Where did October get its name?

by Craig Chalquist

October was the eighth (octo) month of the old Roman calendar.

If September is a month of starting an initiatory path, October takes us fully into transitioning it as temperatures start to drop and Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere. Eight is twice four, with four a number of wholeness in Jungian psychology; the Gnostic Ogdoad of eight higher gods; in Islam, the number of angels carrying God’s throne; laid on its side, the symbol of infinity.

In this month in which Earthly life touches Eternity falls Halloween / Samhain / All Soul’s Day / Day of the Dead.

As the weather cools and the leaves turn yellow, orange, brown, and red, where in my life do the immortal and the earthly intersect? What is dying, and what beyond that awaits rebirth? What is my relationship to my ancestors, and how might they look over my shoulder this month?

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Immanence News and Updates

In case you hadn’t heard … our very first issue of Immanence Journal will be debuting at the end of this month! We’ve picked a mythic Halloween launch date, so stay tuned for our beautiful digital edition coming out October 31, 2016.

You can see a preview of the journal on the Immanence homepage, and we’ll be posting more sneak peeks of articles, poems, and images on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can subscribe to it by clicking on the button on the top of this page.

We’re also accepting submissions for our next issue coming out in Spring 2017! In our first issue we explore THE MYTHIC PRESENT; our second issue’s theme is IMAGINING BETTER FUTURES: The role of story, myth, imagination, legend, fairy tale, and/or fiction in giving us glimpses and anticipations of desirable, delightful, and just ways to live. 

We love a good story. Send us something mythic! We accept artwork, poetry, reviews, articles, and will consider other forms of media.  The submission period is open until December 15, 2016. You can read more about our guidelines here.

From the Blog Corner: So far we’ve been bringing you mythic insights every week, from personal essays to news stories to trickster teaching tales and more.

Starting in November, the Immanence Blog will be running bi-weekly (twice a month). We’re looking forward to showcasing new authors and topics. Got an idea you’d like to explore? An archetypal musing you’re itching to put into words? We’re always open to suggestions and posts from the community. You can contact our Blog Coordinator here to share your thoughts: blog@immanencejournal.com

Looking for more Myth in the News? Check out this piece by community member and Immanence blogger Gabe Crane, delving into some curious intersections between professional sports, election season, animal symbolism, and religious ritual: “This Goat is the G.O.A.T.” 

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Myth and Music: Seasonal Selections

This month, team member Lola McCrary shares several songs with us reflecting mythic themes from different cultures observing the autumn season. Click on the links to enjoy!  mexico-1568215_960_720

El-Haru Kuroi: Dia de los Muertos

Alexander JamesAdams: Harvest Season-Second Cutting

Loreena McKennitt: Night Ride Across the Caucasus

SJ Tucker: Come to the Labyrinth

Talis Kimberley: Uffington Hill

Soul Caking (A Short Play)

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Thank you for being a member of our community. We hope you have enjoyed October’s newsletter! If you have comments or suggestions for themes, please let us know. We are happy to hear from you!