Posts Tagged ‘ folklore ’

Know your onions on traditional weather lore

Nov 19th, 2018 | By

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

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The Goddess at Magh Tuireadh

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

The following is an essay I wrote regarding themes in the story of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh.  I found a lot of Goddess-related themes in the story, so I thought it would be appropriate to post here.  A version of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh can be found here: The story

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Watch the ferns on Midsummer Eve and look for fairies

Jun 20th, 2018 | By

Traditional English folklore says that if you watch the ferns on Midsummer Eve and collect the seeds that fall at exactly midnight, you can use them to render yourself invisible. Actually, ferns don’t produce seeds – they have spores – but maybe spores have the same effect. Mind you, if you want to try it

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When do you celebrate Beltain?

Apr 25th, 2018 | By

By Nimue Brown The obvious day to celebrate Beltain is the 1st of May – the date of the Celtic festival honoured by our ancestors. May Day traditions are longstanding and widespread, with maypoles, morris dancers, mummers, hobby horses and more. It’s a day that has carried through to have relevance for modern socialism, reflected

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Mar 13th, 2018 | By

By Ceri Norman The Snow came late this year, coating many parts of the British Isles in a far thicker layer of Snow than many of us are used to. The town I live in was cut off from the outside world and the beach entirely resculpted by the combined action of the snow, the

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Faerie Stones excerpt

Mar 6th, 2018 | By

Faerie Stones is the new book from Ceri Norman, out this month. Here’s an excerpt. “Healing with crystals and minerals, or working with them in ritual, is so ancient a concept that it is likely that modern humans, or homo sapiens to give us our scientific name, were not even the first human species to

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Excerpt from A Bridge to the Other Side

Jan 24th, 2018 | By

Death the Sweetheart There was once a pretty young girl with no husband, no father, no mother, and no brothers. In fact, no family at all: they were all dead and gone. She lived alone in a hut at the end of the village; and no one came near her, and she never went near

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Inside the wheel

Dec 27th, 2017 | By

Here’s a little bit of seasonal philosophy from Kevan Manwaring’s Turning the wheel. This is an excellent book which explores seasonal celebration in the UK – it’s a lovely mix of folklore, paganism and personal experience. “I walked a full circle around Solsbury, considering how Yule means ‘wheel’. I came to the turf maze cut

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Robin Song

Dec 15th, 2017 | By

Midwinter is a time when robins give us their dawn and dusk songs. It’s wonderful to hear as the days get shorter and shorter and the time of Sun Return drawn near. I listen every day, open my bedroom window whatever the weather and however cold it is just to be enchanted. And sometimes this

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The Crows with White Feathers

Nov 26th, 2017 | By

We see them every day now. I don’t know when they moved in; or maybe they’ve always been around and we just never noticed them until recently. Three huge, adult crows who always hang around together, hopping along the grass verges outside the local council building. I saw a meme recently that said ‘If you’ve

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