As the first of August nears, celestial energy rises with the appearance of the Full Sturgeon Moon. Native Algonquin fishing tribes named this moon after sturgeons—large, prehistoric fish of the Great Lakes—that were key to the tribes’ survival. With the sultry haze of summer giving the moon a red hue, tribes further south named this moon the Full Red Moon. August’s full moon has also been dubbed the Fruit Moon, the Grain Moon, and the Green Corn Moon, for the ripening of these foods during the approaching harvest season.
The August Sturgeon Moon is also a supermoon. Supermoons occur when the moon is in perigee—the closest point to Earth in its orbit. A supermoon can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a full moon, creating a feeling of closeness, and allowing us the opportunity to deeply connect.
As the second of four consecutive supermoons in 2023, the Sturgeon Supermoon will reach its potential on Tuesday, August 1, at 2:32 PM EST. Look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising. Keep an eye out for the year’s third supermoon (which is also a blue moon) coming to your skies August 30. This is the last time two supermoons will appear in the same month until 2037. The fourth and final supermoon of the year will rise on September 29.
What is Qigong and why do we practice?
Join our field of collective consciousness on Tuesday, August 1 at 2:30 PM EST. From wherever you are, stand in the meditative posture The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth for as long as you are able. Challenge yourself to quiet your mind and open your Heart as you connect with the Universal energy within and around you.