The Enchanting Strawberry Moon

The Strawberry Moon, a term that evokes visions of sweet, ripe berries and the warm glow of early summer nights, is one of the most evocative names in the lunar calendar.

This enchanting full moon typically appears in June and is steeped in both natural beauty and rich tradition. The name itself originates from Native American tribes who observed that the full moon in June coincided with the peak of the strawberry harvest. This lunar event was a signal for them to gather ripening fruits and celebrate the bounty of the earth.

In European folklore, the Strawberry Moon is also known as the Rose Moon or the Honey Moon. These names reflect the blossoming of roses and the collection of honey during this time of year. However, it is the Strawberry Moon that has captured the imagination of many, painting a picture of nature’s cycles and the sweet rewards they bring. The connection to strawberries, a symbol of love and sweetness, adds a layer of romance and charm to this celestial event.

Ritual

Honoring the Strawberry Moon can be a profound and spiritual experience, especially for women who are in tune with the rhythms of nature and their own inner cycles. One meaningful ritual to celebrate the Strawberry Moon involves gathering with a group of women to create a sacred space for reflection and intention-setting. Begin by choosing a quiet, outdoor location where the moon is visible. Arrange a circle of candles or lanterns, each representing a participant and her unique light.

The ritual starts with each woman holding a fresh strawberry, a tangible symbol of the moon’s namesake. As the group sits in a circle, take a moment to meditate and connect with the lunar energy. Each woman then takes turns sharing her intentions or dreams for the coming month, infusing the strawberry with her personal hopes and aspirations. Once everyone has spoken, the group enjoys the strawberries, symbolically consuming and internalizing their intentions. This act creates a powerful bond of shared purpose and mutual support, under the watchful glow of the Strawberry Moon.

Incorporating the Strawberry Moon ritual into your spiritual practice can be a deeply empowering experience. It serves as a reminder of the cycles of nature and our own cycles, and the importance of community and support in manifesting our dreams. By honoring the Strawberry Moon, we not only celebrate the beauty and abundance of the natural world but also reaffirm our connection to it and to each other. Whether performed alone or with a group, this ritual can transform the simple act of moon-gazing into a profound journey of self-discovery and communal bonding.

Why not join us on Thursday 21st June for our very own circle to celebrate not only the full moon but also the Summer Solstice.