The Sturgeon Full Moon of August fully embodies the final days of summer and signals the beginning of harvest season. Deep within us, there’s a subtle softening, and we begin to slow down. You’ll notice the days start to feel a bit shorter, and the sunlight has grown a bit weaker and more golden. You may even observe a few fallen yellow leaves.
August’s sweltering lazy summer days inspire dreams of pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather. We’re beginning to reap the rewards of some of our crops, either literal or metaphorical. However, we need to be patient as we wait for our hard work and creations to fully culminate.
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 Sturgeon Full Moon in August 2022?
In 2022, August’s Full Moon is called the Sturgeon Moon. It takes place on August 11th and peaks at 9:36 P.M Eastern Standard Time.
What is a Sturgeon Moon?
The Full Moon of August is named the Sturgeon Moon to symbolize and represent the freshwater fish that were easily caught during this hot summer month in North America. These impressive archaic-looking fish are a gray-green color, and their existence can be traced back over 200 million years!
Sturgeon can grow to be quite large in size and often live to be over 100 years old. Here in Idaho, the largest one ever recorded was almost 10 feet long, and it’s not uncommon to find them over 6 feet in length. Due to overfishing for their meat and eggs, their numbers are dwindling. However, many conservation efforts have been successful, and their population numbers have been increasing.
Ron Clark, a volunteer with the nonprofit Kalamazoo River Sturgeons for Tomorrow who was helping out at the Kalamazoo facility, said that being part of an effort to save such an ancient species “intrigued me.”
Clark, who has found the fish docile and easy to handle, said they seem to have individual personalities … they’re more like a [mammal] than a fish.”
Fisheries biologist Smith added that he likes the look of the prehistoric fish and its weird adaptations. For example, sturgeons have spiracles, which are holes in the side of the fish that allow them to breathe along with their gills.
He added that bringing the sturgeon back would give the public a chance to learn about a fish that had to survive during the dinosaur era.National Geographic
Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning in 2022
Align your spiritual intentions this month with the strong and impressive sturgeon. They’ve survived millions of years by adapting and persevering through many different challenges. You are just as powerful and resilient, whether you realize it or not.
What big ambitions did you have last Winter or early Spring that you most desire to see accomplished? Let the Full Moon of August’s energy encourage you to push through the final hurdles to complete your goals and intentions. Allow yourself to admit if you’ve fallen off track, and then dust yourself off, and try again.
Remember progress over perfection! It’s ok if things aren’t working out exactly as you envisioned. Allow yourself to go with the flow and trust that the universe is also working hard to help your intentions come true. Consistent effort and hard work will always pay off, even if it’s not exactly as you planned. Stay open-minded, but don’t give up!
Is There a Supermoon in August 2022?
Yes, and it’s the last one of the year! August’s Full Sturgeon 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!
The [Sturgeon] Moon will appear full for about three days, from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
The planet Saturn will appear near the Moon. Saturn will be near its brightest for the year, which will occur a few days later in mid-August.NASA
August Sturgeon Moon Alternative Names
- Hot Moon (guuteyai-mea’) Shoshone Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming
- Heyannir (Norse) means haymaking and refers to the drying and harvesting of hay
- Lightening Moon (Neo-Pagan)
- Dry Moon (Yiraha Nuti (pronounced yihrah-hah(q) noong-tee) Catawba Indian Nation, South Carolina
- Harvest Moon (Chinese)
- Grain Moon (Anglo-Saxon)
- Dispute Moon (Celtic) (I couldn’t find the meaning behind this name, comment below if you know!)
- End of Fruit Month (galoni) Cherokee Native American
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.
Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Correspondences
The spiritual meaning of August’s Full Sturgeon Moon is a powerful time for gratitude, harvesting, and strength. To get you started, here are some spiritual correspondences and intentions!
Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
- Dark Green
Sturgeon Moon Journal Prompts
- Write a letter or thank you note to a friend or loved one! This time of year is all about abundance and harvesting what we’ve sown. Literally or metaphorically. Take a moment to let those who add joy to your life know how grateful you are! Now actually send it to them!
- What is one last goal you’d love to accomplish before Autumn is here? What’s standing in your way? What fears do you have about it? How can you crush and overcome them to accomplish your dreams?
- List any natural remedies you love to use. List the ingredients, magical correspondences, and why it works so well. Can you create any of them during this season of abundance?
- In what ways are you inauthentic? What can you do to change this? How can you let go of this as you head towards Autumn and Winter?
- How long do you work towards a goal before quitting? Why? What can you do to change this behavior right now?
Full moon August 2022 Ritual Ideas
The Sturgeon Moon is a lovely time to reflect on your life and what you’re grateful for. 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!
Connect With Water
Water is the perfect way to cool down during the warm August days and nights. Spend some time by a lake, ocean, river, or your favorite watering hole!
Fully submerge in the cool water. Let it flow around you and relax. Allow any anxiety or worries to slip away with the current or tide. Imagine yourself as the water trusting and flowing freely. Let go of your fears and know that whatever may happen, you will find a way to make the best of it.
Spend some time focused on these thoughts. If you feel comfortable, float on the water’s surface and meditate. Don’t forget to create some Sturgeon Moon Water!
Camping Beneath The Sturgeon Moon
What an amazing time to soak up those moonlight beams! Plan a camping trip where you can fully enjoy the summer season and optimal Sturgeon Moon views!
You can also keep it local in your backyard! Laying out beneath the moon is a beautiful way to embrace nostalgia and childlike fun. It brings back memories of sleepovers with friends and stargazing while lying on trampolines.
Enchanting Cinema Experience
During August’s hot and dusty days, we seek out cooler temperatures. Enjoy a movie or television show marathon in your home.
Better yet, visit a local drive-in movie theater with friends once the sun goes down. Munch on snacks and focus on truly being present in this moment. Enjoy the smell of popcorn, the old-school ambiance, and all the memories with loved ones!
Embrace the reaping and harvesting spiritual meaning of August’s Full Moon and bake some bread. Incorporate a few magical intentions into your delicious bread by using plants, herbs, and flowers that are currently in season.
You could also carve a few Elder Futhark Runes, sigils, or other pagan or witch symbols that have meaning to you into your baked goods. If you’re busy, keep it simple, and pick up some bread from a local market. Remember, we’re still in the season of Lughnasadh!
Start Preparing for Autumn and Winter
August is a wonderful time to begin harvesting, canning, drying, or saving seeds for next year. You can do this from your own garden, on local farms, or at a farmer’s market. Create herbal infusions you can use later for salves, tinctures, balms, etc.
You can also start planning and preparing your home for the Autumn Equinox and the cold Winter months ahead by making sure you have warm blankets and candles. Try checking your heater, caulking drafty doors or windows, changing your air filter, cleaning out the fireplace, or de-cluttering and donating items that no longer serve their purpose.
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
- 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
- July Full Buck Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- 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 August’s Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning for 2022, lots of love to you, and remember, as always…