November


The month of the village gatherings. Temperatures drop and the thick fog turns into white frost. The agricultural work is now completed and the wine is cleared in the barrels. During this calm period, the village people meet indoor in „șezători” (sitting meetings) where women participate in all kinds of lucrative activities, and to make work go easier they have fun telling stories, talking, singing and dancing together with men. People are at home, and they can now practice spiritual activities from the folklore like spells, charms, divination etc. The name of the month comes from the Latin Novus meaning nine, meaning the ninth month from the Roman calendar. The preparations for the winter holidays are coming soon, because the month of November is the month of the gatherings.

The month begins with the feast of the Holy Doctors without silver, celebrating two doctors that healed without money, Cosma and Dacian. Women perform all sorts of magic for all sorts of fever spells and illnesses like the epilepsy, which occur especially in children because of big frights. Then, on November the 8th, the archangel Michael, Gavril along with Uriel, Raphael and the higher hierarchy angels are all in charge. Alms is given to the dead, candles are lit and people do not work. If you work, there is the belief that you will torment yourself when you die. After this comes the celebration of the saint of wolves, Philip. To be safe from wolves, special enchantments are made. Disenchantments are made only for wolves or fleas, otherwise it is not good to perform any other spell. Another very interesting day is on the 11th, the day of Saint Mina, the protector of the robbed ones. If you have been robbed or something has gone missing, it is time to pray to the Holy Mina to bring back what you have lost. A Holy Mina ritual is to light candles at the church at the bottom (where the wick is) to return what you have lost, such as your boyfriend, your fortune, etc. There are many girls who go to church by Saint Mina to try and regain the hearts of their loved ones.

From the 13 onwards the Christmas fast begins. On the 13th you are not allowed to sew, especially with red thread, because the wolf comes and eats your cattle and if you do not have cattle, it eats you. After this the women begin the gatherings and the chief of the villagers calls out the names of the bachelors to find out who is unmarried. In this period it is customary to eat everything in your plate, especially the soup. If you do not eat the soup, you will catch cold in a rain and die. Also the hay will be rained, and the doormat will be taken by the wind.

Another interesting day is on the 20th. This celebration is called The feast of the Ovidians, when Our Lady entered the church. Any ordinary women can have visions, and girls can now see their destined one. Also the witches can do quite astonishingly bad things and gather their demonic powers.  The Ovidians night is also foretelling the year ahead. If the night is clear and the stars are visible, the year will be good. If there is rain, it will be bad. Just as the Ovidians night is, so will it be all winter.

On the 30th we celebrate St. Andrew, the spiritual patron of Romania. He christened the Dacic people around 300 AD. Earlier that night, there was a deployment of evil forces and the saints of the wolves descended to make the people very strong that night. It’s cold, frost and a very difficult night altogether. They say it’s best to stay indoors if you don’t want to practice any magic. Grease the doors and windows with garlic so that angry spirits cannot come.

Altogether this is the strongest spiritual month of the year, a good time for spiritual practices and to gain enlightenment.