The Thirteenth Sign ⛎

1970 was a big year. The first episode of soap opera All My Children was broadcast. Black Sabbath‘s eponymous debut album was released.  The Beatles split up. Apollo 13 was launched.The first Glastonbury Festival was held.  Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both joined the 27 Club in death. I was born, which important fact I think…

Tired out? Bake a Mabon Bread Demon

This period between the festivals of Lammas and Samhain is known to be an unchancy one, with high levels of supernatural activity. It’s wise to avoid most magical behaviour for now, as while you are likely to get heightened responses, it’s also extremely possible that the results may not turn out as you anticipated. So…

Drink The Volcano

Tonight we will see the longest Blood Moon solar eclipse of the century, and major electric storms are predicted. Get ready for a bumpy night! If you see any black birds gathering near you, stay alert. These are psychopomps, very common at times of high supernatural activity and drawn to areas of potential trouble. It…

The Black Secret of The Treacle Mines

Along with cider, clover honey and clotted cream, real black treacle is something you need to track down and get directly from the source. The mass-produced imitations are never the same as the wild treacle produced according to ancient traditional methods deep in the English countryside.  Just as you should ideally buy farm produce directly…

The Kraken Wakes

Tales of huge tentacled or horned sea creatures exist from ancient times, and persist to this day.  The Greek legend of the Scylla, a monster with six heads that Odysseus must sail past during his travels, is an example of this tradition. In 1555 Olaus Magnus wrote of a sea creature with “sharp and long…

Dancing Lions & Lucky Lettuce

This is the time of the year the terrible Nian comes out of the dark to feed, and roams the neighbourhood looking for vulnerable people it can snap up and crunch down. The Nian was originally indigenous to rural China and was close to extinction in the 1800’s, but over the years has interbred with…

Vanquish a Love Rival via Voodoo

Sometimes you need to get somebody out of the way. I’m well aware that it would be v. bad ju-ju to destroy an enemy or rival by use of the dark arts… but…. Let me make it clear now that we will not be using poppets, D.U.M.E oils, hexing, cursing, left-handed grimoires nor will we…

Follow The Bear

A straw bear or Wild Man is a vaguely man-shaped animated heap of straw with a pointy head that appears in Shrovetide celebrations in the more remote Bavarian villages and rather more unexpectedly, at the modern town of Whittlesey in the Fenlands of Cambridgeshire. In The Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer described many examples of…

Super Blue Blood Moon lucky horoscopes for YOU

The lunar situation is getting a bit complex, so let’s summarize. A Blood Moon is when a complete lunar eclipse makes the moon appear red. A Blue Moon is when an additional full moon occurs as well as the 12 usual full moons we have every year. As this only happens occasionally (like a Leap…

Killing the Corn-Spirit or Hello, Dolly!

In the village of Siddington in Cheshire in the shadow of the monolithic radio telescopes of Jodrell Bank, lives a gentleman with an unusual hobby. Raymond Rush makes corn dollies, and at Harvest Festival time decorates the local church with over 1,000 of these sinister pagan relics. In his workshop next to an old hand…