This Friday, July 27th, we urge you to look up at the night sky and check out the Full Buck Moon — that is, if you can even see it. The Buck Moon will actually fall into Earth’s umbral shadow, meaning it will appear eclipsed in some parts of the world. But it’s all part of the moon’s mystery.
Why do we call July’s full moon the Full Buck Moon? Like the other full moons of the year, this upcoming full moon is named for a natural event that takes place during the month of July. The Native American Algonquin tribe was the first to call July’s full moon the “Buck Moon” because it’s during this time of year that bucks begin to grow their new antlers. Later, colonists adopted this full moon name and others, and passed them down through the generations.
Other Native American tribes named the July full moon differently depending on their location. In some parts of North America, the July full moon is called the Full Thunder Moon because thunder storms are frequent during the month of July.
Although it’s always thrilling to see a full moon in the night sky, this year’s July Full Buck Moon is particularly exciting. While the moon is in its fullest phase on July 27th, it will enter into a total lunar eclipse — and not just any total lunar eclipse. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
The Full Buck Moon is also known as the Blessing Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, and Thunder Moon—all to symbolize peak summer harvests and midsummer thunderstorms.
While it won’t be visible from the U.S. or Canada, a total lunar eclipse will also occur as the Full Buck Moon rises.
This moon comes with powerful positive energy at the height of summer. Here’s what you can do to channel this vibrant, blessings-full energy into your life.
Start a July gratitude practice
The July full moon is a moon of blessings, so herald its rays with your own gratitude practice. This can be somewhat casual if you wish, but to truly channel the Full Buck Moon’s energy, commit to being thankful.
In fact, try committing to a daily gratitude practice in the July days leading up to the Full Buck Moon to truly honor its namesake as the Blessing Moon.
Begin each day with a list of your blessings. Identify these mentally or put pen to paper.
Be honest rather than cursory. What do you have that fills you? What have you been given (besides breath) that enables you to live the way you want to live? Think large and small, tangible and abstract.
You may even wish to turn your gratitude practice into a blessings meditation. Meditate on a single blessing every day, sinking into a state of abundance and receiving.
States of deep gratitude have been known to ignite the frontal cortex, stimulate high-frequency brain waves, and trigger the release of the body’s healing hormones and enzymes.
Honor your growth
As bucks prance around with their newly grown antlers, honor your own growth under the light of the Full Buck Moon.
It’s easy to stare at the stars and feel our own insignificance. This July, change that pattern by celebrating your own abundant potential and achievements.
As the Buck Moon rises, consider where you were a year ago. What were your hopes? What dreams were pulsing out of reach? Most importantly, where are you now?
Think about the things that make you proud. Get exhilarated. Write down your achievements, take a power stance, create a self-portrait of success.