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Amazing August: Energy, The Moon and Celebration

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August Theme

The month of August is all about the Sun. During this time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere it’s high in the sky, and if you’re in the UK then you will have experienced an extended heat wave which is unusual for us.

The Sun represents our life force and right now we’re using this light, heat and energy to charge our internal batteries ready for the darker and colder months. How you take care of yourself in summer will be reflected in the energy levels you maintain in winter so keep that in mind.

The July Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on 27th asked us to consider the benefits of resting and recharging and really understanding the importance of this for you personally. Keep this at the top of your mind as you glide through August as it will help you later in the year.

August’s energy is also about taking action which may make us feel a bit out of sorts, or pulled in two different directions when recharging is essential if we want to go the distance for the rest of the year. Balance is the key here. If you can nail the balance between action and rest you will sail through this month.

On the 1st August, we celebrate Lammas which is a cross-quarter Pagan holiday associated with harvest and marks the halfway point between Summer and Autumn. I come onto Lammas in more detail further down this article.

August could be quite intense for some of us as we have the third and final New Moon Solar Eclipse when you still might be feeling the energies from the previous two eclipses not to mention the Full Moon Lunar eclipse in July. Have you noticed a lot of reminders of the past coming to the surface during this eclipse season? Maybe you have been forced to deal with things which you tried to forget about. There is a lot of past energy coming up right now, and that’s no surprise as to move forward we need to let go of what keeps us trapped and holds us back.

During August I recommend asking yourself “what did I learn about myself in July” and start to build on those epiphanies and realisations. Spend time journaling on this when you can to work through the actions you need to take based on the lessons you’ve learned.

On 6th August we find ourselves halfway through Mercury Retrograde which is the action phase of this event. The first half is about listening and reflecting. Find out more about Mercury Retrograde in the below blog.

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On the 7th of August, we find ourselves halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox (northern hemisphere) and this mid-season energy is all about finding balance and harmony. This is also a good time to review your direction for the remainder of the year.

On 8th August Uranus begins it’s retrograde which is the planet of spontaneity and flexibility. This means there will be a total of seven planetary bodies in retrograde at the same time. Yikes! This will give a very electric feeling to the energy for these few days.

On 11th August we have the third and final Super New Moon partial Solar Eclipse which could make it the most intensely felt out of the three. Now is the time to set your intentions for the next 6 months. The eclipse doorway will then close after this one (more about the New Moon further down this article)

On 18/19th August Mercury moves direct and we go back to six planetary bodies in retrograde.

On 26th August we have the Full Moon also known as The Sturgeon Moon (more about the Full Moon further down this article).

On 27/28th August Mars moves direct and we then have five planetary bodies in retrograde.

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Leo Season

On 23rd July we entered into Leo season which lasts until 22nd August.

Leo is symbolised by a lion and this is a time for passion, creativity, romance and appreciation. Think about the characteristics of the Lion for a moment. We tend to associate pride, strength and courage with this mighty animal. Embrace these where you can as your own strengths.

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Here are some top tips for Leo season

  • Show off your talents
  • Give appreciation to those you love
  • Be creative and bold with the way you look
  • Enjoy a bit of competition
  • Practice your craft and refine your skills

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Do you have a special Leo in your life?

Then check out my Leo themed hand-drawn artwork prints in my shop

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Festivals and Events in August

Lammas – 1st August 2018

Lammas is one of the 8 festivals on the Wheel of the Year and the first harvest festival of the year. It also one of the Celtic cross-quarter days. The date falls between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox and was originally used to mark out the agricultural year. Lammas signifies the wheat harvest and the first berries.

Although you may have noticed that berries are a little early this summer in the UK. 

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Wheel of the Year Artwork

Grab a copy of my hand-drawn print showing the 8 festivals on the Wheel of the Year including Lammas. 

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The Moon in August

The Moon in August is exciting especially as we come to the end of the triple Super New Moon’s and eclipse season. 

  • 4th August – 3rd Quarter Moon in Taurus
  • 11th August – Super New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo
  • 18th August – 1st Quarter Moon in Sagittarius
  • 26th August – Sturgeon Full Moon in Pisces

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Sign up for a detailed guide to working with the phases of the moon each month.

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Working with the New Moon

Check out the below blog for more information on working with this exciting phase.

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Working with the Full Moon

Find out more about how you can benefit from the energy of a Full Moon in the below blog.

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FREE Moon Phase Calendar

A moon cycle takes approximately 29.5 days. Therefore the Moon enters it’s New Moon phase every 29.5 days too.

To find out when the Full Moon is for this month grab your free Moon Phase Calendar.

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Planets and the Cosmos

Partial Solar Eclipse of the Sun – 11th August

see New Moon section above for more information

Perseid Meteor Shower – 12/13 August

This is when the Earth runs into debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. This year the Moon is dark when the meteor shower is at it’s maximum making it perfect for meteor spotting.

Check out this blog from Lindsay Brooke of the University of Nottingham for more information

What has the comet Swift-Tuttle got to do with the Perseid meteor shower?

Planetary Retrogrades

During August these planets are in Retrograde:

Saturn: Until 6th September

Pluto: Until 30th September

Neptune: Until 24th November 

Mars: Until 27th August

Chiron: Until 9th December 

Mercury: Until 19th August

Check out The Ultimate Planetary Retrograde Guide & How They’ll Affect You In 2018

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Have an amazing August!

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Hi, I’m Sarah Cornforth and I'm a Creatrix of Magick.  I have never really considered myself creative or artistic as I'm too much of a perfectionist for that and I still find it hard to accept the word ‘artist’ as a title for myself. Initially creating art was a way of coping with the curveballs of life. When I draw, or paint or craft I feel calmer, my mind slows down to a pace I can cope with and life becomes easier. I also love working closely with the phases of the moon and the cycles of nature in everything I do as the benefits are huge. At the end of 2017 a dear friend nudged me in the direction of creating art to sell, and if it had been anyone else who encouraged me I would have thought they were mad. But this particular friend has a special gift. She can see the life purpose of others. So I listened and I took every piece of advice she had to give me.....and here I am, creating art, working with the Moon, teaching people how to heal through Mandala art, feeling happy and sharing what I love with the world. Thank you for joining me on this journey.