Flow and Resilience AUGUST’S FULL STURGEON MOON 2020 Words by Gabrielle Bonneville
Another month, another Full moon. Known as the Sturgeon Moon, August’s Full Moon takes place in the Aquarius star sign and is all about embodying resilience through the water-like flow. Think about the energy of water (Aquarius) for dexterity and survival (Sturgeon Fish).
The rising of the Sturgeon Full Moon is best seen in the southeastern sky on Monday, August 3, 2020, and it will be stunning with its low hanging orange hues. Make sure to grab a cozy blanket, make some hot cacao, and take some time to get into a contemplative state to set the tone for the rest of the month.
Let’s break down the energies, both astrologically and in terms of an animal totem.
Moon in Aquarius
The 11th sign of the zodiac, Aquarius is represented by the Water Bearer, a symbol of the Gods bringing nourishment to the Earth, symbolically providing life and spiritual food to the world. Energetically, the water from the vessel of Aquarius can be seen as washing away the past, providing room for fresh new beginnings.
It’s also about being progressive in achieving our goals, using arts.
The Aquarius sign is known to be independent, intelligent, unique, and idealistic. The elemental sign is air, the same as that for Gemini and Libra.
Aquarians are known to showcase their imaginative abilities and unique skills, typically in a conscious effort to make the world a better place. With everything happening in our world today, matching our actions to the betterment of the world, is an ideal intention to be setting.
Even in all of its altruistic intentions, the sign of Aquarius is very forward-looking and growth-oriented. The question we want to ask ourselves is: how can I accomplish my goals in the next lunar cycle with the air quality of imagination while choosing my actions to reach my goals that mimic the flow of water.
We all have challenges, resistances, and adversity in our lives. But the way we react to them is our power. When we say to bring more water into your challenges, it can be as simple as the story that you tell yourself that make you identify with it. What is the best possible story for you to tell about the experience and glide gently into that?
Totem Animal of the Sturgeon Fish
The Sturgeon Moon earned its name because of the significant number of these massive freshwater fish that were once found in North America lakes and rivers. We are deeply imprinted with generations and generations embodying the collective energy of the moon of the spirit of the sturgeon.
We learn so much about our Natural Selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and create balance with our everyday energy. So, what is the energy of the sturgeon moon?
The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to pre-dinosaurs roaming the planet; hence, their prehistoric bodies embody strength and a keen ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.
The sturgeon fish is swimming into our lives to prove we are stronger than we realize.
The sturgeon is a tough fish that can live up to 140 years, offering hope we will make it through the remaining months of the year, even in lights of second waves of COVID 19.
The Sturgeon Moon should encourage those experiencing tough times in their lives to find the energy of resilience, courage, and survival to move across times.
You feel full moon energy two to three days before its inception and two to three days after it ends — so use these steps to take advantage of this moon, and clear your mind, quiet your emotions, and focus on long term goals.
What can you do to kick off the Full Moon?
Start your Moon cycle with a 24-72 hrs fast. Defined as the abstinence from all or some foods or drinks for a set period of time, fasting allows you to see your cravings and reset your behavior to match your higher self.
Come up with a word to embody for the rest of the month. Repeat this word when you first wake up, embodying the energy, and the last thing before you fall asleep, remembering all the moments throughout your day that you embodied your intention.
Write a list of all of the activities, people, things in your life that bring resistance. Think of ways that you can navigate them with more grace. Make a commitment to do so next time a challenging situation comes up.