“Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”
– R. Combe Miller
August brings a slower pace than early summer and I am ready for that slower pace after my recent move. The altars are being built and the temple is loving its new home and so am I! Soon, I will be box free. Unpacking fairies and gnomes are welcome, or maybe just an extra 14 Shakti arms.
As we move into the final month of summer, Goddess is ripe and heavy with promise, carrying the abundance that nourishes us through the upcoming winter months. She is returning to Her center and offering the first harvests of barley and grain.
Sticky peaches and juicy tomatoes become rituals unto themselves. Maybe you are taking long, lazy afternoons in the shade of a summer porch or spending contemplative evenings gazing into the belly of Nut. Heat lightning sparks and with 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.
It’s time to take stock of how our year is progressing. Goddess invites us to come and sit with Her in the Secret Garden. We lay our heads in Her lap and ask for guidance in what is moving forward into our Autumn seasons. 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 good news is that by mid to end of August, we will be on the other side of the three eclipses and Mercury Retrograde. Time to breathe a collective sigh of relief and begin the work of analyzing what truly went down during these aspects.
Blessings on your August and stay centered!
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August 1- Lammas/Lughnassadh – Festival of the Bread – Demeter as Goddess of Grain
August 1 – Observed Feast Day for Irish Goddess Macha
August 2 – Feast of the Black Madonna – Our Lady of Angels in Costa Rica
August 4, 2018 – Day of Marian Devotion
August 5 – Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) is August 5 to September 1
August 7, 2018 – Uranus stations Retrograde
August 7 – Inebriety of Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet
August 8 – Tara Day
August 11, 2018 – New Moon Solar Eclipse in LEO at 5:58am
August 12, 2018 – Mars Retrograde enters Capricorn
August 13 – 16, 2018 (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 13, 2018 – Hariyali Teej Festival celebrating the union of Shiva and Parvati
August 13 – Festival of Hekate – as Protectress against dangerous storms
August 13 – Happy Birthday to the Greek Goddess Athena!
August 13 – Feast Day of Pomona, Roman Goddess of Orchards
August 15, 2018 – Nag Panchami – celebration of the Serpents deities in Hinduism.
August 15 – The Assumption of Mother Mary
August 15 – The Assumption of The Holy Sophia – Goddess of Wisdom
August 15, 2017 – Sri Krishna Jayanti – Happy Birthday, Krishna!
August 19, 2018 – Mercury stations Direct, but retrograde shadow in effect until 9/2/18
August 19 – Rustic Vinalia – Venus as Guardian of gardens, olive groves, and vineyards
August 22, 2018 – 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, 2018 – 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 24 – Festival of Roman Goddess Fortuna
August 24 – Festival for Luna – Ancient Roman Goddess of the Moon Goddess
August 25, 2018 – Zhongyan, Hungry Ghost Festival in China
August 26, 2018 – Full Moon in Pisces at 7:56am
August 26, 2018 – Gayatri Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Mother of the Vedas (Veda Mata) and the Gayatri Mantra
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 – Birthday of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor