July’s full Buck Moon is coming up today, rising after sunset tonight. (Friday, July 23rd)
Look towards the southeast to watch the moon’s rise above the horizon.
The full Moon names used to describe the various full Moons of a year, come from a variety of places, including Native American, European and Colonial American sources.
Traditionally, each full Moon name applies to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.
The Buck Moon
The full Moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer or bucks are in full-growth mode at this time.
Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years progress.
Alternative July Moon Names
Other names for this month’s Moon include references to animals.
🌝Feather Molting Moon (Cree)
🌝Salmon Moon, a Tlingit term indicating when fish returned to the area and were ready to be harvested.
Plants are featured prominently in July’s Moon names.
🌝Berry Moon (Anishinaabe),
🌝Moon When Chokecherries are Ripe (Dakota)
🌝Month of the Ripe Corn Moon (Cherokee)
🌝Thunder Moon (Western Abenaki)
🌝Halfway Summer Moon (Anishinaabe) are alternatives that refer to the stormy weather and summer season.
Ideal Activities for Full Moon
Day of Full Moon and up to 24 hours following…
🌝 Great time to try attempt at pregnancy
🌝 Cut hair or nails for slow thick growth
🌝 Can or pickle produce
🌝Wean children or animals
🌝 Set crystal and gemstones to be cleansed on interior window ledge in sight of the moon
🌝 Weed, purge, disinfect and clean.