August brings a slower pace than early summer. Goddess is becoming heavy with promise, carrying the abundance that nourishes through the upcoming winter months. She is returning to Her center and preparing for the first harvests of barley and grain. Long, lazy afternoons in the shade of a summer porch, contemplative evenings gazing into the belly of Nut, rolling thunder threatening in the distance, we feel the tempo begin to slow and stretch. The knowledge that the revelry of summer will come to a close seeps into our consciousness and even some of our actions begin to feel a bit nostalgic. Bounty is all around with summer fruits and vegetables that taste of Gaia’s largess. Sticky peaches and juicy tomatoes become rituals unto themselves.
Goddess invites us to come and sit with Her in the Secret Garden. We lay our heads in Her lap, hands on Her heavy belly, and contemplate the cycles of bounty harvested. What of our creations is ready to come to fruition? What may we sacrifice in this first harvest to make way for that which will truly nourish and sustain us in the months coming?
The invitation for contemplation is particularly apropos with the astrology now. With many planets in Retrograde (Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Chiron), there is an overwhelming urge to complete unfinished business, to release what is no longer useful, and really reflect on so many aspects of our lives. Retrogrades are powerful times for do-overs and clarity through what may feel like chaos. Mary Lomando will have her Full Moon update on the site this week for the Blue Moon, second Full Moon, in July on the 31st. This Full Moon is going to be potent – look for the areas where your New Moon intentions are coming into manifestation!
If you would like to see how all of this “astrological weather” affects you and your chart personally, contact Mary Lomando – she has summer specials for Astrology readings!
Mystery School of the Goddess is busy, busy with new courses coming out frequently. Laura Amazzone, Shakta Yogini and Priestess is leading incredible New Moon teachings and rituals via live video stream! The Tantric Goddess Matangi is coming for the New Moon of August on August 14.
Many of them are self-study so treat yourself to an energetic tune-up with Sacred Wheels – an 8 week journey through the chakras or connect more deeply with your Divine Feminine nature in the Sensual Self with Priestess Brandi Auset. Dr. Jalaja Bonheim is Invoking the Goddess of Wealth (Lakshmi!) beginning August 11 – registration is open now as space is limited!
Celebrate the Goddess Telesummit starts 8/3 and is free! Sign up now
On the MotherHouse blog for August, we will be featuring stories of pilgrimage. Make sure you are connected to experience these amazing journeys. And our MotherHouse Birthday Giveaways are continuing for a bit more as a THANK YOU!
Wishing you an August of blessed bounty and delightful contemplation of Goddess and Her treasures! Happy Lammas to those who celebrate!
Kimberly – Priestess and Founder of MotherHouse of the Goddess
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July 31 – Super Blue Moon – Full Moon in Aquarius 6:43am eastern
August 1- Lammas/Lughnassadh
August 3 – Kuan Yin Enlightenment Day – (according to the Chinese Lunar New Year)
August 5 – Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) is August 5 to September 1
August 13 – Festival of Hekate to propitiate Her and avert potentially destructive storms that could ruin the harvest
August 14 – New Moon in Leo 10:53am eastern time
August 15 (lunar date) – Obon, Japanese Buddhist Festival of the Ancestors. Celebrated in July if the Solar Calendar is followed and in August if the Lunar Calendar is observed.
August 15 – The Assumption of The Holy Sophia – Goddess of Wisdom
August 17 – Teej Festival in Hindu Tradition – symbolizes the reunion of Shiva and Parvati and includes ritual fasting and colorful celebrations by women
August 22 – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
August 24 – Festival to the Moon Goddess Luna
August 26 – Feast Day of the Black Madonna
August 30 – Super Full Moon in Pisces at 2:35am eastern
August Full Moon – Nemoralia – Festival of the Torches & Celebration of the Goddess Diana
Check the Goddess Alive Radio schedule page for the most up to date shows and links!
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 8 pm eastern Interview – Linda Star Wolf – Teacher, Shamanic Guide and Creator of Shamanic Breathwork (ShamanicBreathwork.org)
Friday, August 7, 2015 – 8 pm eastern – Interview – Kim Wilborn – Host of Celebrate the Goddess Telesummit
August 9, 2015 – 8pm eastern – Audrey Alison is BACK! Psychic Medium, Tarot, Astrology *CALL IN SHOW* (AudreyAlison.com)
Friday, August 14, 2015 – 8pm edt – Goddess Moon Rituals – Laura Amazzone leading a teaching and ritual for New Moon Goddess Matangi – live video stream event on Mystery School of the Goddess
Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 8pm edt – Interview with Pamela Eakins – Priestess, Author, Teacher (PamelaEakins.com)
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 8pm edt – Interview and Full Moon Meditation – Sara Jacobsen – Holistic Fertility Consultant (YemayasWomb.com)