October is the tenth month of the year. The month kept its original name from the Roman calendar in which octo means “eight” in Latin, marking it the eighth month of the year. October was named during a time when the calendar year began with March, which is why its name no longer corresponds with its placement in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. October's birth flower is the marigold. The birthstone is the tourmaline and opal. The zodiac signs are Libra (until October 22) or Scorpio (October 23 onwards).
It is a time when it starts to feel like winter. This is the month of Hunting and Winter Nights. Winter Nights also celebrates the bounty of the now completed harvest, but more importantly, honors the Alfs, Disir and Huldfolk. Libations of ale, milk, or mead are traditionally poured onto the earth as an offering.
Kalc is used for kk (chalice) K. Kalc is a useful rune for preparing to give something of great value in a ceremony, it can also be a good rune for dedicating oneself to a cause or to one’s Path. Pertho p is the rune denoting the sound p. Pertho is a rune that says that deep transformative powers are at work, feminine or hidden talents. Yr for y (bow) y. A finely crafted weapon stands out as a symbol of pride, attention, skill, care and magic.
The Tenth Hall is about your public life. This time also rules fame, notoriety, occupation, career, ambition, government, military, mother, chief executives, business life, goals, ranks, political position, status, standing in the public eye, position in society. It shows your standing in the community and social status. It can reflect your attitude to parenting. Other keywords include honor, authority and profession, life direction, achievement, mastery and hierarchy.
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This aspect of the God is Winter, night, wisdom, counsel, the gateway to death and reincarnation, the Waning Moon.
O beautiful Moon waning in light,
nothing compares to your beauty this night,
I ask thee fair sage to take away
things that do not serve me in a positive way.
Take the things that stop my growth,
so I can serve thee, it is my oath.
Remove the things I no longer need,
so I can prepare anew, for this I plead.
Make me new for the dark Moon phase.
I ask this great sage for the coming days.
5 Fire Prevention
National Fire Prevention Week is observed in the United States and Canada, during the week (from Sunday to Saturday) in which October 9 falls. In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues to be the international sponsor of the week.
Many bedroom fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, careless use of candles, smoking in bed, and children playing with matches and lighters. Most potential hazards can be addressed with a little common sense. Be sure to keep flammable items like bedding, clothes and curtains at least three feet away from portable heaters or lit candles and never smoke in bed. Also, items like appliances or electric blankets should not be operated if they have frayed power cords and electrical outlets should never be overloaded.
As Pagans, we often use bonfires and candles in our rites and gatherings. In rituals, fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking and lighting candles or fires. The manifestations of the element are found in the sun, candles, volcanoes, ash, lava and all forms of light. But as we use this element, keep in mind safety.
In 1963, archaeologists found ruins of a Viking-type settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, in northern Newfoundland, which correspond to Leif's description of Vinland. Serve up a hearty Viking feast of roasted meats, potatoes, lutefisk (fish), lefse (flatbread) and some traditional Scandinavian desserts like krumkaker (cookies).
The dragonhead of single masted longboats
Lead the Norsemen to American shores
From the bitter cold of Greenland
To the plush pastures of Vineland
They did not come for slaves
They did not come for riches
They committed no genocide
They did not murder in the name of God
They came to find a better life.
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Thee for Thy blessing - the Cauldron of Night
Thy magic gives me wings.
In many Native American mythologies, Father Sky and Mother Earth are important creative forces. We notice that Mother Earth and Father Sky are objective reality. Father Sky in union with Mother Earth are our true parents. Father Sky gives us energy for our lives and heats our bodies and our lodges. We are all part of Mother Earth, each rock, each four legged, each two legged, all creatures, plants and minerals. We are all related. We respect our Mother Earth and protect her. We have to learn to live in the harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity.
O our mother the earth, O our father the sky, Your children are
we, and with tired backs, We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp be the
white lightning of morning, May the weft be the red light of
evening, May the fringes be the falling rain, May the border be
the standing rainbow. Thus weave for us a garment of
brightness. That we may walk fittingly where grass is green,
The white cane can be perceived by many as a symbol of blindness or visual impairment. White canes are recognized for providing the visually impaired with greater mobility, allowing them to participate more within their communities. Blind and visually impaired people have used canes as mobility tools for centuries but it was not until after World War I that the white cane was properly introduced. In modern times there are different varieties of this tool, each serving slightly varied needs.
The blind God Hod of darkness and winter is the son of Odin and Frigg. When the Gods enjoyed themselves by using his brother Balder as a target, Hod unintentionally killed him by throwing a fig made of mistletoe, the only object that could harm Balder. Hod was put to death for this deed by Vali, Odin's youngest son who was born for revenge.
20 Wax Moon
Bring wanted things into your life. A time to bring money and prosperity to you.
Loving Goddess, Faithful God
Help me to calm my mind and spirit
and to consider my own strength as I travel in this world.
May I walk the divine path you have created for me with grace
and ease. Remind me that I am your instrument
and that regardless of what the situation looks like,
You are in control and have my best interest at heart.
20 Tyr's Day
Agree to a promise that limits your convenience. Tyr is the God of oaths, justice, law, courage and warfare in Germanic Mythology, portrayed as a one handed man. He is renowned for his great wisdom, is unrivalled in his sense of duty and nerve.
Tysdagr in Old Norse, receives its name from Tyr (Old English, Tiw, Tew or Tiu). Tyr is a God associated with battle and war, but also with order, justice and law. Tuesday is thus good for dealing with legal matters, and putting all kind of things in order. Concentrate on the mystery of tiwaz t. Remember how Tyr placed his hand in Fenrir’s mouth, think deeply about the concepts of order and self-sacrifice—what they are and what they mean to you.
Is your life generally ‘in order’? What areas in your life and in yourself you would like to reorganize? The t rune is also the lot of troth (faith, loyalty, kinship). It is said that a man who does not flinch and surpasses others is said to be “as brave as Tyr.” Spend time with your friends and family. Although it is important to plan things and to work methodically, don’t forget to also take action, instead of just endlessly planning. Follow Tyr and victory will be yours.
I ask thee, Lord of Justice, to bring forth Justice. Take action
against the one who betrayed us, who broke oaths sworn to us.
We acted with honor, and were met with dishonor. I ask you,
Lord Tyr, grant us justice, so that others may not be brought
down or brought harm because of me.
Hail unto Tyr, God of Justice.
21 Patrick Stewart Birthday
Patrick D Stewart (1970 – 2005) was a soldier in the United States Army. He died in combat in Afghanistan when his helicopter was shot down by a grenade while returning to base. Patrick Stewart was a resident of Nevada and a practicing Wiccan. After his death, controversy ensued when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initially refused to imprint a Wiccan pentacle on his grave, to the dismay of his widow. As part of a settlement in 2007, the VA added the pentacle to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on VA issued headstones, markers and plaques.
22 Aidan Kelly Birthday
Aidan Kelly (Author) is an American academic, poet and influential figure in the Neopagan religion of Wicca. He is an important figure in the creation of the Covenant of the Goddess, an organization designed to protect the civil rights of members of the Wiccan community in the United States. He has also published academic work studying the early development of Gardnerian Wiccan liturgy, primarily through his controversial 1991 book Crafting the Art of Magic.
27 Full Hunters Moon
While in ancient times, hunting was necessary to feed families, this is no longer the case for some. Still, it is a sacred ritual for many people. As hunters, we take full responsibility for the life we harvest. We not only eat the meat, but - just as our ancestors before us - make swift use of the animal's other gifts, giving it immortality it might not otherwise have. A hide for a shirt. Or fur for warmth. Or a tooth necklace. Or even a memory of the hunt. A time for comfort, kitchens, hearths and cleansing. Plan a ritual to work on ridding yourself of negative thoughts and vibrations.
Sing of Manni´s lustrous ray,
Incandescent light sublime.
Nightly lantern, Hati´s prey,
Nott´s companion, counting time.
Manni, shine throughout the heavens,
Manni, shine till Sunna´s rise!
Mundilfari´s silent son,
Shine until the end of time.
To the Celts, time was circular rather than linear. This is reflected in their commencing each day, and each festival, at dusk rather than dawn, a custom comparable with that of the Jewish Sabbath. It is also reflected in their year beginning with the festival of Samhain on 31 October, when nature appears to be dying down. Tellingly, the first month of the Celtic year is Samonios, ‘Seed Fall’: in other words, from death and darkness springs life and light.
At Samhain, cattle were brought in for the winter, and in Ireland the warrior elite, the Fianna, gave up war until Beltane. It was a sacred time, whose peace was normally broken only by the ritualized battle of board games such as fidchell.
A day of Hunt, Food and Death. Our modern Halloween stems from Samhain, and one explanation of the traditional pumpkin lanterns is that the Celts once placed the skulls of ancestors outside their doors at this time. The Christians took over the Celtic festival and turned it into All Saints Day. Even the modern English celebration of Guy Fawkes Day has echoes of the ancient fire festival.
For the Norse it is close to Winter Nights. In the old calendar, winter begins about Mid-October; however this holiday may move about in the calendar depending on your seasons, many match it with Samhain. It is a time to celebrate the completed harvest and honor the ancestors. It marked the beginning of a time of indoor work, thought and craftsmanship.
A time to honor the deceased, divining, the circle of life and entertainment. Libations of ale, milk or mead are traditionally poured onto the Earth as an offering. Apples may be offered to the fallen ancestors. Hay may be left out for Odin’s horse Sleipnir. Odin’s mighty steed thus marks the kindred home as one of welcoming.
Lord and Lady,
Thank you for the love in my life
Thank you for the calm of my spirit, and for teaching me to trust
myself. You shower me with blessings every moment of every day
and I give thanks that I am able to recognize these gifts in all
their forms, and that I am able to honor others with the
generosity and love you have shown me. Blessed be.