August in the Western Mind
The month of August is named for Augustus, Julius Ceasars’ grandnephew, who defeated Marc Anthony and Cleopatra and subsequently became the emperor of Rome.
The Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him (July had just been named for Julius Ceasar). Not only did the Senate name a month after Augustus, but it decided that since Julius’s month, July, had 31 days, Augustus’s month should equal it: under the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February with 29), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, (they shortened February to 28) preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month.
August in the Eastern Mind
The “August Ones” also known as the Three Sovereigns (2852 – 2205 BC) were seen as mythological Shamans or Sages (wise ones).
Heavenly August One – who represents the “light/masculine” or Yang energy.
Earthly August One – who represent the “dark/feminine” or Yin energy.
Human August One – balances Yin and Yang energy through human form.
August reminds us to find balance between the opposing forces of natures…
August is the month that brings us the last days of Summer before we begin to prepare for Fall and Winter. It is symbolic of the waning cycle of life as we prepare to cast off what does not serve us in preparation for the release of Fall and the symbolic rebirth of Winter.
Enjoy August by heightening your awareness of what you want to bring into your life now…