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Posted 28 May 2018 - 05:53 PM



All full moons have a Native American name, and a meaning associated with them. Tonight, (tomorrow morning actually) is the Full Flower Moon. I plan to go through these one at a time, during the full moon as a way to better appreciate them...........

Tonight, Jupiter will reign in the sky, right beside the full moon, adding to the energy.


 May’s full moon is known as the Flower Moon because it rises when flowers are beginning to bloom and blossom.

Ojibwe tribes of the Great Lakes named it the Flower Moon or “Waawaaskone Giizis.” The Ontario Native Women’s Association says this is when the plants display their spirit sides and it is a time of spiritual exploration. The moon is also a sign of health and rejuvenation, specifically because the plants have healing medicines that become available when the plants blossom.


Sure enough, this moon is right on time, as even the trees are sprouting foliage right about now. It is also believed to be a time of fertility and a good time to bear children as the months get warmer.

Other tribes, like the Cree Nation in northern Montana and parts of Canada, refer to the May moon as the Frog Moon because it is the time of year frogs begin to wake up and chirp. The Algonquins called the moon the Corn Planting Moon as it is the time of year that corn can begin to be planted. They also call it the Milk Moon because milkweed begins to bloom.


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Edited by Skywatcher, 28 May 2018 - 05:56 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 10:18 PM

June 28th 2018 The Strawberry Moon




Tonight the full moon will be at maximum after 12:30 PM, so the date is listed as June 28th, but the actual full maximum is tonight.

June 28th this year is known as the Strawberry Moon, but as listed below, there are quite a few names, so enjoy the bright moonlight tonight, and name it as you will..............


For the keen-eyed, there's a heavenly bonus with a prominent appearance from Saturn.

So you're not disappointed or confused, first things first: The moon isn't going to actually look like a big round strawberry. That's because in North America, the name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans. This full moon was their sign to harvest wild strawberries, says the Old Farmer's Almanac.

This has other names in other parts of the world. In Europe, you may hear it called the Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it can go by Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon, according to


The Strawberry Moon goes by several names:

Strawberry Moon — Algonquin, Sioux, Chippewa, Ojibwe
When They Hill Corn Moon — Algonquin (2nd name)
Green Corn Moon — Cherokee
When the Buffalo Bellows Moon — Arapaho
Raspberry Moon — Shawnee


June ~ Rose moon

Because strawberries bloom in June, this month's moon is the strawberry moon. Also, the French call this moon la lune rose, which translates into English as "the rose moon." This is a good time for taking stock of the year. It's the mid-way point, so review what you've accomplished and what's left to do. Hopefully you'll find reasons for a celebration and put those strawberries and roses to good use.


June ~ Strawberry Moon

The gardens are bursting with berries. Letting us know life is full of sweet flavor.


June~ Full Strawberry Moon

Known to every Algonquin tribe. Europeans called it the Rose Moon.


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Edited by Skywatcher, 27 June 2018 - 10:20 PM.

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