night. We answer what a Strawberry Moon is and its spiritual meaning. More importantly, here’s how you’ll be able to see it.

Humans have been fascinated by the Moon ever since we first walked the Earth. It’s understandable, really, as it has a lot of significance over our life, spiritual or physical.

As June begins, it means another full moon. This time, its unique name is attached to a favourite summer fruit as it rises in the sky tomorrow (Saturday, June 3).

What Is A Strawberry Moon?

Simply, a Strawberry Moon is the name given to the Full Moon in June.

This is the case for many months. For example, January is the Wolf Moon or the Worm Moon in March.

The Strawberry Moon gets its name from how it’s the season for strawberry picking as they ripen in the summer sun. It first began with the Native Americans, who also called this moon the Berries Ripen Moon, Green Corn or the Hot Moon.

Every so often, it falls on the summer solstice. This year the Moon is rising too early with this phenomenon only occurring every 20 years or so.

How To See It

Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

Although the Strawberry Moon rises on June 3, it will stick around for a few days before becoming a Third-Quarter Moon

Your best chance of seeing the Strawberry Moon will be on a clear night. Luckily (and surprisingly!) the weather has been pretty nice in the UK lately, so you’re in with a good chance of a cloudless sky.

Next, the higher you are, the better view you’ll have. Use the warm summer evenings for a little road trip or a hike to find a really good spot away from light pollution to enjoy the Strawberry Moon. If you would rather stay at home, then turn any lights off and wait until the sky is at its darkest for the best view.

The Moon will be at its brightest just before 5 am on Sunday morning. Unless you’re a really early bird (or haven’t been to bed yet!), that’s an awkward time. Luckily, the Strawberry Moon will still be visible well before this.

The Strawberry Moon Spiritual Meaning

Many people believe that the Moon has a spiritual significance over our lives and the strawberry version is no different.

Rising in the Gemini season, it’s also associated with the Cancer zodiac sign. This brews up a recipe full of energy, curiosity and intensity. These will undoubtedly affect your relationships, emotions and ambitions.

Connected to strawberry picking and harvesting, you should take the Moon as a sign of self-care. You should also take time to assess what aspects of your life you’re taking forward into the second half of the year. Harvest the best parts or things that need to be worked out, leaving negativity behind.

It’s also a time to be more compassionate and sympathetic. This could be with others, or even yourself.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.