“As I went out walking this fall afternoon,
I heard a whisper whispering.
I heard a whisper whispering,
Upon this fine fall day…
As I went out walking this fall afternoon,
I heard a laugh a’ laughing.
I heard a laugh a’ laughing,
Upon this fine fall day…I heard this whisper and I wondered,
I heard this laugh and then I knew.
The time is getting near my friends,
The time that I hold dear my friends,
The veil is getting thin my friends,
And strange things will pass through.”
– The Veil is Getting Thinner
October is here! This is my favorite month with the boisterous, sunny energy of summer yielding to softer moments; leaves bleeding from green into vivid, Autumnal rainbows; and crisp winds heralding the promise of winter. Pumpkins and gourds are popping up everywhere along with pumpkin spice scented everything.
The pull of the Ancestors and the Beloved Dead is getting stronger as we wind our way to Samhain. As the veils thin, we naturally seek to tap our roots. The altars will be adorned soon to invite and welcome the Ancestors and the Dark Goddesses who will carry us through winter. Join me for The Beloved Dead: 30 Days of Ancestor Magick to sync with the season!
The Goddess Calendar this month is full of ancestor celebrations, times to honor the Dark Goddesses who are stepping forward, Shakti festivals, and more! If you are interested in prompts and practices that explore the Feast Days of October – you can sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess and truly connect to the Goddess Year.
We have a NEW Goddess Alive Radio Podcast for you with Astrologer Sam Belyea and we are discussing Medical Astrology! Listen to the podcast here
Information about our free Samhain Ritual Meditation will be coming soon.
Wishing you ALL the blessings of October and our Goddess HolyDays!
Priestess & Founder MotherHouse & Mystery School of the Goddess
Goddess Notes & Resources for October
Recommended October & Samhain Reading:
- Honoring Your Ancestors: A Guide to Ancestral Veneration by Mallorie Vaudoise
- Sacred Herbs of Samhain by Ellen Evert Hopman
- Spirit Speak by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
- The Mighty Dead by Christopher Penczak
- The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over by Starhawk
Rhythms Autumn Journal – Season of the Witch is open and ready to lead you through seasonal Goddess celebrations, practices, and ideas for ritual over the next few months.
October 1 – WELCOME OCTOBER!
October 3 – Bacchanal Celebration to give thanks for wine and grape harvest
October 3, 2019 – Pluto Direct in Capricorn
October 4 – Feast day of St. Frances of Assisi – syncretized to the Orisha Orunmila
October 5, 2019 – Durga Ashtami – Most sacred day of Navaratri honoring the Goddess Durga
October 5, 2019 – Day of Marian Devotions
October 7 – Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7 – Day of the Egyptian Goddess Ma’at
October 8 – TARA DAY
October 8 – Roman Goddess Minerva’s Day
October 8, 2019 – Yom Kippur beings at Sunset
October 11, 2019 – Mercury Retrograde Shadow Begins (Mercury Retrograde is 10/31/19 – 11/20/19)
October 11 – Thesmophoria – The Mourning of Demeter begins through 10/13 (approximate)
October 12 – Day of the Virgen de Papopan – Our Lady of Expectation
October 12 – Day of Our Lady of Aparecido (Black Madonna, Brazil) Syncretizes to the Orisha Goddesses Oshun and Yemaya depending on the region
October 12 – Fortuna Redux – Return of the Roman Goddess Fortuna
October 13, 2019 – Full Moon in Aries at 5:08pm eastern
October 13 – Feast Day for the Greek Goddess of Health Hygeia
October 13 – Runic Half Month Wunjo (Joy)
October 14, 2019 – Indigenous People’s Day
October 14, 2019 – Canadian Thanksgiving
October 14 – Winter Nights of Norse Goddess Freya to mark her withdrawal
October 15 – Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Avila who is syncretized to the Orisha Goddess OYA
October 17, 2019 – Kuan Yin Feast Day of Enlightenment
October 23, 2019 – Sun moves into Scorpio
October 23 – Feast of the Egyptian Scorpion Goddess Selket
October 24 – Feast Day of the Archangel Raphael who is syncretized to the Orisha Inle
October 24 – Feast of Minerva, Roman Goddess of Wisdom and Craft
October 27, 2019 – New Moon in Scorpio at 11:39pm eastern
October 27, 2019 – Kali Puja in West Bengal begins
October 27, 2019 – HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – DIWALI BEGINS
October 27, 2019 – Lakshmi Puja begins
October 27, 2019 – Jayanti (birthday) of the Mahavidya Kamala
October 28 – ISIA – Mourning of the Goddess Isis
October 28 – Runic Half Month of Hagalaz (Ice)
October 28 – November 24 – Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal (Reed)
October 30 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Monserrat who is syncretized to the Orisha Goddess Yewa
October 30 – Day of the Egyptian Netjert – Goddesses of Weaving and Fate
October 30 – Night of the Scottish Nicnevin (also 11/10)
October 31 – SAMHAIN
October 31, 2019 – Mercury goes Retrograde in Scorpio at 11:14am Eastern
October 31 – 11/2 – Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead
October 31 – Descent of Inanna to the Underworld (approximate)
November 1 – All Saints Day
November 2 – All Souls Day
November 2 – Fete Ghede – Festival of the Dead in Haiti