In ancient times, different groups of people used seasonal terms to name celestial happenings. June’s full moon, the Strawberry Moon, was named after delicious strawberries that often grew wild. Algonquin and European people applied this name to the last full moon of Spring or the first full moon of Summer, to indicate the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that were soon to be gathered. The Tlingit and Cree named June’s moon the Egg Laying Moon and the Birth Moon. They recognized this month as a time of new life in many aspects of Nature. While eggs hatch and animals—small and large—are birthed, life reaches its peak of perfection. Grasses turn a deep shade of green, waters flow with abundance, early fruits ripen, and the sun’s rays bring a playful, joyful spirit to all who inhabit our planet. June is a time of great abundance. Such is the opportunity that can be reflected through us as we connect to the many messages of Summer.
Each month, the moon reaches its peak brightness on the night of the full moon. This month, we celebrate not only the full Strawberry moon, but the second of four supermoons this year. Supermoons occur when the moon is in perigee—the closest point to Earth in its orbit. A supermoon can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a full moon, creating a feeling of closeness, and allowing us the opportunity to deeply connect.
The Strawberry Supermoon will reach its peak illumination on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:52 am EST.
Join our field of collective consciousness. At 7:30 am EST, from wherever you are, stand in the meditative posture, The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth for as long as you are able. Challenge yourself to quiet your mind and open your Heart as you connect with the Universal energy within and around you.
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