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Days of the Month for October

 

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October 1 : The Day of the Top Dog
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October 2 : The Day of Verbal Acuity
Jewish : ‘Rosh Hashanah’ commences on this day.

Graham Greene, writer, born this day in 1904.

Celtic feast day of ‘Mylor’, unknown date, believed to be Breton. Mylor was believed to have been murdered at the request of his uncle by his guardian, severing his head from his body, but only after his uncle had previously cut off Mylor’s right hand and left foot. Metal replacements were fitted to Mylor as a child and were reputed to have turned to flesh and blood. Many believed that this was the reason why his uncle desired revenge. It is thought that he was buried in Amesbury. The villages of Mylor, Linkinhorn and Merther Myle, all to be found in Cornwall, England, are reputed to be named in his honour.

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October 3 : The Day of the Trend-setters
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October 4 : The Day of the Incorrigibles
Ancient Roman : ‘Jerunium Cereris’, this day was dedicated to Ceres ‘Mother Earth’.

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October 5 : The Day of the Just Cause
Celtic feast day of ‘Murdach’, hermit, date unknown. Believed to be the last of the bards, living in Scotland, in Argyleshire.

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October 6 : The Day of the Good Life
East Indian : ‘Festival of God Vishnu’ the Hindu God commences.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, died on this day in 1850.

Celtic feast day of ‘Cumine’, seventh century, Abbot of Iona (657). Thought to be a distant relation of Columcille (9 June).

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October 7 : The Day of Defiance
Clarence Birdseye, inventor of the process by which food can be deep frozen died on this day in 1956.

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October 8 : The Day of High Romance
‘Festival of High Places’ : Chinese festival of good luck.

Celtic feast day of ‘Ywi’, hermit, monk, seventh century, Irish. Reputed to be the son of a Celtic chief. A disciple of Cuthbert (20 March). Two accounts of his life tell that he either died at sea on his way to follow missionary work in Northumbria or travelled to Brittany. Believed to be buried at Wilton, Salisbury, England.

Celtic feast day of ‘Keyne’, nun, Welsh (her mother is said to have had a vision of her arrival when bright rays shone from her own breast whilst she was holding a dove). Believed to have been able to work the miracle of turning snakes to stone. Thought to be either the daughter, or possibly grand-daughter of Brychan (6 April). The area known as Keynesham is attributed to have been named after her. Thought also to be the aunt of Cadoc (25 September). He is reputed to have convinced Keyne to return from the place of her work in this area to Abergavenny, Wales. Two angels were said to have dressed her in crimson and gold on the day of her death which was signalled by a pillar of flame climbing wildly from her cell. Abergavenny and Liskeard (Cornwall) have healing wells attributed to Keyne. It was believed that the wells would assist anyone who was married, by promoting strength and supremacy in the union. Whoever drank it first would be the driving force in the partnership.

Celtic feast day of ‘Triduna’, also known as ‘Trallew’, Trallen’ and ‘Trollhaena’. Hermit, fourth century, who is said to have plucked out her eyes as they were much admired. One suitor vowed that he was ‘prepared to die for the love of her eyes’. Reputed to have borne the relics of St Andrew from Constantinople in 397 to Scotland. There is a sacred well dedicated in her honour at Restalrig.

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October 9 : The Day of the Penetrating Gaze
John Winston Lennon, song writer and a founder member of the Beatles pop group born in 1940.

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October 10 : The Day of Prudent Economy
The beginning of the Brazilian ‘Festival of Light’.

Giuseppe Verdi, composer, born this day in 1813.

Celtic feast day of ‘Paulinus’ of York, monk, believed to have baptised Hilda (17 November), thought to have worked in Yeavering, Northumbria after initially working in Kent, England. Believed to be Roman.

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October 11 : The Day of Gracious Ease
Jewish festival of ‘Yom Kippur’ commences.

Traditionally this day is associated with Blackberries. (For further information on blackberries and other fruit see Mystical WWW Plants, or for fruit trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Traditionally this was the old ‘Michaelmas Day’.

Celtic feast of ‘Kenneth’, also known as ‘Canice’. Scribe, missionary, sixth century, Irish, son of a bard. Founded a monastery at Aghaboe, (Kilkenny) Ireland. Wrote the Chain of Canice, a transcription of the four gospels and his own commentaries. Instructed by Finnian (12 December) and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Also instructed by Cadoc (25 September) when he spent time in Wales. Associated with Blane (11 August), accompanied Columcille (9 June) to see King Brude on missionary work. Kenneth and Columcille were believed to be able to communicate with one another via a form of telepathy. Columcille is said to have predicted his arrival at Iona, to have placed Kenneth’s crosier on a beach knowing that he had forgotten it but would land at the spot to find it, and also that as Columcille was in the midst of a terrifying storm at sea, Kenneth ran from the meal he was eating to pray for his safety. Columcille is reputed to have noted that Kenneth to have tied on only one shoe in the rush, which was believed to have taken place. Columcille was heard by the men on the ship to say ‘God has looked on the zeal of Kenny, running to church with only one shoe on his foot, to pray for us’. Inch Kenny on the Isle of Iona is reputed to have been named in Kenneth’s honour. Kenneth was said to have the ability to communicate with animals thus controlling their actions.

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October 12 : The Day of the Grand Gesture
Celtic feast day of ‘Fiech’, harpist, singer, Bishop. Believed to have been a disciple of Dubtach (father of Brigid, 1 February).

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October 13 : The Day of the Tough Cookie
‘Martyrdom of the Holy Templars’ is remembered on this day.

Celtic feast day ‘Comgan’, seventh or eighth century, son of Kelly, who was the Prince of Leinster. Uncle of Fillan (9 January). Established a monastery at Lochalsh, Scotland where he is thought to have died. Buried at Iona.

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October 14 : The Day of Moderation
Dwight D. Eisenhower, American General, the first to have five starts, born this day in 1890.

Celtic feast day of ‘Levan’, monk, sixth century, thought to be Welsh. Believed to have spent time in Cornwall, where St Levan is said to have been named in his honour. Some believe that Levan also comes from Brittany. Said to have been an excellent fisherman, once having caught two fish at once (upon which unfortunately his sister’s children choked). Reputed to have cursed a woman called Johanna, saying all born by that name would grow up to be silly fools as she reproved him for going fishing on a Sunday when she herself was collecting herbs.

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October 15 : The Day of the World’s Stage
Festival dedicated to Mars, the God of War : Ancient Rome.

Roman poet, Virgil, born this day in 70 BC.

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October 16 : The Day of Essential Judgement
Jewish : Sukkoth.

Oscar Wilde, writer, born this day in 1854.

Celtic feast day of ‘Gall’, hermit, preacher, seventh century, associated with Comgall (11 May) on his missionary travels through France , Italy Switzerland, and Columbanus (21 November). On the journey Gall fell ill, but Columcille thought that there was nothing wrong with him, indicating that he believed Gall should not be able to partake of a holy blessing or mass whilst he, Columcille, was alive. Died around 630. A crosier and Celtic belt were said to have been found in his tomb when it was opened (said to be in the Arbon Forest). The crosier had been sent by Columcille some years earlier before his own death as a sign that he had forgiven Gall.

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October 17 : The Day of Precarious Balance
Japanese : Shinto : ‘Ceremony of Kan-name-Sai’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Regulus’, Along with Triduna (8 October), Regulus is said to have carried the holy relics of St Andrew. It is said that he received a vision of this mission from an angel. It is reputed that they came together to St Andrews in Scotland where, it is said, the relics remain. The place was not selected by chance but indicated by a further vision of an angel who indicated that this was the spot to place the relics.

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October 18 : The Day of Personal Leadership
Christian feast day of ‘St. Luke’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Wenna’, also known as Gwen of Cornwall’. Believed to be a daughter of Brychan (6 April), sister of Non (3 March), mother of Cybi (8 November), aunt of David (1 March). Married to the King of Cornwall (Selyf). Established a community and church known as St Wenn in northern Cornwall, England.

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October 19 : The Day of the Projector
Celtic feast day of ‘Ethbin’, monk, and later hermit, sixth century. Instructed by Samson (28 July). A disciple of Winaloe (3 March).

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October 20 : The Day of Vogue
Colchester, Essex, England : Traditional ‘Oyster Feast’.

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October 21 : The Day of Singularity
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England : Traditional ‘Trafalgar Day Ceremony’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Tuda’, monk, seventh century, Bishop of Lindisfarne. Died from the plague in 664. Bede (27 May) reported that he died at 10.00 am on the same morning that there was an eclipse of the sun (3 May 664).

Celtic feast day of ‘Fintan Munnu’, monk, Abbot, sixth-seventh century, Irish. Established a monastery at Leinster, Ireland on the instruction of Columcille but spent much of his time at Taghmon, Wexford. Instructed by Comgall (11 May). A disciple of Columcille (9 June). Believed to have contracted leprosy which he treated himself, taking a bath only once a year on Maundy Thursday. Reputed to have found the work of Molua (4 August) inspirational. According to legend it was said that for seven days after his death, demons who had looked upon his face as he was being taken by the angels to heaven committed no crime. Died 635.

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October 22 : The Day of Allure
The first parachute jump made on this day in 1797 by Andre Garnerin over the Parc Monceau in Paris. He jumped from a balloon.

Celtic feast day of ‘Donatus’, monk, ninth century, Bishop of Fiesole, Irish. Established a hostel for pilgrims who had travelled from Ireland to Rome which is reputed to have been dedicated to Brigid (1 February).

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October 23 : The Day of Conflicting Karma
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October 24 : The Day of Sensational Detail
United Nations Day.

Celtic feast day of ‘Maglorius’, monk, missionary, fifth century, Irish. Established a monastery at Sark. It is believed that he died here. Reputed to have joined Samson (28 July) on missionary work. Instructed by Illtyd (6 November).

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October 25 : The Day of Substantive From
Christian feast of the ‘Forty Martyrs of England and Wales’.

‘Battle of Agincourt’, in 1415.

‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, at Balaclava in 1854.

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October 26 : The Day of Organisational Cohesion
Celtic feast day of ‘Eata’, Abbot of Lindisfarne (Cuthbert, 20 March, was his Prior). When young, Eata had accompanied Cuthbert from the monastery at Melrose to further monastic training at the monastery at Ripon. Became the first abbot of Melrose., also Bishop of Hexham, and Bishop of Lindisfarne. One of the Twelve Youths of Northumbria, became one of Aidan’s (31 August) disciples.

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October 27 : The Day of Impulse
Dylan Thomas, poet, born on this day in 1914.

Celtic feast day of ‘Odhran’, who like Odran (19 February) gave his own life.

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October 28 : The Day of Research
Dedicated to the ‘Goddess Isis’ : Ancient Egypt. Festivals took place to honour the deity.

‘Festival of Baal’, Ancient Phoenician Sun God, and God of Nature, fertility.

Christian feast day of ‘St. Simon’ and ‘St. Jude’.

The ‘Statue of Liberty’ dedicated on this day in 1886 to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Designed by Gustav Eiffel, it was a present from the French Government.

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October 29 : The Day of New Ideas
Native American : Iroquois, ‘Feast of the Dead’.

Sir Walter Raleigh executed on this day in 1618.

Celtic feast day of ‘Colman MacDuach’, hermit, sixth century. Associated with animals, as it was believed that he had three pets to help in his daily life (a cock to wake him, failing this a mouse to nibble his toes and a fly to mark where he finished reading). Lived at Burren, County Clare, Ireland, a place of pilgrimage. His crosier is held in Dublin at the National Museum. Died around 632.

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October 30 : The Day of the Overseer
H.G. Wells broadcast ‘The War of the Worlds’ on live radio on this day in 1938. The story, concerning the invasion of Martians to earth caused wide spread panic in America, despite the fact that regular references were made to it not being a true story in the news. It was only a radio play and not a news broadcast.

Celtic feast day of ‘Foillan’, monk, seventh century. Was responsible for looking after Burgh Castle, Suffolk whilst Fursey was away in France. Brother of Uttan and Fursey (16 January). Established a monastery at Fosses, Belgium. Believed to have been murdered in the region of the Forest of Soignies, Belgium in 650.

Celtic feast day of ‘Talarican’, sixth century, date uncertain. Worked throughout Scotland.

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October 31 : The Day of Attentiveness
‘Halloween’. (For further information see Mystical WWW Halloween Special).

‘All Hallow’s Eve’ or ‘Samhain’, the transition from autumn to winter. (For further information see Mystical WWW Halloween Special).

Wicca festival of the eve of ‘Samhain’, translates from the Gaelic as the ‘End of the Summer’, and the ‘Coming of Darkness’ / winter.

‘Nutcrack Night’ (For further information see Mystical WWW Halloween Special).

Traditionally this day is associated with Hazle Nuts. (For further information on plants see Mystical WWW Plants, or for trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Traditionally this day is associated with Ivy. (For further information on plants see Mystical WWW Plants).

Traditionally this day is associated with the folklore of Leaves. (For further information on plants see Mystical WWW Plants, or for trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

 

Traditional Halloween Greeting

‘Last Hallow Eve
I sought a walnut tree,
In hopes my true love's face
I might see.
Three times I called,
Three times I walked apace,
Then in the tree
I saw my true love's face.’

 

Harry Houdini, escapologist, died on this day in 1926.

The Celtic Brigid (1 February) and Columcille (7 June) were joint protectors of cattle and it was practice at this time to ask for protection during the periods of Samhain, Imbolc to Beltane:

‘Everything within my dwelling or in my possession,
All kine and crops, all flocks and corn,
From Hallow Eve to Beltane Eve.’

 

Celtic feast day of ‘Erc’, fifth century, Irish missionary. Reputed to have been converted by Patrick (17 March). St Erth, Cornwall, England is believed to have been named in his honour.