The Strawberry Moon Is Set To Rise This Week But Have The Spiritual Gurus Gotten It Wrong?

Okay, my spiritually inclined pals! Drop a strawberry in your bubbles and sip and that as we delve into the mystical Strawberry Moon that’s rising in Australia this weekend… or is it?

There’s been some back and forth among the witchy community over whether or not this lunar occurrence is actually going to be felt by us Aussies or if it’s just a US thing.

Here, I’ve answered all your questions about the Strawberry Moon and what Aussie moon watchers can expect this weekend.

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Me during the Strawberry Moon. (Credit: Practical Magic)

What is the Strawberry Moon?

Don’t get excited by the name, the moon will not be red or even a dusky pink. The name is not indicative of the moon’s appearance, but rather the history of punters observing its presence.

According to NASA, back in the 1930s, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac published “Indian” names for full moons based on what was happening. For example, the June moon is called the Strawberry Moon as it falls during strawbie harvesting season in the north-eastern United States.

How can you see the Strawberry Moon in Australia?

The moon will be big, bright, and beautiful here in Australia, providing there isn’t too much fog or bad weather obscuring your view.

You shouldn’t need any equipment to see the moon — it should be pretty visible to us (AKA you can expect to see pics of it peppered all over Instagram).

To calculate the time the moon will be at its peak in your specific area, check out the Time and Date website.

When is the Strawberry Moon in Australia?

There’s been some debate about when the Strawberry Moon actually rises here in Australia.

All the reports banging around at the mo indicate June 22 as the date of the Strawberry Moon but there’s been some pushback from the real witchy ones among us who have pointed out that this lunar occurrence is based on US tradition and timing.

So one could argue that technically, in the Southern Hemisphere, the Strawberry Moon actually rises in December, and so the June supermoon is a Cold Moon (otherwise known as the Oak Moon or Long Nights Moon).

This theory is supported by the fact that the Winter Solstice (which occurs in tandem with the Full Moon) always coincides with a Cold Moon. So if you go by traditional logic, that would mean Southern Hemisphere folk will actually be greeting the Cold Moon this weekend, rather than the Strawberry Moon.

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I regret to inform you the moon won’t actually be strawberry-coloured… but it’ll still be pretty! (Credit: Sailor Moon)

Regardless of which side of the coin you prescribe to, the fact of the matter is that a supermoon is rising this weekend as we kick off Yuletide celebrations for the Winter Solstice (which Americans celebrate in December as it’s their Winter).

It’s kinda like how we celebrate Halloween (AKA All Hallow’s Eve) on October 31 because that’s when they celebrate it in the States, but according to spiritual logic, Halloween actually falls at the start of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

It’s enough to make your head hurt, I know. Read on to learn how you can access the energy emanating at this time, regardless of where you stand on the issue.

What does it mean in astrology?

So, in terms of how to tap into its energy for the witchy ones among us, this is a Capricorn supermoon, therefore the energy is stable and grounding.

It also blesses us with the forceful and determined spirit of the goat sign, so during this time, don’t be afraid to go after what you want with gusto.

Capricorn can be a firm and unyielding sign, so don’t be afraid if you’re smacked with a heavy dose of reality this week. Don’t look at it as an attack, frame it as a wake-up call to gain some self-awareness. It’s time to clean house and let go of the past.

The Winter Solstice moved us into higher harmony and now the Capricorn supermoon (or Strawberry Moon / Cold Moon) is helping us settle the dust and find peace.

Capricorn king Timothée Chalamet. (Credit: Getty)

From here, you can start taking action and cutting off anything (or anyone) standing in the way of your happiness and focus on levelling up your life — whatever that means for you!

It’s also worth noting that this event coincides with the Sun shifting from social Gemini Season to pensive and introspective Cancer Season.

In terms of rituals, hit up your regular full moon rituals! You’ll have an extra power boost thanks to the supermoon. Focus your manifesting on career goals and progression and receiving everything that’s owed to you.

Remember, the moon coincides with the Winter Solstice, so head HERE to check out the wintery rituals you should be performing when the Strawberry Moon arrives.

Can I charge crystals under the Strawberry Moon?

Absolutely, charge away.

Can I manifest?

Also fine. Nay, encouraged.

Hope that’s answered all your questions about the Strawberry Moon.

Enjoy the powerful moon energy!!!!!

Matt Galea is the Managing Editor of PEDESTRIAN.TV, as well as our resident astrologer. His first book How To Spot The (Star) Signs is out now! You can find him on InstagramX and TikTok.