Dead Man’s Hand

*Gruesome Witchcraft Lore: THE HAND OF GLORYAccording to an old European belief, the Hand of Glory was a candle fashioned from the dried and pickled severed hand of a criminal; who was sentenced to death by hanging. This hand was said to hold supernatural powers. According to some accounts, the hand; had to be severedContinue reading “Dead Man’s Hand”

The Mari Lwyd

Mysterious and menacing it is. In this dark, cold time of year, a pale horse, the Mari Lwyd, appears.  Since childhood, the Mari Lwyd, like other ghostly horse or hooded animal traditions and folklore, has always fascinated me. The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing Welsh folk custom celebrated from December 25th to January 6th (fromContinue reading “The Mari Lwyd”

History of the Christmas Tree

(continuing from the previous blog, in honor of the season) How did the Christmas tree develop? Here is a brief rundown of its history: We can thank Germany for giving us the Christmas tree.According to one legend St. Boniface encountered pagans preparing a sacrifice at an oak tree dedicated to the god Donar/Thor. He tookContinue reading “History of the Christmas Tree”

Ancestors

We have crossed the threshold and now dwell in the dark half of the year. The”spooky” season is here, and we believe the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Halloween, or, for some Samhain, is just around the corner. During this time, there is much talk, also pressure about honoring our ancestors. ItContinue reading “Ancestors”

The Devil’s Familiar

Phantom black dogs are sometimes considered to be benevolent, however the most common belief is that they hold a more sinister aspect. The black dog omen, be it benevolent or malevolent, depends upon where and when the dog appears. These esoteric creatures are known to frequent crossroads and places where an execution/murder has taken place.Continue reading “The Devil’s Familiar”

13 For The Devil

Negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries, maybe even longer. No one can say for sure when this notion started, nor can we pinpoint exactly where it became linked with the day Friday the 13th, but there are a few speculations. Some believe this superstition came into play due to the factContinue reading “13 For The Devil”