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Leo Meets the Sturgeon Moon

This is an interesting transitional time, as August comes to a close. We are swiftly entering the thick of the harvest season and undoubtedly gathering juicy abundance from our respective gardens. We are also taking stock of the year thus far and carefully plotting out what we have left to work with. We're not deep in meditation mode yet, but still easily distracted by lingering summer delights... OK, I'm clearly talking about myself here, but you catch my drift. We should certainly make the most of any good weather we have available to us, as many of us may be forced to go into hibernation mode once more in the not-so-distant future. All in all, it's a great time to step outside barefoot and feel the earth between your toes.

Don't Let the Seasons Limit You

Although it's good to acknowledge and spend time with each of our changing seasons, that shouldn't stop you from stepping outside to connect with Mother Earth, no matter how snow-laden and chilly the ground may be. You might even find it invigorating—as our August guest on "Women Who Howl at the Moon," Jacque Daul delights in telling us! Jacque, a vibrant, 80-years-young Wiccan and still practicing massage therapist, has many fascinating stories to share. Be sure to tune in to our latest podcast episode to hear everything our new favorite Leo has to tell us! That's one of the things I really love best about conducting these interviews—I'm able to connect with and get to know so many amazing women in the community. If you haven't liked our Facebook page or perused our Patreon, please do so today.

Leo Makes Way for Virgo

Hopefully you've all been embracing your inner lion: socializing and strutting your stuff out there. Making career connections and bold moves on that playing field is also a very Leo thing to do. As this shifts to a sun in Virgo along with the full moon rising this Sunday, try to follow that inner natural shift as well. Virgo can be a real task-master, but that doesn't mean you can't take full advantage of all the to-do lists that you might suddenly find yourself creating. I say this freely because I'm an Aries with a mighty strong Virgo ascendant. Plan carefully, set aside a special fund for something you've been wanting, and check off those to-do list items with a bright red pen.

Sturgeon/Corn Moon

Dubbed the "Sturgeon Moon" because this was prime time to fish for them, it was also known as the "Corn Moon" to the Ojibwe and Algonquin Native Peoples. This is the time to harvest the crops and look to the skies, enjoying it's full beauty Saturday before reaching all its Sunday glory. Celebrate solo with a summer's end camp, or experience a Corn Moon Celebration. *Note on a small group outdoor gathering: I'd forgo passing a chalice around as this earlier blog suggests, in light of the Delta Variant. That doesn't mean you can't still safely gather with those you know and trust to moon watch, however. For more on the origins of this particular moon, read up in The Old Farmer's Almanac installment.


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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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