August 15 and the Feminine Divine

Every year in mid-August, following the meteor shower of the hero Perseus, the star Spica sets into the twilight. Spica is the star of abundance held in the arms of Virgo, the maiden. Virgo is variously described as Astraea, goddess of justice, or as the Virgin mother, whose assumption into the heavens is observed on August 15 each

The Ancient Egyptian bas-relief known as the Dendera zodiac, depicts the feminine as the pillars of heaven


The constellation Virgo seems to recline on the ecliptic, but in the ancient Egyptian temple at Dendera, the feminine are shown upright, as the pillars of the heavens.

Advancing to Ancient Greek culture, we find these feminine replaced by the very masculine Atlas bearing the heavens. Then we come to the Christian Era, and the feminine is depicted as upright with a crown of stars (Corona Borealis) as shown above.

The Titan god Atlas of Ancient Greek culture bearing the heavens on his shoulders

Her gesture in this season is one of comfort and assurance~as if to say, “You will have the help you need to bear your destiny, as it is written in the stars. Just be mindful!”

Here, a fairytale to lift the heart into how the feminine guides us to unlocking the mystery of the future in this season:

One morning about the middle of August, just at mid-day when the sun was hottest, Michael ate his dinner of a piece of dry bread, and went to sleep under an oak. And while he slept he dreamt that there appeared before him a beautiful lady, dressed in a robe of cloth of gold, who said to him: `Go to the castle of Beloeil, and there you shall marry a princess.’

We are stars that sing,

Mary Stewart Adams

Assumption of the Virgin by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, c. 1650. This feast is celebrated each year on August 15, as the star Spica sets, heralding the time when the mysteries of the spiritual new year begin to reveal themselves.