Strawberry Moon

” Ah! Moon of my delight, that knows no wane,/The moon of Heaven is rising once again!/ How often, in times after, shall she look/Through this same garden, after us—in vain!”

—Fitzgerald, The Rubayiat 

Tonight is the June full moon, known as the strawberry moon, and indeed the wild strawberries must be just on the verge of ripeness.

And, the fireflies are almost at peak activity.  I’m hoping they’ll be at their most active for my Solstice Party this Saturday, and we can walk down to the bonfire through a field as full of twinkling stars as the sky.

O Ratty,  I wish you were here!

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5 thoughts on “Strawberry Moon”

  1. I went to the next island over to see the fireflies. One of the Chinese characters for fluorescent light bulbs is “firefly”.  Take a picture if you can.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    Is it called strawberry moon because of the season or the color of the moon? Is it a red moon?

    “Strawberry Moon” is one of the folk names for full Moons popularised by sources such as the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  These are claimed to have come from American Indian or colonial folklore, but the provenance is poorly established.  These names originally used “Moon” in its meaning of “month”, as opposed to referring to the date of the full Moon in that month (and, of course, there can be two full Moons in every month except February, so it is incorrect to assume there is a single full Moon associated with each month).

    The length of the day, lunar month, and year have no physical relationship to one another: they are all contingent properties of the history of the respective bodies, and calendars are a social construct which may or may not be approximately linked to these astronomical phenomena.  Hence, there is no obvious relationship between the dates of full Moons and days of the month on a calendar, although the dates of Moon phases repeat approximately on the 19-year Metonic cycle.

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