August 2022 – Stone, Herb and Card Information

The month of August symbolizes INFINITY.  This is the month to Let Go of Judgment, of Old Pains and Hurts, Begin to heal the traumas, opening one’s self of giving and receiving and of introspection. 

As August is the 8th month – this is where the Infinity symbol comes from – as in the 8 symbol and represents symmetry.

Sardonyx

Used as a stone of strength and protection since ancient times, Sardonyx is associated with courage, happiness and clear communication. It brings lasting happiness and stability to marriage and partnerships. 

The spiritual values of red and white-banded and red bullseye sardonyx make these stones particularly powerful. In fact, they are said to allow one to project such an incredible charisma that many people suggest the stone be used with care to avoid overwhelming others. 

Wear them, they say, when you want extra power in a particular circumstance.

Much of the black and white-banded sardonyx’s power comes from its association with a particular body type–slender, quick-moving people who are intellectually active. If you’re clever, versatile, highly verbal and have an optimistic disposition, those traits may be heightened when you wear black and white-banded sardonyx.  Or, you can wear it to help you control one of those traits if it’s working against you. 

Some believe that placing sardonyx at each corner of a house will protect against evil.

The makeup of Sardonyx is a mineral Chalcedony and they form so that they are alternating in paired bands of sard and onyx. Sard colors can range anywhere from a dark orange to red to almost black; while Onyx can appear in almost any color. 

Always be gentle with your Sardonyx as it is a fragile crystal. To clean it, use warm soapy water and a soft brush; as well as keeping it away from prolonged exposure to sunlight. Store Sardonyx inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth.

Yarrow

This plant grows almost everywhere across the globe, it is one of the world’s oldest medicinal plants and has been used since ancient times to protect and heal.

A beautiful herb that is great, not only in nature, but also in the garden.

It has a mass of little white or yellow flowers that attract beneficial insects, ladybirds, hoverflies, bees and butterflies as well as improving soil quality, as it enriches the soil around it.  

Yarrow is a member of the Asteraceae daisy family, it is easy to grow and will thrive in a sunny spot, it makes a wonderful addition to a flower bed or wildlife garden, protecting surrounding plants from disease and keeping harmful pests away with its potent aromatic phytochemicals.

The medicinal uses of the Yarrow are said that it is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. The plant also has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’ used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. 

The history comes from the genus name Achillea, which is derived from the mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carries it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the common names, such as Staunchweed and Soldier’s Woundwort. The stalks of yarrow are dried and used as a randomizing agent in I Ching divination.

Magickal uses range from using it to dispel melancholy, negative energy, lingering sorrow, or depression. Carried as a sachet or amulet it repels or rids of negative influences. Aids in divination. Good remedy for colds. Opens the pores and purifies the blood. Said to prevent baldness as a hair wash, among many other uses.

Strength

Each zodiac sign is linked to one of the Tarot cards in the Major Arcana. Most of these powerful cards have images of archetypal figures that represent the essence of a type of person.

The Strength card represents your physical strength — like that of the mighty Lion on your card — as well as your emotional, mental and spiritual prowess. Like the Lion, you are blessed with plenty of courage, which helps you overcome problems and obstacles.

The traditional Rider-Waite Tarot deck depicts a woman and a lion, with the woman leaning over the lion, with the woman clasping the lion’s jaws. There is also an Infinity symbol hovering over the woman’s head and there are flowers as well as a scene of mountains and lush forests in the background.

According to Eden Gray, the lemniscate (infinity symbol) above her represents enlightenment and spiritual powers, whereas the lion represents animal passions and earthly cravings.(wikipedia)

The meaning of this card is Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity; also complete success and honors. 

In the Reversed: Despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord, sometimes even disgrace.

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