Following the pattern started in September, October gets its name from octo, meaning eight, as it is the eighth month on the old calendar system. Throughout the month, festivals for the dead increase with the waning light, and late harvest festivals continue. The latter often include propitiation to ensure that the Goddess's abundance will keep people whole through harsh or barren times.
Magical efforts accentuated by October's characteristics include clearing away old, unnecessary things or habits so that our mind, body, and sprit are prepared for winter. Any spells for memory, especially commemorating loved ones, are apt. Beyond this, metaphysical efforts for health, luck and debt paying seem common, ensuring that winter, the season of rest and death, will come and go with the least negative effect.