The Corn Moon of August represents the first harvest season. The first harvest season being that of grain, then fruit and lastly meat. The August Moon is also known as the Barley (grain!) Moon and Harvest Moon, all though September is more commonly known as the Harvest Moon. Lammas, or Loaf Mass, is another label for this time of year in honor of the nurturing sustenance of grain and the miracle of bread. This is a great time of year to start helping out or donating to local food banks, giving those less fortunate a chance to break bread together.
In the Hindu and yogic traditions, Lord Ganesha is honored during the August festival called Chauti. He is a well-loved symbol of protection and is the remover of obstacles, and also rules over wisdom, good luck, literature, prosperity, and peace.
Be joyous, for this is the time of Ganesha!
The Lord of Obstacles comes riding to his festival,
With his help, all success shall be mine.
I greet you, Ganesha.
All obstacles in my life are removed.
I rejoice in your presence, Ganesha.
Good luck and new beginnings flow down upon me.
I praise you, Ganesha.
I rejoice! For good luck and changes come.
Full Moon: opportunity, prosperity, fertility
Crescent Moon: creativity, spiritual growth
Dark Moon: banishing (ridding ones self of what no longer serves), removal of obstacles
August Moon Correspondences
Herbs: angelica, calenduala, chamomile, fennel, goldenrod, St. John’s wort, rue; grains: corn, barley, hops, rye, wheat
Incense: amber, copal, frankincense, heliotrope
Trees: alder, cedar, hazel
Animals: dragon, lion, phoenix, sphinx; birds of all types especially eagle and falcon
Deities: Aphrodite/Adonis, Arianhrod, Diana, Cerridwen, Ganesha, Hathor, Hecate, Innana/Tammuz, Lugh, Taliesin
Stones: amber, cat’s eye, carnelian, fire agate, jasper
Colors: black, gold, green, grey, yellow
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
8oz raw pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Preheat oven 400*. Boil 2 cups of water, add salt. Pour salted water over seeds to soak overnight. Drain seeds. Coat bottom of thick baking sheet or roasting pan with olive oil. Toss seeds in oil on pan and spread out evenly. Bake 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. You may stir occasionally . Toast until lightly brown, don’t over toast. Let cool and enjoy. Other flavorings such as garlic and chili, hot pepper, and soy sauce may be used.
Bake or purchase a loaf of fresh bread – my favorite is sprouted grain spelt bread. Share at a table our outside with family and friends. Don’t forget to leave a few extra crumbs as an offering to other special outdoor critters.