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August’s Full Sturgeon Moon

Learn how August's Moon got its many names in our short Farmers’ Almanac video.

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As the dog days of summer began to give way to cooler temperatures, the Algonquin fishing tribes converged on the great lakes and other major bodies of water to fish for sturgeon: massive, prehistoric fish that can grow to more than 12 feet long.

Because these fish were such an important part of the tribes’ survival, August’s full moon came to be known as the Full Sturgeon Moon.

Tribes who lived farther south knew it as the Full Red Moon, because the sultry haze of late summer made the moon appear reddish in color.

It was also called the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon, because late summer signified the beginning of the harvest, when food was put away for the cold months ahead.

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I have a question. New at this. Is there anyone that could tell me the best way to use a full moon to charge my crystals?

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Sit them outside when the sun sets. Let the moon charge them. Get them the next morning around 9 or 10 am so that the sunlight can also hit them. I only charge mine by moonlight but there are several ways to charge them. Tomorrow is the full moon so get ready 🙂

Maria Crafton

I’ve 20 surgeries. Most with complications…My neighbor looked up the dates and time of my previous surgeries and told me in no uncertain terms I had done more than half of those on the wrong time of the moon. And I mean I’ve had complications that should’ve not even happened including problems with Dr. that saw no reason I should be dealing with those problems and acted as if I just wanted to complain, until I made them take my the cast of my leg, and it was literally rotting. Reason pain killers, shots wouldn’t help…

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The rotation of the moon and stars plays in very heavily!
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Full Sturgeon Moon! This is all something new to me.

Shane W. Sturgeon

I was born a Sturgeon on 14/01/1982 in Toronto, Ontario – CANADA. I came across this web site the other day & I am very interested in ” August’s Full Sturgeon Moon “. I only seen a Sturgeon Fish of when I was a young boys while visiting an aquarium in Southern Ontario. I would like very much to get more information on anything that has the Sturgeon name: Sturgeon Lake, Falls, Bay & Fish etc.. Thank You for all the information so far.
Shane W. Sturgeon
1006-3845 Sheppard Ave., E.
Scarborough, ON M1T3S8
[email protected]

Woody Miller

I enjoy your site, very interesting, Thank You.

Susan Higgins

Thanks, Woody Miller!

Margaret Fleming

Thank you for the Info




Great info. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


You always have some fascinating, useful information for the readers. I will be outside Saturday night with my 5 yr old grandson telling him about the different names for this particular full moon and the reasons for those names. Hopefully, he will remember and pass it on some day. Thank you.


Great information. thank you


This is great and of course so is the Farmer’s Almanac.
Thank you!


This was my first email from you…look forward to learning something like this as often as possible….I think a lot of people ( with small minds ) may not find this interesting…..I find it fascinating…it looks as though other so also…thank you

Pat LaVenture

People with small minds judge others without knowing them.

Sharon Baird

Love to read these things


I enjoy hear fascinating bits of info… Keep it up!!!

Kenneth Scott Hughes

Love your info and site – time to start planning my fall/winter garden!


I love everything you guys post every day I love to learn more about this beautiful country . Interesting information about this ” little sturgeon 15 foot long ” BEC I m a. Swimmer in opens waters LOL . Thanks for the tip . Thanks again from Mississauga .

Scott hebblethwaite

Learned something new again today thanks


I would imagine if you go to sturgeon by on a sturgeon moon you might catch a 15 footer. 😉


Sturgeon Bay, sturgeon moon. What do they have in common?

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