Named after the Roman emperor Augustus

  • August 1, Summer’s end, first harvest festival, traditionally known as Lammas Day, was a festival to mark the annual wheat and corn harvest. Lammas also marked the mid-point between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, and was a cross-quarter day. See more about Lammas Day.

the old moon.
the dark time at the end of the cycle
the time of review and reflection.

as this time of year the Islamic Hajj at the end of the year – Lammas time
a time reckoning.
a time to take stock before the first sighting of the new moon.
and Islamic New year 10th and an opportunity to do things differently.

a sense of completion, letting go emptying, going invisible.
before rebirth.
whta is finished, completed.
what am I letting go of.
what is dieing / slipping away.
what might be coming back/reborn?

  • 8th August New Moon Lion’s gate peak
  • August 10 starts the Islamic New Year, or the First of Muharram, beginning at sundown. Traditionally, it begins at the first sighting of the lunar crescent after the new Moon.
  • August 10 is St. Lawrence’s Day. “Fair weather on St. Lawrence’s Day presages a fair autumn.” 
  • August 11 marks the end of the Dog Days of Summer, the 40 days, July 3 to August 11, which are the hottest summer heat. In ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome, it was believed that the dawn rising of the Dog Star Sirius in mid- to late summer contributed to the extreme weather of the season. In other words, the “combined heat” of super-bright Sirius and our Sun was thought to be the cause of summer’s sweltering temperatures. The name “Sirius” even stems from Ancient Greek seírios, meaning “scorching.” When men and dogs alike were driven mad by the extreme heat. 
  • 12th/13th Perseids meteor shower best seen between midnight and 4am
  • 15th Assumption of Mary
  • August 17 is when the Cat Nights begin, harking back to a rather obscure Irish legend concerning witches, that a witch could turn herself into a cat eight times, but on the ninth time (August 17), she couldn’t regain her human form.
  • 22nd Corn, Sturgeon, Lightening or Fruit Full Moon
  • August 24 is St. Bartholomew Day. “At St. Bartholomew, there comes cold dew.

Listen to Lia Leendertz August podcast

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