Aquarius Full Moon & Sturgeon Moon

Aquarius Full Moon & Sturgeon Moon

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Full Sturgeon Moon: Aug 20, 8:45 P.M. (CST) is at 28° Aquarius 01′

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, we call this the Sturgeon Moon because Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Some called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. The August Full Moon is also known as the Lightening Moon by some, and by others, it is the Barley moon, symbolized by Persephone, who carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.  The sultry hazes of August often give the moon a reddish appearance, prompting some Native American tribes to dub it the Red Moon.

Sturgeon Blue Moon

Sturgeon Blue Moon

Although it may look hazy red, we know this Sturgeon Moon is Blue.

True Blue Moon

August brings the second Full Moon in Aquarius this year.  Two full moons in the same sign is sort of the zodiacal equivalent of a Blue Moon.  Actually, it is a TRUE BLUE MOON. That is, the August Full Moon is the third full moon in the summer season which has four full moons in 2013. This is the original, correct definition of a Blue Moon. The definition about the second full moon in a month is a more recent simplified usage for those who don’t pay as much attention to seasons and moons. July’s Full Moon was fresh on the cusp, just entering Aquarius.  A month later, we are now on the exiting cusp of Aquarius, about to leave that sign.

Aquarius Full Moon Astrology

The energies of this sign are at their most mature, now.  We will be feeling a deep appreciation for diversity.  A strong sense that our differences are what make us strong.  Like a fine chocolate with suitably complex notes of flavor, rather than simply “sweet”.

The Full Moon shines with the radiance of Leo through Aquarius, to reflect the bright light of social awareness.  We will notice more acceptance of the non-traditional in the world around us,  and welcome it into our lives.  Those who might usually be found on the fringe of society may now be considered exotic or even fashionable.  Things that might otherwise seem weird, are thoroughly exciting and interesting.

These next few days are a fantastic time to explore different cultures & traditions, and partake of all the flavors of life that the world has to offer.  Celebrate diversity!

Jupiter is still in the sign of Cancer.  It is not one of the faster-moving planets, so it takes it time as it passes through each sign, fully savoring the experience.  We will enjoy the energy of a Cancerian Jupiter for roughly one year (until July 2014).  The focus is on family, community, and social ties.  Our values regarding these group loyalties will be explored & expressed as we move through this time.

This Cancerian Jupiter is square Uranus in Aries, and opposite Pluto in Capricorn, for most of the month.  Now that complicates things!  While Jupiter is exploring our social loyalties, Uranus fiercely wants us to appreciate our freedom, and Pluto pushes to examine our relationship with responsibility & power.  This is a very complicated square-dance, and the dance floor is crowded.  We’ll have to step carefully.

True Blue Full Moon Actions

The goal is to find your individual place within the group.  What is your contribution?  How does your uniqueness expand the whole?  Can you express your own style without tripping up anyone else?  And what special responsibilities come with your individual powers/strengths? Answer these questions, celebrate your gifts, and try something new and true-to-yourself blue…

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