This month’s Full Moon falls on August 3rd at 16.00 GMT on the 12th degree of Aquarius, with the Sun on the opposite 12th degree of Leo. A Full Moon makes us aware of something, as the Sun (consciousness) is illuminating the Moon unconscious). This Full Moon appears in the same month as the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 12th and 13th.
One name for this moon is Sturgeon Moon, as this was the time when sturgeon would migrate up streams to spawn. These tough, large fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and have changed little since then. Females take about 20 years to start reproducing, and they can only reproduce every 4 years. However, they can live up to 140 years! So, they are known for longevity as a species and as individuals, enduring changes and challenges and having a lot of patience. All things that most of us can relate to at this time. They offer hope that we to will endure especially through the challenges we currently face). The Sturgeon Moon gives encouragement to those experiencing tough times and the means for survival.
It is appropriate as the symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, who symbolically provides life and spiritual food to the world. The water from the vessel of Aquarius washes away the past, providing room for fresh starts. The sign of Aquarius is forward-looking and growth-oriented. The sturgeon fish swimming into our lives shows we are stronger than we realise.
We often think of the Sun as the source of life-giving energy, but it is good to remember that the Moon, with her control of the ebb and flow of the tides, is also responsible for the welfare and sustenance of life on our planet and our bodies are made up of 90% water.
Where will you find the strength, determination and energy to face your challenges? Will you allow the water within your body to let you know when to make your way upstream? When would patience be the better course of action to take?