Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Strawberry Moon

According to my Susan Branch calendar today is "Strawberry Moon" day. I have never heard of a strawberrry moon. I found out that -

"Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

Full Strawberry Moon - June
This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!"


Here are the traditional names given to each month's full moon from the "Farmer's Almanac" -

January Wolf Moon
February Snow Moon
March Worm Moon
Pink Moon
May Flower Moon
June Strawberry Moon
July Buck Moon
August Sturgeon Moon
September Harvest Moon
Hunter's Moon
Beaver Moon
December Cold Moon

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