“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne
Zodiac: Libra until October 22 and Scorpio from October 23
Gemstone: Tourmaline, Opal
Tourmaline is available in many colors — and many stones are bi-color or tri-color, containing multiple hues. It is often referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow,” and signifies love and friendship. Opal means “precious jewel.” Like the tourmaline, it’s often multi-hued, and it signifies faithfulness and confidence.
Flowers: Marigold and Cosmo
The marigold brings a message of undying love. The other October bloom is the cosmo, which symbolizes peace and serenity.
Tree: Rowan, Maple, Walnut
October’s birth flower is the pumpkin bloom. Just kidding—it’s actually the marigold. Marigolds are often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient. The other October flower is cosmo, a symbol of order, peace, and serenity.
October Birthstone – Opal
The Opal is the birthstone of October. The name, “Opal”, means “to see a change in color” and might make one drift off to daydreaming and envision a rainbow following a summer rain. Ancient monarchs treasured the opal mainly for its protective powers. Thus, they were set in into their crowns and worn in necklaces. The opal dates back to prehistoric times and according to Arabic legend, fell from heaven in a flash of lightening.
The Latin word, “opalus”, means precious jewel, and that it is. It contains up to thirty percent water and must be protected from harsh chemicals and heat. If not, they can cause the opal to dry out and may lead to a loss in its luster and cracking. It can also be broken very easily and must be guarded from any knocks or blows. The opal is made up of a non-crystallized silica, that can be found near the earth’s surface, typically in areas where geothermal springs once existed. Opal is mainly found in Australia, where ninety-five percent of the world’s black and white opals are mined. They are also found in Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
For centuries, before time was even recorded, the discovery of precious gems within the Earth’s crust inspired many. With each discovery, humans believed that there was a cosmic connection and energy emitted from these gemstones. As time went on, they became symbolic of certain times within the year. The calendar we are all familiar with today, the Gregorian Calendar or Western Calendar has a stone symbolic for each month of the year. For those offering these gemstones as gifts to their loved ones, they have been believed to possess magical or healing powers, or sometimes seen as a gift offering protection. Each of these precious stones are unique not only in their compositions, but their energies and strengthening powers.
The gift of an Opal symbolizes confidence and faithfulness and can be used to ward off nightmares. They have even been ground and ingested for healing properties to treat issues relating to the eyes. It has also been gifted to those going into battle for protection and utilized to ease child birth. It symbolizes hope, loyalty, happiness, innocence and purity. It should be stated that the most common of all opals, recognized by its pearly iridescent hues of aqua and baby blues and pinks, should be given as a gift to only those born in October, otherwise they can be a token of bad luck. However, lucky for other lovers of the October birthstone opal, the opal ranges in many colors and shades from all over the world. Another form of opal known as fire opal is transparent of orange and red colors with flicks of yellow, but the most valuable are that of the black or gem opals, which showcase one or more colors against a background of black.
Other Symbols of October:
The Candula. It is usually associated with grief, sorrow and despair.
October Birth Trees:
The Rowan, Maple and Walnut. The Rowan tree will guard against enchantment, and was also used in the art of metal divining. The berries of the Rowan tree feeds birds during long winters and have a pentagram shape. This shape is an ancient symbol of protection. Due to the berries shape, it is no surprise that it has also been referred to as the “Witch Tree”.
Famous People Born in October:
Zac Effron- October 18, 1987
Kate Winslet- October 5, 1975
Suzanne Sommers- October 16, 1946
Susan Surandon- October 4, 1946
Jeff Goldblum- October 22, 1952
Charlton Heston- October 4, 1923
Usher- October 14, 1978
Peter Tosh- October 19, 1944
Wednesday Flower of the Day
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley (Convallaria) is an old-fashioned cottage garden plant. This fragrant, romantic flower is also associated with Mercury. These lovely scented plants are best suited for growing in the shade and will multiply rapidly if you do not keep them under control in your garden. Flower folklore warns against planting lily of the valley alone. Instead, plant other magickal shade-loving flowers such as columbine or foxglove along with them to keep the garden happy. Lily of the valley is toxic if ingested, so simply enjoy the blooms in small arrangements or just for their scent in the garden. The perfume of lily of the valley was thought to have the power to improve the memory and to lift the spirits. In the language of flowers, the lily of the valley speaks of a true platonic friendship and a return to cheerfulness and happy times.
Source:Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week Ellen Dugan
Mums the word today, as the chrysanthemum is the floral most associated with October. In Eastern philosophy the mum has long been favored, as they are said to convey so much strong yang energy that they can instantly attract fortune and luck. They also symbolize a long life of ease and durability, so anything that you want to last — be it love, success, prosperity or harmony — can be auspiciously augmented by displaying these flowers. When positioned in the ‘Fame’ area of the home or office in October, yellow chrysanthemum will bring honor, opportunity, recognition and rewards.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Calendar of the Sun
Day of the Scales: Beginning of Libra
Colors: Pink, rose, white, and pastels
Altar: Drape with cloth in the day’s colors, and set with flowers, a crystal goblet of white wine, incense, feathers from any bird, a set of scales, a sword, and a pile of law books.
Offerings: Flowers. Anything beautiful or artistic. Beautify an area. Do something that is fair and just. Offer yourself for mediation for others.
Daily Meal: Sweet things, such as pastry, cakes, fruit, and other sweet desserts. The meals should be arranged aesthetically attractively.
Invocation to Libra
There are two sides to every scale,
The side of beauty and what is loved,
The side of fairness and what is just,
And it is a life’s work
To bring the two together.
You whose gift is Balance,
Bless us with harmony in every debate,
And help us see our views
Through the eyes of others.
By the power of all that bonds together,
You challenge us
To listen as much as we speak,
To speak as much as we listen,
To go back and forth in the dance of I and Thou.
May we all go forth in equality.
(Instead of a chant, all sing the song “Crane Dance”. One person who has been chosen to work the ritual goes among them, dispersing the flowers, and afterwards all will disperse the flowers about the house, so that they may be seen anywhere they walk.)
Magickal Relaxing Peace Bath
Draw a bath for yourself.
Pour a tablespoon or so of milk into a large bowl of water and say:
‘Water ripples on the breeze…’
Add several rose petals (fresh or dried) to the bowl of water and milk.
Say: ‘Thistledown flies through the air…’
Stir the water, milk, and rose petals with the index finger of your right hand. Say:
‘Silent as the mighty seas…’
Gently pour the mixture that you have created into the bath. Say:
‘Peaceful here without a care.’
Step in. Bathe for as long as you wish.
Let the water absorb negative thoughts and worries.
Allow yourself a few moments of healing peace.
Sorry my neck got to killing me while I was typing. Well I am typing now but my neck is not in a strain. Anyhow, while I was goofing off I ran across this simple self initiation ritual. It is not as elaborate as the one I did but it does the trick. Here it is………
Simple Self Initiation Rite
1. Begin by lighting Frankincense incense. Let the incense burn for a few minutes while you prepare yourself a warm bath with no additives such as soap, salts, oils, herbs, etc.
2. Slip into the bath and let the water cleanse away all of your negativity, doubt, hostility, agitation, stress, or any negative feelings or thoughts. Concentrate on the water releasing and cleansing your body, spirit and mind of any obstacles which may interfere with your concentration during your Magic.
3. Once your thoughts are cleared, you should now consciously accept that you do have the ability to manipulate circumstances with your Magic.
4. Pray to the Higher beings (God & Goddess) to aid you in your Magic in return for your devotion and appreciation for assistance given.
5. Slip out of the bath and dry yourself off. Take the burning incense and let the smoke flow over your body and accept that your life is now on a new path. Thank the Higher Beings for their acceptance. You should now get dressed, and grab an Occult book, and start learning as much as you can about Wicca, for you can never know too much.The Spell Book of Wiccan Shadows Flowers, Dawn (2012-03-24).
Magickal form: fresh or dried flower, oil
This is the flower of tenderness and belongs to the Goddess who rules the rainbow. It is another reminder that those will always be calm after a storm. Wear this frgrance or keep the fresh flowers on your altar when you feel restless, anxious, or agitated. It not only alleviates fear and worry but also calms obsessive behavior It is one of the best ingredients to heal a broken heart or combat worries over a difficult relationship or breakup.