Full Strawberry Moon: What You Need to Know About June’s Full Moon
Native American tribes named June’s full moon the Strawberry Moon as well as the Berries Ripen Moon, after the seasonal harvesting of fruit, according to Timeanddate.com. Other traditional names for the moon include the Rose Moon and Hot Moon. The Anishinaabee people call it Waabigonii Giizis, or Blooming Moon, according to the Center for Native American Studies.
The Strawberry Moon will be at its fullest at 11:41 p.m. EDT on Saturday (03:41 UTC on Sunday, June 4). From North America, it will be best seen as it rises in the east a few hours before this time, though the exact time will depend on the location of the viewer. As it appears, the moon will be 99.9% illuminated.
The Strawberry Moon will rise in the east, opposite the setting sun, and set in the west opposite the rising sun. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it won’t get far above the southern horizon and will be one of the lowest-hanging full moons of the year (along with next month’s Buck Moon). That’s because it’s occurring just a few weeks before the summer solstice on June 21, 2023 when the sun is highest in the Northern Hemisphere’s sky: As the full moon is on the opposite side of Earth as the sun, the moon mimics the sun’s daytime path from six months ago, according to EarthSky. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the other way round — the Strawberry Moon will be one of the highest full moons of the year.
The name strawberry moon is rooted in the traditions of Indigenous groups in the Northeastern US, including the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota communities that saw the celestial event as a sign that strawberries, and other fruits, were ripe and ready to be gathered. The Haida people refer to the moon as the berries ripen moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
In Europe, this moon is often called the honey moon or the mead moon, and historical writings from the region suggest that honey was ready for harvest around the end of the month.
Native American Names for June Moon Leaves Moon (Cree). Ripe Berries (Dakota). Hoer moon (Abernaki). Windy Moon (Choctaw). Summer moon (Kiowa). Buffalo Moon (Omaha). Leaf Moon (Assiniboine). Corn Tassel Moon(Taos). Green grass Moon(Sioux). Ripening Moon (Mohawk). Turtle Moon (Potawatomi). Making fat Moon (Lakota).Leaf Dark Moon (San Juan). Major Planting Moon (Hopi). Planting Moon (Neo Pagan). Fish Spoils Moon (Wishram). Water melon Moon (Natchez). Hot Weather moon (Arapaho). Dyad Moon (Medieval English). Strawberry Moon (Anishnaabe). Dark green leaves Moon (Pueblo). Summer Moon (Passamaquoddy). Green Corn Moon, Flower Moon (Cherokee). Mead Moon (Full Janic), Strawberry moon (Dark Janic). Honey Moon, Hot Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon (Algonquin).
Other Moon names : Hay Moon, Aerra Litha Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Lovers Moon Hot weather moon (Ponca).
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