Hey, everyone! Welcome to another in my series of full moon posts, recognizing the names of full moons given by Native Americans.
This month’s name is a favorite of mine because not only do I love summer, strawberries are absolutely my favorite fruit.
If you missed the other posts, you can visit by clicking these links:
- The Wolf Moon (January)
- The Snow Moon (February)
- The Worm Moon (March)
- The Pink Moon (April)
- The Flower Moon (May)
- The moon played a huge role in the D Day Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, because of how it affected the tides. (A special thanks to Robbie Cheadle for this information.)
- The honeymoon is named after the full moon in June. Since it fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, this was traditionally the best month to get married.
- Other names for June’s full moon include the rose moon, egg-laying moon, and hatching moon.
- Full moons are sacred in Sri Lanka. Legend has it that Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing to nirvana occurred on full moons. On a full moon night, shops are closed, alcohol is not served, no sport matches can be played. Any killing—including fishing—is forbidden.
- The Summer Solstice occurred yesterday, June 20.
- This year’s Strawberry Moon is Thursday, June 24, making it the first full moon of summer.
Superstitions about the moon’s evil influence made some people refuse to sleep in a place where moonbeams could touch them. In the 1200s, the English philosopher Roger Bacon wrote, “Many have died from not protecting themselves from the rays of the moon.”
Several readers have commented in past posts about not being able to sleep during a full moon. What’s your take on its influence? Please share in the comments.