October Folklore

Is there a better month than October? The gates to the other side stretch to their widest as the living things of the world rush out, standing in exact opposition to May. Nothing goes quietly, the trees burn, the plants leave behind their seed scaffolds, and each night sky is more beautiful than the last. October is the month of Halloween/Samhain and that requires a whole other post of folklore of its own, so here are just a few other little things I think are interesting…….

October Gem; Opal (often associated with death and bad luck-I personally love them)

Flower; Calendula

18th October is St Luke’s Day, to find out who your future  partner may be, wash your face in spices, honey and vinegar before going to bed and say this rhyme……

“St Luke, St Luke, be kind to me, In dreams let me my true love see”

St Luke’s day was also known as ‘dog whipping day’ and would see all the stray dogs whipped out of town on this day.

My favourite piece of folklore that I found was associated with the 4th October, on this day it was believed that all the Swallows would swoop to the bottoms of ponds and hibernate for the Winter. Well have a good rest little beauties and we all look forward to seeing you in the Spring.

1 Comment

  1. I love opals, too–but then Oct. is also my favorite month

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