“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 and I am doing a cackling, happy dance around my gourds, pumpkins, and cauldron! I have plans and a new altar cloth for my Samhain and Ancestor Altar and I am ready to begin adorning. This year is bittersweet as my Father is a new addition to the Ancestor Altar. It has been a tough year processing my grief, but there is comfort in adding him to the season’s remembrances.
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 are designed 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 which includes daily prompts to sync with the season!
The Goddess Calendar of October is full of ancestor celebrations, times to honor the Dark Goddesses who are stepping forward, Shakti festivals like Durga Puja, and more! This year, we are launching our very own SAMHAINFEST – 13 Days of Samhain celebration that begins on 10/19/21. Make sure you are registered with MotherHouse Goddess Temple online space for all the goodies!
It has been another very tough year. Many of us have been touched personally by the ongoing pandemic. We are weary and it has never been more important to maintain our spiritual practices. Take refuge in the slowing down of the season. The rhythms of Goddess and the season give us space and energy to support grief AND transformation. Seek guidance from your Ancestors. Explore the depths of your soul connection to Goddess and treasure it as sustenance from the coming dark through the inevitable rise of light. Bring your wisdom to bear in your communities and circles to hold space for healing and support for marginalized communities who are really struggling. Extend your presence to those who are lonely and suffering.
Our daily practices, Goddess (as well as our Guides, Allies, and Ancesors), gathering in Community, prayer, and spiritual fortification are all remedies for the transits and eclipses of Autumn. They are also remedies for the many difficulties of the past many months. In these challenging times, we will come out transformed or not at all. Goddess is waiting.
The Altars have been very busy here at MotherHouse. Each morning I chant and pray and send out blessings and energy for our Community and beyond. The Goddesses are gathered, the candles are lit, and my chants and prayers are being offered for all of you every single day.
May the Shadow and Light of Goddess illuminate your soul and season! See you for Samhainfest!
“Sync to the Goddesses of Samhain and begin creating your own ritual. Honor the Beloved Dead and your Ancestors throughout the month with an altar and offerings. Make sure to invite them to Samhain! Meditate on the cosmic courses in your life with the Goddess Ma’at. How many Minerva Owls (creative projects) do you have ready to release into the world? Explore grief in your life with Demeter. Light a yellow candle for Our Lady of Aparecido. Purify and cleanse your house and make way for the bright and shiny Fortuna! Work with Hygeia on a sustainable plan of wellness. Celebrate each of the nine nights of Durga Puja and the Shakti Goddesses! Take a cemetery walk and honor all of the Graveyard Goddesses … Hekate, Yewa, OYA, Maman Brigitte, Kalma, Obba, Mania, Libitina!” ~ Kimberly Moore, Goddess Planner
OCTOBER GODDESS CALENDAR
October is the month of the Rosary
October 2, 2021 – Day of Marian Devotion
October 2, 2021 – Pluto stations direct in Capricorn
October 3 – Bacchanal Celebration to give thanks for wine and grape harvest
October 4 – Feast day of St. Frances of Assisi – syncretized to the Orisha Orunmila
October 6, 2021 – New Moon in Libra at 7:05 AM ESDT
October 7, 2021 – Venus enters Sagittarius
October 7 – Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7 – Day of the Egyptian Goddess Maat
October 8 – Indigenous People’s Day
October 8 – TARA DAY
October 8 -Wisdom Roman Goddess Minerva’s Day
October 10, 2021 – Saturn stations direct in Aquarius
October 10-19, 2021 – Navaratri Begins! Durga Puja
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)
October 12 – Fortuna Redux – Return of the Roman Goddess Fortuna
October 13, 2021 – Durga Ashtami – Most sacred day of Navaratri honoring the Goddess Durga
October 13 – Feast Day for the Greek Goddess of Health Hygeia
October 13 – Runic Half Month Wunjo (Joy)
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 18, 2021 – Mercury stations direct in Libra
October 18, 2021 – Jupiter stations direct in Aquarius
OCTOBER 19, 2021 – SAMHAINFEST – 13 Days of Samhain begins!
October 20, 2021 – Full Moon in Aries at 10:56 AM ESDT
October 23, 2021 – Sun enters 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 28 – ISIA – Mourning of the Goddess Isis
October 28 – Runic Half Month of Hagalaz (Hail)
October 28 – November 24 – Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal – Reed
October 30, 2021 – Mars enters Scorpio
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 Nicneven (also 11/10)
October 30, 2021 – MOTHERHOUSE GODDESS TEMPLE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
October 31 – SAMHAIN
October 31 – 11/2 – Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead
October 31 – Descent of Inanna to the Underworld (approximate)