cool events in UK and Benelux; info from facebook:-
Saturday, October 31
nr Barnstaple, Devon
24 hr barndance events in N. Devon, UK (currently secret location, to be revealed asap)
Maf*pHew (Penryn Space Agency)
DJ Rephlex Records
only x150 total places available; choose your own cost of entry!
advance tickets only
optional free camping / campervan /carboot sleeping bag/warmer inside barn spaces + limited budget priv. b&b spaces
(if you can't drive home or...)
blue/colundi costumes/cloaks/capes/cones preferable
music & dance, romance, inside
plz contact me if you wish to perform some magic here with us.
special colundi artefacts available for attendees
access: (we're looking to cover modest costs) please make an offer by priv. mes. or E or below, stating, in no more than 10 words, why you wish to attend; or if not, any 10 words about anything.
start/end times & following details subject to update
building/piano/oak tree/permaculture tours!
wanna bring your kiddies? contact me to help design suitable creche provisions... (evening dancefloor space is 18+)
local seasonal organic food & drink available (or b.y.o.)
huge pumpkin / big turnip prize
SAMHAIN (pronounced Sow-in) Wiccan Pagan
HALLOWEEN - National
WINTER NIGHTS – Heathen
The wheel of the year is seen to begin at Samhain. This is the Celtic New Year, when the veil between the worlds of life and death stands open. Samhain is the festival of death when Pagans remember and honour those who have gone before. Fires are lit and ‘dead wood’ is burned before stepping into the darkness of winter. Pagans celebrate death as part of life. This is not a time of fear, but a time to understand more deeply that life and death are part of a sacred whole.
The term Halloween, and its older rendering Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening of/before "All Hallows' Day" (also known as "All Saints' Day"). The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although we now consider All Saints' (or Hallows') day to be on the day after Halloween, they were, at that time, considered to be the same day. Liturgically, the Church traditionally celebrated this day as the Vigil of All Saints, and, until 1970, a day of fasting. Like other vigils, it was celebrated on the previous day if it fell on Sunday, although the secular aspects of the holiday remained on the 31st. The Vigil was suppressed in 1955, although somewhat restored in the post-Vatican II calendar.
The festival is also known as Samhain or Oíche Shamhna to the Irish, Samhuin in Scottish Gaelic, Calan Gaeaf to the Welsh, Allantide to the Cornish and Hop-tu-Naa to the Manx. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit.
Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is one of the liminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent (e.g. Catalan mythology about witches, Irish tales of the Sídhe).
2015 Oct 31 09:10:00 Europe/London time (+0000)
Moon (ge>cn) 31.10.2015 9:10:00 UT 0 cn 0'30.8939
475 – Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
1926 – Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that develops after his appendix ruptures.
1940 – World War II: The Battle of Britain ends.
1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
1999 – Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then.
2011 – The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as Seven Billion Day.
Abaidas (Coptic Church)
Eve of Winter, the eve of the first day of winter in the Northern hemisphere.
Allantide (Cornish: Kalan Gwav, meaning first day of winter, or Nos Kalan Gwav, meaning eve of the first day of winter and Dy' Halan Gwav, meaning day of the first day of winter) is a Cornish festival that was traditionally celebrated on the night of 31st October, as well as the following day time. The festival itself seems to have pre-Christian origins similar to most celebrations on this date, however in Cornwall it was popularly linked to St Allen or Arlan a little-known Cornish Saint. Allantide is also known as Allan Night and Allan Day, possibly in reference to the Cornish. The origins of the name Allantide probably stem from the same sources as Hollantide (Wales and the Isle of Man) and Hallowe'en itself.
Traditional Cornish jack-o'-lantern made from a turnip.
One of the most important parts of this festival was the giving of Allan apples, large glossy red apples that were highly polished, to family and friends as tokens of good luck. Allan apple markets used to be held throughout West Cornwall in the run up to the feast.
The following is a description of the festival as it was celebrated in Penzance at the turn of the 19th century:
:"The shops in Penzance would display Allan apples, which were highly polished large apples. On the day itself, these apples were given as gifts to each member of the family as a token of good luck. Older girls would place these apples under their pillows and hope to dream of the person whom they would one day marry. A local game is also recorded where two pieces of wood were nailed together in the shape of a cross. It was then suspended with 4 candles on each outcrop of the cross shape. Allan apples would then be suspended under the cross. The goal of the game was to catch the apples in your mouth, with hot wax being the penalty for slowness or inaccuracy."
THE ancient custom of providing children with a large apple on Allhallows-eve is still observed, to a great extent, at St Ives. "Allan-day," as it is called, is the day of days to hundreds' of children, who would deem it a great misfortune were they to go to bed on "Allan-night" without the time-honoured Allan apple to hide beneath their pillows. A quantity of large apples are thus disposed of the sale of which is dignified by the term Allan Market.
There are a number of divination games recorded including the throwing of wall nuts in fires to predict the fidelity of partners and the pouring of molten lead into cold water as a way of predicting the occupation of future husbands, the shape of the solidified lead somehow indicating this.
King Father's Birthday (Cambodia)
World Savings Day
a festival of four magical & musical events
22 okt - Rotterdam Transport
23 okt - Antwerp Ampere
24 okt - Amsterdam Cruquius Gilde
25 okt - Nijmegen Doornroosje
at each event...
D'Arcangelo (23 & 24)
& Maf*pHew (Penryn Space Agency)
Serge Clone Records
DJ Rephlex Records
on the decks
more info for this time period:-
10/23 eve to 10/26 eve: Thesmophoria–Old Greek festival commemorating the transformation of Goddess Kore (Queen of the Living) into Persephone (Queen of the Dead), when She eloped to Elysium with Her partner, God Dionysos/Plouton, accompanied by Goddess Hekate and spirits of the dead. At Eleusis, Dionysos was considered the life aspect and Plouton the death aspect of the same Deity, just as Kore was considered the life aspect and Persephone the death aspect of the same Deity. Dionysos was wild, and subject to excess drinking, dancing, and sex. While Kore, Gaia, Zeus, and Helios considered Him to be a marital prize, Demeter thought otherwise. Consequently, She mourned their union by striking the Earth with famine.
Taurid meteor shower 'fireballs': October and November
The Taurid meteors, sometimes called the "Halloween fireballs," show up each year between mid-October and mid-November.
End of Crow month.
The Falling Leaves Time.
Direction: South West.
Element: Air with Earth.
Function: to intiate thought and ideas.
Ashura - 10th Muharram (Islam) begins (Sundown).
Dussehra / Vijaya Dashami (Hindu)
Orionid: a medium intensity meteor shower. everyOne could see about 25 meteors per hour.
Sun enters Scorpio
Summary- Sun li>sc
Calendar- Planetary Ingresses
Date- 2015 Oct 23 18:47:00 Europe/London time (+0100)
Description- Sun (li>sc) 23.10.2015 17:47:00 UT 0 sc 0' 0.7797
Summary- Moon aq>pi
Calendar- Planetary Ingresses
Date- 2015 Oct 23 06:18:00 Europe/London time (+0100)
Description- Moon (aq>pi) 23.10.2015 5:18:00 UT 0 pi 0'16.7936
Saint George's Day (Christian)
Start of Snake Month.
The Frost Time.
Element: Water with Earth.
Function: to involve.
24 okt – colundi Saturday
Summary- Moon pi>ar
Calendar- Planetary Ingresses
Date- 2015 Oct 25 06:22:00 Europe/London time (+0000)
Description- Moon (pi>ar) 25.10.2015 6:22:00 UT 0 ar 0'16.5466
Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
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