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haiku my heart ~ August Full Moon

Pearl in the night sky,
the great sturgeon swims your wake...
Jewel in my hand.


One of the names for the August moon is the "Sturgeon Moon."

From the Farmer's Almanac... "Full Sturgeon Moon – August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon."

I then went in search of the medicine of the great sturgeon and found this from Wolf Creek Arts... "Sturgeon is the animal totem associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The sturgeon is known as the king of fishes. A primitive fish that has probably existed on the earth since around the time the dinosaurs disappeared, the sturgeon comes in a variety of sizes, but can reach twelve-foot lengths and at least 300-pound weights.

Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes among the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes area. In the Ojibwa nation there is a Sturgeon clan that is one of the teaching clans. To the Ojibwa people the sturgeon represents depth and strength.

The European people who came to North America did not have the same respect for this fish. At first they considered it a nuisance when sturgeons got in their nets. Later they almost fished it to extinction when they discovered the value of its roe, which is better known as caviar. The sturgeon is rarely found now.

Working with the sturgeon can teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality."


Walking over to my neighbors as the full moon rose in the night sky, it took my breath away and I snapped this picture that I then enhanced in photo shop. Little did I know where this photo and haiku would take me...
to the great sturgeon and its message to me...
truly a gem in my hand...

Let your imagination go...
and see if this full moon,
in the night sky through the arms of trees...
becomes but the reflection in a deep lake...
with the great fish...
swimming round and round...


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Reader Comments (17)

You have created magic around a word i never cared to think about before, sturgeon never meant anything to me before, now it has life and greatness, thanks so much!

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Perhaps these words you share with us are from your vision. Enlightenment comes in many ways, not just dreams that come from high on mountaintops while fasting. I love coming here to the "West Coast" blogger and read about the Ojibwe that are in my own back yard.


August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterspadoman

Beautiful! the photo and the haiku ~ love the line...'pearl in the night sky'. thanks, carol, xo

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterartmusedog and carol

Beautiful Jewel

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReading Pleasure

i love how your sky became a swirling lake teaming with the strength of your totem guide. reaching back to a past where the sturgeon thrived in its glory. whole, larger than the life we know now. through it's teaching, taking you back to stand before that same great, whole, wise thriving place in YOU.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

{{ takes a pearl to know a pearl,
i would say, missy }}

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersomepinkflowers

Thank you Lea for this wealth of information and inspiration. How often the 'old' ones have given us these pearls of wisdom to live by and enrich our lives. We have lost so much but can still learn and open our eyes and hearts each day.


August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

That is a wonderful photograph and a very thought provoking post. Thank you xxx

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoz Cawley

This full moon looked particularly enchanting the way the clouds moved around it a storybook illustration.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergemma

I don't understand what I'm seeing. However, I do love the haiku, and learning about the sturgeon.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnie

What a beautiful post. Your haiku is a gem indeed. Interesting information shared too. Thank you.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Greenbow

What an amazing story!

My Lady Wisdom

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark M. Redfearn

Oh Lea!
You have yet again ignited in me memories and awe and the deep respect for the universe. I remember being a part of a group years ago that made an art piece of the full moon of each month. I learned so much in that year, much more than school had ever taught me. All of the respect and admiration people used to have for this wonderful gift we all live upon. Let us begin to go back...and see what we can see, learn from the earth elders...such a beautiful picture and haiku, Lea.
I can't say enough.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpriti.lisa

Thanks so much for your very loving and supportive comments ~ can feel the healing occurring across the ocean through cyberspace ~ happy weekend to you ~ carol, xo

August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterartmusedog and carol

Just lovely to read your description of the 'Sturgeon Moon', to think fish grow to that size if they are allowed to! Lovely photo and haiku too. x

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue Fox

To hold the moon in your hand...awesome!

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August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMagical Mystical Teacher

So beautiful Lea... sorry it took so long for me to drop by.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Hegfield

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