Know your onions on traditional weather lore

Nov 19th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Books

In folklore, onions can be used to predict whether the winter ahead will be harsh or mild. They are also a traditional ingredient in some folk remedies to help combat common winter ailments.

In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today about onion folklore:

A traditional weather proverb states:

Onion skins very thin
Mild winter coming in;
Onion skins thick and tough
Coming winter cold and rough.

Onions also feature prominently in many folk remedies, including for winter colds. So, cut up some onions and make a weather prediction – then make some onion soup to help keep colds at bay.

If you are feeling unwell you should always consult your GP or another qualified medical practitioner rather than relying on folk remedies, of course. And don’t eat onions if they disagree with you.

Every Day Magic – A Pagan Book of Days has contributions from about 50 Moon Books’ writers and offers something to do every day of the year, including spells, rituals, meditations, Pagan prayers, divinations, poems to read, recipes  and craft projects. You can order copies via the Moon Books website www.moon-books.net or buy the paperback at The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY.

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