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…

Scotland, Loch Tay

Chapbook on Scottish folk magic and herbalism (for the Scottish Radical Herbal gathering 2016)

Well, the first Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering is almost upon us and I’m very excited to be delivering a talk with them this year. The programme for the weekend looks amazing and I look forward to hearing the contributions from others talking with anticipation. For me, it will be the first time I have talked…

Folk magic, witchcraft, whats the difference ?

We get asked “what is a Folk Practitioner?” on many occasions. we also get asked What is the difference between what you do and what a witch does? Are you religious? Do you worship a lord and lady or speak to the de’il? Do you follow the immanent and emanant mysteries of your gods? Do…

Wise women sweeping a persons head

What is Scottish Witchcraft (or not)? – the role of the wise women

In a earlier post, I discussed the Cailleach and her associated role in Gaelic culture. She represents a power as vast and as wide as the Scottish landscape but a role that is also nurturing  and intimately fruitful as the role of the wise woman (or man) in Scottish folklore. The bean/fear fease (wise women/man)…