August is the last month before the fall. These are types and shadows, we cannot know for certain when the big changes are coming. Any thinking person does know that “when” is the question, for anyone who asks “if” is off the reservation.
Ash/ashes – the powdery residue of matter that remains after burning. Deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death. Ruins, especially the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges. Mortal remains, especially the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay. Anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.
Wail, shepherds, and cry! Roll about in the ashes, You leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions are fulfilled; You shall fall like a precious vessel. Jeremiah 25:34
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. Daniel 9:3
Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:6