Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
Goddess Month of Mala begins 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Calendar: September 30 – October 27 ~ The Ivy
(30 September – 27 October) Ivy is the symbol of resurrection. It is an herb of Jupiter and the sun, and is associated with positive ego strength. It is sacred to Osiris and Saturn and is also connected with the god Dionysus. When Zeus’s wife Hera, discovered that Zeus had bedded Semele, the daughter of Cadmus, King of Thebes, Hera suggested to Semele that she should ask Zeus to unveil himself to her. When he did so, his divine flames consumed her and almost killed her unborn child, Dionysus, but for a sudden growth of ivy. In still another story of the deities, Kissos is the name given to a nymph who dances so furiously at a Dionysian feast that she collapses and dies of exhaustion. Dionysus, grieving her untimely death, changes her into ivy.
Most Ivies have five-pointed leaves which are sacred to the Goddess. The month of Ivy is a good time to work for rebirth and tenaciousness. Ivy has attributes of restraint of fear and dealing with emotions. Ivy grows in a sacred spiral, which symbolizes reincarnation, from lifetime to lifetime, from minute to minute and day to day. Ivy travels everywhere – it spreads steadily and thrives in many places where no other greenery could survive – its determination to reach through obstacles toward light and food is well known and therefore Ivy symbolizes strength.
October ~ Moon Phases
First Quarter falls on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at 3:33 PM
Full “Hunter’s” Moon falls on Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 6:50 AM
Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM
New Moon falls on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM
First Quarter falls on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM
The Seasons, 2014
Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins) September 22nd at 9:28 evening.
Sun on Equator, crosses the line South, enters the sign of Libra.
Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 6:01 evening.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.
The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
Courtesy of Granny Moon’s Morning Feast