- Celestial: Sun Libra/Moon Pisces
- Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Ancestors, Ceres/Demeter, Dionysus, Disir, Elves, Felicitas, Isis, Hekate, Leif Erikson, Horus, Kore/Persephone, The Norns, Odin and the Norse Pantheon, Osiris, Ra, Set, Thoth, Triple Goddess
- Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Vervain
- Card for Today: Wheel of Fortune
- Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Odinism/Pagan/Celto-Viking Reconstructionism: Winter Nights Festival (09/10 - 15/10) The Asatru and Odinists recognize this time as a time of thanks, remembrance and celebration. Winter Nights or Old Norse Vetrnætr was initially celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia. It was said that it was one of the three most important festivals to the Norse. This festival marks the end of the summer and start of the winter meaning the end of the harvest work and a time to celebrate. Two of the rituals that were held during the festival were called Alfablót and Dísablót. Many different beings were worshipped at this conglomerate festival time but particularly to Freya and the protective fertility spirits called Disir, especially the Norns. The Disir are seen as female ancestors. Yet it was a time to honour all the Gods. Sacrifices paid respects to the dead and thanks was offered to the Gods for a good harvest year and for more to come. An Álfablót was performed for the Elves, who were a race of beings believed to be powerful and beautiful. A Dísablót, was held for the Dísir of whom the Norns were part - females who controlled the fate of mortal men. The purpose of the Dísablót was to enhance the next years harvest. This festival covered many aspects and was a time of great bonding, ritual, celebration and revelry. Many personally observe by pouring a libation of ale, milk, or mead into the soil an offering to the Disir and the Earth itself.
- Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Odinism/Pagan: Day of Remembrance for Leif Erikson - In this Asatruar month known as Hunting, this is a day that historians agree should be dedicated to Leif Erikson who first discovered what would become the USA, calling it Vinland, pre-dating Columbus’ “discovery” by over 500 years.
- Celtic/Pagan/Reconstructionist/Wiccan: Triple Goddess Fest - Although another date is recognized, some sources identify today as one of the great Celtic and Wiccan festivals of the Triple Goddess, this one marking the mature woman’s transition from Mother to Wise Woman, from the grower of new life to the source of wisdom.
- Indigenous Mexican/Latin Lore and Ritual: Wima’Kwari (Kwara)- celebration of “Ojos de Dios” or “Eye of God” in Mexico. The eye was an ancient symbol of the Deity and was used as a blessing and protection. Many understandings denote the representation to have been of feminine aspect. This ancient symbol was made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico but is seen amongst the Aymara Indians of Bolivia and Northern American tribes as well. In Mexico, the central eye is done when the child is born, every year, a bit of wire, yarn or string is added until the child turns five years of age. The creations are placed on altars where they can be seen and are supplications for protection. When an “Ojo de Dios” is created it expresses a prayer that divine protection is manifested and this aspect is celebrated on this date.
- Native American: Hopi Green Squash Festival - This festival was held in early fall, when the squash had ripened in the field. The expression “green” refers to ripened vegetables that were edible.
- Roman: Day of Fausta Felicitas - A festival celebrating the ancient Roman goddess of luck and good fortune was held annually on this date in many parts of Italy. Felicitas represented good luck and joy and is associated with the Genius Publicus or “spirit of the people” and Venus Victrix. Her name is essentially two words of the same meaning, likely doubled up for emphasis, for fausta in the Latin is the adjective “favorable” or “auspicious”, while felicitas is the noun meaning “luck”, “good fortune” or “happiness”; Her name can be translated as “Lucky Luck”. Her name evokes the Latin saying “Quod bonum faustum felix fortunatumque sit!”, which translates as “May it be good, lucky, happy, and blessed!” This phrase had been used since ancient times as the proper formula said at the beginning of her ritual day. Contemporarily, Wiccans may see this time as beneficial for casting and amulation to attract good luck or to end bad luck.
- Greek: Thesmophoria (06/10 - 09/10) - festival commemorating the transformation of Goddess Kore (Queen of the Living) into Persephone (Queen of the Dead). She abandoned Her Mother, Goddess Demeter, and eloped to Elysium with Her partner, God Dionysos/Plouton, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead. Source dates vary.
- Egyptian: In the Khemitian Calendar, the concluding events of the great legend cycle of the Passion of Ausar (“Osiris”) are enacted. At this time the dispute between Set, brother and murderer of Ausar, and Hor (Horus), the falcon-headed solar hero, son of Ausar and Aset (Isis), is submitted for judgment by Ra, Neter of the Sun on the 23rd day of Hethara, after a long and inconclusive combat that has scorched and damaged the body of the Earth. Hor’s case is argued by Djehuti (Thoth), neter of letters and learning; while Set becomes the first personage in history to act as his own advocate, and have a fool for a client. Ra and the other Neters deliberate and announce their decision in three days.
- Astronomical/Astrological: Venus enter Scorpio. She is “in detriment” here, her powers frayed, even weakened to exhaustion in this perilous territory. Her sexual energy more desperate and obsessive than playful and sensuous. Love has a certain relentless quality, sex is more force than fun and even the macabre aspect of death by orgasmic modes appeals, until Nov. 2. This placement involves sexual depletion, even flameouts to the tune of crash, burn and die for the cluelessly adventurous and flamboyantly erotic. The point is equisitely displayed on the zodiac wheel, where the white sexuality of the Virgin and the black sexuality of the Scorpion are positioned on either side of, what else, Libra the Scales, which marks the balance between the potential of life and the passion of love. As Pure Virgo remains untouched and bears no fruit, and Pure Scorpio likes to seek death by orgasm, neither by itself will contribute much to the birth of new life. But if elements of both are balanced in Libra - the sign that rules marriages/bondings thereby life can more easily go on.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.
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