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.
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.
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
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.