This is Part Two of October festivals and other important days that I follow. Part One is Gods of the Month: October 2016.
October is a month to focus on the affairs of the state and of the community. Fides (Good Faith), Felicitas (Good Fortune) and Venus Victrix (Venus Victorious) are honored for the protection of the people and the continuing favor of the Gods. Di Penates (the Gods of the Pantry) are also given sacrifices for protecting the food stores.
Also, October is a month of transitions. The campaign season is over and soldiers return home. They and their weapons need to be purified before they can rejoin the civilian population.
For me in my personal devotions, I honor Hekate and Anubis (Gods of the Dead) who helped me in adjusting to life after my traumatic brain injury. October is also the beginning of the Wild Hunt by Odin, the All-Father of the Norse. I also honor Ba’al, Whose temples have been destroyed by religious fanatics.
The Goddess of Good Faith and Trust, Fides Publica has sacrifices made to Her on October 1. This Goddess presides over oral contracts both political and social. Roman priests make offerings to Fides with gloved hands, to show their absolute trust in Her.
On October 9, a festival is held for Fausta Felicitas, the Goddess of Good Fortune. As Felicitas Publica, She is the Divine Force of the State. People pray to Her in both aspects to keep the commonwealth prosperious and successful.
The Roman Goddess Venus has many aspects. One of them is Venus Victrix (Venus Victorious), who protects the State. As Venus Genetrix, She is considered to be the Ancestress of the Roman People. As the Evening Star, Venus led her son Aeneas to Latium to settle.
On October 14, Romans honor Di Penates, the Gods of the Pantry. Along with the Lars, Di Penates protect the household. Since They guard the food stores, Di Penates can be considered the Gods of the Food Banks. Taking canned goods to a food bank is one way to honor Di Penates.
Other Festivals and Observations:
MARS: In October, the Roman armies came home from the wars. The Armilustrium is the purification of the weapons and trumpets (tubae) on October 18. Gods of the Month: Mars
MANIA and DII MANES: The Opening of the Mundus (the Well to the Underworld) is conducted for the second time in the year on October 5. The Mundus, Well to the Underworld
MEDITRINA: The Meditrinalia, the Festival of First Wine, is held on October 11.
FONS: Fons, the God of Springs, is honored at the Fontinalia on October 13. God of the Month: Meditrina
ODIN: Because my Anglo-Saxon Ancestors have an altar to their Gods, I make observances for these Gods also. The Norse Winternights, the beginning of the winter is From October 29 to November 2. The Wild Hunt starts at this time and continues through the winter. Ghost Riders in the Sky or the Wild Hunt