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Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon: A Magical Alignment

Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon

Significance

Litha, also known as Midsummer or the Summer Solstice, is a time when the sun is at its peak strength, marking the longest day and shortest night of the year. This celebration honors the power of the sun and the abundance of light and warmth it brings. It’s a time of great energy, growth, and manifestation.

The Full Strawberry Moon, typically occurring in June, is named for the strawberry harvesting season. This full moon is a symbol of fruition, sweetness, and abundance.

This year, the Full Strawberry Moon will reach peak illumination on Friday, June 21, at 9:08 p.m. ET, according to NASA. The moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. This full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, is named after the short harvest season for strawberries. The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes that some Native American tribes named the full moon in June as the “strawberry moon” to match this harvest season. An alternative old European name for the moon in June is the “honey moon,” because honey was also often harvested around the end of June.

This year’s Strawberry Moon is unique and more meaningful as it coincides closely with the summer solstice, a time of year with deep spiritual meaning for many cultures around the world who have celebrated the event over the years through traditions or ritual ceremonies. The chance of the full moon falling on the same day as the summer solstice is very rare; this year’s Strawberry Moon arrives just one day after the solstice on Thursday, June 20.

When Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon coincide, their energies combine to create a powerful and unique period of heightened magic and spiritual significance.

Themes and Symbolism

  1. Light and Darkness: Litha represents the zenith of light, while acknowledging the coming descent into the darker half of the year. The Full Strawberry Moon’s brightness complements this theme, illuminating the balance between light and dark.
  2. Abundance and Manifestation: Both Litha and the Strawberry Moon emphasize abundance and fruition. This is a time to celebrate the successes and growth of the first half of the year and to set intentions for continued prosperity.
  3. Fertility and Creativity: The energies of Litha enhance creativity and fertility in all forms, whether it be in gardens, projects, or personal growth. The Strawberry Moon amplifies this by encouraging the harvest of these fertile efforts.
  4. Zodiac Influence: This year, the Strawberry Moon is positioned as a full moon in Capricorn, an Earth sign associated with professional success, career matters, and public recognition. Capricorn’s alignment with Cancer, a water sign, represents the duality between private and public life, linking our domestic lives, heritage, and ancestors with our professional ambitions and legacies.

Ritual Ideas to Celebrate Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon

1. Sun and Moon Ritual

Materials Needed:

  • A sun symbol (such as a sun-shaped candle or a drawing)
  • A moon symbol (like a moonstone or a silver candle)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • A piece of paper and pen

Instructions:

  1. Find a quiet outdoor space where you can see both the sun (if performing during the day) and the moon (if performing at night).
  2. Place the sun and moon symbols in front of you.
  3. Hold the strawberries and close your eyes. Visualize the energies of the sun and moon merging, creating a balanced and powerful force.
  4. Write down any intentions or goals you wish to manifest in the coming months.
  5. Light the candles or hold the symbols, and recite a personal incantation invoking the power of Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon.
  6. Eat the strawberries as a way of internalizing the energy and sweetness of this alignment.

2. Strawberry Moon Elixir

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Spring water
  • A clear glass jar
  • A piece of moonstone or quartz

Instructions:

  1. Place the strawberries in the glass jar and fill it with spring water.
  2. Add the moonstone or quartz to the jar.
  3. Leave the jar outside overnight to absorb the energies of the Full Strawberry Moon.
  4. In the morning, drink the elixir as a way to internalize the moon’s energies and the essence of Litha.

3. Midsummer Bonfire

Materials Needed:

  • Wood and kindling for a bonfire
  • Sunflowers or marigolds
  • A small cauldron or fireproof bowl

Instructions:

  1. Build a bonfire or a small fire in a fireproof bowl.
  2. Surround the fire with sunflowers or marigolds to honor the sun.
  3. As the fire burns, meditate on the things you wish to release and let go of as the days begin to shorten.
  4. Write down any negative habits or thoughts on small pieces of paper and throw them into the fire, symbolizing their release.
  5. Dance around the fire, celebrating the light of the Full Strawberry Moon and the energy of Litha, and give thanks for the abundance in your life.

Meditations, Mantras, and Journal Prompts to Celebrate Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon

Harness the intense energy of the Strawberry Moon in Capricorn with these powerful practices:

Meditations

  1. Grounding Meditation:
    • Find a quiet outdoor space or sit by a window where you can see the moon.
    • Close your eyes and take deep breaths, imagining roots growing from your body into the earth, connecting you to the stability and strength of Capricorn.
    • Visualize the moon’s light filling you with a calm, grounding energy. Feel this energy stabilizing your emotions and fortifying your ambitions.
  2. Manifestation Meditation:
    • Sit comfortably and focus on the goals you wish to achieve.
    • Visualize each goal as if it has already been accomplished. Feel the joy and satisfaction of your achievements.
    • Imagine the moonlight amplifying your intentions and bringing them into reality. Hold this vision for a few minutes, then release it with gratitude.

Mantras

  • Personal Success: “My ambitions are within reach. I build the long-term legacy that I desire.”
  • Balance and Harmony: “I balance my private and public lives with grace and strength.”
  • Grounding and Stability: “I am rooted in the earth, and I draw strength and stability from it.”
  • Manifestation and Abundance: “The energy of the moon supports my growth and success. I attract abundance and prosperity.”

Journal Prompts

  1. Reflect on Your Ambitions:
    • What are your top three professional goals for the next year?
    • How can you take practical steps towards achieving them?
  2. Balancing Life Aspects:
    • How do you currently balance your private life and public responsibilities?
    • What changes can you make to improve this balance?
  3. Connecting with Heritage:
    • Reflect on your ancestors and heritage. How do they influence your current path?
    • Write about any traditions or lessons from your heritage that you find empowering.
  4. Celebrating Successes:
    • List your achievements from the past six months. How do these successes make you feel?
    • What small wins can you celebrate today, and how do they contribute to your larger goals?
  5. Grounding Practices:
    • What activities or rituals help you feel grounded and connected to the earth?
    • How can you incorporate more of these practices into your daily routine?

Conclusion

The convergence of Litha and the Full Strawberry Moon is a rare and powerful event that brings together the energies of the sun and moon in a harmonious and potent way. By engaging in rituals that honor both the solstice and the full moon, you can harness this unique energy to enhance your spiritual practice, manifest your intentions, and celebrate the abundance and beauty of the natural world.