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Most commonly, the June Full Moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, so named for that ripening fruit. In Europe, where strawberries are not a native fruit, this moon was often called the Rose Moon.

This year, the next full moon on is on Friday the 13th.  The last full moon the Friday the 13th was in October 2000 and the next one won’t be until August 2049.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day.

There are several possible origin stories for the superstition, but none is definitive. This is not an ancient superstition and seems to have started only a century ago.

For witches and Pagans, this can be a magical date. There are thirteen lunar cycles each year and 13 is the traditional number of witches in a coven.

The ancient Egyptians had a good association with 13 which was connected to immortality. They believed there were twelve steps on the ladder to eternal life and knowledge. The 13th step was the one that led from death into everlasting life.

Upper-class Romans and Norse vikings required thirteen guests to be present at weddings for good luck.

This moon can occur before of after the summer solstice but it is always the moon that begins summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Native Americans often called this full moon the Green Corn Moon because it was the time of the first signs of the “corn in tassel.” It meant the start of preparations for the upcoming festivals in the growing season.

American colonists connected it to plants they cultivated – the first crop of strawberries and the first rose blooms.

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