St. Matthew’s Day is a weather marker associated with the grape harvest:
Matthew’s Day, bright and clear,
Brings food wine in the next year.
The Egyptian feast of the Divine Life is dedicated to the threefold goddess — the mother (creatrix of all things), the daughter (renewer), and the dark mother (the absolute). The martyrdom of Raud the Strong by the Norwegian king, Olaf Tryggvason, is also commemorated on the eve of the autumnal equinox. Raud died under hideous tortures rather than abjure his faith in the old gods of the North