Blood Moon, Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Moon of the Changing Season.
October or Octem, was the eighth month in the oldest Roman calendar. This Moon mother takes its name not from blood sacrifices, but from the old custom of killing and salting down livestock before the Winter months mad it impossible to feed them. Only the choicest stock was kept through the cold season.
Today we subconsciously begin to make preparations for the coming Winter during this time. We chick the antifreeze and tires for the car, gather up garden hoses and make plans to winterize and drafty spots around doors and windows in the house. Some of us do an ambitious fall cleaning.
Nature Spirits: frost faeries, plant faeries
Herbs: pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock
Colors: dark blue-green
Flowers: calendula, marigold, cosmos
Scents: strawberry, apple blossom, cherry
Stones: opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise
Trees: yew, cypress, acacia
Animals: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion
Birds: heron, crow, robin
Deities: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, Horned God, Belili, Hathor
Power Flow: to let go; inner cleansing. Karma and reincarnation. Justice and balance. Inner harmony.