Black Cat Superstition in Catlore

Black cat Superstition: A black cat in the audience on opening night fortells a successful play. Bravo!

~ Nifty Buckles

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Foodlore: Iðunn’ Apples

In Norse mythology, Iðunn is described as providing the gods apples that grant them eternal youthfulness.

A number of theories surround Iðunn, including potential links to fertility, and her potential origin in Proto-Indo-European religion.

The name Iðunn has been variously explained as meaning “ever young”, “rejuvenator”, or “the rejuvenating one”. As the modern English alphabet lacks the eth (ð) character, Iðunn is sometimes anglicized as Idun, Idunn or Ithun.

19th-century scholar Jacob Grimm proposed a potential etymological connection to the idisi. Grimm states that “with the original form idis the goddess Idunn may possibly be connected. Grimm further states, that Iðunn may have been known with another name, and that “Iðunn would seem by Saem to be an Elvish word, but we do not hear of any other name for the goddess.

The thirteenth century Prose Edda, cites that Loki was once coerced by the jötunn Þjazi to lure Iðunn out of Asgard and into a wood, promising her interesting apples. Þjazi, transforms into an eagle, plucks Iðunn from the wood and takes her to his home. Iðunn’s absence causes the gods to grow old and grey, and they realize that Loki is responsible for her disappearance. Loki promises to return her and, in the form of a falcon, finds her alone at Þjazi’s home. He turns her into a nut and takes her back to Asgard. After Þjazi finds that Iðunn is gone, he turns into an eagle and furiously chases after Loki. The gods build a pyre in Asgard and, after a sudden stop by Loki, Þjazi’s feathers catch fire, he falls, and the gods kill him.

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Wikipedia

Folklore of September

#HelloSeptember

The ancient Romans named September after the god Septem which means 7.

Vulcan god of the forge of Volcanoes, fire, earthquakes and metalworks.

He was overseer of September. The Vulcan god is often depicted with a blacksmith’s hammer.

The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery.

In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans.

Statue of Vulcan, wearing an exomis (tunic) and pilos (conical hat), c. 1st century AD.

Source: Wikipedia

Norwegian Forest Cat

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The Norwegian Forest cat Norwegian: Norse skogkatter is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This furry, large breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation. According to legend, the breed’s ancestors may have been a group of short-haired cats brought to Norway by the Vikings around 1000 AD.

Some Norwegian Forest Cats lived on Viking ships to keep the rodent population numbers down, which would keep diseases like the plague away. Their nearest and dearest relative is the Maine Coon Cat in the US which is as big and fluffy like the Norwegian Forest cat.

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Nature’s Playground

Oh, look out yonder window there,

Glowing fireflies are everywhere.

Dark night is quiet and still,

The golden moon listens, to a faint breeze that tickles leaves,

and lofty grass blades bend up a hill.

A wee girl screams with a shattering fright,

Playing amongst the fireflies gleaming bright.

A firefly snags a strand of hair,

Tiny hands franticly swishing the tepid air.

The youngster’s game abruptly ends,

Oh, look out yonder window there,

Glowing fireflies are everywhere.

Poem by ~ Nifty Buckles

Tündér Faerie in Hungarian Folklore

The Tündér is an Hungarian faerie that is fair and benevolent.
They are nature spirits that dwell in lofty castles high in the mountains. Some live in lush palaces decked with gems on islands surrounded by fabulous gardens, others live in massive castles beneath lakes.

Tündér fae can shapeshift from human form to birds, mammals, trees or fish. They can also shift an invisible mode.
Tündér acquire endless wealth due to their body fluids are magickal and can produce precious metals and gemstones.

According to Hungarian legend when they weep, their tears transform into pearls. They bequeath some of their pearls to  the poor, especially to orphans.
Tündér, at times marry mortals like the most famous faerie named Ilona. In this tale she marries a prince named Argyilus. 
One evening Prince Argyilus observes some faeries that shapeshifted into ravens, pinching golden apples from a magickal tree from his father’s orchard. He clambers up the tree in order to find the faerie he loves.
This magnificent tree is similar to Yggdrasil.
The prince asks the sun, wind and moon about the fair Ilona, unfortunately they are unable to aid him.

The prince continues on  and asks the forest  creatures where he can locate the faerie, a disabled wolf explains that a witch locked Ilona in a castle tower.

The witch had cast a spell upon her and the faerie was in a deep sleep similar to the tale of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
After three nights by Ilona’s side he kisses her and she awakens.

In Hungarian and Vogul folklore, Geza Roheim tells the tale that the faerie queen Ilona appeared as a swan wading down the Danube and links her with the swan goddess in pre-Christian Hungary.
This supernatural being could appear or disappear at will and cause other things to do the same.

In Transylvania, folks term the Milky Way “The Faerie’s Way.”

Source: Wikipedia

Eclipse in Norse Folklore

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According to Norse folklore, wargs are the mythological wolves Fenrir, Sköll and Hati.
In the Hervarar saga, King Heidrek is asked by Gestumblindi (Odin),
What is that lamp
which lights up men,

but flame engulfs it,

and wargs grasp after it always?

Heidrek perceives the answer is the Sun, explaining,
She lights up every land and shines over all men, and Skoll and Hatti are called wargs. Those are wolves, one going before the sun, the other after the moon.
Wargs are large, dangerous wolves.
Wolves in folklore also served as a symbol for menacing anthropoid beasts. For example, Gunnr’s horse was a kenning for “wolf” on the Rök Runestone, in the Lay of Hyndla, the völva (witch) Hyndla rides a wolf and to Baldur’s funeral, the giantess Hyrrokkin arrived on a wolf.
Once the wolves gobble up the Sun and moon the end of the world will begin with the eclipse to launch  the apocalyptic event, Ragnarök.
Picture of the wolves Sköll meaning (revenge) and Hati meaning (hate) chasing Sunna (sun goddess) and Máni (moon god) public domain.
Source: Wikipedia