“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 and our weather has finally taken a turn to the cool here in Delaware. The windows are open, the crows are having raucous parties in the trees, and the leaves are bleeding from green into vivid, Autumnal rainbows. I can almost smell winter on the crisp winds. Pumpkins and gourds are popping up everywhere and I will be heading to the farms in Pennsylvania soon to secure my personal gourd hoard.
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 adorned 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! I am delighted to welcome Guest Priestess Brandi Auset for our free Goddess Meditation Circle on 10/24 to celebrate Samhain and the Goddess Cerridwen.
We are beginning our month with this potent Full Moon in Aries AND we will be ending October with a second Full Moon that is a BLUE MOON which occurs on Samhain. Talk about powerful! Mary Lomando and Michelle Boxley have both done wonderful articles on the Aries Full Moon for details on how to navigate this lunation. Click here to see the Astrology articles for the Full Moon in Aries
And don’t miss the October Astro-Tarot readings from Audrey Alison!
The ongoing global pandemic, US election, and challenging astrology are adding pressures to our Autumn season this year. We have chaos-fatigue and there has never been a stronger need for us to remember 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 whatever our BIPOC sisters and brothers need. 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 retrogrades of Autumn. They are also remedies for the many difficulties of the past few months. In these challenging times, we will come out transformed or not at all. Goddess is waiting.
Mystery School of the Goddess has many new online courses for the season and beyond, as well as more new classes coming. See the newest Mystery School of the Goddess online courses here
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. For those who are in the path of the fires, for those who are getting hit with storms and hurricanes, for the Social Activists who are on the front lines, for all those who are suffering and feeling alone, 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!
***Super October Special is the Dark Goddess Bundle – 3 Dark Goddess Courses, 16 Goddesses, and Practices to take you through the Winter!
“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. Make a wish for “once in a Blue Moon”!” ~ Kimberly Moore, Goddess Planner
October 1, 2020 – FULL MOON IN ARIES at 5:05pm edt
October 3, 2020 – Day of Marian Devotions
October 3 – Bacchanal Celebration to give thanks for wine and grape harvest
October 4, 2020 – Pluto Stations Direct in Capricorn
October 4 – Feast day of St. Frances of Assisi – syncretized to the Orisha Orunmila
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 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 Oshunor Yemaya depending on the region
October 12 – Fortuna Redux – Return of the Roman Goddess Fortuna
October 12, 2020 – Indigenous People’s Day
October 12, 2020 – Canadian Thanksgiving
October 13, 2020 – Mercury Stations Retrograde in Scorpio
October 13 – Feast Day for the Greek Goddess of Health Hygieia
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 16, 2020 – New Moon in Libra at 3:31pm edt
October 17 – 25, 2020 – Navaratri/Durga Puja Begins – Nine Nights of the Divine Mother
October 22, 2020 – Sun moves into Scorpio
October 23, 2020 – Durga Ashtami – Most sacred day of Navaratri honoring the Goddess Durga
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 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, 2020 – FULL MOON BLUE MOON in Taurus at 10:49am edt
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
Witchy Goodies for October
Bat Hand Sanitizer Holder from CreateSewMuch
Obsidian Dagger from Red Priestess
Her Dark Secret Oil (inspired by Baba Yaga) from Sacred Well
Honoring Your Ancestors Mister from Murphy’s Essentials
Pink Passion Fruit Skull Lip Balm from Rebels Refinery
Retrograde Remedy Mist & Crystal Set from Red Priestess
Seasonal Plant Bundles for Burning from Stick Medicine
The Witch Oils from Daughters of Isis
Recommended Reading for October
Dark Goddess Reading List – MotherHouse blog
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