Who the hell is Sidhe? – Fairy Faith and Animism in Scotland. A Challenge to Divinity

This post has been a long time in the coming. I can only apologise for that, I have been busy researching for a new book that explores these issues in more detail. I was asked to discuss the idea of the Sidhe or Síth in Scottish culture. During research for the upcoming publication many ideas…

A song to sow, a charm to reap – Sowing seeds in Scottish folklore

Sometimes it just feels right. Timings can be calendar based or not. Sometimes you just go with your gut.  So being in Scotland and the weather *almost* perking and my gut this weekend are telling me to get the seeds out and start sowing. We planted seeds of Wormwood, Mugwort and some St Johns Wort indoors…

Hot toddy Recipe

Scottish Hot Toddy Recipe

Unsurprisingly i’m a huge whisky fan and there is nothing like a hot toddy! Nothing warms you up and makes you feel better about just about anything really. Reputed to cure the common cold, nerves and anxiety and even sea sickness! The origin of the drinks name might come from British colonialism where the Hindu…

A sunset at midwinter

Midwinter Glow – Herbs for Resistance

Midwinter, a time of the greatest darkness, with still a way till we get to midwinter at the end of January. The sun in Scotland barely rises over the horizon rising late at 9am and setting early at 3pm. The molasses thick Valium orange light of dawn and dusk spread through the streets, over hills…

Finnish chord Magic

Snaim – The three knot charm

The weave, the weft and wool are part of our Scottish Heritage. It’s no wonder the use of wool made it into our folk magic heritage. The use of using three knots on a thread for the purpose against the evil eye was called a Snaim – the three-knot charm. (Compare Snaim with the words…

Mulled cider cup

Smoked Mulled Apple Cider – with Lapsang Souchong Tea

Ok i have it on good authority that this is a good combination to try. Sadly i haven’t had the opportunity to test it yet but thought it would be worth passing it on. I think the original recipe came to them courtesy of the London Tea Company. The addition of the tea gives it…

Martinmas – Sacrifice, Initiation, and Blood

The dayes are shortest now, the tedious night blinds all the earth, whilst I for you delight light out of darknes bringe, and offer more than all the pleasant Months haue done before The stall fedd Ox, that on his back doth beare spoyles of the fruitfull Seasons of the yeare I sacrificze, and that…

Stand off at Dakota Access Pipeline

A Gaelic response in support to Water is life. Water is sacred.

  I am a wind on the sea I am a wave of the ocean I am the roar of the sea, I am a powerful ox, I am a hawk on a cliff, I am a dewdrop in the sunshine, I am a boar for valor, I am a salmon in pools, I am…

Samhuinn – Halloween, Winters Start, Guising, Divination and Fires

In the season leaves should love, since it gives them leave to move through the wind, towards the ground they were watching while they hung, legend says there is a seam stitching darkness like a name. Now when dying grasses veil earth from the sky in one last pale wave, as autumn dies to bring…

Races, Carrots, dancing and the devils portion – La Fhéile Mícheal – Michaelmas – Autumn Equinox

The sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date, crossing almost at a right angle the Milky way as it stretches north to south, creating a giant cross in the sky from day to night. The Sun’s movement inscribes the line of balance across the sky dividing things into exactly two…