“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, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014
August is the eighth month of the year and name for Augustus Caesar. Its astrological sign is Leo the Lion (July 22 – August 23) a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun. In August, we are surrounded by the power and glory of the Goddess. The fields of August bring forth bounty. In nature, yellow and gold dominate with corn, sunflowers, black-eyed Susan’s, and goldenrod brightening the landscape. The month begins with Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the first of the harvest sabbats. Brains are honored now, and breads are always found on the Lammas table. Nowadays, attending a country fair is a pleasant way to observe the harvest seasons. Produce, canned foods, and baked goods are proudly displayed along with prize ribbons. In August you can occasionally feel the breath of Autumn. There’s a coolness in the breeze, and a change in the angle of the sunlight, which reminds us summer is not endless. At twilight, the katydid begins scratching its late summer son. The ancient Romans held Diana’s feast day on August 13. It was a time of feasting and enjoying the farmer’s bounty. Many Native Americans celebrated the corn harvest in August. This fstival eventually gave August’s Full Moon its name, the Corn Moon Magick for the Corn Moon may focus on health, fertility or abundance.
Correspondences For August
NATURE SPIRITS: dryads
HERBS: chamomile, St Johns wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange
COLORS: Gold and Yellow
FLOWERS: Sunflower, marigold
SCENTS: Frankincense, heliotrope
STONES: Cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate
TREES: Hazel, alder, cedar
ANIMALS: lion, phoenix, sphinx and the dragon
BIRDS: crane, falcon, eagle
DEITIES: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hectate, Nemesis
POWER/ADVICE: Energies should be put into harvesting, gathering vitality and health, also friendships.
Magickal Themes for August
Reflecting, sacrificing, planning, celebrating
Symbols for the Month of August
August’s Zodiac Symbols
Leo the Lion (Until 22)
Virgo the Virgin (From August 23 onwards)
Poppy (meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family).
Monthly Observations for August
The first full weekend in August each year, Twinsburgh, Ohio, celebrates Twins Day
Bon Festival– (Obon Festival) is a Japanese traditional Buddhist custom, evolved into a family reunion holiday. Many Japanese manufacturers and firms give their employees three to five days off around the 15 of August.
Indian Independence day on August 15
The Glorious Twelfth, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse in the United Kingdom August 12th
International Lefthanders Day August 13th
Pakistan’s Independence day on August 14th
Vietnam Veterans’ Day (Australia) marking the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966)
World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes on August 19th
Black Ribbon Day, commemorating the peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when two million people joined hands across the Baltic states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR August 23rd
The International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29th
The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives August 30th
- Kilkenny Arts Week in Kilkenny, Ireland.
I always have a magickal feature tied in with whatever Sabbat we are having or even what season it maybe. This time I chose Earth Magick. To me, Earth Magick and Lammas go hand in hand with each other. When you stop to think about it, our Mother Earth is indeed an amazing being. We have abused Her, soiled Her, stripped Her of all Her natural resources and yet, she still provides for us.
We start in early March planting our seeds for Harvest. We put those seeds in the ground. Mother Earth takes those seeds and protects them, She guards them and watch over them. After a few months, those seeds have turned into plants. Plants that Gaia has watched over and ensured our continuous survival. Without these plants our dear Earthly Mother has nurtured, grown and cared for, we would not exist. But even though, Gaia provides for us, gives us food and resources that are absolutely essential for our survival, we still abuse Her.
We are just now coming to the realization without our blessed Gaia, we could not exist. We would not exist. We are trying to rectify the damage that we have done to our Mother Earth but is it too late? There is an old saying around here, “you never know what you had till it is gone.” Let us hope and pray that it is not to late to save our beloved Mother Earth.
As Witches, I do not have to tell you our part that we play in this role. We all know it too well. It is one of our Laws, “to protect and preserve our Planet in and all ways possible. To aid and assistance mankind in anyway possible.” I did paraphrase the Law but we all know it by heart. The Goddess gave us our powers for many reasons. I believe strongly that one reason was for us to prevent the destruction of this beautiful world she has given us. It is time to stop the destruction of Mother Earth and try, if we can, to heal the wrongs that have been done to Her. I only hope and pray we are not too late.
Now on to the magick I promised….the following articles are taken from one of my favorite Pagan author’s Scott Cunningham and his book, “Earth Power, Techniques of Natural Magick. I love Scott Cunningham because he tells it like it is. Some don’t like him because of that fact but I do. He gives no hype, he tells our rich history and magickal practices the way they should be told, honestly.
I hope you enjoy the section on Earth Power by Scott Cunningham.
Earth is our only home. It is that from which mythologically we sprang, and in its moist soil we bury our deceased. From its surface we pull verdant vegetables and healing plants. Animals graze atop it, and within it lie riches of gold and silver, precious stones and oil. Until recently, no living thing— save birds—left its surface for more than a few moments.
The ancient goddesses of the earth have survived to this day in the guise of Mother Nature, a deity being reclaimed by nature-conscious souls in the dawning of the twenty -first century. The earth was once worshipped for its own sake, and today it is newly revered as our home and our sustenance; without it we would perish.
Ecological movements have sprung up to fill the need of protecting our planet. Spaceship Earth, as it came to be called once we had succeeded in leaving its atmosphere and gazed at its bluish mass from space, is Gaia: our Mother, our home, our all. It always has been.
As such, it has entered into religious and magical thought and practice for thousands of years . Some of the spells and techniques presented in this chapter are as ageless as the thrust of a mountain. In these earthy spells lie the roots of all magic, for if all forms of magic are not of this element, they are certainly performed upon the earth.
Think of a freshly dug handful of earth. Smell the richness of the fertile soil. See the striking color, from whitest clay to volcanic red to blackest black. This is the fertilizing nature, the storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential to life. This is also an excellent arena in which (or with which) to practice magic. Here is some of that magic.
Healing with the earth works through the process of transference. The wound or disease is transferred magically to another substance, usually an organic one, which is then buried. As it rots, it releases the wound or disease.
To remove a disease or heal a wound, rub the afflicted part with an apple or potato . Then, as quickly as possible, dig a hole in the ground , put it in, and cover it over with earth. It is done.
One note here might be wise. Healing magic should always be used in addition to conventional medicine and never as a replacement. Doctors are the only people qualified to help your body heal itself.
By all means perform healing magic for yourself or friends, but not in place of qualified medical attention. The medicine of today was the magic of yesterday.
THE EARTH BED
If you are sick, find a spot where the earth is bare, uncovered by concrete, plants, and leaves— pure fresh soil.
Sit or lie down on the earth. Mentally see your wound or disease sinking into the earth. Feel the pain and anguish, the physical and emotional effects of the problem running down into the ground beneath you.
Sense the rhythm of the earth —feel the steady beat of nature pounding away. It should pulsate in tune with your heart, pounding until you feel your whole body undulating with energy.
Then feel it coming— cool, deep, soft energy rising from the ground up into you.
Rise, dust yourself off, and check to see if you feel different.
If you are bedridden or otherwise cannot do this, have a dish or pot of fresh soil in your sickroom. Earth gives off healing vibrations and its presence will aid your recovery.
A simple method would be to place a potted plant in your sickroom. Not only will the plant lend its own healing energies (ivy is great and will cause no strange looks) but the soil in which it is placed will aid you as well.
TO LOSE YOUR TROUBLES
Take a handful of earth and gaze into it; pour into it all your problems . Outline, in minute detail, all of those problems plaguing you.
When you are finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away from it, not turning back.
AN EARTH CHARM
Tie up in a small green square of cloth some fresh, rich soil.
Firmly tie this so no earth can escape.
Carry this with you if you have troubles with stability, security, and self-control. If you are apt to let your emotions rule your life or if you are constantly angry or nervous, this amulet of earth will help.
Fill a small flat vessel at least seven inches in diameter with earth. Sit relaxed and gaze not only at, but into the soil. You will eventually begin to notice symbols staring up from the earth.
AN EARTH PROTECTION BOTTLE
Into a long, small bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance , preferably in a window, to guard against evil entering into your home.
In past ages earth was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.
Today, evil spirits are seen as negativity that floats around the earth in large quantities. This negativity can enter your home. This earth protection bottle can, therefore, be useful in blocking negativity from entering your house.
TO PROTECT CHILDREN
To protect them while you are away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety.
A LONG-TERM EARTH SPELL
This spell is ideal if you are a good gardener, and if you have a need that you don’t mind waiting several months before it manifests.
Take a seed from a plant that is symbolically related to your need. Over a pot of soil or a special plot of land, hold the seed in your power hand and visualize your need strongly.
Speak to the seed. Tell it why you need its help to make your need come to fruition.
Then plant the seed, giving it loving encouragement and water.
Tend to the seedling when it appears and be sure that the plant doesn’t die due to your own neglect or carelessness . If this happens, your need won’t manifest. At least not until you do another spell.
If the plant grows up healthy and happy, expect your need to arrive. Once it has, take very good care of your magical plant, for it not only represents your need, but it also is now a growing, living thing, which you brought to life in order to fulfill your need.
You are responsible for the plant. Take care of it and it will sing to you alone all the secrets of earth magic.
“Whether we chose to agree or disagree on our chosen Paths, we must always remember we have one common goal, that is to protect and preserve the greatest gift our Divine Mother has given us, our home, our Mother Earth.”