“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
As we move into the final month of summer in the Northern hemisphere, 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. Summer 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.
Astrologically, we are moving out of the influence of the July eclipse cycle and Jupiter and Mercury are (finally) stationing direct. Take August to review the information that was revealed in the eclipses. This energy will be in play through the next six months.
I am already dreaming of pumpkins, gourds, and cool Autumn air, but the glorious Goddess HolyDays of August are some of my favorites! I would love to hear how you are connecting to Goddess this month – pop into our MotherHouse Facebook Group and share!
May Goddess bless you and keep you! Happy August!
Priestess Within Goddess Priestess Training is now open with Priestess of AIR beginning August 4th – Please join me! This will not be offered again until 2021.
Join Goddess Moon Circle for monthly Goddess celebrations! Our Goddess for August is Ix Chel!
Renee Starr has a new offering: Flower Magic
Check out the new mists and malas from Brandi Auset at Red Priestess
**Please note that our MotherHouse Goddess Temple free meditations will resume in September!
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July 31, 2019 – New Moon/Black Moon in LEO at 11:12pm EDT
July 31, 2019 – Mercury Stations Direct in Cancer at 11:58pm EDT (post-shadow ends 8/15/19)
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 3, 2019 – Hariyali Teej celebrating the union of Shiva and Parvati
August 3, 2019 – Day of Marian Devotion
August 4, 2019 – Nag Panchami for snakes and serpents
August 5 – Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) is August 5 to September 1
August 7 – Inebriety of Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet
August 8 – Tara Day
August 9, 2019 – Varalakshmi Vratam – Festival to Propitiate 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 11. 2019 – Jupiter Stations Direct in Sagittarius
August 13 – 15, 2019 (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 – 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, 2019 – Full Moon in Aquarius at 8:30am EDT
August 15, 2019 – NEMORALIA – Feast of the Torches for the Roman Goddess Diana. The Full Moon of August always belongs to her.
August 15, 2019 – Zhongyan, Hungry Ghost Festival in China
August 15 – The Assumption of Mother Mary
August 15 – The Assumption of The Holy Sophia – Goddess of Wisdom
August 19 – Rustic Vinalia – Venus as Guardian of gardens, olive groves, and vineyards
August 22 – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
August 23, 2019 – Sun enters Virgo
August 23 – Nemesea – Ancient Greek Festival for the Goddess Nemesis
August 24, 2019 – Krishna Jayanti
August 24 – Festival of Roman Goddess Fortuna
August 24 – Festival for Luna – Ancient Roman Goddess of the Moon
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
August 30, 2019 – New Moon in Virgo at 6:37am EDT
BLESSINGS OF AUGUST!