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August 2023 ~ Tarot, Flower, Crystal and Spirit Animal

August

In sharing the meaning and changes of the Months, it is my hope that it plants seeds of awareness, that the calendar we currently live by is only a marking tool for mankind. It is not a true reflection of our planets natural calendar. Remember we are part of nature not apart from nature.


August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the 6th month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year.


Then about 700 BC, it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days.


Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days.


Then in 8 BC, it was renamed in honour of Emperor Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.



Welcome to August 2023

In my world, Spring begins 1st August. In Celtic tradition, 1st/2nd August is Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere and is the earliest of the traditional spring celebrations. It marks the cross quarter day, midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox.


I have felt the shift in the air, the daylight hours slowly getting longer and the first of the springs shoots appearing above the ground, buds are beginning to form and some are even opening. I love this time of year, the shift out of the deep winter.


I dug in deep during the winter weeks, and then finally the energies shifted and I found myself meandering back into the bush with the nudge of a dear friend. She came along at the right time, as we both needed a shift. And that's what friends are for, to encourage, support and join you on adventures.


It also bought home the importance of action, movement, of doing. Showing the universe that you are participating in creating your dreams or mission. That you can trust yourself to actually do the right thing by yourself.


I am a believer that where you start is never where you finish, but start you must or nothing will happen. In the realm of starting something new, don't wait till the perfect time or for when you think you are ready, for those moments will never come. Start with small steps, put energy into it, believe in what you are hoping to achieve. It's ok to not have it all worked out, because chances are you will be thrown a few curve balls that you never saw coming. So may as well start and allow it to grow, evolve, and change as it is meant to.


Wheel Of Fortune - August Tarot

Key word: Cycles

Primary Principle: Chance/Opportunity

Positive: Destiny/New Cycle

Ending & Beginnings

~ A Change of Circumstances

Fate has bought you to a new cycle in life, good luck and fortune, an end to current problems and rewards for past efforts. An idea whose time has come. A situation, which is currently changing, where one can take action or intervene to alter its course. Reap what you have sown. Be proactive.


A new chapter is about to begin and it is up to you to determine whether this will be a positive or negative experience.


There may be a turn of events that you could not have predicted and over which you have little control, or an important decision needs to be made – the more in touch you are with our capacity to make choices, the more empowered you will be. Reinvent yourself to fit in with your new goals. Write your own script of how you want it to be. Take a risk.


Change is inevitable. You may be at a point where it is necessary to go down, in order to come up again OR there may be a very positive momentum in your life which will enable you to let go of the past and move forward. What’s happening in your life will soon turn into something much better. This apparent havoc is actually the beginning of a new order which was destined to commence at this time. Time to make changes, take a gamble or make plans to travel. See those people and make those calls.


Introduction: It looks as though things are changing. In most cases, this indicates positive, needed changes but for some people, change itself is very difficult and can almost be traumatic. This is a very spiritual and karmically oriented time. Change is part of the cyclical nature of life.

General: This card always reminds us that "this too shall pass." Whether that's good times or bad times, it passes. If suddenly you find yourself "sitting on top of the world," keep your perspective, as that too, like everything else, changes.

Work: You are being called to follow your dream, no matter what it is. If you have a desire to do something different, but don't know anybody who does what you want to do - be bold, and call up someone who does what you dream of doing, and ask them for advice.

Love: It's possible that a relationship needs to be re-negotiated or is possibly no longer going to suit your needs. Talk about how you are feeling, that's your best hope. If you're looking for a relationship, first get very, very clear on exactly "who" you are looking for, then get out and mingle.

Finances: Generally a good omen for anyone who has been having a rough time for a while financially. It means that your circumstances are very likely to change, markedly, for the better. However, if you have had a long prosperous period, consider the opposite possibility, that your income may drop a little.

Health: Resisting change can be bad for your health. Do whatever it takes to keep your stress level under control. When in doubt, go back to the basics; proper nutrition, proper rest and proper exercise go a long way toward helping. Meditation and Yoga may help keep you in top-shape also.

Spirituality: It's important to be aware that in nearly all instances, we do make a contribution in some way to what is happening in our lives. It is rare for things to "just happen" or for us to be a truly blameless "victim" in a situation. Accept whatever your fair share of responsibility is for the situation you are currently facing, be accountable to yourself if to no one else, and move on. Sometimes things do "just happen," if that is the case - rest assured you are by no means alone in that experience, and reach out for support. The support you need is truly always available.



Poppy - August Flower

The name poppy is derived from the Latin word “pappa” which means milk. This is because when poppy stems are cut, they produce milk-looking sticky latex.


In general terms, poppies symbolize peace, sleep, and death. The reasoning behind this symbolism comes from the sedative aspect of opium harvested from poppies, and the bright red color of the popular red poppy respectively.


Known to have originated from the Sumerians, poppy flowers have for centuries been known as the happy plant and used for sleep induction. As such, they were widely used in funerals and as a sacrifice to the dead.


Poppy flowers were commonplace in ancient Greece. For instance, they were associated with Hypnos, Thanatos, and Morpheus, the gods of sleep, death, and dreams respectively.


While Hypnos and Thanatos were depicted donning crowns made of poppies, it is from the name Morpheus that the drug morphine got its name. Moreover, the goddess of harvest Demeter is said to have created the poppy so that it could help her sleep after the abduction of her daughter Phersephone by Hades. The myth goes that after her abduction, poppy plants grew in Phersephone’s footprints.


The ancient Greeks used opium, harvested from the opium poppy, as a pain reliever, a sleep inducer, and a reliever of bowels. The Greeks also believed that opium could be used to protect one from being poisoned. Opium was a preferred pain reliever because of its pleasurable effects


In the mid-1800s, the British introduced Opium, a derivative of Opium poppy, to China as a way to fund their desire for tea produced in China. This caused a high addiction rate among the people of China leading to the Opium Wars. Later, while working on the American railroads, the Chinese brought Opium to America and distributed it in the infamous opium dens.


The most symbolic use of the poppy flower, however, is that it’s worn on Remembrance Day, November 11. Remembrance Day is a commemorative day set aside after World War I to honor soldiers who died in the line of duty in battles fought in extensive poppy farms.


Peridot - August Birth Stone

Mind: Cleanses and stimulates heart and solar plexus chakras. Lessons jealousy, anger and depression. Effective for those who suffer from recurring nightmares. Release nervous tension, known as “butterflies,” as well as to alleviate fear and guilt, anxiety or impatience.


Body: Soothes ulcers of digestive system. Peridot assists in balancing the endocrine system, especially the adrenal glands, which govern the health of the physical body, and acts as a tonic to liven the entire system making it healthier, stronger and more radiant. This stone supports the digestive system and the proper assimilation of nutrients from food, water and light, and may be used to aid optimal functioning of the gall bladder, liver, pancreas and spleen.


Spirit: Inspires happiness. Helps one to understand changes in one's life. Increases intuitive powers. Peridot allows one to connect to higher realms of consciousness in order to quiet spiritual fears, such as guilt, regret, or feelings of karmic debt. It empowers one to take responsibility and make amends in order to move forward in one’s evolutionary path.


Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes.


Associated with the sun, Peridot has been prized since the earliest civilizations for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness. Set in gold and worn around the neck or bound to the left arm, it was used as a charm against sorcery and magic, evil spirits, night terrors, and madness. It cured cowardice, calmed anger, as well as brightening the wit. Peridot is still celebrated for those virtues, protecting the aura, purifying the physical and subtle bodies, and alleviating emotional burdens, guilt and obsessions. It is particularly beneficial for overcoming fear, depression and other psychological disturbances, as well as releasing jealousies, resentment and spite in order to move forward. Peridot promotes responsibility and forgiveness, instilling confidence in one’s own abilities and reestablishing a sense of self-worth. A powerful generator of the frequency of increase, this lovely talisman may be utilized to manifest abundance in all areas of one’s life: wealth, health, happiness and love.


Wear or carry Peridot as a talisman of luck and as a sun stone to prevent personal darkness. It adds charm and eloquence to your presentations, evokes a positive, helpful response from normally unhelpful people, and increases profit in trades. It is naturally protective against envy, gossip behind your back, and people who would deceive you.



Frilled Neck Lizard - August Spirit Animal

Key word for Frilled Neck Lizard is Facade.


Frilled-neck lizard says it's necessary to hide who you are. In this instance, frilled-neck lizard reminds you that you don't need to hide who you are for any shameful reason; but because it Is necessary to care for yourself, and sometimes that involves putting vulnerability aside and showing your strengths and gifts to others, instead of your weaknesses.


There is an element of pretence and deception to frilled-neck lizard. The types of deception that frilled-neck lizard asks you to consider as being okay, involves those kinds of façade that need you to completely change what you look like and how you act around certain groups of people, in order to ensure your safety.


Façades can be used as a mechanism for growth. When the frilled-neck lizard pretends to be bigger than what it is, it does so to survive. Likewise, when you learn or employ techniques to hide aspects of yourself, or when you are able to know what parts of yourself can be hidden safely, and what parts can be displayed safely, you are in an advantageous position. Frilled-neck lizard can indicate the need for pride. Pride can be a very positive force when not employed to excess. It teaches us how to acknowledge and be satisfied in who we are and what we are able to achieve and show to others. There is no shame in showing off, when you have gifts and abilities to show.


When you are able to know what parts of yourself need hiding for your own safety or privacy, you begin to know who you are as a person. There is great potential for self-knowledge with frilled-neck lizard, who says that rather than facading because of fear, we façade because we know how to protect ourselves, because we have ways to display ourselves in ways that incite pride and admiration, because we wish to preserve our inner selves.


Frilled Neck Lizard Key Words

  • Hiding who you are

  • Knowing who you are

  • Pride

  • Pretence

  • Deception

  • Display

  • Showing off and showiness

  • Using façade as a mechanism for growth

  • Doubt and self-confidence

  • Preserving the hidden self

The Shadow Aspects:

The shadow aspect of frilled-neck lizard cautions against too many facades. While some facades and masks are necessary when operating in the everyday, too many can be harmful to others and yourself. Deceiving yourself by never turning off your showiness or pretence is essentially a form of living a lie. Frilled-neck lizard tells you to tone it down, and drop the facades in front of people who genuinely care for you. Trust in yourself and others, you do not always need the mask, you do not always need to hide who you are.





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