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Austėja

Origin: Lithuanian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "To weave"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Austė

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been such another long break, but I'm back today with a beautiful name from Lithuanian Mythology. Austėja is the Goddess of bees, primarily, but also blossoms, honey, and fellowship. She is also said to protect families, brides, and pregnant women.

A Lithuanian tradition called "biciulyste", which is about making friends through bees. People had to share hives, and because of this became good friends, and sometimes families ended up related through marriage. Bees were thought to be able to tell a person's personality, whether they were good or bad, and were said to sting angry or jealous people. Bees and beekeeping are extremely important in Lithuanian culture - there is even a museum dedicated to it - "The Lithuanian Museum of Ancient Beekeeping". During the "Bičkopis", a honey gathering feast, people would invite their …

August

The American Girl, August 1935
Yikes, I got sidetracked again! I'm so sorry and I'm definitely finishing these this time!

August is the eighth month of the year. Originally called Sextillis, as it was the sixth month of the original Roman calendar, it wasn't until 8 BC that it became the eighth month and was renamed after Augustus. It was a month of many festivals, like Tiberinalia, which honored the god "Father Tiber" or Tiberius, and celebrated agricultural bounty, or Nemoralia, the "festival of torches", which celebrated the goddess Diana Nemorensis or Diana of Nemi, "Diana of the woods". This festival was later adapted into The Feast of Assumption. During August there are several meteor showers that are visible, like the Kappa Cygnids, and the Southern Delta Aquariids, named after the brightest star, Delta Aquarii in the constellation Aquarius.

The birthstones of August are peridot and sardonyx, a type of red onyx. Flowers are the gladiolus, also known as the "sword lily", and the poppy. Zodiac signs are Leo the lion, and the virgin Virgo, based on a maiden known as Astraea, who in Greek mythology was the last immortal to leave earth when the other gods fled to Olympus.

August in other languages: Agosto (Spanish), Augustus (Dutch), Elokuu (Finnish), Agasata (Punjabi)
August as a name: August, Augusta/Augustus, Augustine, Auguste, Avgust/Avgusta
Flowers: Poppy, Amapola (poppy in Spanish), Unikko (poppy in Finnish) Stellatus (a type of gladiolus), Priscilla (a gladiolus hybrid)
Gems: Peridot, Olivine (peridot is a type of Olivine)
Zodiac: Leo, Ari ("Lion"), Ariel ("Lion of God"), Lev ("Lion"), Leonidas, Leontina ("Lion"); Dido (Possibly "virgin"), Parthenia ("Maiden, virgin"), Virginia (Meaning unknown, but historically associated with virgo), Astraea/Astraia/Astra
Eighth: Octavius/Octavia/Octavian/Octave ("Eighth")
Other: Diana, Delta, Nemi

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