Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activities this month in green
Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black
Timings given are UK time (GMT+1), click here to convert to your time zone

August in Britain is school summer holidays. Time for summer camping and outdoor festivals and, our Summer Bank Holiday, this year on Monday 30th August, with typically lots of rain.  As someone with a late August birthday I can testify to rain being very common indeed.

The month of August was renamed by Augustus Caesar, after himself. Under Roman rule it was previous called Sextilllia, meaning the 6th month in Latin. When the Gregorian calendar was established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, January became the opening month of the calendar year. To the Anglo-Saxons, August was called Ƿēodmōnaþ meaning ‘weed (or grass) month’.

During August, we have Khemitian (Ancient Egyptian) New Year on 1st - which is also Pagan Lunasa/Lammas, Lion’s Gate (8th) and the Perseid Meteors (9th - 17th August, peaking 11th/12th). Ths year (postponed from last year) we will have the final week of the Tokyo Olympics at the start of the month. We can also look forward to three other annual Egyptian Festivals plus a selection of Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu Festivals as well as a Roman annual commemoration. We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on the 8th, 12th, 13th & 15th.  The Full Moon takes place on Sunday 22nd, with the Sturgeon Moon peaking at 13.02 – there’s no Full Moon Meditation this month.

1st August Khemitian New YearSunday 1st August is the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marking the start of the Nile flood, started by the tears of Aset (Isis) over the death of Asar (Osirus). 

The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, this is also the Pagan Celebration of Lunasa (also known as Lammas), the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace.

This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive.

New Moon image cropped toghtSunday 8th August @ 14:50 is Lunasa New Moon & Lion's Gate. 

The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.

New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2021.

8 August Lions GateSunday 8th August is The Lion's Gate. August 8th (8:8 in numerology) has always been experienced as the Lions Gate doorway opening up a time portal to ancient Egyptian encodings situated between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Whilst it wasn't the plan originally, I am now offering an 8:8 Lion's Gate Meditation at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on the 8th. This session will be specially themed on the energy portal between Egypt and the UK, angelic connections, plus of course, being the Lion's Gate, it will have a feline twist to it too. Book at the Harmony Shop (it's under Full Moon meditations although this is a New Moon).

It is said to be an energy doorway, which activates through the Solar Lion into the etheric and the Hall of Records (Akasha) and is said to be associated with the marriage of matter and antimatter, where polarities meet and merge. 

Encrypted at sacred sites all over the world, but headquartered at Giza Egypt, these long-established data programmes, communicate with our own inner crystalline codes held in our DNA. By tuning in and connecting with these codings we may be able to access a portal ancient truths and wisdoms resulting in an accelerated spiritual awakening. 

Jo NC 27 5 21 2Sunday 8th August, 10.30-1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Katie Robinson at Newlands Corner, Guildford, £35 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the stunning designated AONB (Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty) with acreas of ancient woods. Here we will mindfully connect to our surroundings and demonstrate how to live in the present moment, guided by Katie in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book at Eventbrite. If the event is showing as full, email  to go on a waitlist. 

radiant perseids 4301 earthsky websiteMonday 9th August – Tuesday 17th August may be able to see some Perseid meteors. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak.

The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13th (predawn), this year it's worth checking in the early hours of the 9th - 12th August when there may be less light pollution following the New Moon on the 8th. 

However, you may be able to see some meteors any time between 17th July and 24th August. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight. For more, see diagram left and earthsky.org website, from where the image has been taken.

Essene Angel module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Tuesdays 10th & 17th August: Introduction to Essene Angelology, Harmony Healing Interactive online evening course, 7.15-9.30pm UK time (GMT+1), offering UK & USA friendly hours.

Learn how to commune with the Weekday and Planetary Guardian Angels and invite them into yur life on a daily basis. Even if you are already familiar with the angelic realm, dsicover how to strengthen your connection with channellings, affirmations, colours, crystals and planetary symbols.

Connect with Melchisadec and Pistis Sophia, the Essene Guardians of our Planet Earth and the Constellations.

Cost is £66 including a personal attiunment into three of your Essene Guardian Angels plus 4½ hours of mentoring. This is a stand alone unit but also comprises ½ unit towards Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. See Harmony Healing Website for details of this specific module.

11 12 August Peak of the Perseid meteorsWednesday 11th August & Thursday 12th August (see entry under 9th August).

The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus.

Look to the northeast after midnight; with the quarter moon presiding - weather permitting - viewing could be reasonable. 

See earthsky.org website for more.

Jo at CHCThursday 12th August, 1.30-4pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new London location (woohoo) in Cannon Hill Park, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. We will take you on a 2½ hour journey through the beautiful landscaped park, nestled in this little known oasis of calm within Greater London. Through a selection of simple sensory activities, you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be mised.  We end with a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book via harmonyinnature.uk (booking link awaited) or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  We have another 1½-hour taster session at 6-8pm in the evening, see separate entry below.

Katie at CHCThursday 12th August, 6-7.30pm, Evening taster Forest Bathing+ session with Joanna & Katie at our new London location in Cannon Hill Park, £25 (+ Paypal fee = £26.25).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 1½ hours in the woods mindfully connecting to this  little-known London wooded parkland. Practice living fully in the present moment and savour your environment through simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book via harmonyinnature.uk (booking link awaited) or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  ailing list.  We have another 2½-hour taster session at 6-8pm in the afternoon, see separate entry above.

12 August Day of the Light of IsisThursday 12th August is the Day of the Light of Aset (Isis). On this day Aset (Isis) is celebrated with all forms of light including sun worship, during the day and candles at night. 

Interesting that it is very close to the date of the Roman Festival of Diana (varies 11th-13th August though mostly shown as the 13th), which no doubt was a development from the Egyptian Festival.

Informative Egyptian laminated posters by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi) are available from this site - see Harmony Shop.

13 August Festival of Diana framedFriday 13th August, in Roman tradition, is the Festival of Diana, being the date upon which King Servius Tullius dedicated her shrine on the Aventine Hill in Rome in the mid-sixth century BCE.

Diana was the hunting goddess, associated with wild animals and woodlands. She later became a moon goddess, supplanting Luna; and the moon was an emblem of chastity.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her. She was praised in poetry for her strength, athletic grace, purity, distinct beauty, and hunting skill.

Despite her virginal status, Diana was also a Goddess of Fertility.

5 August FB premotionsFriday 13th August, 1.30-4pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new Woking (GU21) location in Horsell Common, £30 (+ Paypal fee = £31.50).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend  hours in the woods mindfully connecting to netaure through simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion.  Joined us at this mixed woodland and heath location, featuring many Scott's pines and silver birches. This historic common land was featured in HG Wells' best selling novel.

A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming! Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book via harmonyinnature.uk (booking link awaited) or our Surrey Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

13 15 August Chinese Festival of ObonFriday 13th - Monday 16th August is Obon (also known as Bon); a Buddhist festival to honour dead loved ones. This custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday, during which people return to ancestral family locations and visit and tidy their ancestors' graves.

On this day, the spirits of ancestors are believed to revisit the household altars. Celebrated through the lighting of bonfires, sacred meals, paper lanterns and dancing. See more at japan-guide.com

15 August Harry Edwards viewSunday 15th August, 11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by me in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book at Eventbrite. If the event is showing as full, email me on j to go on a waitlist.

18 August Egyptian Feast of WagiWednesday 18th August is the Egyptian Feast of Wagy

Taking place seventeen days after the Egyptian celebrations of New Year's Day, there was the more sombre feast of Wagy, when families paid respect to their ancestors.

They came to the tombs of the deceased, with offerings, performing rituals, specifically "fumigations" - producing fumes - smoke. The ceremonies were often followed by a funerary meal.

19 August Egyptian Testival of TehutiThursday 19th August is the Festival of Tehuti (Thoth) marking the occasion on which Tehuti (Thoth) ordered the healing of the eye of Heru (Horus). 

An MP3 Meditation to visit the Akashic Records with Tehuti is available from the MP3 Downloads & CDs section of the Harmony Shop

19 August Tehuti meditation to the Akashic RecordsThis is a meditation to visit your personal Akashic record (which the Egyptians believed were housed in the Halls of Amenti) to see if hidden blockages to your spiritual growth and wellbeing may be revealed at this time.

The totality of the Akashic records are said to contain and describe all knowledge of human experience as well as the history of the cosmos; so they could be described as the DNA of the Universe. This meditation was devised for 19th August or 19th September (both being Festivals of Tehuti) would add emphasis, but can be used anytime.

Friday 20th August moon lodge w window 1is the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £15 + Eventbrite fee = £16.76. 

Run by Harmony Healing collaborator Sarah Jane Dennis, this is a sacred circle for women in the community to come together as we once did, to connect in a safe and loving space to the energies of the moon and our own cycles.  It is being held in person by Sarah in the in the TW13 postcode area, full address will be given on receipt of payment. 

Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. Book at Eventbrite

Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

21 August Roman Festival of ConsualiaSaturday 21st August is the Roman Festival of Consualia, to honour Consus, the god of counsel, and the one who protects the harvest, which was in storage at the time of the festival. 

Mars, as a protector of the harvest, was also honoured on this day, as were the Lares, the household Gods that individual families held sacred. 

During the celebration horses, mules, and assess were exempted from all labour, and were led through the streets adorned with garlands and flowers. Chariot races were held this day in the Circus Maximus, which included an odd race in which chariots were pulled by mules. 

22 August Sturgeon Full MoonSunday 22nd August @ 13:02 (Hazel Sturgeon Moon, Blue Moon by old definition, Sun enters Virgo at 22:35). Theres no Full Moon meditation this month.

Between this date and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.

Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Angelic Meditation with Gabriel from her A Harmony of Angels Book. Angela's books have been long out of orinyt, but we do have collectible and signed editions at the Harmony Shop.

22 August Hindu Raksha Bandan FestivalSunday 22nd August is Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival honouring the bond between brothers and sisters, celebrated on the day of the Full Moon in August.  

Brothers take a vow to protect their sisters, whilst sisters pray for a long long life for their brothers, sealed by tying a thread around their right wrist.

22 August Chinese Hungry Ghost FestivalSunday 22nd August is the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival.

This is the Buddhist Festival of All Souls or the Festival of Hungry Ghosts, when offerings are made until before the next New Moon (7th September) to spirits who have not yet found rest. 

The Hungry Ghost Festival, also known as the Zhongyuan Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the Ghost Month (which starts at a New moon), so it naturally co-incides with a Full Moon. 

August Bank Holiday Nature TrailMonday 30th August is the Summer Bank Holiday in the UK.  In the United Kingdom, most workers have a day off work or school and the banks are closed. 

The Bank Holidays Act of 1871 introduced the August Bank Holiday to give bank clerks and shop people a day of relaxation not connected to holy days such as Christmas.

This has morphed into a three-day weekend before the school summer holidays finish.

If you have children, weather permitting (avoid woodland locations in heavy winds), it's a great day to take them out on a nature trail at a local park, beauty spot, National Trust or woodland location. 

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Acknowledgments

Moonwise calendar 2021

Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2021 Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!

These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website a fortnight ahead and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts. 

Extracts from the Celestial Forecast are reproduced in Glyden Magick, an online magazine offered via Gylden Fellowship which is a fabulous resource for Neo-Pagans (particularly in the South of England when physical meet-ups can resume).

Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment.