June – The Strawberry Moon

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.

June Strawberry Moon
A Full Strawberry Moon

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Interesting Facts

  • 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.

Superstition

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.

30 thoughts on “June – The Strawberry Moon

  1. An interesting moon-bit about why June is the most popular month for weddings. Thank you for sharing, Joan, and here’s to the upcoming Strawberry Moon!!! A great time to recharge crystals and release things that are weighing you down.

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  2. I love the name strawberry moon! I also love strawberry pie. 🙂
    That’s interesting about people being afraid to sleep lying in moonbeams in the past. I guess like black cats, the moon sometimes got a bad rap!

    Another great and informative “moon post,” Joan. Loved the photo, too.

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  3. I like the term strawberry moon:) I had no idea about the moon and Normandy. The moon has always affected me, including full moons. Another great moon post, Joan.

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