Monthly Archives: July 2016

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 has also long been used to reverse spells sent against the magician. Used in ‘sleep’ sachets,

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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 threshold of trance, to those sweet waters where Maeldun saw the dishevelled eagles bathe and become

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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 lake with nets, and then tried to pump it empty. It would have been a bad

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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 of Cornelius Agrippa’s book on Magic and that it had to be chained or it would

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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.” – from the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion(Math fab Mathonwy). Most people would quite rightly associate

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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, and she burst into this praise of it: “Esker is a grand place; this house and

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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 better of it. There was one near the cliffs, Pat Doherty, but he did no harm

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