Season of the Brownie Witch Cult

When I was a child, I joined the Brownies, which turned out to be a huge mistake. Huge! Brownies are the section in the Girl Guides organization for girls aged 7-10, and its purpose is to turn grubby little brats into good little girls. If I’d realised that, I wouldn’t have touched it with a…

Pap and Gruel and Invalid Foods

I read a lot of old novels during lockdown when I was on furlough, and they have reminded me that there are a lot of traditional sickbed foods designed to help you recover from illness which you don’t hear much about any more.

I’m not talking about the really nutty stuff like using salted owls flesh to treat gout or mixing ox gall and urine to relieve sciatica – I mean just classic invalid nourishments which have been used for centuries.

Can they still do us good today and help us get through this pandemic, which will be going on for a while despite what people say?

Lets check in with some medical doctors, and see what they think.

Drink the Rainbow for the Holi Festival

Did someone shoot you in the face with a gun full of green water today? Or startle you with a pink powder shower? You should be pleased! It’s just time for Holi – the festival of colours, new beginnings, the repayment of debts and the ending of conflicts. This Hindu festival is celebrated at the…

Find the Red Thread of Fate

The Red Thread of Fate is the method that Yue Lao or The Old Man Under The Moon uses to bind people together who are fated to meet and spend the rest of their lives together. Also known as the Matchmaker Deity, he travels at night with his bundle of red silk cords, connecting people…

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…