This cycle begins with the Sun and new Moon at 00° Leo 44′ and comes to fruition with the full Moon at 15° Aquarius 25′.
The title of this post, The Sturgeon Moon, refers to the August full moon as identified by the Algonquin tribes. The MoonConnection (link below) says about this 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 and the Grain Moon.
For background on the Moon names and for other information on the Moon, take a look at MoonConnection
Two U.S natal charts are again being considered--one with Scorpio rising and one with Sagittarius rising (new Moon and full Moon are linked here). In the natal chart with Scorpio rising the Sun is positioned in the 9th house, ruled by Jupiter; Sagittarius rising places the Sun in the 7th house, ruled by Venus. Both placements include the Moon as ruler because the Sun is in Cancer. In the Sagittarian chart the Moon's placement is in the 3rd house, conjunct the cusp; in the chart with Scorpio rising the Moon is in the 4th house, her home.
Currently, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are retrograde and will remain so until the beginning of August. Uranus will turn retrograde in Aries on August 3rd. Mercury will turn retrograde in Virgo on August 13th.
There has been much in the news about the central total Solar eclipse on August 21st, coinciding with the next new Moon. For astrologers, the important points are how the astrological position connects with your chart and where its shadow will fall. General astrological information is given in the Astrology Weekly article on Eclipse. More about the eclipse will be included in my next post. Here are NASA eclipse maps for the event.