This is a good time to give thought to where our food originates and reverence for the cycles that produce it. Better still, tending a garden keeps us in touch with the Goddess and her bounty. Even if your garden consists only of tomatoes or herbs grown in pots on a balcony, these taste all the sweeter for having been nurtured by your own hands.
Moon of Delight
Lazy days are offset by dazzling thunderstorms that tear the night sky asunder. Summer is winding down and yet autumn seems a distant horizon. This is the time to enjoy the warmth, the freedom of lightweight clothing, and the night chorus of crickets as you recall pleasant summer memories.
Other names for this moon: Herb Moon, Barley Moon, Corn Moon.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar
August 1 – 4: Holly
Associated with unity, energy, guidance for the future, and the waning year.
August 5 – 31: Hazel
Associated with creativity, wisdom, authority and justice.
August is the time for harvesting, gathering, and appreciating. The energy flow is slowing more and now is the time of vitality, health, and friendships.
Herbs: Chamomile, St John’s Wort, Bay, Angelica, Fennel, Rue, Echinacea & Bergamot.
Colours: Yellow & Gold.
Flowers: Hibiscus, Sunflower & Calendula.
Perfumes: Rose Geranium, Frankincense & Heliotrope.
Crystals: Carnelian, Jasper & Fire Agate.
Deities: Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hecate & Nemesis.
1 – Holly, Cypress,
Tan Hill sacred fire festival (Celtic)
2 – Holly, Cypress
Feast of the Black Madonna
3 – Holly, Cypress
Third to tenth, Panathenaea – Greek festival honoring Athena
4 – Holly, Cypress
Mindfulness Day (Buddhist)
The water of Loch-mo-Naire in Scotland was considered magically healing on this day
5 – Hazel, Aspen
Celtic tree month of Hazel begins
6 – Hazel, Aspen , Apple/Crabapple, Gorse, Oak, Rowan, Vine/Bramble
Lughnasadh, Lammas –
7 – Hazel, Aspen
Meditate on Danu, Gaia – by whatever name you know the Great Mother Goddess
8 – Hazel, Aspen
Romans celebrated the birth of Venus; Christians celebrate the birth of Mary
9 – Hazel, Aspen
10 – Hazel, Aspen
Honor the sky gods
11 – Hazel, Aspen, Maple
Puck Fair, Ireland – the faery Robin Goodfellow is celebrated
12 – Hazel, Aspen, Maple
Honor St. Clare of Assisi
13 – Hazel, Aspen, Maple
Runic half month of As begins
14 – Hazel, Aspen, Maple
Grain fields are golden, and haze softens the horizon
15 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry
Polish harvest festival of Dozynki
Assumption Day (Christian)
16 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry
Full Moon – Moon of Delight
Birth of Krishna (Hindu)
17 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Beginning of Odin’s nine-day ordeal
18 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Best time for basil, corn, eggplant, sorrel and tomatoes
19 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Harvest the first grapes
20 – Hazel, Maple, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Romans celebrated the early grape harvest
21 – Hazel, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Feast of Thor
22 – Hazel, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Best time for mangoes, peaches, raspberries and watermelon
23 – Hazel, Cedar, Hackberry, Ash
Sun enters Virgo
24 – Hazel, Pine, Ash
Weather prophecy day – “If this day be clear, a prosperous harvest this year.”
25 – Hazel, Pine, Ash
Odin perceives the runes
26 – Hazel, Pine
Finnish goddess Ilmatar celebrated
27 – Hazel, Pine
Birth of Mother Teresa (1910)
Hindu goddess Devaki celebrated
28 – Hazel, Pine
Freyfaxi – Norse harvest celebration
29 – Hazel, Pine
Runic half month of Rad begins
30 – Hazel, Pine
31 – Hazel
Afternoon thunderstorms leave a mist over the land