Sadly, the weather was so bad that I could not watch the sunrise on 21st June. How different from a few days before when I saw beautiful rose-gold sunrises. The heavy rain and winds made the longest day seem even longer, but I am hoping all the rain will result in lovely fruit from my damson trees this year. This means pots of lovely, homemade damson jam!

However, the 24th June brings a full moon known, as a Strawberry Moon. It is the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, when it reaches its full phase. It marks the last full moon of Spring and the first full moon of Summer. The Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota people (among others) named it to mark the ripening of strawberries and the short gathering time. June is a time of plenty for many, as flowers blossom and early fruit ripens.

The European name for this moon is Honey Moon or Mead Moon. As June was traditionally the month for marriages and is named after the Roman Goddess of Marriage – Juno. Our term ‘ honeymoon’ probably derived from this.

As it is a time of plenty for many, the Reiki Principles ‘Just for Today I Will Not Worry’ and ‘Just for Today I Will do my work Honestly’ come to mind as early fruit and blossoms are gathered, work done in a short time-span, resulting in not worrying for the moment as food is gathered in.

Here’s hoping the weather will be kinder and enable us to see a beautiful full Strawberry Moon.


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