1 10, 2016

Superstition Saturday: Clovers

By | 2016-12-04T12:29:27+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Non-fiction, Superstition|7 Comments

The luck of the four-leaf clover is the most identifiable clover superstition but is only a small piece of clover lore. Clovers are versatile plants capable of bringing you a spouse, healing your ailments, or driving away evil spirits. Depending on the variety and number of leaves, the superstitions surrounding clover can vary widely. Clover [...]

3 09, 2016

Superstition Saturday: Chicken

By | 2016-12-04T12:29:27+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|Non-fiction, Superstition|1 Comment

When I think about birds in superstitions my mind immediately conjures images of ravens, owls, or raptors. The chicken is just a farm bird surrounded by Old McDonald’s other livestock, clucking here and there. However, numerous superstitions revolve around them, some harkening back to their more auspicious beginnings, and some after they became an everyday [...]

6 08, 2016

Superstition Saturday: Rye

By | 2016-12-04T12:29:27+00:00 August 6th, 2016|Non-fiction, Superstition|1 Comment

Every month the Oldways Whole Grains Council features a different whole grain. August's grain is rye, a hardy crop, which for a long time was considered a weed competing for wheat in the fields. This fast-growing, resilient grain gained extensive usage in the Bronze Age (c 1800-1500 BCE) spreading from localized use around Turkey to most of Europe.1 Slightly sour and earthy [...]

2 07, 2016

Superstition Saturday: Mushroom

By | 2016-12-04T12:29:27+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Non-fiction, Superstition|1 Comment

Overnight, as if by magic, mushrooms spring from the ground. The seeming spontaneous origin of these fungi adds to their mystical intrigue. However, mushrooms are viewed very differently depending on the country. In England and Ireland, they are tied to death and decay, and fear surrounds these potential poisonous florae. They are known as Satan’s [...]

2 06, 2016

Five Sides of the Pentacle

By | 2016-12-08T12:30:04+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Historical, Non-fiction, Origin|2 Comments

  “We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges.” ― Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw I intended to write a quick piece on the pentacle, when it became a symbol of magic and what it represented. I believed a pentacle was a [...]

5 05, 2016

Beware Saint George’s Eve

By | 2016-12-04T12:29:27+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Folklore, Non-fiction|2 Comments

"It is the eve of St. George's Day. Do you not know that to-night, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? Do you know where you are going, and what you are going to?" ―Bram Stoker, Dracula 1897 As the new life of spring begins to [...]