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"I remember August:
with the soft shade and shadows,
and the long hours of twilight
creeping slowly toward the night."

P. Olso

August 2017

August Aria

Although this month was named for Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor, for millenia, Demeter or Ceres was the month's patron goddess, whose fruitful virtues are most apparent during this time of year. August 1 has long been observed with celebrations of the first grain harvest and a general gathering of the first seasonal crops.

"Every season has an end - for a harvest is to begin. Embrace the process!" ~D. Rolle

A parallel legend to the month's name is that it is derived from the oracular Juno Augustus, with the term "auger" later applied to priests/priestesses and even later to the Roman Emperor. An august person was filled with the spirit of the Goddess (later amended to Holy Spirit. To auger means to prophesize, to see, to increase. The month's Universal Event is Lammas (the medieval "Loaf Mass"), the Festival of the Bread, with observances of honoring food held throughout the month.

The primary August message is of gathering, appreciating and nurturing; with healing properties of patience and awareness of time. This is an excellent month for expanding consciousness, learning secrets and truths, prophecy and psychic development, nonpossessiveness and trust. Colors of the month are brown and yellow and the tree is Hazel; the flowers are poppies and gladiolus and the gems are the sardonyx and peridot.

August 1 is a day observed by many cultures around the world. Lammas, or "Loaf Mass" is a festival of regeneration, dedicated to the inventors of agriculture. Even today in Hungary, public tables on which are placed new loafes of white bread and glasses of wine, are set up at crossroads. On the caldendar, Lammas stands exactly opposit of Imbolc (February 2), this festival is connected with the movement of the soul between worlds, guided from one life to the next by Our Lady of the Gates. Also a sacred day for Native Americans, corn played a large part in their rituals with the perfect ear of corn holding at it's tip four full kernals.

"As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.
~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Continuing the harvest-themed festivities, on August 2, the Celts commemorates the miracle of rebirth exampled by the county fairs that appear all over the countryside. It is also the anniversary of the death of England's second Norman King in 1100, the last of the sacrificial "sacred" kings. August 5, is the recognition of Coll, the hazel, symbolic of wisdom and Druidry; also signifies the art of regeneration through the use of words, the power of meditation, and divination of hidden or lost things.

In the Roman world, August 13 was a day for torch light processions to the temples of Diana and Hecate, commemorating the triple goddess in her bountiful aspect. This is a day to have a party honoring your friendships with women. Light candles, use the evening to read fortunes and don't forget to use apples for Diana and a garlic bulb for Hecate, the Witch Queen.

"Through the Goddess, we can discover our strength, enlighten our minds, own our bodies, and celebrate our emotions." ~ Starhawk

The Egyptian Goddess Isis is said to have been born on August 15, also called the Festival of Lights or the Blessing of the Boats, where even today, throughout the Mediterranean, candles and lights are lit in celebration of her life-giving powers. August 19 was the Roman festival of the Rustic Vinalia, a day of offering to the ripening grapes and to the goddess Venus in her aspect as guardian of gardens, olive groves and vineyards. On August 20 the Sun enters Virgo, one of the largest constellations in our solar system. The only symbol of the zodiac, the image of Virgo is of a human woman gathering grain or holding a sheaf of wheat. Bake a loaf of bread and remember that under this sign, women invented agriculture and developed grain.

"Your flour is your dream and your bread is your fulfillment."
~I. Ayivor

August 23 is the Day of the Nemesea, the celebration of the Goddess Nemesis, defender of historical truth and keeper of the memory of th dead. Also observed on this day was Vulcanalia, where the Roman Goddesses Juturna (Goddess of Fountains) and Stata Mater (Goddess who quells conflagrations were honored. On August 25, was the first holiday of the Goddess Ops, or Lady Bountiful, upon whose alters flowers, wine and freshly baked loaves of bread were displayed. Ops is the planter and the reaper so honor her by going outside and getting in touch with the earth.

On August 26, the Finns honor Ilmatar, the Water Mother and Creatirix of the World - the Great Mother of Creation - and is still observed by eating, dancing and staying up all night. August 28 was the celebration of the Goddess Nephthys, the Egyptian equivalent of Aphrodite/Venus. August 29 is a day to honor Urda, the oldest of the three Norns (Fates), representing "that which was." Also celebrated on this day was the nativity of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor.

"True sages are those who give what they have, without measure and without secret!" ~Egyptian Proverb

The most important underlying theme of August is is centered around creation - especially about the creation of happiness. When in balance within yourself and not conflicted with self-doubts, you will be able to engage in the ongoing process of personal discovery and appreciation for your part in the vast and colorful canvas of life

Happiness can never be found by simply rearranging exterior conditions, it must begin with how we choose to live our lives. When we work to become more self-aware and directed, willing to set aside long-held binding personal beliefs or grievances, we can live the life we want, not a life that is dictated by others.

Author Biography

L.J. Ross is a 35 year veteran of the medical profession, with over 25 years as an active participant in tarot reading and interpretation. The Tarot for Today Workbook is the end result in a 10 year process of reading, teaching and giving workshops using this text. Member of the American Tarot Association.

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