August is know for the “dog days of summer” … the hot, sultry ones. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They were taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
This has been a very strange summer to say the least. With the absence of our Minnesota State Fair this year, try to find some of the food vendors out and about at different locations and stop in to enjoy those mini-donuts, corn dogs, etc. if you can. They are also having a modified Food Parade drive-through for those fans … Check out their website https://www.mnstatefair.org/food-parade-2020/.
August birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
Sturgeon Moon – The first full moon on August 3rd, is named after North America’s largest fish, the sturgeon. It is this time of year when sturgeons are caught in abundance from the Great Lakes of North America. Other names for this Full Moon include “Full Green Corn Moon,” signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, “Wheat Cut Moon,” “Moon When All Things Ripen,” and “Blueberry Moon.”
Please slow down, stop for that red light, smile and say hello, or do something unexpected for another … in other words, just be kind to one another. One never knows what another is going through.
…. and don’t forget your lights during dawn/dusk/rain … as the automated feature doesn’t always work the way you think …