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Saturday, October 01, 2005
The old Dutch name for October was Wynmaand and the Old English was Winmonath (Wine-month, or the time of vintage; the month for treading the wine-vats); also Teomonath (tenth-month) and Winter-fylleth (winter full-moon). In some Saxon calendars, the month was allegorised by the figure of a husbandsman carrying a sack on his shoulders, sowing corn. Sometimes, October is personified as a vineyard worker riding on Scorpio, as in this image that illustrates Spenser's rhyme (Octover 1 in the BoD). In other old calendars, the sport of hawking is represented. In the Domesday Book the vineyards are mentioned often.
The Frankish name, Windurmanoth, means ‘vintage month’. American backwoods calendar: Hunter’s Moon. Ásatrú name: Hunting.
In the French Revolutionary Calendar the month was Vendémiaire (time of vintage, c. September 22 to c. October 21). It is the month for making beer, wine and cider, because of the steady temperature.