St Matthew’s Day

21 SEPTEMBER

The Church took over the autumn equinox for St Matthew, patron saint of tax collectors and bankers, and fixed this to 21 September. In the English Midlands, St Matthew’s Day is viewed as the first of three windy days, also called ‘windy days of the barley harvest’.as One of the many traditional English sayings associated with the day is:

St Mathee, shut up the Bee;

St Mattho, take thy hopper and sow;

St Mathy, all the year goes by

St Matthie, sends sap into the tree [1]

This indicates that it is time to shut up the bee hives and make the autumn sowing.


[1] From Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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