August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

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“There’s a time each year
That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees’
And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,
When you day’s work is over
Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying,
Each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time.”

–  Lyrics by Ron Shields,
In the Good Old Summertime     

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AUGUST – WORT MOON

August is the eighth month of the year and named for Augustus Caesar. Its astrological sign is Leo the lion (July 22 – August 21), 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 Susans, 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 county fair is a pleasant way to observe the harvest season 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 song. 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 festival eventually gave August’s Full Moon its name, the Corn Moon (which is referred to on this site as The Wort Moon). Magick for the Corn Moon may focus on health, fertility or abundance.

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THE WORT MOON

The Eighth Esbat or Full Moon after Yule is the Wort Moon. A time of predicting seasonal cycles and transformation, it represents the unmanifested matter from which all creation is manifest. The wort is a type of healing plant or herb, such as pennywort and navelwort. In the brewing of beer, the wort is an infusion of malted barley combined with hops and special grains. The wort is combined with the yeast, springs to life, and eventually transforms into beer.

Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
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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, Hecate, Nemesis

POWER/ADVICE: Energies should be put into harvesting, gathering vitality and health, also friendships.

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Symbols & Folklore for the Month of August

August’s Sign of the Zodiac
Leo: July 23rd thru August 21
Virgo (from August 23 onwards).

August’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Holly: July 8 – August 4
Hazel: August 5 – September 1

August’s Birthstones
Peridot and Sardonyx

August’s Birth Flower
Gladiolus or Poppy
Meaning: Beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family

August’s Folklore

“The hottest days of the year are often found in August.”

“Dry August and warm doth harvest no harm.”

“If the first August be warm, then winter will be white and long.”

Folklore from the book, Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year by Mandy Mitchell

 

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August’s Month Long  Observations

  • American Adventures Month (celebrating vacationing in the Americas)
  • Audio Appreciation Month
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • National Children’s Vision and Learning Month (United States)
  • Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP) Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Month of Philippine Languages (Philippines)
  • National Back to School Month. (United States)
  • National Black Business Month (United States)
  • National Goat Cheese Month. (United States)
  • National Immunization Awareness Month (United States)
  • National Panini Month
  • National Water Quality Month (United States)
  • Neurosurgery Outreach Month
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month
  • Win with Civility Month

 

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Your Home As Sanctuary

As a time of year when we tend to spend a lot of time around our homes, August is perfect for throwing open the windows and doors and focusing on our environment. We all look upon our homes as our sanctuaries, so we should, if we can, take some time to honor and bless them. I always try to bless my home when I do my general cleaning, but in August, with the fresh air and light streaming through the windows, it seems a logical time to do a whole-home.

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Blessing Your Home

Blessing the home is something that our ancestors did regularly, and there are so many ways in which you can do it. This is one of my favorites.

Open your windows and doors if you can and go to the heart of your home. If you are lucky enough to have a real fireplace or hearth, which was traditionally the center of the home, go there. More often these days, however, the heart of the home is the kitchen or living room. Use the place where your family seems to congregate the most.

Light a white candle for purity, and a cleansing incense like rosemary or sage. Focus on the flame of the candle. Imagine its light spreading throughout your home, touching every corner and illuminating it with positivity. Say some simple words, like:

Light of flame, dance for me,

Cleansing my home, so mote it be!

Then focus on the incense smoke as it swirls and mixes with the fresh air that is wafting in from outside. Imagine that the smoke is being carried to all the corners of your home, cleansing any negativity away. Say some simple words, like:

Swirling smoke, remove all fear

Cleanse and bless each corner here,

So mote it be!

If you can, carry the incense and candle into each room and hold them aloft, repeating your words. If you can’t, just imagine their properties doing just that. When you feel that your blessing has worked, allow the candle to burn safely down or extinguish it with thanks. Take any incense to the front door and allow the smoke to waft over the outside of the door, imagining blessings being bestowed on all those who enter it. Finish with: “So mote it be!” when you feel the door has been blessed.

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Protecting Your Home

The last ritual is a wonderfully simple and effective way to bless your home, but here are some other ways in which you can magically protect and bless the place where you live:

Blow bubbles. I know it sounds mad, but what an enjoyable way to bless your home and get the little ones involved too! Pour the bubble mixture into a pretty bowl and, holding your hand over it, ask for it to be blessed with happiness and goodness. Then go outside and blow those blessings all around your home.

Float balloons. This method of home blessing is great fun for the kids. Blow up balloons and float them up to touch the roof of the house to get your blessings up as far as you can. Be imaginative!

Sweep away negativity. Use a broom that is reserved for just this task. A bundle of twigs tied with some cleansing herbs makes a great energy-clearing broom. Go around the house in a clockwise motion, sweeping out every room. End at the front door and sweep the negativity out with the words: “Be gone!”

Create a protective boundary. Sprinkle the perimeter of your home with salt to enclose it in a protective circle. Ask that no negativity cross this boundary. You can also bury jasmine incense sticks at the four corners of your property for blessings and protection. Use herbs here too. Strong-smelling herbs are the best for dealing with negativity, so sage, pine, and mint are all great to use. Combine them with peace-giving herbs like lavender, hops, or chamomile to create a peaceful boundary.

Bless the threshold. Focus some time on the entrance to your home. Your front door carries everything from outside over the threshold, so bless and protect it well. A pot of basil grown at the front door is a great way to do this. And wipe the door handle with lavender oil to touch everyone symbolically who enters with peace.

Inscribe your blessing. Take a small bowl with oil – any will do, but I like to use olive oil— and place your hand over it, asking that it be filled with the power of blessings. Then visit every window and door in your home and, with your finger dipped in the oil, inscribe a protective symbol on each. You can use a flame, a pentacle, a sun, a flower, or anything that represents blessings to you. This also works well when performed with herbal tea. Try chamomile for peace, lemon for cleansing, etc.

Beat the boundary. This comes from an old British custom in which communities came together and beat the ground around the boundaries of the village with willow sticks that they called wands— and we know all about them, don’t we! This was done to ensure that the village was blessed, and to drive out any negativity for the coming year. So grab a willow stick if you can— your broom will work just as well— and beat the ground around your home, saying:

Blessings in and evil out,

Protection gained, there is no doubt!

Leave offerings. The spirits of your home and hearth need to be remembered too. Leave offerings of honey, cream, or cake to the Fae of your home and garden, thanking them for their presence in your household and asking them to bestow blessings upon it. Remember, they won’t consume what you leave, but they will feast on the essence. So keep your offerings fresh and light a candle occasionally to honor them.

Hang blessings. Make some little sachets with herbs and flowers to hang in your home. Basil is a wonderful herb to use for love and protection, but tailor your mix to what you want it to do. Keep your home in your mind as your create each sachet. Tie them with ribbons whose colors are associated with your spell and say the words: “So mote it be!” as you hang each one. You can also hang crystals in the windows to bounce their rainbow light around each room.

Folklore from the book, Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year by Mandy Mitchell

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 Witchy Ways to Celebrate August

Decorate your home and altar with symbols of the harvest—apples, berries, and corn. A simple bowl of oats works well as a focus. Use both summer and autumnal colors in your flowers and burn basil, lavender, and cinnamon incense.

Bake a loaf of bread using local flour if you can, and share it with your family, friends, and neighbors. Leave some out as an offering to the Fae and as thanks for the harvest.

Notice the seasonal changes that are coming by walking in the sunshine and watching out for the changes in the air that herald autumn.

Expand your magic by using color or food magic to create a thanksgiving feast with the local bounty of produce that is available.

Try making a simple corn dolly, or learn a skill or craft.

Write down your regrets and thanks in your Book of Shadows to record your Lammas journey.

Start to preserve the harvest by making jams, chutneys, or pickles so you can have a taste of summer later in the year.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day –

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2015 August 28

Puppis A Supernova Remnant
Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman

 

Explanation: Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. At that distance, this colorful telescopic field based on broadband and narrowband optical image data is about 60 light-years across. As the supernova remnant expands into its clumpy, non-uniform surroundings, shocked filaments of oxygen atoms glow in green-blue hues. Hydrogen and nitrogen are in red. Light from the initial supernova itself, triggered by the collapse of the massive star’s core, would have reached Earth about 3,700 years ago. The Puppis A remnant is actually seen through outlying emission from the closer but more ancient Vela supernova remnant, near the crowded plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Still glowing across the electromagnetic spectrum Puppis A remains one of the brightest sources in the X-ray sky.

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Your Daily Planet Tracker: Mercury In Libra, Aug. 27 to Nov. 1

Planet Tracker

Mercury in Libra

Aug 27, 2015 to Nov 1, 2015

 

Mercury, the communication planet, should be feeling comfortable in the sociable air sign of Libra. The air element is very much about the mind and communication, so it fits very nicely with Mercury’s meaning. Libra is about building bridges and overcoming differences. It recognizes that there is more than one side to any question and seeks to harmonize opposing points of view. Diplomacy, then, is likely to be featured at this time, both in the larger public arena and in our personal lives.

Mercury in Libra can soften speech to ensure peaceful relationships. It’s necessary at times to bring down the noise level so that both sides can be heard. This is, therefore, a good time to heal wounds caused by misunderstandings or different views of reality.

The challenge of this period is that the tendency for being nice can sometimes overwhelm the necessity of being truthful. Being kind then becomes a barrier to real communication. Ideally, we can recognize (in Libra’s well-balanced manner) that there are many ways to connect with one another, and that agreement is not the only one. Expressing opposing points of view with respect and openness is a terrific way to strengthen any relationship. It is about being fair enough to yourself and others to both listen and be heard.

Famous folks born with Mercury in Libra include singers Bruce Springsteen, Olivia Newton-John, Cass Elliott, Art Garfunkel and ultra-charming Julio Iglesias. Actors Jeremy Irons, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Reeves, Richard Harris and Susan Sarandon are part of this group.

Sports stars Doug Flutie, Brett Favre and Scotty Pippen were born with Mercury in Libra, too. Writers Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Ken Kesey have entertained us with their thoughts. David Copperfield has shown sleight of hand, Evel Knievel a crazy kind of courage and Larry Flynt more than we really want to see. Mercury in Libra is also found in the charts of artist Peter Max, comedian-activist Dick Gregory, director Penny Marshall and poet-statesman Vaclav Havel.

 

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The Wisdom of Buddha

The Wisdom of Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

 

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Your Daily Influences for August 28th

Your Daily Influences
August 28th, 2015

 

Ace of Pentacles
Prosperity, pleasure and beauty can be realized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berkano
Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.

 

 

 

Scorpio the Scorpion
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is determined, forceful, emotional, intuitive, powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic. This person is probably an acquaintance you made at work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.

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Your Daily Charm for August 28th is The Fish

Your Daily Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
Prosperity is yours for the taking over the next several months. Good spirits are watching over you and will guide you too abundance and prosperity.

General Description:
The Fish is one of the most ancient of all charms, and was probably introduced into Europe from Alexandria. Originally the Fish was the symbol of the Egyptian goddess who controlled the rising of the Nile, which brought prosperity and abundance to Egypt. The Palm branch has been used from earliest times as an emblem of victory. The Crook was the symbol of the Good Shepherd who watches over the welfare of his sheep. The Ring (early Christian) was worn for success, protection, prosperity, riches, and happiness.

 

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Your Animal Spirit for August 28th is The Hawk

Your Animal Spirit for Today

Hawk

Hawk flies into your reading today to bring you an important message. It may come in the mail, e-mail, a casual remark at the grocery store, a randomly selected page in a book, or even a phrase heard on the radio. Be alert, as hawk messages can sometimes be delivered in a subtle fashion.

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