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A full Strawberry Moon may appear to have a pinkish hue, but color isn't the reason for its name.
The Algonquin and Ojibwe Native American tribes named it Strawberry Moon because it coincides with the time to harvest wild strawberries - the strawberry season. Strawberry Moon is also the most popular of the June moon's various nicknames.
Other names for the moon in June that have a similar theme are Ripening Time Moon, used by the Mohawk/Iroquois, and Berries Ripen Moon, used by the Haida.
While June's full moon isn't a Super Moon, it is the last full moon of spring.
A full moon is one of the four main phases of the moon cycle. The others are New Moon, First Quarter Moon, and Third Quarter Moon.
A growing moon is in its waxing phase and happens between the new (dark) moon and full. The moon enters its waning phase as it begins to decrease.
The phrase "The Man in the Moon" is misleading. The moon is symbolic of feminine energy and better known as "Mother Moon".
The moon represents our inner world. It signifies birth, death, reincarnation, spirituality, wisdom, and intuition. The moon's phases symbolize immortality, eternity, and enlightenment. Her dark side is symbolic of Nature's dark side.
One of the best things about living near the ocean is watching a full moon rise above the horizon, although seeing it rise from anywhere is magical. The moon's rise is also the best time for photographers as it appears larger and brighter the lower it is.
A Moon By Many Other Names
As with other months, the full moon in June has a variety of nicknames. How many have you heard that are on the list below?
June Full Moon Names
Berries Ripen Moon (Haida)
Dyad Moon (Wiccan)
Dyan Moon (Medieval England)
Egg Laying Moon (Cree)
Flower Moon ( English)
Green Corn Moon (Cherokee)
Honey Moon (Europe)
Mead Moon (Europe)
Moon of Horses Moon (Celtic)
Ripening Time Moon (Mohawk/Iroquois)
Rose Moon (Colonial America, Europe)
Planting Moon (Hopi, Neo-Pagan)
Strawberry Moon (Algonquian, Ojibwe)
Turning Moon (Zuni)
Windy Moon (Choctaw)
Southern Hemisphere Names
Long Night Moon