Hold onto your antlers and polish your moon goggles because the celestial stage is about to be graced by the magnificent Super Full Buck Moon on July 3, 2023. I shed some astrological light, cocktail ideas and other ways to celebrate super-duper lunar event.
Brace yourself for a cosmic spectacle that will make your inner wolf howl with lunar delight.
What’s so super about a super full moon, anyway?
A Super Full Moon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, known as the perigee. This proximity makes the moon appear larger and brighter than usual, casting an enchanting glow upon the Earth.
What’s in a Name? Buck Moon and more.
The July full moon is also known by various names in different cultures and traditions. Here are a few alternative names associated with the July full moon:
- Thunder Moon: This name comes from the frequent thunderstorms that occur during this month, especially in regions with a warm climate.
- Mead Moon: Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey, and the July full moon was historically associated with the ripening of honey for mead production.
- Wort Moon: “Wort” refers to the herbs and plants used in traditional medicine and brewing. July is a time when these botanicals are collected and processed for various purposes.
- Blessing Moon: This name signifies the time when blessings and abundance are bestowed upon the Earth, promoting growth and prosperity.
- Berry Moon: The Berry Moon is a name given to the full moon in July, representing the abundant harvest of various berries that ripen during this time of the year. It symbolizes the bountiful fruits of nature and the vibrant colors that adorn the landscape.
- Salmon Moon: The Salmon Moon is another name for the July full moon, derived from the remarkable journey of salmon swimming upstream to spawn during this period. It signifies perseverance, determination, and the cyclical nature of life.
- Hay Moon: It refers to the time when farmers gather and store hay for the winter, taking advantage of the warm weather and longer daylight hours.
As you may know, I’m a Canadian living in New York but I’m also a Finnish citizen. I love that the Finns name all the months after kuu or moon. July is Heinäkuu or hay month. Heinä= hay and kuu= moon/month.
So, whether you call it the Super Full Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, or any other name, the July full moon serves as a reminder of the beauty, vitality, and transformative power of the natural world.
Let’s hop through the zodiac signs. Will this moon bring forth a surge of deer-like grace or a case of cosmic clumsiness?
Here’s how each zodiac sign can harness the lunar awesomeness and embrace their inner lunar divinity. As the Super-Duper Buck Moon graces the night sky, each zodiac sign has a unique opportunity to tap into its lunar energy. Remember, life is too short to take anything too seriously, so enjoy the lunar show, howl at the moon with unbridled joy, and savor the enchanting energy that the super full Moon brings.
- Aries: Channel your inner wild spirit and embrace adventurous endeavors under the moonlight.
- Taurus: Indulge in sensual experiences and reconnect with the earth’s energy for grounding.
- Gemini: Let your curiosity take flight and engage in stimulating conversations under the moon’s glow.
- Cancer: Nurture your emotions and seek solace in the moon’s comforting embrace.
- Leo: Bask in the moon’s spotlight and let your radiant charisma shine.
- Virgo: Utilize the moon’s energy for introspection and organization, channeling your inner lunar analyst.
- Libra: Embrace harmony and balance in your relationships, finding serenity under the moon’s luminous guidance.
- Scorpio: Dive into your deepest passions and harness the moon’s mysterious allure for transformative experiences.
- Sagittarius: Expand your horizons and embark on a moonlit adventure to satiate your wanderlust.
- Capricorn: Utilize the moon’s disciplined energy to manifest your goals and climb towards success.
- Aquarius: Embrace your unique quirks and tap into the moon’s cosmic wisdom for innovative ideas.
- Pisces: Immerse yourself in the moon’s ethereal energy to connect with your intuitive and imaginative side.
Celebrate With Lunar Luxuries:
- Unleash your inner moon goddess or moon god with a luxurious self-care ritual.
- Delight in lunar-inspired beauty treatments, from moonlight facials to shimmering body lotions.
- Embrace the cosmic energy for manifestation and abundance and who doesn’t want to manifest some moon-shaped cookies?
- Organize howling competitions with fellow zodiac signs to serenade the moon’s celestial glow in a harmonious chorus.Host a moonlit soirée, complete with sparkly attire, zodiac-themed decorations, and a dance floor with fairy lights.
- Wear your best pearls and nothing else.
Craft celestial cocktails and mocktails that capture the essence of the Super-Duper Buck Moon, customized for each zodiac sign’s taste. Here’s a couple recipes to get you started. Get creative. For mocktails, substitute more mixer for alcohol.
Loony Moonlit Martini 🌕🍸
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz blue curacao
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Ice cubes
- Edible silver stars (for garnish)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Add vodka, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake vigorously until well mixed and chilled.
- Strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with edible silver stars for a shimmering moonlit effect.
- Enjoy under the glow of the full moon!
Luna Luna Margarita 🌑🍹
- 2 oz silver tequila
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec)
- 1/2 oz agave syrup
- Splash of grenadine
- Ice cubes
- Lime wheel (for garnish)
- Rim a margarita glass with salt (optional).
- Fill the glass with ice cubes.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine silver tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup.
- Shake well to blend.
- Pour the mixture into the glass over the ice.
- Slowly pour a splash of grenadine down the side of the glass to create a layered effect resembling a lunar eclipse.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
Sip and savor the flavors as you admire the moonlit sky.
Starry Starry Night Spritzer 🌟🍹
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz blueberry liqueur
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Club soda
- Fresh blueberries (for garnish)
- Mint leaves (for garnish)
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- In a shaker, combine gin, blueberry liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake well to combine.
- Strain the mixture into the glass over the ice.
- Top off with club soda.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint leaves for a touch of starry sparkle.
- Sip slowly and let the flavors transport you to a dreamy, starlit night.
Remember to enjoy these cocktails responsibly and always drink in moderation. Cheers to the magic of the full moon! 🌕🍹✨