Sturgeon Moon (Full Moon August 2008)

The Farmer’s Almanac has this to say about our moon this month:

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

If you look through the various Native American moon names for August, you will notice a few trends this month: the end of summer (and hot days), the end of ripening and harvest (with emphasis on blackberries and black cherries and acorns), and some stuff about waterfowl (geese shedding their feathers, young ducks start flying).  The Algonquins do reference it as the moon when “Indians corn is edible”, which matches one of the Farmer’s Almanac names.

In my neck of the woods, August usually stands out as blackberry season and the peak of Summer heat.


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