The next full Moon is upon us with the August Sturgeon Moon marking the final Supermoon of 2022 - after four in a row.
Following July's Buck Moon and May's retrograde, August's Sturgeon Moon is one of 12 lunar phases throughout the year and marks Aquarius in full Moon, following Leo season 2022 (opens in new tab). Celebrity Psychic and Astrologer Inbaal Honigman (opens in new tab) explains: "The Sturgeon Moonpromises to be yet another bright and bold Supermoon. The time of the Moon in Aquarius is a time for reflection on justice- are we really doing all that we can do, to help those less fortunate?"
Supermoons are categorised when the Moon is at 360,000km or less away from Earth in its orbital path. They appear around 7 per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter than a standard full Moon, or 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a micromoon. This effect is amplified further when the Moon is still low on the horizon, thanks to the Moon illusion. You can find further details of the final 2022 Supermoon - plus what affect it'll have on you and your star sign.
When is the next full moon?
The next full Moon, the August Sturgeon Moon, rises at 8.55pm in the UK on Thursday 11 August 2022, peaking at 2.36 GMT the following morning. According to Science Focus, this specific moment has a name, syzygy, and it's the name given to a configuration that occurs for just a moment, when the Moon isdirectlybetween the Sun and the Earth, in a straight line.
Astrologer Inbaal Honigman tells Goodto: "On Thursday, August 11th 2022, the August full Moon will rise over us. It will peak after midnight in the UK, so the official full Moon date is the 12th. This full Moon is nicknamed the Sturgeon Moon, and should be fairly easy to spot, as it will be bright and bold."
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She adds: "August plays host to both the sun sign of Leo, until the 22nd or the 23rd, and then the sign of Virgo thereafter. Interestingly, it is the fourth Supermoon in a row, following July's Buck moon, June's Strawberry moon, and May's Flower Moon. The Sturgeon Moon is also the final Supermoon of 2022."
What is the Sturgeon Moon?
The full Moon in August is called the Sturgeon Moon because of the abundance of the giant sturgeon found in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in North America during this part ofsummer.
Astrologer Inbaal Honigman says: "The name Sturgeon Moon takes its name from native American tribes, who found it easier to notice and catch the sturgeon, America's largest freshwater fish, during the full moon in August.
"In the past few years there's been a trend of calling the full Moons by their native American names, but it is simply the August full moon."
The Sturgeon Moon is also known by many other names. Inbaal explains: "Other names for the August full Moon are linked with the time of year, such as Corn Moon, Grain Moon, as this is the time to start the harvest, and even the Full Red Moon, as the late August heat can tinge the atmosphere reddish in some parts of the world."
It's unclear exactly when the Sturgeon Moon began, but it occurs annually and over time, different cultures have given different names to full Moons across the lunar calendar.
In Old English, the Sturgeon Moon was sometimes known as the Barley Moon or Fruit Moon, while the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest traditionally called this time of the seasontheMountain Shadows Moon. The Assiniboine people named this periodBlack Cherries Moon, referring to when chokecherriesbecomeripe.
And in China, August’s full Moon marks the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a traditional festival where ancestors are honoured, and ghosts appeased.
Sturgeon Moon: Spiritual meaning
The spiritual meaning of the Sturgeon Moon is the claiming of a more fruitful life and focusing on gratitude, according to trusted-astrology.com. More intentions, like perseverance, are also part of the Sturgeon Moon's spiritual meaning.
August’s full Moon reminds us that there are plenty of fish in the sea, and that we don’t need to conform to other people’s ideals or stay in situations that no longer align with who we are or who we want to become.
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Astrologer Inbaal Honigman explains: "The Sturgeon symbolises resilience. The enormous fish can live to over 100 years old and can grow to over a ton in weight. They have existed for many millions of years.
"They show us that as long as we keep existing, we keep growing. The message of the Sturgeon Moon is to carry on. Even when life is disappointing, and we get up in the morning and make some progress, we are still winning."
Aquarius in full Moon - August 2022
The August Sturgeon Moon marks Aquarius in full Moon. And astrologer Inbaal Honigman explains how Aquarius in full Moon is a time for manifestation and self-growth.
She says: "Aquarius is a sign that is typically involved in charity efforts. Humanitarian, individualistic and intellectual, Aquarius seeks to help others, and their great strength comes with not caring what others think, and being always committed to doing the right thing.
"The full Moon in Aquarius is a time to manifest equality and a personal space to grow. Walk away from people or situations that require you to be someone you are not."
She adds: "It's a great time for manifesting your own personal rule maker and rule breaker, light a candle and meditate on what freedom means to you, and ask the universe for the courage to stand up for what's right."
So what can Aquariuses expect this month? Inbaal says: "Your natural Aquarian tendency is to just move forward, non stop, help whoever needs it, raise awareness where it can make a difference, and not take any time to take care of yourself. The full Moon in your sign reminds you that your own space deserves to be honoured too.
"The full Moon is in your sign only once a year, and this year it brings blessings of space and freedom - the right song will come on at the perfect moment and plans will be cancelled by others, allowing you some me-time."
What does the full moon mean for other zodiac signs?
Astrologer Inbaal Honigman reveals that this month is all about kindness for you. She says: "You're always on the go, Aries, and so you sometimes miss the opportunity to look around you and check if someone is in distress or if someone is reaching out. Use this Aquarius full Moon to connect with your own kindness, and ask yourself 'what can I do?'.
"Your ruling planet Mars is in home loving Taurus during this full Moon, so have a quiet weekend at home, cook something hearty and give yourself the space to think."
Inbaal says to expect emotional strength this month. "Making others feel comfortable and safe is something you personally enjoy, Taurus, so let the energies of this intellectual full moon prompt you to separate your charitable causes, keep those who really need your help and set free those who are just hitching a ride on your kindness.
"During this full Moon, fiery planet Mars is in your sign, so you can fully expect to have the emotional strength to move forward from people and situations."
Inbaal says: "Personal freedom is a bit of a passion of yours, Gemini. You appreciate life choices which allow you to be yourself and don't require you to submit to anyone else's will. The Aquarius full Moon aligns with your personal beliefs that every person should be allowed to live their truth.
"Your ruling planet, chatty Mercury happens to be in sensible Virgo over the full Moon period, which means your words will be measured and logical, so schedule meetings and interviews, knowing you're going to be saying all the right words to the person in front of you."
For Cancerians, this full Moon is all about taking time for yourself. Inbaal explains: "The Aquarius full Moon message of doing the right thing is particularly close to your heart, Cancer. You're a born people-pleaser and want to see only happy faces around your kitchen. Use the ebb and flow of this Aquarius full Moon to help you intellectualise situations. Don't take things to heart quite so much, use your thoughts and not your emotions to help move you forward.
"Since your planetary ruler is actually the Moon, you feel each and every full Moon strongly, and it can be energising or exhausting. This Aquarius full Moon will see you needing alone time, to reflect and plan ahead."
Inbaal says: "It is Leo season now, and you've been feeling a bit like all eyes are on you. The full Moon in your season is always the Aquarius full moon, and with its message of embracing your true self, you are filled with the strength to celebrate your uniqueness instead of conforming to convention.
"Your ruler is the Sun, and it is in your sign all season long, so you've been able to succeed and achieve on all fronts - personal, financial and social. The full Moon is a little space just for you. Do something which feels nice but doesn't necessarily benefit you on any level. Meet up with a friend for some lemonade and a chat, or stroll by the ocean thinking idle thoughts. Let yourself just be, instead of do."
It seems this full Moon is well suited to Virgos. Inbaal explains: "Wise and sensible, your natural tendency is always to do the right thing anyway, Virgo, which is very much the energy of this Aquarius full Moon, so you won't feel a stranger to the energies of this Supermoon. Use the time to put a boundary around you, so you can spend some me-time uninterrupted. Switch off all your devices and drive away to an area where nobody knows you, to minimise interruption.
"During the period of this full Moon, your ruling planet, communicative Mercury is in your own sign, Virgo, which means plans made today will be carried out easily. Spend some time creating a blueprint of your year ahead in your mind."
Inbaal reveals: "You're an air sign and Aquarius is an air sign, so you feel quite comfortable during this full Moon. The Air elements are passionate about justice and equality. You'll notice that during this full Moon, other people who normally don't take an interest in creating a just society, are suddenly doing their bit.
"Your own planet, elegant Venus, is moving during this full Moon period. Transitioning from domestic and family minded Cancer into centre-stage Leo, so you'll find all eyes are on you. Embrace all the attention, you can use it as a force for good, draw attention to your favourite charity."
This full Moon is a tough one for Scorpios. Inbaal explains: "The energy of the Aquarius full Moon is bringing matters to the surface, exposing injustice and discussing things in the open. This doesn't sit right with you, as you prefer to do your growth in the shadows, and dislike drawing attention to yourself. Learn from this Aquarius full Moon, that sometimes raising awareness is important, and can bring a positive outcome much faster than giving in secret.
"Your traditional ruling planet, passionate Mars is in stable Taurus, so the during the period of the full moon you will experience success in fighting - and winning! Domestic disagreements will be resolved amicably."
Inbaal explains: "You're one of the most free-spirited of the Zodiac, and so the Aquarius full Moon message of personal freedom is right up your street, Sagittarius. Your energies will align quite well with the full Moon time, even though you're quite open and bold, and Aquarian energies are quite subtle and neutral.
"Your ruling planet, generous Jupiter, is retrograde in fast-acting Aries during this time, so you'll find that rushing things doesn't work. Give yourself a little break and book a weekend of fun in the open air."
In September 2022, you can see Jupiter (opens in new tab) with the naked eye as it passes closer to earth than it has done for 59 years.
Inbaal says: "You're a hardworking sign by nature, always going at maximum miles per hour and not letting yourself have a break or a day off. You have things to do and goals to achieve. The Aquarius full Moon reminds you of your value to others, and how you can make a difference to people's lives when you shift your priorities.
"Your ruling planet Saturn is actually retrograde in Aquarius all month, so you will feel aligned with the Aquarius full moon message. You'll find that past plans for personal freedom become real in the present, your passive income stream is finally starting to materialise."
Inbaal explains how the Aquarius full Moon will help Pisces signs this season. She says: "Taking care of others is second nature to you, but you have an anxious disposition which stops you from committing fully at times - let the Aquarius full Moon sort that one out. The highly intellectual aspect of Aquarius lets you reason with yourself and step completely into your just causes, no embarrassment or discomfort.
"Your ruling planet, Neptune, is retrograde in your sign during the Aquarius full Moon, putting your own desires on the back burner. You'll be there and present for others instead. Giving car rides, lending your possessions and letting someone stay at your place, is what the full Moon in Aquarius will create in your life."
Israeli-born Pisces Inbaal Honigman has been a leading voice in the spiritual community since the year 2000, when she was the youngest contestant on psychic game show 'Mystic Challenge' on UK Living TV. Since then she's written for scores of publications internationally and has spoken on a myriad of topics from Tarot to witchcraft and beyond.
Her full time job is reading and teaching Tarot to great acclaim.
She lives in the West Yorkshire hills with her Pisces husband and four small kids, three of whom are Pisces.
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How does the Sturgeon Moon affect us? ›
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August's full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.What is the significance of August full moon? ›
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New Moon: New Beginnings
The new moon phase is a more introspective time and represents new beginnings as we plant seeds for the future. It's a good time to set clear intentions for the month ahead, clarify your goals, start new projects, and acknowledge your growth since the previous new moon.
The Gravitational Pull
It's thought that at the New Moon and Full Moon, like the tides, our emotions are pulled to the surface and feelings are heightened. What the science says: some researchers theorize that humans are reacting to subtle changes in the Earth's magnetic field that occur with the Moon phases.
The lunar cycle has an impact on human reproduction, in particular fertility, menstruation, and birth rate. Melatonin levels appear to correlate with the menstrual cycle.What is the moon symbolic of in the Bible? ›
Biblical references use the moon symbol to highlight cosmic events, divine epiphanies and the ephemeral nature of human life and history (see, for example, Isaiah 30,26; 60,19; Revelations 21,23).What is another name for the sturgeon moon? ›
August: Sturgeon Moon
It's also been called the green corn moon, the grain moon, and the red moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the summer haze.
A rising full Moon look orange because of a phenomena called Raleigh Scattering.What crystals for the sturgeon moon? ›
Suggested crystals for this meditation are rainbow moonstone, citrine, labradorite.
How long does full moon energy last? ›
Full moon energy isn't only present for one night; it's present for the few days leading up to and following the peak, so take advantage of all of it!What does the full moon in Leo mean spiritually? ›
It helps you find yourself, what you love, and what you ultimately want to express to the world. The full Moon in Leo is the time to find what makes you shine and embrace that part of yourself despite fear of rejection. The full Moon in Leo teaches you to love yourself fiercely and let that love change the world.Does the new Moon affect your body? ›
In a 2013 study on male university students, researchers measured the effects of changing lunar cycles on the participants' cardiovascular systems. They found that blood pressure dropped by around 5 mm Hg during new moon and full moon phases.What energy does a full moon bring? ›
As the Full Moon is energetically the strongest, it also brings out the strongest emotions. Which makes a good day to get a feel for each area of your life, to see if you are in operating at your energetic optimum here.What should you not do on a full moon? ›
- Seek new beginnings. “This is a time of releasing, welcoming closure, and allowing things to complete,” says Alejandrez-Prasad. ...
- Initiate intense discussions. ...
- Consume mind-altering substances. ...
- Overextend your schedule. ...
- Rush the process.
Full Moon Spiritual Meaning
The full Moon is a time to be receptive, to take the light and awareness of spirit into your emotional and physical body. On an energetic level, during the new Moon, what is going on is often taking place unconsciously, in the dark of shadow, and is not yet ready to be illuminated.
In 2008 British researchers found a link between the lunar cycle and what doctors call “medically unexplained stroke symptoms,” where patients develop complaints such as headaches, numbness and coordination issues but have nothing physically wrong with them.How does a full moon affect females? ›
How does full moon affect hormones? A 2013 study in the journal Endocrine Regulations that monitored 74 women's cycles for a full year found no correlation between the menstrual cycle and moon phases. Any link we find can be chalked up to pure coincidence.Does the moon affect humans sleep? ›
View Source found that the full moon was associated with worse sleep using several metrics. During this lunar phase, participants took five minutes longer to fall asleep, slept for 20 minutes less, took longer to reach REM sleep, experienced a 30% reduction in deep sleep, and reported reduced sleep quality.What is the spiritual meaning of the red moon cycle? ›
Full Moon (Red Moon) Cycle
Historically, the Red Moon cycle belonged to the medicine women, the midwives and the wisdom keepers of the community. If you bleed with the full moon, your energy is focused on self-actualization, and on using that self-actualization to empower other women.
What does Bible say about Red moon? ›
The blood moon also is prophesied in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11–13, where verse 12 states, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood."Does the moon have a spiritual meaning? ›
The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dar k side of Nature herself.When the moon turns to blood in the Bible? ›
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” – Joel 2:31. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.” – Acts 2:20.What are some facts about the sturgeon moon? ›
The Full Moon in August is called Sturgeon Moon because of the large number of sturgeon fish that were found in the Great Lakes in North America this time of year. The most common sturgeon in the Great Lakes is the lake sturgeon—males have a life span of 55 years, while females can live up to 150 years!What is the rarest moon called? ›
The super blue blood moon features three different astronomical events. First, the blue moon, when there is two full moon falls in a calendar month, the second full moon is called Blue moon. The word came from the phrase 'Once in a Blue Moon' means something is rare. Blue Moon happens once in every two or three years.What to do on a full moon? ›
- Meditate. Full moon meditations are a powerful way to tap the luminous lunar energy and harness the energetic power of the moon's light. ...
- Release. ...
- Hold a moon circle. ...
- Do a manifestation ritual. ...
- Take a moon bath. ...
- Start something new.
- Overwork or overstress.
- Make life-changing decisions.
If you've ever seen an orange Moon high in the sky, the atmosphere is still the reason it's orange. In certain areas, the atmosphere can be filled with air pollution, dust, and even smoke from wildfires. These particles scatter light in the same way described above, leading to an orange or red Moon high in the sky.Why is the moon big and red tonight? ›
Why Does the Moon Appear Orange When Low in the Sky? When the Moon appears extra-large near the horizon, you may also notice that it seems to be more orange or red in color. This is where Earth's atmosphere comes into play. When the Moon is low in the sky, it is farther away from you than when it is directly overhead.Why was the moon red last night? ›
The moon is fully in Earth's shadow. At the same time, a little bit of light from Earth's sunrises and sunsets (on the disk of the planet) falls on the surface of the moon. Because the light waves are stretched out, they look red. When this red light strikes the moon's surface, it also appears red.When should I charge my crystals under the moon? ›
The full moon is the best time to let your crystals charge, cleanse off any unwanted energies, and recharge them to be used again in healing practices.
What stones do you charge in the moon? ›
Stones like tourmaline and obsidian, traditionally used to combat negativity, will definitely benefit from a recharge. Think of it like wringing out a sponge! When the energy is soaked into the crystal, the light of the full moon can wring it back out again.What do moon stones bring? ›
Moonstone is associated with passion, fortune-telling, balance, and luck, and can reunite lovers when they quarrel. Said to be most powerful on a full moon, it can be worn as jewelry, placed on or near you in gemstone form, or rest near you while you sleep.Does the full moon affect humans? ›
In that study, researchers discovered that around the full moon, people spent 30% less time in NREM sleep (deep sleep) and slept for 20 minutes less than when there wasn't a full moon. These changes were also associated with decreased levels of melatonin.How does the Moon in Leo affect you? ›
The full moon in Leo lights up your fifth house of romance, drama, pleasure, and creativity. This brings cause to celebrate and to try something new. If you've been dating, your love life can expect a few twists and turns, or perhaps a resurgence of pleasure and playfulness. Creative projects also reach a climax.How will the full moon affect Leo? ›
Prepare for a climactic moment in your life to unfold, because a full moon is always a moment of change and completion. You may be releasing emotions you didn't realize you had been holding in. Don't punish yourself for feeling emotional, Leo. You're just clearing away space for something *much* better.What does a Leo moon need to be happy? ›
Leo Moon Compatibility
Showering your partner with attention and well-thought gifts makes you tick, and you absolutely love to get the same in return. Unlike some other Moon signs, you do better when involved in serious and well-defined partnerships—off-and-on connections just won't make the cut!
The moon's gravitation force is determined by the mass and the size of the moon. Since the moon has significantly less mass than the Earth, it will not pull objects toward itself at the strength that Earth will. This means that if you went to the moon you would weigh less, even though your mass stays the same!What does full moon energy feel like? ›
You may have noticed you have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or remaining calm during a full moon. It's common to feel this way because the energy of the full moon stirs up your emotions, which can cause anxiety. This is normal human behavior caused by the powerful moon effect.Does a full moon bring good luck? ›
According to Moon lore, in many cases the full Moon brings good luck.Do things mess up during a full moon? ›
There's potential for the full moon to affect your sleep cycle, but extensive research has disproven popular myths of erratic behavior and crime surrounding this lunar phase.
What color should I wear on a full moon? ›
Wear white for a clean slate and during New Moons for a fresh start. White is also a traditional Full Moon color and can be combined with silver or gold then for good fortune.How does the full moon affect relationships? ›
“This is truly a time of romance and enchantment.” During the full moon, all of your emotions, both positive and negative, are likely to be strengthened. It is a time of extremes, excitement and fruition, when some of your plans fall into place.How is the full moon affecting us? ›
In that study, researchers discovered that around the full moon, people spent 30% less time in NREM sleep (deep sleep) and slept for 20 minutes less than when there wasn't a full moon. These changes were also associated with decreased levels of melatonin.Why are people so affected by the full moon? ›
You may have noticed you have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or remaining calm during a full moon. It's common to feel this way because the energy of the full moon stirs up your emotions, which can cause anxiety. This is normal human behavior caused by the powerful moon effect.What effect does a supermoon have on Earth? ›
Simply put, an extra-close new or full moon causes higher-than-usual perigean tides. What's more, given the change in distance between the moon's farthest and closest points, the full moon can appear as much as 14% larger in the sky and 30% brighter to our eyes than at minimum size and brightness.What effects does the full moon have on the earth? ›
The moon's gravity pulls at the Earth, causing predictable rises and falls in sea levels known as tides. To a much smaller extent, tides also occur in lakes, the atmosphere and within Earth's crust. High tides refer to water bulging up from Earth's surface, and low tides when water levels drop.Is the moon affecting our lives? ›
There is no absolute proof that the Moon affects human mental and physical health, though its effect has been observed in other organisms: corals for instance appear to time their spawning based on the lunar cycle.Can the new moon affect you? ›
As noted earlier, people tend to feel low energy during a new moon. That may make you feel tired but, on the other hand, the emotional uprising during this lunar phase may feel your mind with racing thoughts, also leading you to unfulfilled sleep and sensations of restlessness.Does a full moon affect people's behavior? ›
For the most part, a full moon doesn't cause people to become more aggressive, violent, anxious, or depressed. There does seem to be a link between the phases of the moon and changes in symptoms of bipolar disorder.Does supermoon affect moods? ›
For women, many believe that emotions can run much higher during the supermoon, meaning that our feelings and physical displays of them – tears, laughter, anger – can come much more easily and can be more intense.
Why do I feel sick on full moon? ›
If you've noticed bloating, allergy flare-ups, or flu-like symptoms during a full moon, it could be due to a lack of sleep and compromised immune system. However, it's also possible that you could have gut parasites that your body is finding difficult to fight off during these periods.Do more things happen during a full moon? ›
By combining the results of multiple studies and treating them as though they were one huge study—a statistical procedure called meta-analysis—they have found that full moons are entirely unrelated to a host of events, including crimes, suicides, psychiatric problems and crisis center calls.Does a full moon affect people's sleep? ›
View Source found that the full moon was associated with worse sleep using several metrics. During this lunar phase, participants took five minutes longer to fall asleep, slept for 20 minutes less, took longer to reach REM sleep, experienced a 30% reduction in deep sleep, and reported reduced sleep quality.