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Interview – Isobel Gowdie Concept Album – with Stone Maiden Art and Ex Reverie

My folks have always told me I have more a face for radio than I do TV. I also don’t like associating myself with my writing to any great degree (as …

When the Spirit Moves You – Moving House and Animism in Scottish Folklore

They say moving house is one of the most stressful things. It’s right up there with death and divorce. Having moved to a new house over the Bealtainn …

Sowans (fermented oats) – Scottish Traditional Food Recipe

<i>“Till buttered so’ns wi fragrant lunt (lunt – steam)</i> <i> <br>Set a’ their gabs a-steerin (steerin – mouths watering)</i> <i> <br>Syne wi’ a social glass o’strunt</i> …

Radicalising Ancestral Scottish Dietary Traditions

The Gaelic proverb says, “<i>Lean gu dlùth ri cliù do shinnsre</i>,” — “Follow closely to your ancestors.”It’s not all haggis, neeps and tatties! Scotland …

Spoken Word Folk Magic Audio Project Launch … Can you help support us?

Well, it is finally here! I’m really proud to announce the launch of our spoken word Scottish Folk Magic audio project – <b>Tales of the Taibhsear*</b> and …

Rendering Tallow – for Cooking, Salves and Enfleurage

Before modern nut and seed oils – expressed by expensive machinery, chemically fractured plant products or petroleum-based products imported into the …

The Cailleach - Scotland’s Midwife – The Stories in our landscape - Trip to Tigh Na Bodach

The struggles and revelations of Scotland’s people are stamped into the landscape, like wrinkles on the palms of old lady history. Some experiences …

Youth Without Age and Life Without Death

The tale …<p><i>(I have taken this tale form the translation by Dan Timotin as i currently cant find a better one).</i><p>Once upon a time, when pears grew in fir …

#FolkloreThursday: Public Folklore

July 13, 2017 by Jeana Jorgensen<p>Public folklore is a distinct mode within the broader discipline of folkloristics. This guest post by Marcus …

I Illustrated 31 Monsters From Many Cultures, Folklore And Myths In Inktober

Anybody has a theme in Inktober, I would like my first Inktober's theme illustrations are Monsters from different cultures, folklore, and mythology.

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Jül/Jol - Yule - Breads and celebration

It is the midwinter solstice tonight (well officially the morning of the 22nd) the shortest day and longest night. It’s nice to think that the nights …

Cailleach's Herbarium - folk magic and herbalism

March 26, 2018<p>The Gaelic proverb says, “Lean gu dlùth ri cliù do shinnsre,” — “Follow closely to your ancestors.” It’s not all haggis, neeps and …

Scottish Folk magic and the dead (part three) – folk charms, herbs for the dead and second sight

<i>The mist the dew, the dew the mist</i> <i><br>The mist, the dew, in the eye of my love</i> <i><br>In the eye of my love,</i> <i><br>Thou who didst open the young eye</i> <i><br>Close it tonight in</i> …

Scottish Folk Magic and the dead (part two) – The dead as a witches familiar

<i>It is the familiar spirit of the place; It judges, presides, inspires Everything in its empire; It is perhaps a fairy or a god? (No, in fact it was a</i> …

Scottish Folk Magic and the Dead (part one) – Funerary customs and death related lore.

<i>Open lock, end strife. Come death, and pass life –</i> <i> Scottish folk charm to urge death.</i><i></i> IntroductionI introduced a series of writing exploring the role …

Scottish folk magic and the dead (an introduction)

Dondering around the countryside, sauntering through glen, dirt track, woods and burns. Battling the wind and falling leaves. Passed graveyard and …

Peace Tea Recipe and Gaelic Prayer – For world peace day

Trying to find a moment’s peace. Well, that’s trick in itself for most of us. Trying to find a time for ourselves, to relax and just be peaceful is a …

Communications with Plants | Animism & Genius Loci | Terroir & Phenomenology.

I have recently been reflecting about a conference I spoke at a while ago. A few people were discussing a problem they felt they had in getting to …

The colours of our times – red, black and white

The ever-changing hue of the year is something that’s always fascinated me. When I lived in cities it was something that didn’t seem so clear. I …

Blackberry (Sméar dubh – Smearagan)/ Bramble Recipes

As white as Snaw, But Snaw it’s not<br>As red as Blood, But Blood it’s not<br>As black as Ink, But ink it’s not <i><br>Traditional Riddle from Glencairn (answer a</i> …