We return to one of our old ideas and bring you a “Tales from the Witching Hour” that explores the different ways Laine and Cory worked with the magic of the recent 2017 solar eclipse. We talk about what we did, what worked, what didn’t, and what we wish we’d done differently.
With the solar eclipse coming up, we look at eclipse folklore and magic, then expand into the heavens to discuss other solar and stellar lore and enchantments.
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March month of ‘many weathers’ wildly comes In hail and snow and rain and threatning hums And floods: while often at his cottage door The shepherd stands to hear the distant roar… The ploughman mawls along the doughy sloughs And often stop their songs to clean their ploughs From teazing twitch that in the spongy soil Clings round the colter terryfying toil The sower striding oer his dirty way Sinks anckle deep in pudgy sloughs and clay And oer his heavy hopper stoutly leans Strewing wi swinging arms the pattering beans Which soon as aprils milder weather gleams Will shoot up green between the furroed seams ~John Clare, The Shepherd’s Calendar: “March”
Dear Listeners and Readers,
Here we are in the lovely springtime, knee-deep in the grime of new life, planting seeds to bear fruit under other moons than this one. In a few days, we will (hopefully) be releasing our March episode, which deals with that selfsame celestial sphere, and on that show we’ll be announcing our latest contest. Since you are a dedicated and devoted fan of our work, however, you get a little advance warning and some extra time to work on your entries.
So what do you have to do for this contest? We’re looking for family, regional, or local folklore on two topics. Send in your lore about:
Anything related to the sun, moon, and stars. Did your family tell stories about specific stars or constellations? Did they hold moon-gazing parties or eat moon cakes? Were there special things you were supposed to do during an equinox? Share your heavenly lore with us and get an entry into the drawing!
Share your lore about devils, demons, and “bad” spirits. Was there some spot supposed to be haunted by the devil near where you grew up? Were you forbidden to play Ouija boards because of demon possession? Share your most diabolical tales and enter that way as well.
You can even enter in each category! (Only one entry per category per person, please. You can share as much lore as you want, though). Simply email us with the subject line “Spring 2015 Contest” at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll get your entry (or entries). Make sure to let us know where you’re from/family background, and what name (if any) you’d want us to use if we read your entry on the show.
Deadline: Midnight, April 30th (Walpurgisnacht), 2015.
So what is up for grabs if you decide to share a bit of your devilish or stellar side? We’ve got three potential prize packages we’re offering for this event:
Prize Package The Third – Get Lucky: A bottle of our Crown of Success oil, a lucky charm or two, and a copy of 54 Devils thrown in for fun (you know, lucky at cards…)
If those are appealing to you (or even if they’re not and you just want to participate), please send in your lore to email@example.com and know we’ll be absolutely thrilled to hear from you. Questions about the contest or lore are welcome at that address, too. Good luck!
In tonight’s episode (slightly belated, my apologies), we have an excellent discussion of Sacred Artistry and Enchanted Worldviews with the wonderful Bri Saussy. I bookend the interview with a pair of readings on the topic as well. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!