Summer Solstice June 20th, 2016 Coincides With A Rare Full Strawberry Moon In Sagittarius. This Combination Hasn’t Taken Place In The Northern Hemisphere Since The Summer of Love in 1967. The Joining of Sun and Moon. Once In A Lifetime Special.
It actually has nothing to do with its color or how sweet it will look, but when the full moon rises in the sky on Monday, stargazers will be looking at a celestial object known as the “Strawberry Moon.” That’s the nickname given to the full moon in the month of June, which this year happens to coincide with the official start of Summer. Known as the Summer Solstice, it will be the longest day of sunlight in the United States and other places in the northern hemisphere. On the southern side of the globe, June 20th will be the shortest day of the year, so it’s their Winter Solstice.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac Native tribes that settled in what is now the United States created nicknames for each month’s full moon to help them keep track of the seasons occurrences because they coincided with their harvesting and planting times. For June, the tribes referred to the full moon as the Strawberry Moon because June was the prime month for strawberries to be harvested. Some folks, however, have a different nickname for the June full moon. In Europe, it’s referred to as the “Rose Moon,” and some cultures call it the “Hot Moon” because it usually arrives when the heat of Summer begins.