Strawberry Moon (Full Moon June 2008)

The full moon today goes by the name of the Strawberry Moon. You could just as easily name this moon for a variety of other foods like the Raspberry Moon or the Cattail Flower Moon or the Elderblow Moon. In fact, I notice a lot of activity going on right now in the other-than-human world. The catnip and oregano have both put out their blooms in my yard. The rabbits and muskrats have let me see them out and about more lately.

No wonder people often choose to get married at this time of year. With the transition from spring into summer, the lush verdancy of the world abounds, sprinkled with chicory and queen anne’s lace, encircled from above by red-winged black birds and wallowed in below by furry-tailed rodents on the riparian edges.

Since we have passed the Blue Moon of last month, the monthly and seasonal methods for naming the moons have finally converged into one. The Farmer’s Almanac has this to say about our moon this month:

This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!


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