October - The Blood Moon
October is a busy month. Originally the eighth month of the year (octo being eight) in the Roman calendar, it was set back to the tenth month around 700 BCE, when King Numa Pompilius revised the calendar and added January and February. Its astrological sign is Libra, the scales (September 23 – October 23), a cardinal air sign rules by Venus.
The ancient Egyptians celebrate the Festival of Het-hert or Hathor, on October 4th. The Romans celebrate Meditrinalia on October 11th, the tasting the new wine for the first time and honoring Jupiter as god of the wine. And the Celts close out their year at Samhain on October 31st.
In October, we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. Bittersweet berries turn brilliant orange, and the woodland blazes with vibrant colors reminiscent of a Persian carpet. As October passes the door to the otherworld opens wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors.
The main holiday of October and one of the most magickal of the year is Samhain or Halloween. The veil thins, and we feel the presence of our ancestors and those we cherish who have passed over. Many seasonal decorations can help do this. The jack-o’-lantern illuminates a path so the spirit of our ancestors can find their way. Apples are used to feed the dead, so leave an apple near your door or on a plate at your table. Also we set a place at the table for them and celebrate with them the passing of another season and the closing of another year.
The name of October’s Full Moon, the Blood Moon, comes from the urge to connect with our ancestors. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for spiritual energy. Thank her by leaving an apple beneath a tree, or by burning some dried wormwood in a dish and meditating on your deceased loved ones.
—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “October” by Boudica
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