Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activites 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
Thursday 1st August @ 04:12 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning) is the Lunasa or Lammas New Moon. This year occurring early morning on the Lunasa/Lammas itself. It's also the first of three consecutive New Moon Supermoons when the moon is at it's closest (Perigree) and could 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye. However as the New Moon is barely visible, we are unlikely to notice any difference.
The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon.
Thursday 1st August (or 19th July according to other sources) marks the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marked 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), this is 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.
Thursday 1st August is also the Harmony Healing Violet Flame of Amenti (£88 or £44 to RSE graduates) 6-hour course in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Tuesday 6th August is Joanna's Elemental Angels Workshop, in Seale (Near Farnham), Surrey. Cost is £21.50. 7.30-9.30 pm.
Thursday 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. 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.
Friday 9th August – Saturday 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 chceking in the early hours of the 11th and 12th August when there may be less light pollution from the approaching Full Moon (15th). 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. See diagram under 11th-13th August entry and earthsky.org website for more, from where the image has been taken.
Sunday 11th – Tuesday 13th August are the peak dates for the Perseids Meteor Shower (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 New Moon coinciding - weather permitting - viewing could be excellent. See earthsky.org website for more.
Monday 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. Image by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) also available as a laminated poster from this site - see Harmony Shop.
Tuesday 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.
Tuesday 13th - Thursday 15th August is Obon (also known as Bon); a Buddhist festival to honour dead loved ones. Celebrated through the lighting of bonfires, sacred meals, paper lanterns and dancing. See more at japan-guide.com.
Tuesday 13th August is also the date of two Harmony Healing London Meetup Events: A Leyline Walk taking in the Diana Altar at St Paul's Cathedral(especially relevant as it is the Roman Festival of Diana) from 15.00-1700hrs, meet at Charing Cross (£11), plus a separate 2-hour London Meet-up from 19.00hrs-21.00hrs on Khemitology - Egyptology According to the Indigenous Elders(£16.50)
Thursday 15th August is Pagan Full Moon at 13:29.
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.
Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards.
Thursday 15th 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 (30th August) to spirits who have not yet found rest.
Thursday 15th August is also Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival honouring the bond between brothers and sisters. Celebrated on the day of the Full Moon in August, see Wikipedia for more on this.
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th August is the Harmony Healing Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing 2-day Introductory course (£200).
Sunday 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.
Monday 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 CDs and Meditations section of the Harmony Shop. This 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.
Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st August is the Harmony Healing Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing 3-day Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive Course (£450). RSE 2-day Level 1 (£200) and 2-day Level 2 (£350) courses are available separately.
Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st August is the Harmony Healing Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing 2-day Level 2 Practitioner Course (£350). RSE Level 1 (£200) is a pre-requisite for this course. There is also a 3-day Practitioner Intensive available at £450 (19th - 21st August).
Wednesday 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.
Monday 26th August is the Summer Bank Holiday in the UK.
Friday 30th August @ 11:37 is the Pagan Dark Moon and this month it's a Black Moon as it's the 2nd New Moon in the same calendar month. It's also the second of three consecutive New Moon Supermoons when the moon is at it's closest (Perigree) and could 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye. However as the New Moon is barely visible, we are unlikely to notice any difference.
The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon.
Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!
Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. She escorts occasional Private Access tours to Stonehenge (and to Avebury on the same day) plus occasional Harmony Journey Sacred Site Tours to Egypt, Ireland and UK from time-to-time. She also runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group.
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