Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activities this month in dark turquoise
Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in Violet, Forest Bathing Events in green.
Timings given are UK time (GMT+1), click here to convert to your time zone
October in Britain features the full splendour of autumn colours with an array of brown, red and golden yellow mixed with the remaining green as trees shed their leaves. Nature is truly remarkable; this process eliminates environmental toxins which have collected, and trees do it to protect themselves. In winter sunshine, water would continue to evaporate from the leaves, and should the ground water freeze, the tree's water supply would no longer be guaranteed. Hence the plant produces phytohormones and directs them to its leaf stalks. These hormones cause a corky layer to form, then the leaves fall off. This cork prevents pathogens such as fungi or bacteria from penetrating. Furtthermore, should it snow, the tree will not have to bear the additional weight of snow on the leaf surfaces.
This month is the ideal time to harvest chestnuts, conkers and apples and on the allotments we have many seasonal vegetables including broccoli, leeks, turnips, potatoes, kale plus of course squashes including pumpkin. It's easy to see why apple bobbing and pumpkin carving became associated with Halloween, celebrated on the 31st. We also have two separate sets of Meteor Showers, the Draconids (peaks 8th/9th) and the Orionids (peaks 20th/21st).
The month of October was named after 'octo' meaning 8th in Latin, as October was the 8th month when the year started in March.To the Anglo-Saxons, October was called Winterfylleth, or the “winter full moon,” because winter was said to begin on the first full moon in October.
During October, we have a plethora of international festivals such as World Vegetarian Day (1st), World Mental Health Day (10th), World Food Day (16th), International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17th) as well as Thanksgiving in Canada (11th). We can also look forward to the London Traditions Pearly King Harvest Festival (3rd) and October Plenty (usually a Sunday at the end of the month, but looks to be going online again this year), Christian Festival of St Francis of Assisi Day (4th), two annualEgyptian Festivals Going Forth of Isis (6th) & Isia (28th) and Roman October Horse (15th) annual commemorations, plus of course the Pagan Festival of Samhain (better known as Halloween) on 31st. Sarah Jane's Women's Circle Moon Lodge is meeting on Friday 15th. We have Forest Bathing events on Tuesday 12th (Woking), Thursday 14th (London SW20), Sunday 17th (Shere) and Saturday 30th (Guildford). Aligning with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and our New Moon New Vision: Moon Alignment Course runs for a full lunar cycle from New Moon on 6th October to New Moon on 4th November. Our Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 20th, with the Hunter Moon peaking earlier in the day at 15:57.
Friday 1st October is World Vegetarian Day.
Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, it is a day of celebration "to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle and hence is a time set aside to raise awareness of the positive effects of a vegetarian lifestyle on “humans, other animals and our shared earth.” See more details on the Awareness.com website.
World Vegetarian Day marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month throughout October, which ends with World Vegan Day on 1st November, marking the end of that month of celebration. Apparently, Vegetarian Awareness Month.
Sunday 3rd October, being the first Sunday in this month, is traditionally the Pearly King Harvest Festival at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, offering a spectacular display of historical London. More at ProjectBritain Website.The Pearly Kings & Queens are a popular Cockney tradition dating from the 19th century. It started when a young boy covered a suit with pearly buttons to raise money for the poor at fairs and charity events. Other boroughs followed suit and got their own Pearly King or Queen. The Pearly King image is the author's property. The model is unknown but willingly posed for the photograph; there is no commercial gain from the author's use of this photograph.
Monday 4th October is the Feast of Francis of Assisi in the Christian Calendar, so it is appropriate that it is also World Animal Day since St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. It is a popular date for animals to be blessed.
St Francis, who founded the Catholic Church’s Franciscan order, lived in Italy between approximately 1181 and 1226. He is remembered for his love for animals and nature and his generosity to the poor, as well as well as his willingness to minister to the lepers.
St Francis was cannonised (pronounced a Saint), shortly after his death (in 1228) by Pope Gregory IX. The Pope also laid the foundation stone for the UNESCO World Heritage site, Basilica of St Francis d'Assisi, Italy.
Tuesday 5th Octoberis the final part of Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Ament (Level 1), 7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT+1 = UK & USA friendly evening hours), £88. See Violet Flame of Amenti page for details and to book. Missed sessions are recorded so late applicants can be accommodated. 3 x 2.25 hour evening course, worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom.
Wednesday 6th October @ 12:06 is the New Moon.
The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy.
There are video instructions on my You Tube Page.
Wednesday 6th October is the start of New Moon New Vision; Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme.
This lunar cycle applies the transformational properties of spiritual alchemy to help you feel rejuvenated and purposeful about the rest of the year, via the creation of a Vision Board. It's a special one lunar month empowerment and attunement programme combining the solar & lunar balancing with various ceremonies throughout the month. The next Moon Alignment Programme begins with the New Moon on the 6th October and culminates with the New Moon on 4th November. This takes in the Pagan Festival of Samhain (31st October, also known as Halloween).
Thursday 7th October, though some sources say Sunday 10th October, is Going Forth of Isis (Aset) in Egyptian Tradition. Apparently, her heart is pleased on this day because 'the heritage is granted to her son Horus (Heru)'.
On this special day, a specially selected team of Priests and/or Priestesses would commence a procession to take their most treasured image or statue of Aset (Isis) to another temple, with many planned stops en route. At each stop a sacred rite would be performed by the Priests/Priestesses and often divinations would be offered. When the final temple destination was reached, the image or statue would be placed in an honoured location and a joyful fesival celebration would ensue.
Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th October, is the Draconids Meteor Shower. The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. That’s why the Draconids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, and, surprisingly in the early evening soon after dusk.
Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour.
In 2021, the recent New Moon (on the 6th) should provide relatively moon-free viewing for a few hours after nightfall which is the best viewing time this year. See Earthsky Website or timeandate.com for more.
Sunday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Initially it was as an annual activity held by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), but World Mental Health Day has been observed since 10th October 1992.
It's now officially commemorated every year on 10th October and this year's theme is 'mental health in an unequal world'. This year, in collaboration with ITN Productions, they have created a film entitled Forward Together for Mental Health- there's a trailer on the mentalhealth-uk.org website, where you can also register to be notified when the film is released.
Monday 11th October is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, sometimes called Canadian Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the American holiday which is the 4th Thursday in November (this year it's Thursday 25th November).
Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday, celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
Tuesday 12th October,11am - 1.30m, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new Woking (GU21) location in Horsell Common, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 2½ hours in the woods mindfully connecting to netaure through simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. Join us at this mixed woodland and heath location, featuring many Scott's pines and silver birches. This historic common land was featured in HG Wells' best selling novel.
A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing,does not involve any swimming! Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.
This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.
Book via harmonyinnature.uk or our Surrey Meetup. Email to go on our forest bathing mailing list.
Thursday 14th October, 11am -1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new London location (woohoo) in Cannon Hill Park, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. We will take you on a 2½ hour journey through the beautiful landscaped park, nestled in this little known oasis of calm within Greater London. Through a selection of simple sensory activities, you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be missed. We end with a treelaxtion; a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!
Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.
This session which will take place in all weathers except 25+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our London Meetup. Email to go on our forest bathing mailing list.
Friday 15th October is the Roman celebration of October Horse being the Ides of October.
The October Ides featured a two-horse chariot race on the Campus Martius.
Friday 15th October is the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £15 + Eventbrite fee = £16.76.
Run by Harmony Healing collaborator Sarah Jane Dennis, this is a sacred circle for women in the community to come together as we once did, to connect in a safe and loving space to the energies of the moon and our own cycles. It is being held in person by Sarah in the TW13 postcode area, full address will be given on receipt of payment.
Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. Book at Eventbrite.
Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .
Saturday 16th October is World Food Day; a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger.
This day, declared by the UN General Assembly, aims to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme for World Food Day 2021 is 'Our Actions are our Future.'
The theme is to highlight the fact that the food we choose and the way we consume it, affects our health and that of our planet. Our actions have impact on the way agri-food systems work. So we all need to be part of the change.
Each year, on 16th October, Concern Worldwide joins organisations around the world in commemorating World Food Day, marking the day the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) was founded in 1945. Concern Worldwide, whose motto is tackling hunger, transforming lives highlight some incredibly worthy causes on their website.
Sunday 17th October,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Heaing Sanctuary, £35 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32). We have small groups of maximum 12* including guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing.
This is a 2½ hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Booking link.
Sunday 17th October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17th October 1987, when over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris. This was the location where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day.
Since then, every year on 17th October, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor.
Wednesday 20th October is the Hunter Full Moon @ 15:57.
Between this date and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.
Click here for Full Moon Angelic Meditation.
Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards, available from the Harmony Shop (signed by Angela).
Wednesday 20th Octoberis our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation, 7.30-9.30pm UK time.
During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal). This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general. For more details and to book, see Harmony Shop.
Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st October is the peak of the Orionids which is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet and lasts from 15th until 29th October.
The Orionids are so-called because they appear to come from, the constellation Orion. In some years, meteors may occur at rates of 50-70 per hour.
This year, on the night of the Full Moon it's not likely to be good viewing. In 2021, the annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to rain down the greatest number of meteors before dawn on October 21st, perhaps as many as 20 meteors per hour. Sadly the light pollution from the Hunter's Full Moon will obscure viewing.
But the hours between midnight and dawn on the mornings of October 20th and 22nd may offer a decent sprinkling of meteors as well, and you might see some anytime in October if you have a dark sky for viewing. See also EarthSky website where you will also find more details about the event.
Thursday 28th October is the Egyptian celebration of Isia, marking the 7 days that Aset (Isis) spent searching for the body parts of Asar (Osiris) following his death and dismemberment by his brother Set.
This culminates on Wednesday 3rd November with Hilaria when she resurrected him by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.
Informative laminated posters of Isis by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (from Alkhemi.co.uk) and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.
Saturday 30th October, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Surrey Hills, £25 (+ Paypal fee = £26.25). This is a 2 hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Booking link.
Important News about Newlands Corner. Newlands Corner, our beautiful ancient forest site in Guildford Surrey, have put up our site rental price so much that we don't know if we will be able to continue offering public sessions there. We had to cancel our September event as the venue hire cost wasn't going to be covered. So, if you want to join us Newlands Corner, please book in ASAP for one of our pre-Christmas dates as it is unlikely to feature as a 2022 destination. We will be forced to cancel Newlands events one week before if numbers are low, so please don't leave it to a last-minute booking or you stand to be disappointed.
Sunday 31st October is the end of the Summer Daylight Saving Time in 2021, so the UK clocks go back an hour at 01.00 hrs (Saturday night).
Sunday 31st October traditionally marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the Celtic and Pagan New Year. Samhain is Irish-Gaelic for 'the Summer's end', and is pronounced 'sow-in'. Samhain represents the death of the summer sun god, Lugh. This festival celebrates Nature's cycle of death and renewal. This is traditionally known as Halloween. Samhain is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Lughnasadh, Imbolc and Beltane.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Samhain heralds the beginning of Winter, when the world starts to darken and the days are getting shorter; the 'dark half' of the year and the demise of the sun's uplifting influence. The crone, personified as Cailleach - the Queen of the Winter - was reborn on every All Hallow's Eve, returning to bring the Winter and protect animals through the coldest months. She turned to stone on Beltane Eve, Beltane being 1st May.
This year 31st is the final Sunday in October so this could be the chosen date for the annual October Plenty Festival traditionally held in Southwark on London Bankside. If it takes place at all in 2021 it will be an online event. In the past, this autumn harvest celebration would begin on the Bankside, by Shakespeare's Globe and would feature a mix of ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity, joining with historic Borough Market, Southwark. The procession would normally feature a Berry Man - an autumn version of the Green Man but covered in fruits and foliage, plus a Corne Queene effigy comprised of wheat, barley and grain with apples and root vegetables supplied from the Borough Market.
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The Harmony Healing regular Blog update can be emailed out with more information as the events above happen (updates are headed with a title detailing the occasion so you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance. See https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/blog for typical Blog entries. Sometimes Blogs will appear on successive days and at other times there will be no messages for a while. The sender e-mail address is j (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.
Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2021 Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!
These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website a fortnight ahead and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts.
Extracts from the Celestial Forecast are reproduced in Glyden Magick, an online magazine offered via Gylden Fellowship which is a fabulous resource for Neo-Pagans (particularly in the South of England when physical meet-ups can resume).
Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment.