Strong Sun Moon

Summer Moon
The strong sun moon celebrates the longest days of summer. Image by Ingolf Pompe/LOOK/Getty Images

In June, the sun has taken over and the fields are growing. The full moon this month is called the Strong Sun Moon in many folkloric traditions, but it's also known as the Lover's Moon or the Strawberry Moon. In some Native American belief systems, this time of year is associated with the woodpecker.

Flowers have bloomed, we're beginning to see some early summer fruits and vegetables (a great time for strawberry crops!), and the days are getting longer and longer.

It's a far cry from the darkness of winter, and we typically try to spend as much time outside as possible. It's a time for bonding with friends and family, and forging what connections we can. Nurture your relationships, your garden, your career, and your soul this month.

Correspondences: 

Colors: Sun colors -- gold, yellow, orange
Gemstones: Topaz, agate
Trees: Oak, maple
Gods: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone
Herbs: Parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
Element: Earth

Because the nights are short, June is also a good time to tap into solar energy, and it's not uncommon for the full moon to be visible in the sky before the sun has actually set. Take advantage of this, stay outside later than normal, and embrace the power of the sun and the moon at the same time. It's a perfect blend of opposites and balance - sun and moon, masculine and feminine, day and night.

This is the month where magical workings are well suited to maintaining and enhancing things you already have.

Weed your garden, prune the bushes, give your lawn all the tender loving care it needs. Take time to let your personal life blossom as well -- focus on things that improve your job or education, as well as your relationships with family and friends.