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October 2023 ~ Tarot, Flower, Crystal and Spirit Animal


In sharing the meaning and changes of the Months, it is my hope that it plants seeds of awareness, that the calendar we currently live by is only a marking tool for mankind. It is not a true reflection of our planets natural calendar. Remember we are part of nature not apart from nature.

October word origin: Old English, from Latin, from octo eight.

Although October is now the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. However, it was originally the eighth month in the old calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. Until January and February were inserted into the calendar. October has always had 31 days.

October is commonly associated with the season of spring in parts of the Southern Hemisphere, and autumn in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

Tis the last month of spring in the natural seasonal calendar based on the alignments of the Solstices and Equinoxes. Image: Tuille-Goddess-of-Spring-Water

Welcome to October 2023

I had no idea how much I struggled with trying to conform, until recently. I've let go of that, and have found a sense of peace with it all. That can only be a good thing.

And I laugh that this last piece of the puzzle came at that same time as truly feeling self-love. Go figure. Having being on my path for so long, all the teachings, healings, sharings, apologies, celebrations, angst and nightmares, something clicked and finally gave way through laughter and tears and there the final piece completed the puzzle. Now it's a completely new picture. Yay me.

Letting go does not happen overnight unfortunately, as most of our beliefs, thought patterns, behaviours etc. have been years, decades even, in the making. They are so entrenched that we are not even aware of what they look like, sound like or feel like. Truly, the higher you can view any situation and the deeper you can truly feel about it, and reconcile with yourself, the grip starts to loosen. Truth can't help but find it's way to the surface then.

And you will know when something needs to be let go of, by how it is making you feel NOW.

I've written more on letting go, click here to go a bit deeper....

Hanged Man - October Tarot

Key word: Suspension

Primary Principle: Sacrifice

Positive: Adaptable/Rebirth/Release

Sacrifice ~ Transition ~ Spiritual Transformation

Meditate to view things from a different angle to make any necessary changes. You may be required to make a sacrifice in order to move forward and develop, (like a relationship or job or living arrangements). Feeling in limbo.

You may be called upon to make a great change in your life or beliefs or the way you live.

Delays and waiting times so this is a time for patience, calm and not to worry. Can also represent a trial of passage. Dealing with anger, frustration due to having to wait.

Resolve any negative emotions. Don’t be afraid of change. See things from a higher perspective. Know that you are not being unjustly punished. Problems will be resolved one by one, and a turbulent time is coming to an end.

Trusting life to take it property course will give you a sense of peace. Let it be “not my will but thine’. Loose the bad to gain the good. In time you will understand why you had the experience you had, and to what ultimate purpose you were being led.

Introduction:The Hanged Man generally shows that you are at a crossroads - one with only two options i.e. in or out, up or down, yes or no. You may find yourself very much wanting to do "something" but having no idea what it is or how to do it. If that happens, that's a clear sign that you should stop, relax, and look at ways that you might need to let go of attempts to control life/situations/people/things.

General: It's possible that there is an outdated attitude or wish that you need to let go of. Any sacrifice that you make will open up your life to something even more positive than what you "let go of." All in all this should be a thoughtful, reflective time, particularly if you are willing to look at if or how you might best serve your own interests by being willing to change.

Work: This is a great time to figure out if there is anything that you personally can do about it, if this is the case, and if there is not an action that you can take, then try not to take the slowness of the wheels of change personally. Things will change. It just may not happen on your timetable. Relax, or else look for different work.

Love: Again, the theme can be one of letting go. "Letting go" of an unattainable lover, for example, will bring about the possibility that someone that you can be with will "be there" for you. But that is only one example. You may need to "let go" of a vision of a particular kind of relationship as being "the only way that you can be happy." If you're in a long-term relationship, it too may well be at a crossroads. If you think the relationship is fabulous, be sure and find out "where your partner is" with the state of affairs.

Finances: If things are tight, this is an important time to "open up the flow" of prosperity by giving away some of what you have, even if all you have is a piece of bread. If that's the case, know that there is someone nearby who would probably give their right arm to share that piece of bread with you. Find them, and share it. Something as simple as this may start the wheels turning to bring your "prosperity" into better times.

Health: You may change your mind radically about something that you think is wrong with you physically. This is not a siren song to just ignore everything your doctor has told you, but give it some deep thought, do some research. It's possible that something you thought you understood could best be treated in another way. Your health improves, but it's a process.

Spirituality: It's crucial now to let go of any negative, self-limiting beliefs. Remember the idea of the "self-fulfilling prophesy" and be very careful about what you allow yourself to say or think about our life. Make sure the "prophecies" you are making about your life bear some resemblance to the life you really wish to see.

Calendula - October Flower

Interesting to note, Calendula is not the same as Marigold, apparently it's the seeds, leaves and petals that set them apart. Calendula however, is the flower for October.

The name of the plant derives from the Latin word 'calends' or kalendae', the root word of 'calender', and originally meaning the first day of every month. The plant was widely used throughout the ancient world, in Egypt, Persia and Greece, as well as India, in a wide range of uses ranging from medicine, to cookery, to devotional uses as altar decorations.

In Mexican lore, the plants grew where the blood of the native Mexicans fell, when they were slaughtered by the invading Spanish conquistadors. The plant was sacred to the Goddess Xochiquetzal, Goddess of love, marriage and prostitutes, as well as the patron of spinning, weaving, music, painting and carving, magic, art and dance. She was also the Goddess of the land of the dead, which is perhaps one of the reasons why Calendulas are offered on the Day of the Dead.

Calendula is perhaps one of the most versatile herbs in the herbalist's arsenal. Externally it makes a fantastic wound and skin condition herb, stopping bleeding, and acting as an antiseptic when applied as a tincture or cream to wounds, rashes, insect bites, sun burn, scratches, basically, if you've got anything wrong with the skin.

Internally, the plant works well with the lymph glands. It also acts on the digestive system, and is particularly useful in the treatment of illnesses caused by damaged or impaired liver function. It is warming and soothing to the stomach. Calendula also eases excessive pms, period pain and normalising the cycle. It is also used as an all round immune tonic

Spiritual and Energetic Uses: Calendula is used to bring comfort to those who are nervous and prone to fear, as well as those who have gone through a profound shock or trauma to the system. It is used to temper anger and rash behaviour. Calendula can also be used to encourage emotional warmth and tolerance, compassion and the ability to truly listen to what others are saying.

Magical Uses: Being a herb of the sun, Calendula can be used to remove negative energy. An oil can be used to consecrate tools, and the petals can be used as part of an incense for divination, or sprinkled on the floor under the bed to bring prophetic dreams.

The plant has a long association with Samhuinn, and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, and can be used at remembrance ceremonies as well as funerals and rites for the deceased, as well as for magic to remember deceased loved ones, in particular partners.

Folklore: Old lore tells of the plant's use to grant a vision of anyone who has stolen anything from the bearer, as well as to engender a good reputation for himself.

Opal - October Birth Stone

Mind: Helps strengthen memory. Opal makes us light hearted, sometimes even a little light headed. It encourages spontaneity, poetry and an interest in the arts of the Muses. Opals are supportive when encountering mental obstacles. Use this stone to gain the perspective needed to make the shift from distraction to action. Opal amplifies traits and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It increases self-worth, helps you to understand your full potential.

Body: Opal has a generally health enhancing effect because it strengthens the will to live. Opal is beneficial for the health or your eyes, kidneys and skin. This stone is helpful if you are challenged by dehydration or water retention. Use it to balance your body's water content. This is a good stone for those who work in or around water, such as a physical therapist who employs hydrotherapy. Opal strengthens the will to live. It treats Parkinson's disease, infections and fevers. Opal strengthens your memory, purifies the blood and kidneys. It regulates insulin, eases childbirth and alleviates PMS. Opal is beneficial to the eyes, especially as crystal water.

Spirit: Awakens both psychic and mystical qualities. Helps understand higher powers of intuition and mysticism. Invokes visions. Opal bestows joy in your worldly life. It draws out attention to the more colourful sides of life and awakens the desire for variety and distraction. The watery vibration of opal makes this stone a perfect tool for connecting with the devic forces of water, including all the devas of the undine family of which merfolk and water sprites are but a few. Connect with opal's energy to assist in inter-species communication with dolphins and whales for expanded spiritual awareness. Ancient Greeks believed the opal had the power of giving foresight and the light of prophecy to its owner.

Opal is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions.

The high water content of opal assists you to shift your emotions through to self awareness. This stone also helps protect you from too easily absorbing other people's energy, feelings, or thoughts. Because opal produces its colours through interference and diffraction, allow this stone to run interference for you when encountering challenging people, places or things that affect your emotions or hurt your feelings.

​Opal stimulates originality and dynamic creativity, it helps in accessing and expressing your true self. Opal is absorbent and reflective. It picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them and then sends them back. Opal is a karmic stone sending you the message "what you put out here comes back to you three fold". It is a protective stone, if you program it correctly you will become invisible and unnoticeable to others.

​Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal can act as an emotional stabiliser, but the stone may scatter energy and the user needs to be well centred before using opal to explore or induce feelings, or to have other stones standing by to help integration. Opal shows you what your emotional state has been in the past and teaches you how to take responsibility for how you are feeling now. It encourages you to send out positive emotions. Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity to you but it may also increase fickleness if the person is inclined that way in the first place. Opals are used to send healing to the earth's energy field, repairing depletions and re-energising and stabilising the grid.

Cockatoo - October Spirit Animal

The key word for Cockatoo is Communication.

In general, Cockatoo symbolism represents happiness, success, and fulfillment

Be ready for some startling, positive changes. It may seem like everything turns on a dime, and amazing success follows. Behind the lines, the Cockatoo Spirit Animal worked on your behalf, but you did a great deal to achieve victory too. Be proud of yourself. It’s okay at this moment to be just a tad cocky.

Moreover Cockatoo’s presence might be teaching you to be more flexible and adaptable to change.

Additionally, Cockatoo meaning asks you to express your feelings and not keep them bottled up. While talking to someone might be difficult, especially if you are not much of a talker, writing, reading, exercising, dancing, or just doing something you love are other healthy ways to release negative emotions. In some cases, this bird showing up in your life can represent the need for you to approach a particular situation with diplomacy.

Furthermore, Cockatoo symbolism is a message for you to embrace who you are. Also, these parrots mate for life, so an encounter with one might be a signal for you to stick with your partner through thick and thin.

Cockatoo flies in a flock. Its movement encourages you to ask yourself, “With whom do you fly?” Are you hanging with “bad eggs” or “birds of a feather?” It’s time for weeding out people who aren’t healthy for your progress. It isn’t always easy. Some folks may have been part of your circle for some time. You don’t have to just cut ties and run. Go slow, retracting your emotional ties slowly for the least harm.

Cockatoo Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Communication

  • Curiosity

  • Drumming

  • Humor

  • Liberation

  • Monogamy

  • Sacred Voice

  • Socialization

  • Spiritual Maturity

  • Weather Magic

The Shadow Aspects:

Those who turn away from the presence of everyday beauty in their lives are challenged by the loud, bright and sometimes obnoxious parrot to open their eyes. Even when life seems raucous and abrasive, there is still beauty to be found in the quiet moments, in the loud moments, and in the moments when we least expect it. If we turn away from recognising the beauty around us, we also turn away from the spirit. Parrot will loudly screech in your life until you start to pay attention to the beauty around and within you.

The shadow aspect of parrot comes into your life to suggest that you are communicating poorly and you are letting others get away with communicating poorly. The everyday components of communication - the greetings, the manners, the small talk, are just as important as the grit of a deep and meaningful conversation. It is important to pay attention to all facets of communication. Parrot informs you that you have been neglecting this side of your life, and you may suffer or hurt (or hurt others) because of it. 'Small talk' is not bad or negative, and can build bridges and help you to get to know people better. It is time to bring it back into your life.

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