This month is a time of transition as the earth prepares for winter’s rest and we prepare for our journey through the dark of the year. At night there’s a chill in the air. The leaves of trees have blazed to their full autumn splendor and are drifting away on the wind. This is the time of Hecate, Cerridwen—the Dark Mother who stands alone. This is the time to contemplate the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Moon Before the Dark
A mild breeze whispers on sunny afternoons, but night comes earlier as the harbingers of winter steal leaves from the trees. Moonlight shimmers on the first wet frost as earth prepares for sleep. In the Celtic tree month of Ivy, this powerful evergreen teaches us about strength and endurance, death and immortality. Ivy is a symbol of the knowledge of things that are hidden and mysterious. The dark of the year is a time for us to enter the darkness in ourselves. Learn from ivy and find what is hidden within you.
Other names for this moon: Blood Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Harvest Moon.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar
October 1 – 27: Ivy
Associated with resurrection, transformation and reflection.
October 28 – 31: Reed
Associated with health and healing, knowledge and learning, and one’s unfolding destiny.
October is the time for inner cleansing. Meditate on the laws of Karma and thoughts of reincarnation. This is the time of letting go, justice, balance, and inner harmony.
Herbs: Pennyroyal, Thyme, Catnip, Sage, Rosemary, Angelica & Burdock.
Colours: Dark Blue-Green.
Flowers: Autumn Flowering Cyclamen and Crocus, Viburnum, Autumn Lillies & Cosmos.
Perfumes: Cinnamon, Orange, Clove, Cherry & Myrrh.
Crystals: Opal, Tourmaline, Beryl & Turquoise.
Deities: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Horned God, Belili, Hathor.
1 – Maple, Ivy
Roman goddess Fides celebrated
2 – Maple, Ivy
Feast of guardian angels
3 – Maple, Ivy
During the Middle Ages, the Slavs called this the “yellow month” because of the color of the leaves.
4 – Ivy, Rowan
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (d. 1226)
Animal Blessing Day
5 – Ivy, Rowan
Journey with the shamans
6 – Ivy, Rowan
Make blackberry wine for Imbolg
7 – Ivy, Rowan
Mindfulness Day (Buddhist)
8 – Ivy, Rowan
Egyptian feast day of Ma’at
9 – Ivy, Rowan
Good Luck Day – Roman goddess Felicitas celebrated
10 – Ivy, Rowan
In Cornwall, England, the weather on this day was believed to foretell a mild or severe winter.
11 – Ivy, Rowan
Teutonic celebration – Lady of the Elder Trees
12 – Ivy, Rowan
Oktoberfest began in 1810 to celebrate Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony.
13 – Ivy, Rowan
Last appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 (Portugal)
Runic half month of Wunjo begins
14 – Ivy, Maple
Full Moon – Moon before the Dark
Winter’s Day – in the old calendar this was considered the beginning of winter
15 – Ivy, Maple
Feast of Teresa of Avila, 16th Century Christian mystic
16 – Ivy, Maple
Autumn colors blaze and on dull gray days trees seem to be lit from within
17 – Ivy, Maple
17th to the 26th Orionid meteor showers
18 – Ivy, Maple
Thesmophoria – Persephone honored as she descends to the Underworld
19 – Ivy, Maple
Begin gathering elderberries, bittersweet and crab apples for your Samhain altar
20 – Ivy, Maple
21 – Ivy, Maple
Slavic goddess Ursala celebrated
22 – Ivy, Maple, Willow
Day of the Willows – Mesopotamia celebration of Astarte
23 – Ivy, Maple
Sun enters Scorpio
24 – Ivy, Walnut
Honor Nuada for healing
Feast of Raphael, angel of healing
25 – Ivy, Walnut
Eve of Agincourt (1415)
26 – Ivy, Walnut
27 – Ivy, Walnut
Allen Apple Day – love divination with Allen apples (England)
28 – Walnut, Reed
Celtic tree month of Reed begins
Runic half month of Hagal begins
29 – Walnut, Reed
Honor Pan and woodland spirits
30 – Walnut, Reed
Buy a pomegranate
31 – Reed, Apple/Crabapple, Beech, Blackthorn, Goosebury, Hazel, Locust, Willow, Witch Hazel, Yew
Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve – Samhain Ritual
Honor your ancestors