The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by watching the seasons and lunar months, although there was much inconsistency.
Names of moons often date back to Native American tribes, and early European pilgrims. They helped keep track of seasons, and significant events at those times. August's full moon, for example, is called the Sturgeon Moon, named for the species of fish that is best caught in the Great Lakes at around that time.
Each full moon holds a little extra special meaning in Shamanics. It symbolizes the universe in brilliant glory, wholeness or completeness.
This is a wonderful time to work on your own personal spiritual lessons, growth and enlightenment. But as with each phase of the moon, each cycle of the full moon also contains it's own special energy. Aligning your intentions with these energies can also enrich your Shamanic work.
For the July moon, the "Buck Moon" is one of three names given, by indigenous American people, to the moon because it arrives during the time when male deer, called "bucks," are starting to grow their antlers. Other names include the "hay moon," when farmers are beginning to store their hay, and "thunder moon," for the number of thunderstorms that occur at this time, particularly in North America.
This is a very masculine moon, with signs of building and repairing one's life, home and spirit. So it's a good time to work on the physical things in your life. Either physical in body or things that require some physical attention, like mending the car or fixing the wobbly handle on the kitchen drawer!
About the Author
Melanie Tomsett is a Shamanic practitioner and owner of Shamanic Quest based in Hertfordshire in the UK. Shamanic Quest offer a range of opportunities for you to explore and learn shamanic practices. These include Introductory Workshops, Foundation Course, Practitioner Course, Drum Circle, Sweat Lodge, Sun Lodge and Moon Lodge, Student Clinics and Consultations. Full details can be found at www.shamanicquest.co.uk