Day: July 3, 2016

CRYSTALS IN THE GARDEN

Crystals, being born of the earth, are not only useful in healing body and mind, but also in healing the earth itself. If your surroundings aren’t healthy, this will reflect back upon you. Take a look at your garden. Whether it’s a container garden…

Our Herbal Grimorie

Agrimony * Agrimony for matrimony, perfect herb for the -couple- soon to Handfast. Place a red sachet fill with Agrimony and place between the mattress of lovers to ensure a long relationship/marriage. Agrimony belongs to the element Air, also used for protection spells. Agrimony…

ENCHANTED WOODS ~ Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight

I    Last summer, whenever I had finished my day’s work, I used to go wandering in certain roomy woods, and there I would often meet an old countryman, and talk to him about his work and about the woods, and once or twice…

THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAERY ~ Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight

Those that see the people of faery most often, and so have the most of their wisdom, are often very poor, but often, too, they are thought to have a strength beyond that of man, as though one came, when one has passed the…

Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight ~ A REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMEN FOR HAVING SOURED THE DISPOSITION OF THEIR GHOSTS AND FAERIES

Not only in Ireland is faery belief still extant. It was only the other day I heard of a Scottish farmer who believed that the lake in front of his house was haunted by a water-horse. He was afraid of it, and dragged the…

Witches and Wizards and Irish Folk-Lore (W.B. Yeats) ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Ireland was not separated from general European speculation when much of that was concerned with the supernatural. Dr. Adam Clarke tells in his unfinished autobiography how) when he was at school in Antrim towards the end of the eighteenth century, a schoolfellow told him…

Seers and Healers ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Seers and Healers In talking to the people I often heard the name of Biddy Early, and I began to gather many stories of her, some calling her a healer and some a witch. Some said she had died a long time ago, and…

The Making of a Maiden The Folklore of Blodeuwedd’s Flowers

“So they took the flowers of the oak and the flowers of the broom and the flowers of the meadowsweet and conjured from them a maiden, the fairest and most beautiful that man ever saw … and they gave her the name of Blodeuwedd.”…

Friars and Priest Cures ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s: Friars and Priest Cures An old woman begging at the door one day spoke of the cures done in her early days by the Friars at Esker to the north of our county. I asked if she had ever been there,…

Blacksmiths ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s Blacksmiths I have been told: Yes, they say blacksmiths have something about them, and if there’s a seventh blacksmith in succession, from generation to generation, he can do many things, and if he gave you his curse you wouldn’t be the…

Monsters and Sheoguey Beasts ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

Lady Gregory’s Work’s Monsters and Sheoguey Beasts The Dragon that was the monster of the early world now appears only in the traditional folktales, where the hero, a new Perseus, fights for the life of the Princess who looks on ciyjng at the brink…

Sea Stories ~ Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland.

Sea Stories Lady Gregory’s Works: “The Celtic Twilight” was the first book of Mr. Yeats’s that I read, and even before I met him, a little time later, I had begun looking for news of the invisible world; for his stories were of Sligo…

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