“What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.”
– Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden
August brings a slower pace than early summer. Goddess is ripe and heavy with promise, carrying the abundance that nourishes through the upcoming winter months. She is returning to Her center and offering 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 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 largesse. 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 to be 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?
August is also bringing the Eclipse season with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on 8/7 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on 8/21. Add the Mercury Retrograde on 8/12 and we will all be feeling the effects! Stay tuned to Mary Lomando’s Astrology Updates here on MotherHouse and I also highly recommend Chani Nicholas. How intensely you feel the eclipses is dependent on your chart, but with all this cosmic rock and roll, I don’t think anyone is immune. Remember, sudden endings and just as sudden beginnings may happen – roll with the action and breathe!
Check in with the new classes for August at Mystery School of the Goddess – we have some new instructors, WELCOME KATHERINE SKAGGS who has a new free course! More courses and events are being added in the next few weeks, so check back.
Have you seen the NEW MotherHouse Goddess Shop? We have left Etsy and invite you to come over and browse. New items are being added daily as we populate our new site! Looking for something that you don’t see? Drop me a note!
Our Magdalene Summit was a big hit and so much fun to do – THANK YOU if you participated! Our next free summit is Feast of the Sacred Waters – coming in September. Sign up will open soon!
Enjoy your August and stay centered for the eclipses!
Join Goddess Full Moon Group Free – we are celebrating Inanna and Erishkegal for August!
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For extended practices and information on the Goddess Calendar, sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess!
August 1- Lammas/Lughnassadh – Festival of the Bread – Demeter as Goddess of Grain
August 3, 2017 – Uranus stations Retrograde in Pisces until 1/2/2018
August 4, 2017 – Varalakshmi Vratam – Festival to Proptiate Lakshmi Who Bestows Boons – “It is believed that worshiping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.” wiki
August 5 – Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) is August 5 to September 1
August 7, 2017 – FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE in Aquarius at 2:11pm eastern – Join Goddess Full Moon Group Free
August 7, 2017 – HAPPY NEMORALIA! Festival of the Torches for the Roman Goddess Diana
August 7 – Inebriety of Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet
August 7, 2017 – Gayatri Jayanti – Mother of the Vedas and the Gayatri Mantra
August 8 – Tara Day
August 12, 2017 – Mercury stations Retrograde in Virgo at 9:00pm eastern
August 13 – Festival of Hekate – as Protectress against dangerous storms
August 14, 2017 – Adya Kali Jayanti – Celebration of Adya Kali – Kali as Mahavidya and Primal Force. Her famous temple is in Dakshineswar.
August 15 (lunar date & may vary by region) – 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 15, 2017 – Sri Krishna Jayanti – Happy Birthday, Krishna!
August 19 – Rustic Vinalia – Venus as Guardian of gardens, olive groves, and vineyards
August 23, 2017 – NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE IN LEO 2:30pm eastern
August 22, 2017 – Sun enters Virgo
August 22 – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
August 23 – Nemesea – Ancient Greek Festival for the Goddess Nemesis
August 24, 2017 – Teej Festival celebrating the union of Shiva and Parvati
August 24, 2017 – Ganesha Chaturthi – Happy Birthday, Ganesha!
August 24 – Festival for Luna – Ancient Roman Goddess of the Moon Goddess
August 25, 2017 – Vinayaki Chaturthi – Happy Birthday to Vinayaki, the Heart of Ganesha! Sign up for 33 Days of Ganesha
August 25, 2017 – Saturn stations Direct in Sagittarius
August 26 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Czestochowa – Black Madonna
August 26 – Ilmatar’s Day – Finnish Goddess of Waters and the Creatrix of the World
August 27 – Birthday of the Egyptian Goddess Nut
August 29, 2017 – Radha Ashtami – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Radha!
August 29 – Birthday of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor