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You've probably heard about the banshee, announcing deaths with her keening cry. But what of the 'washerwoman of the ford', the Bean Nighe? She haunts rivers and pools in Scotland and Ireland. But who is she and why is she an omen of death? Find out in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [h…
 
Not all mythological creatures are as popular as the unicorn or dragon. Some of the more strange hybrid mythical beasts, like the manticore, Chimera, and cockatrice, have faded from art and literature. But why? Find out in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/hybrid-myt…
 
The 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' is upon us again! It's a time of harvest, and watching the natural world prepare for sleep. In days gone by, autumn was also a time to prepare for the harsh reality of winter! There's no wonder it has a range of superstitions predicting what the weather might be like, or how good your crops might be. An…
 
Unicorns might be more popular as children's decorations, or even as 'themes' in makeup collections for adults. But how do these gentle creatures appear in legend? Where did they come from and what do they represent? Let's find out in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: https://www.icysedgwick.com…
 
There are tales of dragons in folklore all over the world. But how do the worm tales of northern England differ from traditional dragon legends? Let's learn more about the Lambton Worm of County Durham and the Laidly Worm of Northumberland in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysed…
 
Griffins are popular symbols in art and heraldry. They're also common statues outside banks and stately homes. But what legends are associated with these mythical beasts? Let's find out in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/griffins-legends/](https://www.icysedgwick.c…
 
Sleep is a mysterious process, yet it's also when we're most vulnerable. For centuries, people have developed ways to protect themselves, get a good night's sleep, and even keep others awake. How did they do it? Let's find out in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/sle…
 
From strange remedies involving live pigeons to supernatural theories of its cause, there is plenty of plague folklore throughout history. How much of it is true? Let's find out in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/plague-folklore/](https://www.icysedgwick.com/plague…
 
The loss of your first tooth is a pretty important event in your life. Providing you carefully place the tooth under your pillow and leave it for the Tooth Fairy, it can also be your first experience of earning money. But who is the Tooth Fairy, and where did she come from? Let's meet her, and find out some folklore remedies for toothache, in this …
 
Aesculapius was the Roman God of Healing and Medicine (Asclepius in Greece). But who is he and why is he such a fascinating figure in the study of ancient Greece and Rome? And what does he have to do with Ophiuchus, the 'missing' 13th star sign? Let's meet him in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here…
 
Shadows have become associated with all things dark and dangerous. Is that fair? And where on earth did the stories of the Shadow People come from? We'll look at superstitions and folklore involving shadows in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/shadows-in-folklore/](h…
 
When you think of fairy tales, you'll often notice patterns in the numbers that appear. Think of the three bears, the seven dwarves, or seven-league boots. But how and why are numbers so important in folklore? We'll look at superstitions and stories involving the numbers 3, 7 and 9 in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blo…
 
Reflections, or their lack, appear within horror tales and superstitions alike. Beyond vampires, how are reflections important in western folklore? We'll look at the superstitions about love, luck, and even the soul in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/reflections/](…
 
Mirrors are often linked with witches, like Snow White's Evil Queen. Used for scrying, or divination, and casting spells, mirrors hold pride of place among magical traditions. But how do they work? We'll look at the folklore, superstitions and mythology surrounding mirrors in this episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images or get the blog post tr…
 
Witches in history often meet a sorry fate. The fates of witches like the Pendle Witches, the Witches of Warboys, and Isobel Gowdie are well known. But what about the witches of myth? In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's meet three famous witches of legend: Befana, Baba Yaba & Circe. See the images or get the blog post transcript here: [http…
 
The summer solstice is often known as midsummer. But is it really an ancient pagan festival? In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's some of the ways that both the solstice and midsummer are celebrated! We'll also check out what its significance is... See the images on the blog post at: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/summer-solstice/](https://www…
 
Is necromancy really about raising the dead, or is it a form of artful divination? In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's explore this strange practice that dates to ancient Egypt and Greece! We'll also check out how it worked in the medieval period - and how it works now... See the images on the blog post here: [https://www.icysedgwick.com/ne…
 
Pop culture lets witches speak cool or pithy charms. But what charms did actually witches use in reality? In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's check the historical record to learn how to shapeshift into animals, steal milk, protect lives, and protect against witchcraft (I know, the irony)! See the images on the blog post here: [https://www.i…
 
Most people have heard the story of the Elves & the Shoemaker, but what is the Heinzelmännchen variation associated with Cologne, Germany? In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's meet the elves, hobgoblins, gnomes and dwarfs that help shoemakers (and other tradesmen) and their strange terms of work! See the images on the blog post here: [http:/…
 
There are many tales of spinning in folklore, often involving trickery or the creation of fate. In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's meet the Fates from ancient Greece, spinners from famous fairy tales, and the spinster herself! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/spinning-in-folklore/](http://www.icysedgwick.co…
 
Many cultures have myths involving creator deities or legendary figures who weave fate into a tapestry of destiny. In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's meet the goddesses and makers from ancient Greece, the Norse legends, and Victorian literature! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/weaving-in-mythology/](http:/…
 
Many cultures have myths involving blacksmith gods, or creatures that forge magical items for the gods. In this episode of Fabulous Folklore, let's meet the gods and makers from ancient Greece, the Norse legends, and Irish mythology! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/blacksmith-gods/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/black…
 
Blacksmiths have long been revered and feared thanks to their skills with fire and metal. In legend, saints and sinners play the role of smith. Let's find out more about the blacksmiths of legend in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/blacksmiths-folklore/](http://www.icysedgwi…
 
Humans love knowing what lies in the future and predicting the weather is no different. But how does weather lore differ from the wacky world of superstitions? Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/weather-lore/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/weather-lore/) Ge…
 
Most people know Persephone due to her abduction by the god Hades. But how does she balance her role as spring goddess and Queen of the Dead? Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/persephone-spring-goddess](http://www.icysedgwick.com/persephone-spring-godde…
 
You'll find the Jack-in-the-Green as part of May Day celebrations around England. But he's sometimes confused with or linked with the famous 'Green Man' found in English churches. Are these figure representations of ancient pagan gods? Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www…
 
We often associate eggs, rabbits, and fancy hats with Easter. But where did these links come from? And was the festival really named after an ancient pagan goddess? Let's find out more about all these Easter traditions in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/easter-lore/](http:/…
 
When you think of fortune telling, you'll probably think of tarot cards. You wouldn't think of playing cards - they're for poker and bridge, right? Wrong! You can absolutely use them for fortune telling too. Let's find out about playing cards in both fortune telling and folklore in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blo…
 
People often turn to fortune-telling for comfort in times of crisis. They might suddenly try augury, phrenology, tasseography, and many more, just to get a sense of control over an uncertain future. Let's find out more about different types of fortune-telling in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http:/…
 
When you think of fortune telling, you might think of tarot cards. Perhaps you think of a woman poring over strange images in a darkened room. Or maybe you think they're evil, only capable of foretelling doom. Let's find out if this is really the case in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [https://folklo…
 
Need to bring a little luck or good fortune into your life? Click here to learn about Fortuna, the Roman goddess of all things fortunate. But beware the bad luck, too... Let's meet her in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/fortuna/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/fortuna/) Get you…
 
Spring-heeled Jack looms large in Victorian folklore, springing through gaslit streets. Who was he and why did he terrorise London's streets? Let's find out in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/spring-heeled-jack/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/spring-heeled-jack/) Get your guid…
 
Sin-eaters appear in Welsh records back to the 1680s. Though there is some dispute as to whether the custom was genuine, or misinterpreted by an over-zealous scholar. Were they real, or a neat snippet of folklore? Let's find out in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/sin-eaters…
 
Cemeteries are either fascinating monuments to social history, or eerie gardens populated by the dead. There are also a plethora of superstitions that dictate how a burial should happen, how people should move around them, and even what the weather needs to be like. But is their creepy reputation deserved? Find out more about the superstitions and …
 
Sending mean cards? Eating mashed earthworms? Using jack o’lanterns to light medieval love banquets? They’re all surprising yet vaguely sinister ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Find out more about the weird and sometimes sinister traditions of Valentine's Day in this episode! See the images on the blog post here: [https://folklorethursday.com/va…
 
Fears around premature burial were very real in earlier centuries. But how many of the stories are true, and how many are mere folklore? Find out more about the fears of being buried alive in this episode! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/premature-burial/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/premature-burial/) Become a Patr…
 
Moths are the darker twin of the butterfly, representing death, bad omens, and...getting letters! They're also linked to urban legends through the figure of the Mothman. But is their creepy reputation deserved? Find out more about them in this episode! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/moths-folklore](http://www.icys…
 
Many associate rats with portents of doom or incoming bad luck. But how else do they appear in folklore and superstition? Find out more about them in this episode! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/rats-folklore](http://www.icysedgwick.com/rats-folklore) Become a Patron for as little as $1 a month at [https://www.pat…
 
Bats are fascinating creatures and they're helpful to humans. But they fall foul of old folklore and superstitions about them - people once saw them as witches' familiars or evil death omens. Find out more about them in this episode! See the images on the blog post here: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/bats-folklore](http://www.icysedgwick.com/bats-fol…
 
The presents have long been opened. No one can find anything decent to watch on TV. It feels weird to still say 'Merry Christmas' so we've all switched to saying 'Happy New Year' instead. But no matter! We still have Twelfth Night to celebrate! Find out what folklore surrounds this often forgotten festival! See the images on the blog post here: [ht…
 
It's almost the turn of a new year, and while many of us are thinking of setting resolutions for the year ahead, others are planning how to make it the 'best year ever'. Have you considered turning to folklore to give your efforts a bit of a boost? This week, we're looking at the custom of first-footing and how can it improve your year... Good luck…
 
Telling ghost stories at Christmas is a time-honoured tradition, from Charles Dickens and his Christmas Carol, to the BBC adaptations of MR James ghost stories! So here at Fabulous Folklore, I figured why not keep it up?! In true folklore style, this ghost story is inspired by a London legend. This episode almost marks #50 so it's a bit of a landma…
 
Mistletoe seems a natural part of modern Christmas decorations. But why has it become linked with kissing during the festive period? Find out in this week's episode. See the images on the blog post at: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/mistletoe-and-christmas/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/mistletoe-and-christmas/) Follow Icy on Instagram at [https://www.i…
 
Holly and Christmas go together like bacon and eggs...but where did the links first come from? And who is the Holly King, who must battle the Oak King? Find out in this week's episode! See the images on the blog post at: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/holly-and-christmas/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/holly-and-christmas/) Buy Icy at coffee at: [https:/…
 
Krampus, sometimes seen as the Anti Santa, emerged into the mainstream in 2015 with his own movie. But who is he and how is he linked to Christmas? Find out in this week's episode! See the images on the blog post at: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/krampus/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/krampus/) Buy Icy at coffee at: [https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick](http…
 
In this episode, I review *Tudor Folk Tales* and *The Pre-Raphaelite Language of Flowers*! Find out more about *Tudor Folk Tales*: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/tudor-folk-tales/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/tudor-folk-tales/) Find out more about *The Pre-Raphaelite Language of Flowers*: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/pre-raphaelite-language-of-flowers/]…
 
Knockers, Bucca, Tommyknockers; they're all mysterious spirits who live in mines. But who are they, and why do they warn miners of cave-ins? Find out in this week's episode! See the images on the blog post at: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/knockers/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/knockers/) Buy Icy at coffee at: [https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick](https://k…
 
Crossroads appear in folklore and myths all over the world. What 4 weird things might you encounter if you ventured down to an English crossroads at dusk? See the blog post at [http://www.icysedgwick.com/3-weird-things-at-crossroads](http://www.icysedgwick.com/3-weird-things-at-crossroads) Tweet Icy at [https://twitter.com/IcySedgwick](https://twit…
 
The Simonside Dwarfs live in the hills near Rothbury. They lurk in the darkness, ready to lure unwitting travellers to their doom. Let's go and meet them... See the images at [http://www.icysedgwick.com/simonside-dwarfs/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/simonside-dwarfs/) Tweet Icy at [https://twitter.com/IcySedgwick](https://twitter.com/IcySedgwick) Su…
 
Dartmoor conjures images of wild, untamed beauty. But amid the forbidding landscape hide spectral dogs, hairy hands, and weird places with names like the Watching Place. Learn more in this week's episode! Find the images at the blog post: [http://www.icysedgwick.com/dartmoor-legends/](http://www.icysedgwick.com/dartmoor-legends/) Become a member of…
 
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