Sturgeon Moon The Unique Meaning of August's Full Moon

Sturgeon Moon 2024: The Unique Meaning of August

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The meaning of the 2024 Sturgeon Moon fully embodies the final days of summer and signals the beginning of harvest season. There’s a subtle softening within us, and we begin to spiritually slow down. The days start to feel a bit shorter, and the sunlight has grown a bit weaker and more golden.

August’s sweltering, lazy summer days inspire dreams of pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather. In my area, Locust trees have a few fallen yellow leaves beneath them. We’re beginning to reap the rewards of some of our crops, either literal or metaphorical. However, be patient and wait for your hard work and creations to fully culminate.

Every full moon has its name based on the month or season it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allows 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 their origins.

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

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout AND at the bottom of this article.

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When is the Sturgeon Moon 2024?

In 2024, August’s Full Moon is called the Sturgeon Moon. It takes place on August 19th and peaks at 2:26 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!

Sturgeons can grow to be quite large in size and often live to be over 100 years old. Here in Idaho, the largest sturgeon ever recorded was almost 10 feet long, but 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 succeeded, and their population numbers have increased.

[Ron] Clark, [a volunteer with the nonprofit Kalamazoo River Sturgeons for Tomorrow] 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
What is a Sturgeon Moon?

Sturgeon Moon Meaning

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 you deeply want to see accomplished? Let the Sturgeon Moon’s energy help you push through the final hurdles and complete your goals or 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 working hard to help your intentions or manifestations 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!

How I Celebrate August’s Sturgeon Moon

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August Sturgeon Moon Alternative Names

Many cultures around the world have their own beautiful names for August’s Full Moon, and I did my best to include the ones I could find sources on.

These names beautifully reflect the connection between humans, Nature, folklore, communities, and historical influences throughout time. Remember, most of these names applied to the entire month, not just during the full moon!

  • Hot Moon (guuteyai-mea’) Shoshone Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming
  • Peace Moon (South African origins symbolizing National Women’s Day) (source: Centre for Astronomical Heritage)
  • Dry Moon (Yiraha Nuti (pronounced yihrah-hah(q) noong-tee) Catawba Native American origins
  • Lightning Moon (English)
  • Heyannir (Norse) means haymaking and refers to the drying and harvesting of hay (source: Nordic Culture – Skjalden)
  • Grain Moon (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Dispute Moon or Lynx Moon (Celtic) (Source: Time and Date)
  • End of Fruit Month (galoni) Cherokee Native American origins
  • Hungry Ghost Moon (Chinese) The Hungry Ghost Festival usually occurs during the Western calendar month of August. Many people worship their ancestors and make offerings to the roaming spirits of the earth. (similar to Samhain) (source: CBC)

This full Moon corresponds to the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival. The seventh month of the Chinese calendar is the Ghost Month and the fifteenth day of this month (a full Moon day) is called Ghost Day, on which ghosts and spirits, including those of deceased ancestors, come out to visit the living.

NASA – The Next Full Moon is the Corn, Fruit, Barley, and Hungry Ghost Moon

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.

August Sturgeon Moon Alternative Names

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!

Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning and Intentions

  • Gratitude
  • Reaping
  • Harvesting
  • Flourishing
  • Gumption
  • Flexibility
  • Perseverance

Sturgeon Moon Colors

  • Gold
  • Dark Green
  • Orange
August Full Sturgeon Moon Colors

Full moon August 2024 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 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!

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 toward 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 of August Sunflower

Camp 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.

Camp Beneath August's Full Sturgeon Moon

Enchanting Cinema Experience

During August’s hot and dusty days, I’m always trying to 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 at this moment. Enjoy the smell of popcorn, the old-school ambiance, and all the memories with loved ones!

Bake Bread

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.

Full Moon Schedule 2024

  • The Full Wolf Moon occurs on January 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 12:54 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Snow Moon occurs on February 24th, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Worm Moon occurs on March 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Pink Moon occurs on April 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Flower Moon occurs on May 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 9:53 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Strawberry Moon occurs on June 21st, 2024, and peaks at 9:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Buck Moon takes place on July 21st, 2024, and peaks at 6:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Sturgeon Moon occurs on August 19th, 2024, and peaks at 2:26 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Harvest Moon takes place on September 17th, 2024, reaching its peak at 10:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Hunter Moon takes place on October 17th, 2024, and peaks at 7:26 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Beaver Moon occurs on November 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Cold Moon takes place on December 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Is There a Blue Moon in August?

Yes! A seasonal Blue Moon occurs on April 19th, 2024, during August’s Full Moon. We’ll also be in the middle of Mercury’s Retrograde, which lasts from August 4 to August 27.

A Blue Moon is when two full moons occur within a calendar month or seasonal cycle. Since they occur only about every two to three years, they’re considered a rare and magical event.

It’s important to note that a blue moon does not actually appear blue in color. The name is purely a calendrical term and has nothing to do with the moon’s actual appearance.

Is the Full Moon of August 2024 a Supermoon?

No, the Full Moon of August will NOT be a supermoon.

However, there will be TWO Supermoons in September and October this year!

The astronomical term for this [supermoon] phenomenon is perigee-syzygy Moon. The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth that occurs at both new and full moon is known as syzygy.

Britannica – Supermoon

Will August’s Sturgeon Moon Have A Lunar Eclipse in 2024?

No, August’s Sturgeon Moon will not have a Lunar Eclipse this year.

However, there will be two Lunar Eclipses AND two Solar Eclipses in 2024! (see chart below)

Lunar and Solar Eclipses in 2024

Lunar Eclipse (Penubral)

March 24th – 25th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and partially Africa

Solar Eclipse (Total)

April 8th

(when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun)

Visible in North America, Western Europe, and the Northern part of South America

Lunar Eclipse (Partial)

September 17th – 18th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa

Solar Eclipse (Annular)

October 2nd

(when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a ring of fire)

Visible in the southern part of North America and South America.

penumbra, (from Latin paene, “almost”; umbra, “shadow”), in astronomy, the outer part of a conical shadow, cast by a celestial body, where the light from the Sun [or other light source like the moon] is partially blocked—as compared to the umbra (q.v.), the shadow’s darkest, central part, where the light is totally excluded.

Britannica – Penumbra Eclipse

Is There a Black Moon in August 2024?

No, August doesn’t have a seasonal Black Moon in 2024.

However, there will be a calendrical Black Moon on November 30th, 2024.

A Black Moon is a modern phrase that is very similar to the definition of a Blue Moon. However, it involves two NEW MOONS inside a specified time period rather than two FULL MOONS. Since two New Moons take place in the month of November, it makes this a calendrical Black Moon.

A Black Moon brings success and good luck. While a Black Moon is not an astronomical phrase, it’s honored and celebrated by Pagans, witches, and other spiritual practitioners.

I hope you enjoy the Sturgeon Moon of August! Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

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