Welcome to the eighth in a series of posts about the names of full moons. If you missed the others, you can click the following links.
- The Wolf Moon (January)
- The Snow Moon (February)
- The Worm Moon (March)
- The Pink Moon (April)
- The Flower Moon (May)
- The Strawberry Moon (June)
- The Thunder Moon (July)
The August Moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon. The sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were said to be most readily caught during this full Moon. Other names include Black Cherries Moon, Mountain Shadows Moon, and Ricing Moon.
- According to Farmer’s Almanac, a blue moon refers to the second of two Full Moons in the same month. It can also refer to the emergence of four, instead of three Full Moons in a “season,” defined as the period between a Solstice and an Equinox. When this occurs, the third of the four Moons is considered the Blue Moon.
- Native American names for the full moons vary from tribe to tribe, hence the reason for several names.
- A bit of family history. My brother once hiked through Grand Canyon by the light of an August moon. He started on the north rim and came out on the south rim. He planned his visit to coincide with the full moon.
- Folklore says that babies born the day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
- This month’s Sturgeon Moon occurrs on August 22.
- This is also a seasonal blue moon. There are various definitions of a blue moon (see above).In this case, this year’s August moon is the third of four full moons to occur during the summer season.
There is a legend that says if a member of the family dies during a blue moon, three more will follow. I once wrote a short story titled The Blue Moon Murders based upon this superstition.
Do you ever make plans according to the phase of the moon? I’d love to hear about your adventures.