August is the eighth month of the Gregorian and Julian Calendars. It was originally called Sextilis, as it was the sixth month of the Roman Calendar year but it was renamed by the Roman Senate to honor Caesar Augustus in the year 8 BCE because he had three great triumphs during this month, including his conquest of Egypt and had brought an end to a civil war.
The Moon in August
Full Moon Names “Celtic” Tree Moon – either Holly or Hazel, Celtic – Dispute Moon. Native American(Various) – Full Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Red Moon, Fruit Moon, Women’s Moon, Colonial American – Dog Day Moon. Other – Lightening Moon, Thunder Moon, Storm Moon
Also in the Sky
The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak in the middle of August.
Celtic Tree Calendar, Holly Month, Hazel Month
The Anglo Saxon Name for August is Weod monath, or Weed Month in reference to the strong growth of all plants during this time.
The Irish name for the month of August is Lúnasa
Symbols of the Month of August
Birthstone for August: Peridot or Sardonyx
Birthflower for August: Gladiolus or Poppy
Folklore for August
The first of August marks the beginning of the harvest season in earnest.
“After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.”
August Weather Lore
As August, So February
(I assume this references precipitation, I can’t imagine it has anything to do with temperature.)
Observe on what day in August the first heavy fog occurs, and expect a hard frost on the same day in October.
If the first week of August is unusually warm, winter will be snowy and long.
If a cold August follows a hot July, It foretells a Winter hard and dry.
For every fog in August, There will be a snowfall in Winter.
Pagan and Heathen Feast Days in August
- Lughnassadh in the Northern Hemisphere Imbolc in the southern Hemisphere, August 1st
- Freyfaxi, August 1st
- Lammas, August 1st
- Feast of Pomona
- Day of Rey Radbod
- Festival of the Dryads
- Vinalia Rustica
- Vulcanalia, August 23rd
- Opiconsivia, August 25th
- Volturnalia, August 27th
Other Notable Days in August
August is a popular time for performing arts festivals:
- The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland has been held in August since 1947
- The Green Man Festival is held in the Black Mountains in Wales
- The Royal National Eisteddfod in Wales is held during the last week of August
And other fun gatherings:
- The Society for Creative Anachronism gather for The Pennsic War in August
- La Tomatina, the world’s largest food fight, takes place in Spain in August
- Burning Man Festival is held the last week of August
- Sacred Harvest Festival