In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað - weed month - being one who follows the Celts and those traditions more closely, that's an entire 'nother post!!
August (adjective): from the 1660s, deriving from the Latin augustus - venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble. This was more than likely in its original usage - consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries - or else - that which is increased - (think of augment).
Ok, so that's August - comes in with the Lion, leaves with the Lady. Hot, simmering, yet the end of the build and the onset of the settle, as I discussed in the last post...
Now, onto the Venerable Lion of August. Lots of the basics and background of this that follows, I'm thanking Wiki and other sources for - I've condensed and highlighted, collected and collated. Thanks for the backup, internet.
The glyph of the constellation of Leo is such - ♌
In Babylonian astronomy, the constellation was called UR.GU.LA - the Great Lion - and the bright star, Regulus, was known as - the star that stands at the Lion's breast. Regulus also had distinctly regal associations, as it was known as the King Star. So, we know we associate Lion with this aspect - King of the Jungle, the Pride of the Lion, the regal nobility inherent, and the iconic symbolism: Lion of Judah, Lion of Africa, Lion-Hearted, Couer-de-Lion, Corleone, Leeuwen, Osama, Ariel, Leonardo, and on.
As mentioned prior, early Hindu astronomers knew it as Simha, or in the Tamil Simham - सिंह. You might recognize that Simha from lion's breath in yoga, or even know that it's the origin of Singh, the surname that still means Lion, sometimes Lion of God. We even have Singapore - the City of Lions. Simha occupies the same space in this zodiac, the same aspects and many of the same mythic qualities... it's a fixed sign, bringing Sthira - steadiness. It's also a Fire Sign, ruled by the Sun, so there's a lot of power, creativity and expansion.
In Greek mythology, Leo was identified as the Nemean Lion which was killed by Heracles - Hercules - during the first of his twelve tasks. Realizing that he must defeat the Lion with his bare hands, Hercules slipped into the Lion's cave and engaged it at close quarters. When the Lion pounced, Hercules caught it in midair, one hand grasping the Lion's forelegs and the other its hind legs, and bent it backwards, breaking its back and freeing the trapped maidens. Zeus commemorated this labor by placing the Lion in the sky.
According to the biblical account, Samson was given supernatural strength by God in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats such as killing a lion, slaying an entire army with only the jawbone of an ass, and destroying a pagan temple. You probably remember the temple bit, but let's digress to the slaying of the lion.
He continues on to the Philistine's house, ultimately winning her hand in marriage. Later, on his way to the wedding, Samson notices that bees have nested in the carcass of the lion and have made honey in the lion's head. He eats a handful of the honey and gives some to his parents - the gift of the boon, and the return home - classic elements in the Hero's Journey.
Now, let's talk about those big fuzzy things that we may see in this world... albeit fewer and fewer, and that's again, another post...
Panthera Leo -
in it's remaining habitat.
Again, big thanks to wiki, I couldn't make this stuff up! ;)
Now, here's where we - the Leos, the fiery prideful lions amongst us - get it all wrong!!
The facts: lions typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. Lions are apex and keystone predators, although they are also expert scavengers obtaining over 50 percent of their food by scavenging as opportunity allows.
Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and defecating. Intermittent bursts of activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating.
Not trying to spend every moment stalking the bush and brush to make something happen, but rather, socializing, being fairly opportunistic, and yawning like a King. Simmering down, taking it a little easier...
I leave you with all of that - take lesson if you can!! And, give thanks and praise!!