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

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Norwegian Forest Cat

#Catlore

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.

Reference: Wikipedia

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

#folklore #Solareclipse2017 

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

Dragon Magick

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped dragons and crocodiles. They created a Dragon magick that had rituals and a dragon language.

According to the authors of ‘The Book of English Magic,’ over time, dragon magick spread to Hungary then to England and across the globe.

England has its’ own dragonlore such as St. George and the dragon and the mythical, King Arthur who sports the sir name Pendragon.

Dragonlore is popular throughout Asia and dragon celebrations like the Chinese New Year. During the Chinese New Year one will see the streets lined with large colorful, dragons and fireworks.

The authors also mention that dragon magick language contains 108 runic sigils that are constant around the earth.

It is passed down verbally to kin and there are presently, no books on it.


Sources:


Wikipedia

The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate



The Spadena Storybook House 

Samhain and Halloween are only a couple months away, yet sometimes it still feels like these magical days when one spots a spooky house such as the Spadena house which is termed a “storybook house” that definitely has a witchy design to it.

The house is located in Beverly Hills, California. Located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue originally built in 1921 for dressing rooms and offices for Irvin Willat’s film studio in Culver city, it was relocated to its present location in 1934.

The converted private home, with its pointy, askew roof, Lilliputian windows and stucco siding with a vexed paint job was surrounded at the time by a lush English garden and a moat.

Spadena house was neglected for awhile and was run down a bit. Thanks to a realtor named, Michael Libow who purchased it in 1997 and renovated it over time back to its’ refreshed storybook design.

Spadena house still generates interest that attracts curious onlookers, to view the property via bus tours to snap photos of this wonderful witchy house.