Monday, June 4, 2012

Strawberry Moon in June

I took this photo last night in Buffalo - peacesojourner

The Strawberry Moon in June

One of the most dramatic sights in the night sky and an inspiration for poets, artists, and lovers, full moons captivate us like nothing else.

Every month Earth's moon goes through its phases, waning and waxing in its constant transformation from new moon to full moon and back again. Full moons occur every 29.5 days or so as the moon moves to the side of Earth directly opposite the sun, reflecting the sun's rays off its full face and appearing as a brilliant, perfectly circular disk.

Since ancient times, humans have used the movement of the moon to keep track of the passing year and set schedules for hunting, planting, and harvesting.

Since the moon plays a large part in the lives of agricultural communities, they named the moon in each month for a significant event or activity in that month.
During the times of the early colonists , they named the moon in June, the Rose Moon. Since roses generally bloom in June.

The Neo Pagan name for the June moon is the Planting Moon.
The name Srawberry Moon was universal to every Algonquin tribe and was called that because Strawberries are ready to be picked and eaten at that time.

Full Moon is always an opportune time of the month for cleansing rituals to take place. The light the full moon offers illuminates those things that are interfering with our spiritual advancements. Once we have become enlightened to ways that are blocking us, the easier it is to let go. The full moon is the time for releasing or purging the things in our lives that no longer serve us such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, relinquishing suffering involved in hurtful relationships, discharging physical and emotional pains, etc.

For some reason the June moon is also a time when many people choose to get married. I would guess because it is at a time in the year when the flowers are in bloom and most of us are filled with happiness.

So, eyes upward tonight and enjoy the beautiful sight that
Mother Nature gives us.

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