July’s long and hot summer days are filled with the scents of freshly mowed grass, sunscreen, and chlorine. You watch the clouds lazily float by from a soft and brightly colored quilt beneath you. A bee buzzes by in search of sweet nectar. Sunlight sparkles through lush green leaves and life is flourishing everywhere you look.
While the days are long, the nights are short, which makes the Buck Moon spiritual meaning all the more magical. Beneath the glow of July’s Full Buck Moon, you feel centered, grounded, and replenished. Ready to bring your dreams and intentions to fruition.
Every full moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed for people to reflect on each season and to contemplate how it affects us AND the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came. You can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
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What is the Spiritual Meaning of July’s Full Buck Moon 2021? Why is it called the Buck Moon?
The July Full Buck Moon spiritual meaning and name are attributed to the male deer, known as a buck. By late July, the velvety rack of a buck is forming into impressive antlers and viewed as a symbol of fertility. It’s truly a magnificent sight to behold!
The magnitude of the 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. By mid-September, the velvet will shed and the buck will be ready for mating season.
Not only are the buck antlers growing and thriving right now, but so are we! The masculine 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 can you let go of, so you can prioritize and focus on accomplishing your bigger priorities.
July Buck Moon Alternative Names
- Thunder Moon
- Mid-Summer Moon
- Ripening Moon
- Hay Moon
- Red Berries Moon
- Salmon Moon
- Blessing Moon
- Wort Moon
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 Full Buck Moon Correspondences
Buck Moon Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas For July Full Moon 2021
Thunder Moon Reflections
July’s Full Moon is also known as the Thunder Moon. Summer thunderstorms have always made me feel moody, creative, and thoughtful. The intense strength and might always leaves me in awe. It feels as if Nature is reaching out to remind us of her 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 up with inspiration! Use July’s Thunder Moon as a time to pursue your creative outlets.
July’s Full Moon is a wondrous magical time and is calling out for you to practice some self-reflection. Journaling can really help you connect with yourself and here are a few prompt ideas to get you started –
July Full Moon Journal Prompts
- Take a moment to congratulate yourself on any achievements you’ve had recently! Make a list and bask in the happiness and pride in your hard work.
- Write about how July’s Buck Moon makes you feel. What are your favorite ways to celebrate?
- Name a book or movie you’d like to read or watch before the year ends. Why?
- How can you be more intentional with your time?
- What are some magical spaces in your local area you love to explore? Go visit this space and write about it in detail.
- Keep a journal next to your bed to record your dreams. This will be a wonderful reference for you to refer back to and interpret later on.
Embracing food that is in season is always a good idea, but July has so many options such as berries, 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 herbal salad together
- Grill 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
- 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
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, if you do not also prioritize rest, you will grow weary and burn out. 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 Magick
July’s Full Moon is also known as the Wort 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, spices, or hang upside down to dry for a homemade smoke cleanser. Don’t forget to cool down with a run through the sprinklers!
This is also a wonderful way to give back to your garden by weeding. 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.
You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- How To Make Moon Water
- 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Snow Moon Guided Mediation
- March Full Worm Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- April Full Pink Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- October’s Blood or Harvest Full Moon Meaning and How To Celebrate
- November Full Hunter or Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
- December Full Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
I hope you enjoyed July’s Full Buck Moon Spiritual Meaning for 2021, lots of love to you, and remember as always…