During October ancient farmers were advised to pick the grapes and press the new wine. This wine would be then stored until spring as it fermented over winter. Sunlight is now noticeably shorter and the cold dark time of winter is rapidly approaching. Life in the natural world this month goes underground as animals hunker down and birds retreat to warmer climates, and seeds lie dormant awaiting the period of rebirth. Like our Roman ancestors, we now make a hasty retreat into the dry, warm confines of home and hearth. October portends the bleak winter season, while nature compels us to consider endings and death. In ancient Roman times, October marked an end to an intensely active period for farming as well as travel, commerce, and military maneuvers. In antiquity this month was all about making certain adequate supplies and provisions to last through the dark cold months were acquired. In October Roman soldiers also returned to their homes and farms. So this would also be a happy time of family reunions. You too should find a moment to reconnect with loved ones. Take comfort in your home and those people and things it contains. Prepare for less activity outdoors. Light a candle or lamp in your home lararium and offer thanks and petition for support from the gods. When doing so think of your family and friends and take comfort in these precious relations.