August is named in tribute to Augustus Octavius Caesar. Augustus translates as Emperor and August means regal or grand. August 1st is Lammas or Lughnasad. Lughnasad is a serious holiday, sometimes called first harvest. The Earth has given birth to many good foods for our health and enjoyment. This is mostly a day of reflection and thanksgiving. So take pleasure in some good food with friends and be thankful. This festival to honor the Irish god, Lugh, who is a many faceted god and a trickster. The Anglo-Saxons called this festial Lammas, or "loaf mass" and baked bread from the grains of the first harvest to be blessed at Mass. Diana, the goddess of the woods and hunt, has a holiday on August 13. The Egyptian god, Thorth, who rules writing, has a feast in August. This month has been celebrated with games and competitions. The modern Olympics are in August this year, 2012.
August 5 is International Forgiveness Day. It is an excellent opportunity to do a Forgiveness Ritual. Protection rituals and rituals for health are strong in August also. Put some sunflowers or marigolds on your altar or any yellow, orange or deep green flowers or leaves. Add a carnelian on the left side of your altar to give extra power to any spell in August. Burn a little frankincense for extra blessings in this month. It is the time to prepare for the first harvest. Invite friends for a meal and spend some time out of doors on a clear evening and study the stars.
The full moon on August 3, 2012, is the Corn Moon.
Leo ends in August and Virgo begins. Some stones associated with August are peridot, topaz, carnelian and citrine.