Moon Monday- June

1290576248946502I’m starting a series of blog posts on the topic of the moon, entitled Moon Mondays. I’ll post facts about that month’s moon, but also tips for esbat rituals.

This month’s moon of June is known as Strawberry Moon, a time marked by gathering the ripened strawberries.

This is also the month where you harvest honey, to make mead. This is why June becomes the traditional month for weddings, as well as ‘honeymoons’. Mead was often served at weddings.

The moon offers more than illumination in the sky-

  • The moon controls the tides, which in turn connects to many of the mating seasons of sea life.
  • Moon cycles also connect with women’s menstrual cycles, but because of artificial light, this often gets out of sync.
  • The moon is slowly moving away from the earth by 1 centimeter each year.
  • No nation claims ownership of the moon.
  • A Blue Moon is a second full moon within a single month.
  • There is another ‘moon’ of earth, called 3753 Cruinthne, which is known as a ‘planetoid’. Although not a true moon, its name comes from the people of early Ireland.
  • The three phases of the moon represent the three phases of the Feminine; the Warrior Maiden, the Fertile Mother, and the aging Crone.
  • Due to the connection to women’s menstrual cycles, the moon is often represented by the Goddess. However, some cultures have moon gods- Sin (Mesopotamia), Tecciztecatl (Aztec), and Tsukuyomi (Shinto) are all moon gods.

Mead Recipes

June Moon Tip: gather water from the rain, a stream, or other natural source, and set out under the full moon. This will infuse energy from the moon. I use rainwater for circles.

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