Apple season has finally fully arrived, and if you’re lucky enough to know an orchard nearby, go apple picking! Dry the peels for tea, and use them for divination, too, by peeling the apple in one long strip and throwing the skin over your shoulder – the letter it forms is the first letter to your answer.
Woman is at once apple and serpent.
– Heinrich Heine
Add a pinch of Folk Horror to your outfits by wearing chunky pentacles, old-fashioned black cat motives and ominous black hats. I personally like small bits of bone in my jewellery and silver hoop earrings. Hang a shawl next time you burn incense to take the mysterious scent with you.
Celebrate the Harvest with friends. Get together for a meal or two – it doesn’t necessarily have to be dinner, a brunch with a pumpkin pie, apple butter and self-made jam on pancakes is just as fine – and work in as much seasonal produce as you possibly can. Say your thanks to the deity of your choice or just each other and don’t forget about the immaterial harvest of the year, all that you have learned and achieved so far.
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
Wear chunky cardigans, thrifted or self-made. Get a plain one and alter it to suit your aesthetic needs for the season – needle-felt swirling pumpkin vines or cross-stitch folk patterns onto it or add leather elbow patches. If you can’t find the right cardigan at the second-hand store, raid it (or the closets around you) for oversized sweaters to cut open, hem with ribbon and stitch big buttons onto.
Make potpourri with the roses you dried in July, or with cloves, apple peel (see above) and cinnamon sticks. Or you could make your whole closet smell like Autumn by sewing little sachets to fill with your potpourris and tossing them in your drawers.
“But when […] strong Orion begin to set [i.e. at the end of October], then remember to plough in season. But if desire for uncomfortable sea-faring seize you; when the Pleiades plunge into the misty sea [i.e. again towards the end of October] to escape Orion’s rude strength, then truly gales of all kinds rage.”
– Hesiod, Works and Days
Go watch the Orionids! The meteor shower peaks on the 21st, but they are active almost all month long. Combine with the harvest feast above and have a star theme for your food (pretty pie crusts spring to mind), go to a secluded spot with little light pollution around and lay down on thick blankets to watch the shooting stars with your loved ones.