The Strawberry Moon 2019 is upon us!

Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?

In North America, the name comes from the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans because the full moon was a sign for them to begin harvesting wild strawberries. Yum. This moon has many other names. In Europe, it goes by the Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is known as Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon.

What's the best time to see it?

"The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, June 17, 2019, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 4:31 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday night through Tuesday morning," said NASA's Gordon Johnston. This means you will have plenty of time to see it.

Will it have a pink hue?

"The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is almost in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun (only about 5 degrees off). When the Sun appears highest in the sky near the summer solstice, the full Moon opposite the Sun generally appears lowest in the sky. Particularly for Europe's higher latitudes, the full Moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year. This can give the full Moon a reddish or rose color (for much the same reasons that a rising or setting Sun appears red)," said Johnston.

Having said this it should be noted that the only times the moon takes a bold red hue is during a total lunar eclipse. This is when the Moon hides in the Earth’s shadow.

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In North America, indigenous peoples called it the Full Strawberry Moon because of the berries they collected around that time. In Europe, terms like Honey Moon and Mead Moon presented early summer as a time to wed. Newly married couples in Europe received mead and honey as gifts, a custom that probably gave rise to the modern term "honeymoon" probably comes from this tradition.  In India, married couples celebrate the June full moon as Vat Purnima. This tradition calls on married women to fast, put on particularly beautiful saris, and wrap a thread seven times around a banyan tree. This expresses a wish that their husbands will live long and be happy.

The Full Strawberry Moon in Sagittarius

This month, the full moon rises in Sagittarius in the early hours of June 17th. Sagittarius brings openness and curiosity to the fore, as it always does when it hosts the full moon. This month, that opening effect will be more palpable. That will be thanks to Sagittarius's ruling planet, Jupiter, which will be particularly large and bright.

This Full Moon's Influential Aspects

Because of the aspects present this full moon, you can expect extra focus, optimism, and feelings of security as you pursue your goals.  

Saturn is sextile to Neptune, which means that the two planets' energies are working well together. Expect to have plenty of faith in your ability to make things happen. You'll have enough of this energy to share. Use it to inspire others as well as yourself. 

More good news is that Mercury is conjunct to Mars, blending both planets' energies and giving you the mental focus that you need to pursue your goals. You can also expect an extra dose of optimism and a sense of expansion from moon conjunct to Jupiter.

AND even more good news is we created a limited edition Crystal Candle featuring Strawberry Quartz, Rose Quartz and Clear Quartz crystals, a powerful trio tuned into expanding and opening the heart chakra. We bathed these crystals in the beautiful full moon light of this Strawberry Moon capturing all the love vibes possible. Shipping 6/18.