Feline Furlore

Feline/ Cat superstitions have been with us since ancient times. Many of these superstitions of cats are passed down to us today.

An old Catlore favorite of mine is from Italy that claims, if a cat sneezes the day before your wedding and you hear it, good fortune will find you!

If you hear my dear
a cat with a sneeze;
The day before you wed
You will be pleased!
Good fortune will embrace you like a welcoming breeze, thanks to a cat you heard with a sneeze!
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Birthdays are Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm was born on February 24th 1786-Dec.16 1859 (73 yrs) Would make him 233 years old this 2019.
He is famous for his dark, mysterious Folktales that he wrote with his brother Jacob Grimm called the ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales.’

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Grimms’ Fairy Tales, was published first in 1812.
Wilhelm had studied law at the University of Marburg, Germany with his brother Jacob. Wilhelm suffered from a persistent illness that made him weaker than his brother. The Grimm brothers were known to have protested against the King of Hanover, Ernst August who they attested he breached the Constitution.
The Grimms’ Fairy Tales had seven editions up to 211 tales. Most of their tales were taken from German villagers and farmers who shared their stories with them and requested these tales be written as well as being shared in their native oral tradition. Grimms’ Hansel & Gretel folk tale illustration below.

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Many of these folkish tales were based on mysterious and macabre happenings in or near the black forest.
The Grimm brothers were criticized for their tales being too frightening for children. They changed some stories like ‘Cinderella’ from evil mother to evil stepmother to appease their critics.
Chasing and catching villains became more violent to make their stories more action packed.
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The beauty of these tales are still handed down and read today. There have been movies made about them. Disney brightened the Grimm fairy tales up in their cartoons. Today you can watch the popular TV series called ‘Grimm’ based on their German folklore.

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Tuesday is ‘Tyrsdag’- Norse god of Single Combat & Justice

Hallo!

Did you know the Norse god ‘Tyr’ has his own day? Tyr is the origin of Tuesday.

Tyr, is the single hand Norse god of war. His planet is Mars. Mars the ‘red planet’ has always been known as the planet of War in Roman mythology. Tyr is a god also known for justice. Tuesday or Tyrsdag just might be a good day for justice since a courtroom is a war room. Check with your astrologer or rune master first.

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Points on Tyr:

  • Norse god of Tuesday
  • Norse god of War
  • Mars is his planet represents war
  • Odin, later usurps Tyr as ‘god of war’
  • Norse god of Justice since Odin usurps his former position. Tyr after losing his hand may have felt cheated and looks to justice.
  • Fenir the Wolf bites off Tyrs right hand (story found in The Younger Eddas of Sturleson ‘Binding The Wolf Fenir’
  • Tyr is now known as the god of ‘single combat’

Nyde din Tirsdag!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

 

 

February Pagan Celebrations: Groundhog Day, Imbolc & Charming of the Plough

Groundhog Day:

Today, North Americans’ wait in anticipation for Punxsutawney Phil to appear from his den to see his shadow or not. Currently, Phil saw his shadow and Americans will see six more weeks of winter! Groundhog’s day origin evolves out of Europe. A woolly bear was used instead of a groundhog to predict the near future, weather. The weather was predicted by how wide was the bear’s dark brown strip on his coat. A wide strip predicted a shorter winter while a thin strip predicted a longer winter.
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The Charming of the Plough:

‘The Charming of The Plough.’ is an Anglo-Saxon charm and celebrated still today in Sweden and Denmark. ‘The Charming of the Plough,’ dates back into ancient agriculture times, long before the spread of Christianity in Europe.
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European cultures would bless the plough for a bountiful harvest. Remember, they didn’t have grocery stores back then. Pagan’s lives revolved around agriculture and they made their food and everyday household products from ‘scratch.’

Imbolc is a Celtic pagan, Wiccan, celebration to honor the Celtic goddess Brighid or Brigid  means ‘exalted one.’ She is the goddess mystic/healer that is honored throughout Ireland, ‘Isle of man’ and Scotland. Imbolc celebrates Spring’s imminent restoration from winter.
Brighid oversees the hearth n home. She is the patron of bards and poets, sorcerers, healers and magicians. She is known to have these gifts. Her priestesses honor her with a sacred flame. Later the Christian church that wiped out thousands of pagans, usurped Brighid for St. Brigid which the church did to many other pagan gods and godesses of Europe. Imbloc is still celebrated each year in early February by Wiccans one of their higher sabbats.

Many Catholic Christian churches in Europe celebrate St. Brigid with ‘Candlemass’ which was taken from goddess Brighid’s ‘CandleWheel.’ Brighid’s candlewheel is circular and has candles to honor the Celtic goddess with fire for ‘hearth n home.’
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O’ Brighid Gaelic Queen of ‘fire n light,’

Bless this home n hearth tonight!

Welcome Spring’s first warm kiss of light,

Banish, winter’s cold with flight.

Enjoy your Celebrations!
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+Berger, Pamela (1985). The Goddess Obscured: Transformation of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint. Boston: Beacon Press. pp. 70–73. ISBN 9780807067239.

*Monaghan, Patricia. The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore. Infobase Publishing, 2004. p. 25

*Photos and illustrations in public domain.

 

Norse goddess, Sunna

Hallo!
Today is Sunday/Sondag.
Did you know that our Sunday is taken from the Norse goddess ‘Sol’ or Sunna which means ‘Sun?’

The Elder Eddas written by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorri Sturluson tells the legend of how Sol and her brother Mani (he represents Monday) came about.

Legend has it that Sol who represents the sun and her brother Mani who represents the moon and Monday were both placed in the sky. Sol had her own chariot or car that was drawn by two horses. Their names are Alvak and Alvis which drive her around to give light to the world.
Her horses are cooled under their withers from a refrigerant substance called ‘Isarnkul.’

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Sol is being chased by two large wolves called, Skol who chases her. The other wolf Hati goes before her  and chases the moon Mani her brother.

It is interesting that many legends and religions view the sun as masculine with its’ fiery energy and the moon as feminine and mysterious much like a woman. Ancient Norsemen saw Sol the sun as a female giving light and warmth to make plants grow in creation. They saw Mani the moon god as dark and introspective like a man. That is where we first heard about ‘The man in the Moon’ as children.

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Freyja Norse goddess of Friday #TFIF

Did you know that our days of the week are based on Norse gods, that represent our solar system planets?

People today say TGIF without batting an eye where this saying originated.

Our ‘Fridays’ are named after the Norse goddess ‘Freyja’ or ‘Frigga’.
Here are a some Folklore Facts about this lovely goddess.

* Freyja has a brother ‘Frey’ who is the Norse god of harvest and bounty

*Freyja represents the planet ‘Venus’ which is the love planet

*Freyja is called the goddess of love & fertility

*Freyja has two large male Norse forest cats that pull her and her chariot among the clouds

*Her cats names are ‘Bygul’ and ‘Trjegul’

* She has a wild boar at her side
his name is ‘Hildisvini,’ who once was a man. The dark elves turned him into a boar according to legend

*Freyja is married to ‘Odin’ or ‘Woden’

*Together they produce their heir ‘Baldr’

*Freyja is known as an accomplished sorceress of the Norse nine worlds

*She reigns over ‘Folksvang’ in the heavens

Have a happy, healthy Friday or ‘Freyjadag!’

Remember thanks to Freyja for Fridays!
Give your cats a hug, you never know, they may help you out someday.

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Ode to Robert Burns Day

Enjoy your Haggis Scotsmen!
Hang onto your Kilts, as you dance a highland fling!
Today is Robbie Burns Day it may make you want to sing!
So take my heed,
If you’re tired, rest, drink your mead and remember today is Robby Burns day! Ode to a Poet King!

Robert Burns was a Scottish Poet. He lived from 1759-1796 37 years young. He was known as Robbie Burns the Bard of Aryshire. He is known as Scotland’s National poet and lyricist.
Here is his poem ‘To a Mouse’