THE Strawberry Moon is due to rise on Friday, as the Moon completes another Lunar cycle. What is the spiritual meaning of the Strawberry Moon?
The Strawberry Moon will rise on June 5, as the new lunar cycle begins in June. This month’s Full Moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, originally called the Rose Moon in Europe. Astrologers believe that the Strawberry Moon is a time for healing and letting go of your workload.
With 2020 being a particularly stressful year, the astrology blog Satin Crystals said the Strawberry Moon is a time to regroup.
Satin Crystals said: “Regardless of what you want to call it, the June Full Moon is about enjoying the fruits of your labor. While you toiled in strife to plant seeds of success in the spring, summer is here and you get to indulge.
“If you have a workaholic or high achieving personality, it is especially important that you change your mindset with the Strawberry Full Moon.
“You cannot always be on alert and full work mode, you must balance this with some fun. You know the phrase ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’
“During this Full Moon, it’s critical that you let go of the workload mentality and make way for some fun and relaxation. Life is a playground, after all.”
The name Strawberry Moon originates from North America, where native tribes associated the rising of the June Moon with the blossoming of berries.
Strawberries are native to North America, and before the 1600s Europe had never heard of the fruit.
Before strawberries were introduced to this side of the pond, the June Full Moon was known as the Rose Moon due to the blossoming of roses.
The Farmer’s Almanac said: “At this time of year, when spring turns to summer and the flowers of May begin to fade, berries burst forth from bushes.
“To the Algonquin tribes who once roamed much of North America, June was synonymous with strawberries.
“This sweet, tangy and nutritious wild food staple was only available for a short time each year.
“So June’s full Moon naturally came to be known as the Strawberry Moon, a name that was universal to every tribe.
“In Europe where strawberries were once unknown, June’s full Moon was most commonly known as the Rose Moon.”
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According to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the Strawberry Moon will rise at 8.12pm in the UK, and will be full for up to three days.
The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon’s Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.
As the Moon orbits both the Earth and the Sun, different amounts of the side of the Moon we see are lit up.
This shifting luminescence is called the Lunar Cycle, which lasts approximately 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next.
What are the full Moons of 2020?
Here are all of the 13 named Full Moons you should look out for this year:
January 10 – Full Wolf Moon
February 9 – Full Snow Moon
March 9 – Full Worm Moon
April 8 – Full Pink Moon
May 7 – Full Flower Moon
June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon
July 5 – Full Buck Moon
August 3 – Full Sturgeon Moon
September 2 – Full Corn Moon
October 1 – Full Hunter’s Moon
October 31 – Blue Moon
November 30 – Full Beaver’s Moon
December 30 – Full Cold Moon