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July: Buck Moon

In July, the Full Moon is the Buck Moon, named after the new antlers that emerge from a buck’s forehead around this time of the year. It is also called Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wyrt Moon.

A herd of mule deer standing in tall grass in front of a blurry Full Moon.

A herd of mule deer standing in tall grass in Roxborough State Park, Colorado, US.

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Super Buck Moon

The Full Moon on July 13, 2022 is near its closest approach to Earth, making it a Supermoon.

Buck Moon 2022

Jul 13, 2022 at 2:37 pm

Buck Moon 2023

Jul 3, 2023 at 7:38 am

Times for the Buck Moon vary by time zone. Times and dates are based on the local time in Washington DC. Change location

Named After the Buck’s Antlers

In July, the Full Moon is called Buck Moon to signify the new antlers that emerge on a deer buck’s forehead around this time.

Male deer, or bucks, shed their antlers and grow new ones every year. Deer belong to the Cervidae family along with elk, moose, reindeer, and other species.

Thunderstorms and Hay Harvest

Other Native American tribes call it Salmon Moon, Raspberry Moon, and Thunder Moon because of the frequent thunderstorms in the summer.

In Celtic, this Moon was known as the Claiming Moon, Wyrt Moon, Herb Moon, and Mead Moon, indicating that July is the time to gather herbs (or wyrts) to dry and use as spices and remedies. The Anglo-Saxons called it the Hay Moon after the hay harvest in July.

12 Full Moon Names

The Full Moon has been integral to tracking the change of months and seasons since ancient times.

Today, we use many of these ancient month names as Full Moon names, and many of them come from the Colonial Americans adopting Native American names into their calendars.

Although the most commonly used Full Moon names are English interpretations of Native American names, some are also Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, medieval English, and Neo-Pagan.

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