While the days are long, the nights are short, which makes the Buck Moon’s 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.
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 by in search of sweet nectar. Sunlight sparkles through lush green leaves and life is flourishing everywhere you look.
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 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 the origins from whence they came.
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
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When is the Buck Full Moon in July 2022?
In 2022, July’s Full Moon is called the Buck Moon. It takes place on July 13th and peaks at 2:38 P.M Eastern Standard Time.
What is a Buck Moon?
The July Full 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 forming 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 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 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 can you let go of, so you can prioritize and focus on accomplishing your bigger priorities.
Is There a Supermoon in July 2022?
Yes! July’s Full Buck Moon is a supermoon which means it will appear larger than usual and shine a bit more brightly!
Although a supermoon is larger and more luminous than a typical full Moon, it’s really only 7% bigger, so you may not notice a difference simply by looking at it. However, it’s still pretty cool to know the moon is so close to us, making its brilliant energy all the more powerful!
July Buck Moon Alternative Names
Remember most of these names applied to the entire month, not just during the full moon!
- Thunderstorm Moon (Hiyeswa Tiriri Nuti ) Catawba Indian Nation, South Carolina
- Hay Moon (Anglo-Saxon)
- Mid Summer Moon (ameku) Kalapuya, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
- 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.
- Time of Much Ripening (ohiari) Mohawk Eastern Woodlands
- Sólmánuður (Norse) means Sun Month
- Raspberry Moon (Miskomini-giizis) Anishinaabe, Great Lakes
- 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 Full 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 Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
Ritual Ideas For July Buck Moon 2022
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. Its 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 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 –
Buck 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 in-season food is always a good idea, but July has so 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 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 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!
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:
I hope you enjoyed July’s Full Buck Moon Spiritual Meaning for 2022, lots of love to you, and remember as always…