Tonight marks the Full Moon – this month titled the Sturgeon Moon, a Native American name reflecting the fish most prolific and easily caught at this time of year.
Additionally, the moon is in Aquarius – with the sun in Virgo, the moon is opposite, in Aquarius. Often, during an Aquarius moon, situations arise involving “social networking and humanitarian issues” (Lunarliving.org) that require us to think more critically about our own connections with others and how we are impacting those around us.
With that in mind, I spent some time today doing a reading for us all. What can we expect over this moon cycle? What is coming up that we need to be aware of?
I chose to use my Myths and Mermaids Oracle Deck for this spread.
I often set up on the living room floor for my readings, as I am as close to the ground as I can get, and I cherish the connection with the earth and the sky. For reading, as I shuffled the cards, I focussed on connecting to the universal energy, as opposed to a singular energy signature as I do for most personal readings.
Card 1: Illumination – What do we need to know that will be Illuminated by the Full Moon?
We see a mermaid, looking beguilingly out at us. In the background, we can see a shipwreck, in the process of succumbing to the waves. There is deception approaching, don’t trust everything you see/hear. You need to trust your instincts and your own spirit guides, and not be led astray by the Sirens who are promising something too good to be true. You have someone in your life who is untrustworthy, and who needs to be removed. But talk to them first, they may not realize that they are being duplicitious. As always, communication is Key.
Card 2: Release – What can we let go of this Cycle?
A mermaid is staring out at the reader, holding onto a sea serpent for dear life.
Let go of your emotional crutch. We are all strong enough to stand without relying on something that isn’t allowing us to be our True Selves. Embrace your own abiliities and cultivate your self-love. Surround yourself, this moon cycle, with people, things, and experiences that will help you rebuild your esteem and worth. Listen to the positive voices that surround you, and don’t listen to the ones which are pulling and dragging you down.
Card 3: Guidance – What is our next step?
The mermaid is holding a glass orb, with a turbulent seascape inside it. A storm is coming, but we are safe on the outside of it. We are in a position to observe and record, and to document for history what is coming next. It may be upsetting to watch, and we may feel helpless, but our duty is to bear witness to these events. Nothing we can do can influence the events, as they are safely contained.
Wow! This reading felt very, very powerful. Let me know if you interpreted my reading in a different way – after all, the cards have unique meanings to different readers! If you do your own reading using this spread, I am excited to see how it turns out!
This spread was created specifically for the August full moon, but there is no reason it can’t be used for other full moons in the future.
Bonus: If you are in the Eastern Hemisphere, you have a good chance at seeing the Lunar Eclipse today/tonight! Space.com is broadcasting it over here, although it occurred close to noon EST.
If you want more information about the various significances of this Full Moon, check out Cafe Astrology for their weekly This Week in Astrology. I am not normally super into astrological significances (I am too rational minded, I feel sometimes) but they have some amazing information.