“October begins in the ivy month . . “

Red Vines on Ditchbank

Red Vines on Ditch Bank

October is the Irish month of Deireadh Fomhair. Its Anglo-Saxon name, Winterfelleth, means “winter is coming.” Its Frankish name, Windurmanoth, “vintage month,” refers to the wine harvest.

In the Celtic tree calendar, October begins in the Ivy month, Gort, which (began September 30th and) runs until 27 October. . . . It is a time of direct, penetrating vision, the gaining of knowledge and the capability of discovering order in the unknown. Solar and lunar forces are said to be in unison during this tree month. — “the pagan book of days” by Nigel Pennick

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