August–the month of heat-stroke and falling stars. Those are the first two thoughts about this month that come immediately to mind. August is a month that I both dread and appreciate. I suffered my first bout of heat-stroke one August day many years ago. Since then, my heat tolerance has decreased. On the other hand, I somewhat love August because of the interesting natural phenomena that can be observed during this month. Even though it’s my birth month, August has never been my favorite month.
Studying the calendar page, I try to put a positive spin on the month, because that will help me endure or perhaps even thrive. After all, attitude is half of the story. At the same time, I wonder if the spin is simply an exercise in denial.
“Woodstock happened in August 1969, long before the Internet and mobile phones made it possible to communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere. It was a time when we weren’t able to witness world events or the horrors of war live on 24-hour news channels.”–Richie Havens
During my early twenties in my new age phase in the post-Woodstock era, I dabbled in astrology. It was a fun and generally harmless distraction. I learned that people have more than one astrological sign (the Sun Sign). One of the first things the budding astrologer learns is that the Sun, the Planets, the Moon, and other celestial aspects are used to create a person’s horoscope. Where the planets were situated in the sky and their geometric relationships to each other at the time of birth, determines a unique horoscope. That said, the Sun Signs of people who were born in August are either Leo or Virgo.
There were two Leos in my family of birth, my brother Mark, and me. Mark’s horoscope showed him being born on the cusp of Virgo–which is a fancy way of saying the Sun was very near the boundary between the two signs. If Mark would have been born a few hours later, he would have been a Virgo. As for me, the Sun was just past the mid-point of Leo. I do have a some aspects in Virgo, though.
Although the new age phase is well behind me now, it’s still fun to read my monthly horoscope predictions on line sometimes. I suppose this is because it is a vestige of that formative period during my early adulthood. Remembering the Leo/Virgo association with August triggers happy memories.
Thinking about the sky in August reminds us of meteor showers. As a matter of fact, astronomers say that the Perseids will be peaking during the overnight between tomorrow and Wednesday. Generally speaking the Perseids meteor showers occur from mid July to around August 24th. They tend to peak around the second week of August. I hope tomorrow night’s weather forecast predicts clear or partly cloudy skies. I’d like to observe the unobscured sky then.
Basically, the month of August brings into hazy focus and simmering heat of the middle of the year. Soon, Mother Nature will turn down the heat and prepare to serve us the rest of the year. I’m glad there are some parts of August I can enjoy.