Category Archive: Superstitions

Bonfire Night in Elsdon

There’s something that feels very ancient about gathering round a huge bonfire on our village green. Dark shapes made anonymous by the dazzling brightness; children hurtling around; the huge crashes of the fireworks… Continue reading

More on witches…red thread and rowan trees

From Pitcairn’s ‘Criminal Trials in Scotland’. Remedies for injuries to animals – take some of the animal’s blood and mix with pins then boil; lock the doors and windows. The witch responsible will… Continue reading

All about Hares

Reading – well, dipping into, George Ewart Evan’s and David Thomson’s book ‘The Leaping Hare’. They quote an incantation for turning into a hare : “I sall goe intill ane haire, With sorrow… Continue reading