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“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and Superstition | Pen and Pension

“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and SuperstitionPosted on November 29, 2017 by William Savage“Wise Woman”(CC) MidnightblueowlIt’s easy to forget that “Cunning Folk” had been a normal part of society from the Middle Ages and continued right through until the start of the

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Jolabokaflod: Meet Your Favorite New Holiday Tradition 

Embrace Iceland’s “Yule Book Flood” this season and give your loved ones books to read on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition worth passing along.   http://www.readitforward.com/essay/article/jolabokaflod-meet-favorite-new-holiday-tradition/

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Scottish Folk Magic & the Dead | Introduction

There is a seldom explored thread of an idea that needs woven into a larger narrative. That of Scottish Folk magic and older practices relating to ancestors, the Sidhe and animism and not so much deity as some of us

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Midsummer’s Eve in Ireland – thefadingyear

Midsummer’s Eve- 21 June; A hundred years ago, and for many centuries before, Midsummer’s Eve was celebrated throughout Ireland on the 23 June, that is, on Saint John’s Eve. The bonfire was central… Source: Midsummer’s Eve in Ireland – thefadingyear

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Merry Beltaine!

Merry Beltane! Beltane evokes images of Maypole dancing and pagan delight. And well it should! Beltaine, Beltane, or Lá Bealtaine in the Irish, is a Gaelic festival celebrating the halfway point between the spring equinox (March 21) and the summer solstice (June

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Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is celebrated in Edinburgh | Daily Mail Online

Some day I’ll make it to this!   Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire at the annual Beltane Fire Festival. Source: Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is

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Living The History – Beery me – a few snippets about medieval beer and ale drinking by Elizabeth Chadwick @ Elizabeth Chadwick

Beery-Me – a few snippets about medieval beer and ale drinking. Source: Living The History – Beery me – a few snippets about medieval beer and ale drinking by Elizabeth Chadwick @ Elizabeth Chadwick

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Mysterious Worlds: Travels to the Faerie and Shamanic Realms | Ancient Origins

There are many accounts of a land of immortality and eternal youth in world myths and legends, as well as shamanic and indigenous spiritual traditions. Source: Mysterious Worlds: Travels to the Faerie and Shamanic Realms | Ancient Origins

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Irish Holy Wells | Lorna Peel

Holy wells are places of religious devotion where people come to pray and leave simple offerings. The surviving names of many wells are a direct translation into English of the equivalent in Irish … Source: Irish Holy Wells | Lorna

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Ghillie Dhu – part of Scottish folklore and myth

Ghillie Dhu – part of Scottish folklore and myth Source: Ghillie Dhu – part of Scottish folklore and myth

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The Fall of Crom Cruach

The Fall of Crom Cruach Source: The Fall of Crom Cruach

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New Year’s Traditions from Ireland

Looking to discover some unusual New Year’s traditions from Ireland? Some Irish New Year’s traditions have made their way to the present, just like these ones. Source: New Year’s Traditions from Ireland

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Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade | Atlas Obscura

They’re either scaring away Old Man Winter or the Ottoman Empire. Source: Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade | Atlas Obscura

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The Long-Banned Tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland is Making a Comeback | Atlas Obscura

Resurrecting a centuries-old Christmas ritual with creepy masks, horse heads, and bras worn on the outside. Source: The Long-Banned Tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland is Making a Comeback | Atlas Obscura

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The ancient music and instruments of Ireland (PHOTOS) | IrishCentral.com

Five archaeological finds that reflect the evolution of Irish music. Source: The ancient music and instruments of Ireland (PHOTOS) | IrishCentral.com

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October is here!

October is here! The time of stunning autumn leaves and scary movies. Do you love Hallowe’en? Do you hold a party, or decorate your house for the kids? . For me, the changing of the seasons didn’t hold much signficance

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Falling Leaves Native American Festival

I attended my first powwow this weekend. I had a fantastic time! . To be honest, I was a bit concerned about the reception my jewelry would get. I do seedbead weaving, but not in a Native American tradition. I

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My Locations at the DragonCon Art Show

Labor Day Weekend is Nerdigras in Atlanta, Georgia! 80,000+ geeks and sundry nerds descend upon 5 downtown Atlanta hotels and have a geekfest. I will, as always, have my beaded jewelry and photoprints at the Dragoncon Art Show, located in the Hyatt, two

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The Feminine in Early Irish Myth and Legend

In early Irish mythology and legend, the feminine is quite dominant in the otherworld as well as on earth. Irish Goddesses abound Source: The Feminine in Early Irish Myth and Legend

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