Full Strawberry Super Moon
Updated: 7 days ago
June 24, 2021 @ 2:40 p.m.
According to the Algonquin, the Full Moon in June is the sixth Moon of Creation. They, along with the Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota refer to her as the Strawberry Moon because June is the time when vine-ripened strawberries are ready for picking. During this Moon cycle, tribes held their yearly celebration to welcome everyone home and forgive any past differences and transgressions.
Strawberries are the first of the berries to ripen, and the Native Americans considered them good medicine for the heart and teeth. This thinking was quite accurate. Now we know these little powerhouses are not only rich in vitamins and antioxidants, but they increase your HDL (good cholesterol) and lower your blood pressure.
The Europeans call this Moon ‘Honey Moon’ or ‘Mead Moon’. June, named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, was a popular nuptial month, where traditionally, the ‘honeymoon’ followed the wedding. Mead Moon is also related to marriage. Mead is made by mixing water with fermented honey along with other ingredients such as fruit, spices, grains, or hops. It was custom to drink mead wine at the wedding and during the month after to increase the chances of conceiving.
Although the Moon reaches her fullest point in the middle of the afternoon, you won’t be able to see her until she rises above the horizon later this evening. As the last Supermoon of 2021, you will see her in all her glory – large and golden.
"The moon, rising, is a white eye to the hills; After it has risen, it is the bright heart of the sea. Because I love it—so—round as a fan, I hum songs until the dawn." –Li Po, Tang Dynasty (701–762)
It’s been said that this popular romantic poet drowned in the Yangtze River while embracing the reflection of the Moon. Po was not just a poet. Skilled with the sword, he led the wild life of a knight-errant, constantly in search of the next adventure. Wine was his muse, of which he drank in excess. Women, nature, Taoism, and the grandeur of the Chinese Dynasty were the primary subjects of his work; but layered within his poetry you can sense the undercurrent of Po’s disheartenment of living a wasted life.
At some point in their elliptical cycle, every planet, except for the Sun and Moon, go Retrograde. This week, Jupiter stationed to go Retrograde on June 20th and Neptune stations to go Retrograde on June 25th. Both will go direct again in October.
Jupiter is the fifth and largest planet in our solar system. It is two and a half times larger than all the other planets combined and more than three hundred times the size of Earth. Where Earth takes twelve months to orbit around the Sun, it takes Jupiter twelve years. So, every thirteen months or so, Earth catches up to Jupiter, creating an opposition, before passing him by. The next time this happens will be August 19, 2021 when you are able to see Jupiter appear brilliant white against the night sky.
In 1973, the American space probe, Pioneer 10, discovered that Jupiter exudes approximately twice the amount of heat that it receives from the Sun. Because it is composed of helium and hydrogen (the same elements as the Sun), Jupiter actually has his own internal heat source.
“Had Jupiter been several dozen times more massive,
the matter in its interior would have undergone thermonuclear reactions, and Jupiter would have begun to shine by its own light.
The largest planet is a star that failed.”
– Carl Sagan, Astronomer, Planetary Scientist, Astrophysicist, Author
In mythology, this Roman god (Zeus to the Greeks) was the supreme sky god and ruler of the heavens. He was known as all-powerful, and men everywhere feared his temper in the form of storms, lightening, and thunder. He was seen as a guardian and protector symbolizing honor, good faith, and wisdom. He rules over knowledge, higher learning, breadth of vision, and integrity. He is the planet of expansion, good fortune, and abundance. He points to where in your life you can grow and develop, as well as where you can get the most joie de vivre.
Jupiter goes Retrograde for a period of four months every thirteen months or so. Like all Retrogrades, it is a time for inward exploration. For Jupiter that means asking where you have exerted or pushed yourself too far. Your focus changes from “what can I build?” to “how can I develop?” This is an excellent time to seriously consider and reflect on what you truly want before you put your energy into manifesting it. Contemplation helps you find the answers you seek, but you must trust your intuition on what to do next.
There are more than 200,000 stars in the sky brighter that Neptune, making the eighth planet in our solar system quite difficult to spot, even with a telescope.
In mythology, this Roman deity (Poseidon to the Greeks) was the god of the sea and almost always depicted by a three-pronged spear as he ruled over all bodies of water and all things within its depth. Like his brother Jupiter, Neptune was known for his violent temper which he demonstrated with unpredictable and furious tempests.
The Planet Neptune was named for its bluish colour (sea). It is said to be the planet of mystery and illusion, glamour, and deception. His power is subtle, ethereal, and other-worldly. He represents imagination, the subconscious, and mystical qualities such as intuition and clairvoyance.
Neptune takes almost 165 years to make one orbit around the Sun, spending approximately fourteen years in each sign. It entered Pisces on February 3, 2012 – and will remain there until 2025. Every year Neptune spends about five to six months in Retrograde. This is therefore a time to shed the duplicity of escapism and distraction. Instead, take an honest look and observe how our personal fears, illusions and confusions affect humanity as a whole. Ask yourself: "Am I on on the right spiritual path?" If you go deep, searching your soul, you will always find truth. There is where you will discover what is making you so restless, allowing you to put a name on the fears that keep you chained to old, ingrained patterns that serve nothing but to hold you captive.
Note that when our Sun reached his highest point in the sky on the Summer Solstice, he stopped for three days at zero degrees Cancer (water sign) before beginning his 28 day journey towards Leo. Add to this Neptune and Jupiter Retrograde in Pisces (water sign). All this water represents a period of heightened sensitivities, feelings, and emotions. There may even be some intensified passion and paranoia. Know that we are all feeling it in one way or another. As Mercury goes direct, things will become less foggy. Tonight, our Full Moon shines a light revealing things you were not aware of before, so remember to trust your intuition. Like the Sun, pause. It is okay to say, “I’ll get back to you” or “I don’t know”. Before you commit to anything, especially in writing, make certain you have all the answers.
What goes twenty times per second? Would you believe the heart rate of a hummingbird? But it’s also the number of times their tongue dips in and out of a flower. Everything about this little bird is fast, especially when it comes to flying.
Different species flap their wings at different speeds and the average rate per second is about fifty to eighty; increasing up to 200 beats per second when they dive. To us, their wings are nothing but a blur. These dainty creatures are the most acrobatic birds on the planet. They can hover longer than any other bird and they are the only ones who can fly backwards! This is because their unique wing structure allows them to maneuver them into a figure eight pattern. They are fortunate to have this skill as their legs are only used to perch with – they are unable to walk or hop.
They also have a rapid metabolism. They are always hungry, as anyone with a hummingbird feeder can attest to. And no wonder, every day they need to eat around half of their bodyweight in order to survive. Their diet consists mostly of nectar, but they also eat small insects and spiders.
If you plant flowers in your garden to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, you won’t need to change a thing to invite the hummingbirds. For more related information, refer to the Full Flower Super Moon Eclipse newsletter.
Most hummingbirds live between three to five years but the longest recorded hummingbird living in captivity reached fourteen years. Altogether there are over 350 different species – all living in the Americas – and about ten percent of them are listed on the Endangered Species list. They may be nimble and agile, but they still have their fair share of natural predators. This is primarily due to their size. Cuba’s bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world and weighs in at under two grams (about the weight of a paperclip). Reptiles like snakes, lizards and frogs, and even fish can jump up out of the water to snatch one flying low enough. They are even prey to other birds such as corvids, kestrels, roadrunners, and shrikes. Add to that list praying mantises, spiders, bats, and owl. But another reason for their decreasing population is the loss and destruction of their habitat through urbanization, logging, and touristic development in the tropics. Even the most modest changes can have a tremendous negative impact on a creature so small. Then of course, there are the changes in food supply caused by climate change and the ongoing modifications along their migration routes.
Many hummingbirds winter in Central America and then migrate northwards for the breeding season in spring. These routes can be very long and impressive. For instance, the Rufous hummingbirds travels more than 6,000 kilometers from Mexico to Alaska, while the ruby-throated hummingbird will fly nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico – that’s 8oo kilometers and twenty hours of flying.
Unlike other birds that migrate in flocks, the hummingbird tends to fly solo. These graceful creatures are not necessarily gracious and tend to be quite anti-social. They are territorial and competitive when it comes to both their food and mating. The males will duel for the female, which can get rather nasty as they wield their sharp beaks like swords trying to stab the other in the throat.
As mentioned, hummingbirds need a lot of food to keep their little motors running and the best thing you can do is set out a feeder or two. It is incredibly entertaining, and don’t be surprised when the clock ticks along as you watch them flit and fly and wrestle for the nectar. It is so easy to make your own sugar water:
Place half a cup of refined sugar in a measuring cup
Add 1.5 cups of reverse osmosis or distilled water (or boiled).
Fully dissolve the sugar in the water and allow it to cool down if it was boiled.
Fill the feeder
If you prefer to buy your nectar, PLEASE avoid the ones with food colour. Yes, the hummingbird is attracted to bright flowers, and some even prefer red flowers over any other colour, but food dye can cause harm. Most hummingbird feeders are already manufactured with bright colours (especially red) to attract them. My most popular feeder is actually purple!
True or False:
“I need to take my feeder down before the end of summer or else the hummingbird will think it’s still summer and migrate home in time.”
Don’t worry about these little guys! Migration is not determined by their surroundings. It is the position of the Sun that tells them when it is time to migrate. Often they will leave and arrive at their breeding grounds on the same day every year! I tend to keep my feeders up until the end of September to help maintain the sustenance of hummingbirds travelling down from the north get to their southern destinations.
Tarot Card for the Full Moon in Capricorn
Judgement has rich layers of meaning which tend to be misinterpreted. This card comes to say this is a time of spiritual awakening - both as individuals and as a collective. With all the Retrogrades in the sky and the Full Moon tonight, set aside the time to go within, assess the past six months or go back even further. Pay attention to the signs and serendipities along the way - it is the gentle work of your Spirit Guides letting you know if you are in the right direction. Be grateful for the wisdom from past lessons. Rise up and above the old patterns, be reborn and expand your wings. In the tradition of the First Nations, forgive past transgressions so you can move forward, grow and develop into the spiritual human you were meant to be.
The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans