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Days of the Month for August

 

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August 1 : The Day of Original Style
‘Lammas’ : Wicca festival of the harvest.

‘Lughnasadh’ : Pagan festival, the beginning of Lammas, a day dedicated to ‘Lug’.

‘Lughnasadh’ : Gaelic ‘Festival of Lugh’. Also known as ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Harvest Home’ (bread was made from the new wheat for a special thanksgiving mass).

‘Lughnasadh/Lunasa’ : Anglo-Saxon ‘Festival of the Loaves’.

Louis Bleriot, aviator and first person to fly across the English Channel, died on this day in 1936.

Celtic feast day of ‘Almedha’, sixth century, Welsh. Believed to be a daughter or grand-daughter of Brychan (6 April). It has been suggested that she was murdered and that a chapel was built in her honour at Brecon, Wales.

Celtic feast day of ‘Cenydd’, two different beliefs exist concerning Cnydd. The first details a hermit, date unknown, Welsh, living at the Gower Peninsula, Wales. He is believed to have been saved from death by seagulls. Cast out onto the water as the result of a relationship out of wedlock, which was reputed to be the reason for his physical deformity. The birds made a nest for him, and nine days later an angel appeared and gave the baby a bell on which to suckle with milk from heaven. It is also thought that the same story occurred but that the milk was supplied by a deer from the forest. The second refers to a monk , Welsh, son of Gildas (29 January) who travelled from his country of birth to Brittany to work at Ploumelin.

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August 2 : The Day of the Versatile Signature
Summer ‘Llughnasad’ , sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

Enrico Caruso, opera singer, died on this day in 1921.

Celtic feast day of ‘Sidwell’ of Exeter, date unknown. Sister of Juthwara (28 November). Believed to be a Corn Goddess. Reputed to have murdered when her head was severed by a scythe. There is healing well said to have sprung from where her head fell in Exeter, England.

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August 3 : The Day of the Dangerous Quest
Summer ‘Llughnasad’ , sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

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August 4 : The Day of the Guiding Light
Summer ‘Llughnasad’ , sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

Hans Christian Anderson, writer, died on this day in 1875.

Celtic feast day of ‘Molua’, monk, fifth-sixth century. Founded monastery at Killakoe, County Clare, Ireland. Devotee and soul friend to Comgall (11 May) at Bangor, Wales, instructed Flannan (18 December). A disciple of Finnian of Clonard (12 December). Associated with Fintan Munnu (21 October). Died 605.

Celtic feast day of ‘Sithney’, date unknown, patron of girls. Believed to have been buried, and given rise to a healing well near to Helston, Cornwall, England. Reputed to have indicated that he would have preferred to have been patron to mad dogs, as it is said that Sithney was anxious that he would have many girls approaching him for blessings concerning their betrothals to rich men and fineries.

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August 5 : The Day of Resolute Composure
Summer ‘Llughnasad’ , sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

Marilyn Monroe, screen idol, died on this day under suspicious circumstances in 1962.

Celtic feast day of ‘Oswald’. Lived in exile at Isle of Iona. Brother of Eanfrid, uncle of Oswin (20 August) and nephew of Edwin who he succeeded as king upon his death. Anglian prince of Northumbria. Heavenfield, (near Hadrian’s Wall) is a place of pilgrimage as it was the place that he defeated Cadwallan in 634. Believed to have had a vision of Columcille (9 June) the night before the battle who indicated that he would vanquish the oppressor. Associated with Aidan (31 August). Killed in battle at Masefield, Shropshire, England. His head and hands were set upon stakes as a warning by Penda.

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August 6 : The Day of Unique Happenings
‘Day of the Earth & Sun Goddesses’ : Native American, Cherokee.

The Christian festival of ‘The Transfiguration of the Lord’.

Summer ‘Llughnasad’, sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

An American B52 bomber drops atom bomb on Hiroshima on this day in 1945. One hundred thousand people killed, with the total increasing from exposure.

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August 7 : The Day of the Double Agent
Ancient Egyptian : Remembrance of the flooding by the River Nile known as the ‘Breaking of the Nile’.

Summer ‘Llughnasad’ , sun at 15 degrees in the house of Leo (August 2-7). Festivities in ancient times included lighting fires on top of hills across the British Isles to signal to the people that ‘Bel’ had returned to bring fertility back to the land accompanied by the ‘Earth Goddess’ who would ensure a bountiful harvest. One of four major fire festivals (5-8 May, 2-7 August, 5-7 November, 2-7 February).

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August 8 : The Day of the Role-players
Celtic feast day of ‘Lide’, also known as ‘Elid’, hermit, unknown date, lived in the Scilly Isles on what is now known as St Helen’s.

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August 9 : The Day of Psychological Leverage
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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August 10 : The Day of the Velvet Voice
Celtic feast day of ‘Bettelin’, hermit, son of a Mercian prince. Wife and child believed to have been attacked and killed by a wolf. After this event he turned to a solitary life. There is reputed to be a well and place of worship dedicated to Bettelin at Stafford, England.

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August 11 : The Day of Validation
Gaelic festival : the ‘Puck Fair’ known to be an ancient Irish festival.

Celtic feast day of ‘Blane’, believed to be sixth century. Established a monastery near Stirling, Scotland, near Dunbland Cathedral. Believed to be able to work miracles, including being able to make fire between his fingertips, and restoring sight. A disciple of Comgall (11 May), and also Kenneth (11 October). His nephew known as Cathan established a monastery at Kingarth, Isle of Bute, of which Blane was to later oversee.

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August 12 : The Day of Convention
Mitcham, London, England : Traditional ‘Mitcham Fair’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Murtagh’, monk, dates are contradictory, some believing that he was a convert to Partrick (17 March) in the fifth century, others believing that Murtagh lived in the sixth century and was similar in period, practice and devotion to Columcille (7 June). Believed to have lived at Irishmurray, Donegal Bay, Ireland.

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August 13 : The Day of Long Odds
‘Hecate’s Day’ : Ancient Greece.

Mitcham, London, England : Traditional ‘Mitcham Fair’.

Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader, born this day in 1926.

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August 14 : The Day of the Mortal Mirror
Mitcham, London, England : Traditional ‘Mitcham Fair’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Fachanan’, Abbot, sixth century, Irish. Established a monastery at Ross Carberry, West Cork, Ireland. A disciple of Ita (15 January).

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August 15 : The Day of Royal Command
Chinese ‘Festival of the Moon’.

Christian feast of ‘The Assumption’.

Roman festival dedicated to ‘Vesta’.

T.E. Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia born this day in 1888.

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August 16 : The Day of High Voltage
Celtic feast day of ‘Armel’, monk, Welsh, Travelled from Wales to Brittany. Depicted leading a dragon by the stole around the neck and in armour, and cast it off Mount St Armel. Cousin of Samson (28 July), and also Cadfan (1 November). Many believed that praying to Armel would reduce the effect of headaches and fever, also gout and colic. It is said that Henry VII believed himself to have been saved from death in a shipwreck by Armel. A statue of Armel can be seen at his tomb in Westminster Abbey and in Canterbury Cathedral.

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August 17 : The Day of Explosive Power
Roman festival dedicated to the ‘Goddess Diana’ who is associated with chastity, hunting (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Dog), and also with the moon.

Death of ‘Black Elk’, of the Oglala Sioux, South Dakota. Mystic and Medicine man . Died at Manderson (USA) in 1950. Born in ‘the moon of the popping trees’ (December).

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August 18 : The Day of Endurance
Chinese ‘Festival of the Hungry Ghosts’.

On this day in 1587 the first child to be born of English parents was born in the New World, in North Carolina.

Celtic feast day of ‘Constantine’. Associated with Helen of Caernarvon (22 May).

Celtic feast day of ‘Helen’, daughter of Ceol of Colchester, England. Reputed to have discovered a relic of the Cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. Mother of Emperor Constantine. Believed by many to be the same Helen (22 May).

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August 19 : The Day of Startling Surprises
Celtic feast day of ‘Mochetus’, sixth century, son of Hoa. Believed to have been taught to read and write by an angel. Died 535.

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August 20 : The Day of the Cryptic Secret
Celtic feast day of ‘Oswin’, seventh century, Succeeded Oswald (5 August) who was his uncle, as a well loved king in 642, but Oswin’s uncle Oswy was victorious in battle against him in 651 when he also died. Believed to have undertaken missionary work with Aidan (31 August). Buried at Tynemouth.

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August 21 : The Day of the Standout
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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August 22 : The Day of Seasoned Experience
Celtic feast day of ‘Arnulf’, hermit, date unknown. Believed to have lived and died at Eynesbury, also known as Eanulfesbyrig, Cambridgeshire, England.

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August 23 : The Day of Lively Precision
Rudolph Valentino died on this day 1926.

Celtic feast day of ‘Tydfil’, Welsh, date not known. Believed to have been murdered by pagan Saxons. Daughter of Brychan (6 April) Merthyr Tydfil was named in her honour.

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August 24 : The Day of Astute Examination
Christian festival of ‘St. Bartholomew’.

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August 25 : The Day of the Unabashed Extrovert
Celtic feast day of ‘Ebba’, nun, Aidan (31 August) is said to have overseen her training and consecration. Lived at the Abbey of Coldingham, supporter to Wilfrid. Sister of Oswald (5 August). She established and conducted the practices of the Coldingham Monastery. St Abbs Head is said to be named in her honour. The monastery burnt down shortly after her death, which was believed to be recompense for the lax practices of some of the men and women who worked there. Died 683.

Celtic feast day of ‘Genesius’ of Arles, Celt, eleventh-twelfth century, believed to have martyred for refusing to write edicts of persecution against Christians organised by the Emperor Doicletius. Associated with Gennys (2 May).

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August 26 : The Day of the Supportive Partner
Celtic feast day of ‘Ninian’, fourth century, born by the Solway Firth, established the monastic college of Whithorn. He was the son of a Galloway chieftain, and reputed to have built the first stone church, known as ‘Candida Casa’, meaning ‘white house’ in Britain. The church was dedicated by Ninian to Martin of Tours (11 November). Travelled through the Alps to Rome which is when he met Martin of Tours. Ninian’s Cave, by Silurian Rock, Solway Firth, was a place of pilgrimage. Ninian was said to preach that it was through dutiful study that God would be found:

‘To perceive the eternal word of God reflected in every plant and insect, every bird and animal, and every man and woman.’

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August 27 : The Day of Social Ideals
‘Festival of Devaki’ : East Indian. Devaki is the Mother Goddess Krishna.

Celtic feast day of ‘Decuman’, meaning ‘collector of tithes’, hermit, seventh century, born of Welsh nobility, Travelled from Wales to Watchet, Somerset. Believed to have achieved the voyage on nothing more than a raft made of rushes. He is said to have taken a cow with him. Decuman was murdered, his head being severed from his body. It is said that he placed his head on a nearby stream. As was the custom with those martyred in this way, the waters gave forth strength and wisdom healing properties to all who drank of it. It is also said that having done this Decuman placed his head under his arm and returned to Wales.

Samuel Goldwyn, nee Goldfish, film producer, born this day in 1882.

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August 28 : The Day of Language
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer, born this day in 1749.

 

 

August 29 : The Day of Structured Action
‘Gelede’ : celebrated in many African communities with ancient rituals and dances.

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August 30 : The Day of the Rock
Celtic feast day of ‘Fiacre’, hermit, monk, Irish, seventh century. Associated with Govan (20 June). Fiacre is known as the patron of all gardeners. He is usually depicted holding a spade. Buried in Meaux, France where he spent most of his time. Died 670.

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August 31 : The Day of the Public Appearance
Roman Emperor Caligula, ‘Little Boots’, born this day in AD 12.

Celtic feast day of ‘Aidan’, monk, Irish, Bishop. Associated with Finan (17 February), Chad (2 February), Ebba (25 August), Eata (26 October). Established a monastery with his companions at Lindisfarne at the request of Oswald (5 August). Spent much of his time on missionary work with the Angles with the aim of freeing the Celts from their oppression. Realising that Oswald’s castle was being attacked it is said that Aidan called upon the power of God, and at that moment the flames changed direction burning down upon Penda and his army. Cuthbert (20 March) is reputed to have has a vision of Aidan at the moment of his death being borne by angels to heaven in 651. He is said to have died at Bamburgh castle on the east coast on this day. Associated with Oswin (20 August), Hilda (17 November).