August’s Red Sturgeon Moon

Godt Fuldmåne!
(“Happy Full Moon” in Danish)

Welcome to Issue 8 of Volume III of the Earth, Moon and Stars blog!
(Formerly the Full Moon Lore newsletter.)

In this issue:

  • Moon Names (some nice artwork to go with them)
  • Seasonal Calendar (dates and times)
  • Skywatch (tomorrow is last chance for the Perseids)
  • Moon Mechanics (another moon?)
  • Astrology and Folklore (making wild global plans) 

 MOON NAMES

This month’s full moon was called the Full Corn Moon by the medieval English, while the Colonial Americans called it Dog Days Moon.  Historically, the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full moons. 

North American indigenous peoples speaking the Algonquian language historically called the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, since it was this time of year when this large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain was most readily caught. (ref: Moon Connection)

   The August full moon is also sometimes called the Full Red Moon, because it appears reddish as it rises through the warm and steamy summer haze. (From Red Full Moon in August, also in the Astrology section below.)

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MOON ART

August Sturgeon Moon [Cyndi Lavin]

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 The beautiful beaded embroidery you see here was created by Cyndi Lavin for her Bead Journal Project (a part of her Beading Arts Facebook page) where you can see all twelve of her Moon creations. Cyndi also has her own websites Mixed Media Artist, and Beading Arts, rich with examples of and information on beads, jewelry, and other art mediums.

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SEASONAL CALENDAR

August’s full moon: Saturday August 13 18:58 UT (2:58pm EDT, 11:58am PDT)
August’s new moon: Monday August 29 03:04 UT  (Sunday August 28 11:04pm EDT)
September’s full moon: Monday September 12 09:27 UT (5:27am EDT)
September equinox: Friday September 23 09:04 UT

SKYWATCH

Right now we are at the peak of August’s famous Perseid meteor shower.  However, since the Moon has a mind (read: orbit) of its own that doesn’t usually care about other astronomical events, this year it decided to become full just as the meteor shower is peaking. A bright light like this in the night sky will wash out all but the brightest meteors. However, tomorrow (Friday, 12th) you have one last chance with about an hour of dark sky between when the almost-full Moon sets and the sky begins to brighten with dawn. Heck – even just before the Moon sets. So get to sleep early tonight and early tomorrow morning go someplace with a clear view of the southern sky.

Where the Perseids Are (Sky & Telescope)

Where the Perseids Are (Sky & Telescope)

See EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide for more details.

MOON MECHANICS
A Second Moon?

In contrast with the current sci-fi movie about a duplicate Earth, a study just out uses data collected from both sides of the Moon to posit that once there were two moons circling Earth. 

Because the Moon is tidally locked in its orbit around Earth, we can see only one side from here on Earth. The far side of the Moon remained a mystery for centuries until 1959, when the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft first snapped photos of it. (The far side is sometimes erroneously called the “dark side”, even though it has days and nights just like the near side.) (We will delve more deeply into tidal locking in a future issue of EarthMoonandStars.)

While the surface of the near side is mostly low and flat, the far side is often high and mountainous. Now computer simulations hint a second moon essentially pancaked itself against its larger companion, broadly explaining the differences seen between the near and far sides. These calculations suggest this second moon would have formed at the same time – about 4.4 billion years ago – as the larger moon we see today. (No video cameras around at the time to capture the event.) [Taken from the space.com article Earth Had Two Moons That Crashed to Form One.]

If you’d like to explore more detail of both this theory and also the latest theories of how the Moon itself was formed, here are a number of revealing articles:

Next month we will take a look at other smaller objects (not-really-moons) that are currently co-orbiting with Earth around the Sun. And we will explore the origins of the Moon in a future issue of EarthMoonandStars.

ASTROLOGY and FOLKLORE

Red Full Moon in August
Dian Bustillo, Moon Maven
This month in her simplyastrology post, Dian writes:

The August Full Moon is sometimes call the Red Moon because it appears reddish as it rises through the warm and steamy summer haze. It’s a time when the corns and grains are ripening and the streams are filled with fish. For those of us who plant our seeds or cast our fishing lines in the business world, it’s a time of preparing to see the fruit of your hard work. You can put life into action. Make plans. And, because this is an Aquarius Full Moon, those plans can be as wild as you are capable of making them. Think globally. And, think of the greater good. You’re not just feeding yourself, you’re feeding your neighbors – mentally, physically and/or spiritually.

In her post as Moon Maven, Dian Bustillo (a fellow WordPress blogger) writes:
I’m an astrologer who believes that you’re the best master of your life. You just have to understand yourself and believe in yourself. I use the Moon to time actions. I know you can attract the positive, minimize the negative and turn weaknesses into strengths. It’s in your hands.

You can see more at Dian’s simplyastrology blog, and on her Cycles of Living website.

Full Moon Supports Embracing Intentions & Mission
Carola Eastwood
In her Planetary Cycles column in the Life Connection magazine, Carola Eastwood has this to say about this month’s full moon: 

With the sun in Leo, this full moon in Aquarius is fairly rare in that there are several planets joining in the lunation, which is a bit like going from a single instrument to a whole orchestra playing. Each month, the full moon brings to fruition the intentions placed at the previous new moon. A deepening of awareness about the current needs of our culture and our planet resonates within us, but the question at this full moon is, “What, specifically, will I do about it?” A remarkable play of planetary energies surrounding the full moon brings heightened awareness of the need to get crystal clear in our vision and our mission; then to roll it out, put it into form; and when the time arrives, to take action. 

See Carola’s full Planetary Cycles article for lots more good stuff. 

Carola Eastwood provides in-depth personal astrology readings that open the doorway to fulfilling your life-purpose. Her office is in San Marcos. 858/259-1590. www.HumanDesignForUsAll.com.

Molly Hall
On her full moon page this month, Molly Hall writes:

This Full Moon illuminates: flashes of genius, kindred spirits, human potential for evolution, innovative use of technology, relations with friends, quantum leaps in spiritual growth, sudden events or realizations that alter your life course, your place in the social web.

She says it’s a good time to focus on:

  • hitching your dreams in a way that contributes to the human story
  • experimenting with healing currents (acupuncture, reiki, group ritual)
  • gathering with kindred spirits
  • experiencing strength in numbers (when trying to create change)
  • cultivating a cutting edge idea
  • expressing your eccentricities
  • being true to yourself
  • acting on behalf of human freedom

She also writes about Lunar Lammas, plus looks into many other names for this full moon.  You can soak up her full article here.

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Until the full moon in September, here’s wishing you and yours a rich and joy-filled end-of-summer (or winter, if you are in the Southern hemisphere).

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INTENTION FOR THIS EARTH, MOON AND STARS BLOG

The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each Full Moon with (hopefully interesting) facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about our one and only natural satellite and how all of us — people, animals, plants, water, even rocks — are affected and connected by her.

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About aquarianman

Aquarian interested in anything to do with the Earth, our Moon, and anything flying around out there in space.
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