Named after the ancient fish common to the Great Lakes, the Sturgeon Moon in Aquarius signifies a period of deep contemplation and perspective-shifting. Sturgeon, meaning “stirrer,” spend most of their days searching for food deep in the mud. In August, these great fish make their way towards the surface taking huge leaps out of the water to greet the air. During this time you may experience intense emotions or old memories stirring up. Instead of pushing them back into the deep, here are ways to connect to these feelings with gentle kindness.
Connect with Nature
Liberating yourself from limiting self-beliefs and old thought patterns can be messy work. After all, if you jump in the water, you’re going to get wet. Take a break from the fiery passion of Leo season and go for a swim. Let the water embrace you, even the vulnerable parts we try to hide away. Watch how the water flows and supports you as you float on its surface. As we move with the water instead of going against the flow, we can invite in a sense of ease and acceptance.
Connect with Community
Lurking into the deep can bring up intense emotions. The good news is that you don’t have to face these feelings alone as they come to the surface. Take a heart-focused yoga class with a friend or simply enjoy a warm cup of cacao together for its heart-opening effects. The journey towards self-discovery and healing is a communal effort best done in the presence of those who can hold a space of compassion.
Connect with Self
Before leaping into action, take a deep breath. Breathwork practices, such as the box breathing technique or abdominal breathing, can help us recenter and reconnect to ourselves by stimulating our parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest” function). Activating this network induces a state of relaxation and sends a signal to the brain that we are safe as we are.
Festival-Wide Project Manager
Expressive Arts Director