Full Sturgeon Moon

Full Sturgeon Moon

Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the ’Sturgeon Moon’. The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The reddish appearance of the Moon through the frequent sultry hazes of August also prompted a few tribes to dub it the ’Red Moon’. Other names included the ’Green Corn Moon’, ’Grain Moon’ and ’Moon When All Things Ripen’ (Dakotah Sioux) or ’Blueberry Moon’ (Ojibway). Within the Vedic Lunar Mansion System this Full Moon will be occur in the 3rd pada of the ’Danishtha’ Nakshatra. The deities which preside over ’Dhanishta’ are the eight ’Vasus’ (attendant deities of Indra, and later Vishnu): Agni, Prithvi, Vāyu, Antariksha, Āditya, Dyaus, Chandramas and Nakshatrani. The symbol most commonly used to represent this lunar mansion is the drum known as the ’mridanga’, and the flute. Since Dhanishta is classified traditionally as a movable nakshatra, it means that, under electional astrological beliefs, it is best to begin activities like travel when the Moon stays there.     More Info

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