Deleted User said 8 years, 7 months ago:

Today, Orthodox Christians are celebrating a holiday dedicated to Mary, a central female figure of Christianity. The Catholics had it 2 month earlier, in the mid August. And it got me thinking: how many cultures had celebrations dedicated to a female deity in Autumn, and in October especially, or just near to the harvesting season? The Romans had Pomona’s celebration on Halloween, the Greks had Demetria, who represented the coming of Autumn, while her daughter Percefona symbolized spring, the Germans had Freija, they were all female deities, harvest goddesses, who represented gathering of the food, which was crucial in the face of upcoming winter. There is something mystical about autumn. All that orange, all those shapes and colors… The fall is the season of the witch :)