Old lady on the door of her cottage

The Frith – Divination from Augury

I have discussed this practice before but realised i omitted the augury signs which i have included below. Scottish folks had many ways of finding things outside of the second sight. One of these techniques is called the Frith. Frith translates in gaelic “to find”. Macaplpine describes it as “an incantation to find whether people…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wheat field in Scotland

Straw craft , Wheat Weaving, Corn Dollies and Kern Idols

It’s nearing that time of year again. The wheat,rye and barley are almost ripe and the Raspberries and Bilberries are coming out in force. Poppies dot red the yellowing seas of grain. It’s nearing Lunastal and folks are readying to take in the harvest from the fields. This was a time of celebration, coupling up before the hard…

Scottish charming and divination

Scottish Gaelic Divination Prayer/Charm

Those following along on  social media will know I have been discussing divination for a while and researching the below bit of Audio exploring authentic Scottish Prayers or charms to use as part of my divination practices. I happened across the below recording from 1950’s of a spoken charm from Uist for the Frith (I…

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…

A graveyard of our ancestors

From Dead to Deity – How did the Celtic dead become gods?

I‘m sitting on a train.  It’s like a liminal space, I’m not moving but rushing forward at the same time. Travelling through the amazing Scottish landscape, it’s always a joy.  Even though a brown, white and green dusk coloured blur beyond the window. The sound of the train, the rock of its carriage, always makes my mind drift.  It gets…