Buck Moon Bonanza: Embrace July's Massive Energy!

Buck Moon Bonanza: Embrace July’s Massive Energy!

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While the days are long, the nights are short, which makes the 2024 Buck Moon meaning all the more magical. As you lay beneath the glow of July’s Full Moon, you feel centered, grounded, and replenished. Connect with its celestial energy while exploring your own sacred rituals.

July’s long, hot summer days are filled with the intoxicating scent of freshly mowed grass, sunscreen, chlorine, fragrant flowers, and herbs. You watch the clouds lazily float across the sky as you lay on a soft but brightly colored quilt beneath you. A bee buzzes past in search of sweet nectar. Sunlight sparkles through lush green leaves, and life is flourishing everywhere you look.

Every full moon has its name based on the month or season it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allows people to reflect on each season and how it affects them AND the natural world. There can be some variation on the Full Moon names due to their origins.

Most Full Moon names are English translations of Native American names; others are rooted in Celtic, European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic), and more recent Neo-Pagan origins. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my experiences and referencing sources throughout AND at the bottom of this article.

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When is the Buck Moon 2024?

In 2024, July’s Full Moon is called the Buck Moon. It takes place on July 21st and peaks at 6:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

July’s Buck Moon promised to provide a unique and deeply meaningful experience whether you choose to celebrate with loved ones, go on a solitary moonlight walk, or partake in sacred rituals.

Buck Moon Spiritual Meaning

July’s Buck Moon’s spiritual meaning and name are attributed to the male deer, known as a buck. By late July, the velvety rack of a buck is beginning to form into impressive antlers. This is seen as a symbol of fertility, and it’s truly a magnificent sight to behold!

The size and magnitude of a buck’s antlers will hinge on the season’s rainfall and local soil quality. Drought brings a shortage of nutrition and a poor diet, which will hinder the buck’s ability to achieve a large rack. During July and August, the buck’s antlers will start to harden and form tips. The velvet will shed by mid-September, and the buck will be ready for mating season.

Not only are buck antlers growing and thriving right now, but so are we! The mighty buck energy brings spiritual themes of strength and ambition into this season of abundance.

Use this energy to help fuel your goals and intentions; now is not the time for procrastination. Do your best to avoid distractions. Ask yourself what small goals you can let go of so you can prioritize and focus on accomplishing your bigger priorities.

Buck Moon Spiritual Meaning

July Buck Moon Alternative Names

Alternative names for July’s Buck Moon exist due to the cultural and historical influences throughout time. Many cultures around the world have different names for July’s Full Moon, and I did my best to include the ones I could find sources on.

These names beautifully reflect the connection between humans, Nature, folklore, and communities. Remember, most of these names often apply to the entire month, not just during the full moon!

  • Wyrt Moon (Celtic) Wyrt is an Old English word that means plant or herb. This is why you may sometimes see July’s Full Moon referred to as the Herb Moon.
  • Thunderstorm Moon (Hiyeswa Tiriri Nuti ) Catawba Indian Nation
  • Sólmánuður (Norse) means Sun Month (source: Nordic Culture – Skjalden)
  • Mid-Summer Moon (ameku) Kalapuya, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
  • Claiming Moon (Celtic) (source: Time and Date)
  • Raspberry Moon (Miskomini-giizis) Anishinaabe, Great Lakes
  • Hay Moon (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Time of Much Ripening (ohiari) Mohawk Eastern Woodlands
  • Meerkat Moon (South African origins) (source: Centre for Astronomical Heritage)
  • Rose Moon (Neo-Pagan)
  • Limbs are Broken by Fruit (dayamcho yachunne) Zuni Southwest, New Mexico

For a list of even more Native American Moon names check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.

July Buck Moon Alternative Names

Buck Moon Correspondences

The spiritual meaning of July’s Full Buck Moon is a powerful time for abundance, strength, and passion. To get you started, here are some spiritual correspondences and intentions!

Buck Moon’s Spiritual Meaning and Intentions

  • Abundance
  • Self-reflection
  • Passion
  • Strength
  • Honesty
  • Vigor
  • Leadership
  • Dreamwork

Buck Moon Colors

  • Green
  • Gray
  • Blue
  • Gold
Buck Moon Colors

How I Celebrate July’s Buck Moon

The Buck Moon is a lovely time to reflect on your life and decide what steps you’d like to take next. Here are a few celebration ideas to get you started.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out Full Moon Rituals You Need To Know!

Thunderstorm Moon Reflections

July’s Full Moon is also known as the Thunderstorm Moon. Summer thunderstorms have always made me feel moody, creative, and thoughtful. Their intense strength always leaves me in awe. It feels as if Nature is reaching out to remind us of its power.

However, a storm can quickly turn into a gentle rain that replenishes the plants and flowers from the scorching hot summer days. Don’t forget to create some Moon Water with your rainwater!

That intense energy always fills me with inspiration! July’s Thunder Moon is a fantastic time to pursue your creative outlets.

Buck Moon Journal Prompts

July’s Full Moon is a wondrous, magical time calling out for you to practice self-reflection. Journaling can really help you connect with yourself, and here are a few prompt ideas to get you started –

Explore the symbolism and spiritual meaning of the buck. What qualities or attributes of the buck resonate with you?

What are some magical spaces in your local area you love to explore? Go visit this space and write about it in detail.

Explore the concept of inner strength and resilience during the Buck Moon. How can you tap into your inner resources to overcome challenges?

Write about the significance of timing and cycles in achieving goals, inspired by the buck’s seasonal patterns of antler growth and shedding. How can you align your actions with natural rhythms for greater success?

Journal about your strengths and talents, inspired by the mighty buck energy during the Buck Moon. How can you leverage your strengths to achieve your goals?

Think about how your surroundings and outside influences affect your personal growth, like how the quality of soil and rainfall impact a buck’s antler growth. What can you do to make sure your environment supports your growth?

Write about the importance of self-care and nourishment, drawing parallels with the buck’s need for proper nutrition for healthy antler growth.

Reflect on the shedding of the buck’s velvet and its readiness for mating season. What aspects of your life are you shedding or releasing to prepare for new beginnings?

Celebrating July’s Buck Moon

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Seasonal Abundance

Embracing in-season food is always a good idea, but July has many options, such as berries, peaches, herbs, and many types of greenery.

Visit your local farmer’s market or harvest from your own backyard for some exceptional selections. Try a new recipe using local seasonal foods. Here are a few ideas to get you started –

  • Make sangria
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Bake a pie from scratch
  • Toss an herb salad together
  • Grilled zucchini

Go For An Adventure

When I was little, and my mom got lost while driving, she’d say, “We’re going on an adventure.

Get lost on an adventure in your area! It’s a great way to learn more about your hometown. This can be a walk, bike ride, or drive!

For an extra layer of fun, bring a sketchbook. You could also check out Pinterest for some photography challenges and bring your camera! Here are a few ideas to get you started –

  • Your favorite flower/herb/plant/tree
  • Water
  • Close-up of something you find beautiful
  • A black-and-white shot
  • Snack/drink/food you brought with you
  • Whatever you think embodies summer or the Full Buck Moon’s spiritual meaning
  • Selfie of you out in Nature
  • Beautiful light and shadows (probably best during sunrise/sunset)
  • Photo of anyone who went on the adventure with you
  • Someone running through sprinklers (maybe you?)
  • July’s Full Buck Moon
  • Monochromatic colors
  • Something that makes you happy
  • Your favorite place
  • A photo that shows off July’s Full Moon colors (green, gray, blue, and gold)
  • Balancing rocks
Go For a July Buck Moon Adventure

Prioritize Rest

The Full Buck Moon represents actions and achievements. Your goals and intentions have been building and manifesting for months. Since the year is halfway over, the month of July gives you a sense of urgency to complete your goals now.

You want to see your hard work pay off, so you might push yourself to accomplish more. However, you will grow weary and burn out if you do not also prioritize rest. If this happens, it may take quite a while for your motivation to come back.

Make time for fun and joy! Turn off technology and be present in the joyous season of summer. Find activities that fill up your soul with happiness and pleasure. Float down a lazy river, sit on a porch with some homemade lemonade, take a nap, or read a new book cover to cover. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you truly enjoy.

Garden Green Magic

July’s Full Moon is also known as the Wyrt Moon, which refers to plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes. If you’ve got a garden of your own, use this as an opportunity to harvest some herbs for tinctures, extracts, salves, and spices, or hang them upside down to dry for a homemade smoke cleanser. Don’t forget to cool down with a run through the sprinklers!

Give back to your garden by weeding and adding some garden crystals. If you don’t have a garden of your own, maybe you can volunteer your time to a loved one by helping them with their weeds or outdoor chores. You can also give back to Mother Nature by picking up trash and garbage in your local area.

Garden Green Magic

Full Moon Schedule 2024

  • The Full Wolf Moon occurs on January 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 12:54 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Snow Moon occurs on February 24th, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Worm Moon occurs on March 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Pink Moon occurs on April 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Flower Moon occurs on May 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 9:53 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Strawberry Moon occurs on June 21st, 2024, and peaks at 9:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Buck Moon takes place on July 21st, 2024, and peaks at 6:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Sturgeon Moon occurs on August 19th, 2024, and peaks at 2:26 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Harvest Moon takes place on September 17th, 2024, reaching its peak at 10:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Hunter Moon takes place on October 17th, 2024, and peaks at 7:26 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Beaver Moon occurs on November 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Cold Moon takes place on December 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Is the Full Moon of July 2024 a Supermoon?

No, the Full Moon of July will NOT be a supermoon.

However, there will be TWO Supermoons in September and October this year!

The astronomical term for this [supermoon] phenomenon is perigee-syzygy Moon. The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth that occurs at both new and full moon is known as syzygy.

Britannica – Supermoon

Will July’s Buck Moon Have A Lunar Eclipse in 2024?

No, July’s Buck Moon will not have a Lunar Eclipse this year.

However, there will be two Lunar Eclipses AND two Solar Eclipses in 2024! (see chart below)

Lunar and Solar Eclipses in 2024

Lunar Eclipse (Penubral)

March 24th – 25th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and partially Africa

Solar Eclipse (Total)

April 8th

(when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun)

Visible in North America, Western Europe, and the Northern part of South America

Lunar Eclipse (Partial)

September 17th – 18th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa

Solar Eclipse (Annular)

October 2nd

(when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a ring of fire)

Visible in the southern part of North America and South America.

penumbra, (from Latin paene, “almost”; umbra, “shadow”), in astronomy, the outer part of a conical shadow, cast by a celestial body, where the light from the Sun [or other light source like the moon] is partially blocked—as compared to the umbra (q.v.), the shadow’s darkest, central part, where the light is totally excluded.

Britannica – Penumbra Eclipse

Is There a Black Moon in July 2024?

No, July doesn’t have a Black Moon in 2024.

However, a calendrical Black Moon will be on November 30th, 2024!

A Black Moon is a modern phrase that is very similar to the definition of a Blue Moon. However, it involves two NEW MOONS inside a specified time period rather than two FULL MOONS. Since two New Moons take place in the month of November, it makes this a calendrical Black Moon.

A Black Moon brings success and good luck. While it is not an astronomical phrase, it’s honored and celebrated by Pagans, witches, and other spiritual practitioners.

I hope you enjoy July’s Buck Moon 2024; lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

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