Soaking Up The Strawberry Super Moon
Having just celebrated the Summer Solstice last weekend, there is something so exciting and magical about welcoming the Strawberry Super Moon this week.
It’s a time to soak up the sun, give thanks for all that is growing in our lives and harness this full moon’s energy as it is the last supermoon of the year. It’s called Strawberry Moon not because it will be red but because it’s the first full moon after the Summer Solstice. Algonquin tribes called it the Strawberry Moon because of the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the northeast U.S.
My energy starts to return in the summer months anyway as we get more daylight and warmer weather, but in the week of a full moon, I’m at my full energy levels. It may mean I’m not sleeping well at night but it also means I have the energy to do all that needs to get done. There's anticipation and a renewed sense of purpose.
Others can experience low energy, anxiety and lack of focus during the week of a full moon. You might find yourself moody or irritable this week. Maybe a sense of nervousness but you’re not quite sure why. It’s a good time to check in with your body and your emotions to simply be aware of how the moon’s different phases impact you. Take extra time to rest if you need to and don't beat yourself up about it. It won't last much longer.
As the moon reaches its halfway mark in the lunar cycle, so do we. The new moon calls on us to set our intentions and make a plan. The full moon asks us to check in with ourselves. How are your goals progressing? How have you been showing up for yourself and others? Maybe you got off track with your healthy habits or maybe communication has broken down with a loved one and it’s leaving little space for you to move forward. This moon is your chance to adjust or correct your course.
Something I’m hearing a lot as we move out of the pandemic is, “I just want to get back to normal.” If that’s been you, maybe take a minute to think about what that means for you. What did your normal look like before the pandemic hit? Why do you want to go back? Were you truly happy in that place? Is there a new normal you want to pursue? What does that look like?
The full moon is the perfect time to do some journaling. If you practice some stream of consciousness writing, your intuition might have a good chance of bringing some things to light your conscious brain has been suppressing. Being conscious of your true feelings can make all the difference when planning for your future.
So, how should you celebrate this big beautiful moon? The Strawberry Moon will be at its peak at 2:40 p.m. on June 24, but from earth it will appear full on June 25 and June 26 as well so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy it.
Here’s a few suggestions:
On Thursday night, make some time for yourself to meditate, enjoy a long hot bath, listen to music, journal, reflect and relax under the moonlight.
On Friday or Saturday, gather with loved ones to watch the sunset and the moon rise shortly after. This is the perfect time to come together for a full moon feast and everyone can bring a summery dish to share. What would be more perfect than eating some strawberries and champagne or making a homemade strawberry dessert to share with friends?
On Sunday, find something you’re ready to let go of as you continue your journey. What’s holding you back? You probably mentioned it in your journal on Thursday night. Release a grudge, release your negativity, release your unhealthy habits that no longer serve you!