HedgeFolk Tales show

HedgeFolk Tales

Summary: Journey into the realms of the myths, legends, and folktales of our Pagan ancestors to discover hidden lore and practices.


 VII: Flying Ointments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Follow the witch as she delves into the history of flying ointments through the literature of ancient Greece and Rome, then forward into the grimoires and verse of the early modern period, and then lastly to a modern folktale of a witch and a flying ointment from the United States, collected from oral sources in the 1930s. Learn about the poisonous plants and the methods used to create witches' unguents and why they may be more ancient than commonly believed. Music Credits: "Mandragora" by Alraune and "Belladonna Smiles" by Bone Poets Orchestra Resources: Apuleius, Lucius . The Golden Ass. [160 AD]. Blackwood, Margaret and Skelton, Robin. Earth Air Fire Water: Pre-Christian and Pagan Elements in British Songs, Rhymes and Ballads. Arkana: London, 1990. Davis, Hubert J. The Silver Bullet and Other American Witch Stories. Johnathan David Publishers, 1975. Della Porta, Giovanni Battista . De Miraculis Rerum Naturalium. 1558. MacGregor Mathers, S.L. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin The Mage As Deliverd by Abraham the Jew unto his Son Lamech, A.D. 1458. John M. Watkins: London, 1900. Rhodius, Apollonius. The Argonautica. [200 BC]. Shantell Powell"Flying Potions and Getting to the Sabbat". The Witching Hours. 1998.

 VII: Death & Necromancy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:06

Join me this episode for tales of death, ghosts, and necromancy just in time to get into the spirit of All Hallow's Eve. We will travel from ancient Greece to the Pacific Northwest, then on to Scotland and Ireland, a haunted house in Athens, and, lastly, we will travel to Israel to hear a tale of necromancy from the Old Testament.

 VI: The Witches’ Sabbat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:00

This episode of HedgeFolk Tales is a special sabbat extravaganza. You shall hear tales of witches' sabbats and full moon rites, chants, rhymes, rituals, and songs. Learn the meaning and history behind the witches' sabbat and how to perform one for yourself or a group. Follow the witch deep into remnants of lore that together paint a complete picture of just what witches got up to in their rites on lonely hills and dark forests. Music Credits: "Come to the Sabbat" by Black Widow, "Witch's Reel" by Green Crown, and "Satanic Mass" by Coven References 8 Resources: Cochrane, Robert. 1964. Witches' Esbat. New Dimensions. November. Cromek, R.H. Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song. London, 1810. Leland, Charles Godfrey. Aradia or the Gospel of Witches of Italy. London: David Nutt, 1899. Skelton, Robin 8 Blackwood, Margaret. Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Pre-Christian and Pagan Elements in British Songs, Rhymes and Ballads. London: Arkana, 1990.

 V: Shapeshifting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Join the Witch of Forest Grove in crossing the hedge to explore the ancient art of shapeshifting on a journey through folklore, legends, songs, and magical incantations. Hear two tales of shapeshifting witches; one from Ireland and one from the Appalachians. Then the witch will take you through songs and chants to show you how to attempt shapeshifting yourself as well as provide a word or two of warning. References and Resources: Carmichael, Alexander. The Carmina Gadelica / Ortha Nan Gaidheal: Hymns and Incantations with Illustrative Notes on Words, Rites, and Customs, Dying and Obsolete: Orally Collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Vol. 2. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, 1900. Davidson, Thomas. Rowan Tree and Red Thread: A Scottish Witchcraft Miscellany of Tales, Legends and Ballads; Together with a Descriptions of the Witches' Rites and Ceremonies. Edinburgh: Oliver 8 Boyd, 1949. Davis, Hubert J. The Silver Bullet and Other American Witch Stories. New York: Jonathan David Publishers Inc., 1975. Spence, Lewis. The Magic Arts in Celtic Britain. London: Rider, 1949. Yeats, W.B. Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry. London: Walter Scott, 1888.

 IV: The Witch of Lok Island | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this episode, the Witch of Forest Grove tells the tale of "The Witch of Lok Island". This folktale was collected from oral sources by Elsie Masson in 1929 and translated into English from the Breton tongue and included in her work Folk-Tales of Brittany. Now that I've covered the bigger mythological themes, I'd like to delve into the realm HedgeFolk Tales was original intended for - the ream of fairy and folk tales. After reading this tale journey with me through the folklore and fairy tales of Brittany and the mythology of the ancient Celts and Norse to discover the Pagan roots of "The Witch of Lok Island" and how, as modern magical practitioners, we can take knowledge away from the tale and add it to our spiritual practice. Main Characters: Houarn, Bella, the Witch of Lok Island, Jennik, Rán, Old Nick Music Credits: Opening - "Siren Moon" from Sharon Knight's Song of the Sea album; Closing - "Song of the Siren" from Susheela Raman's Salt Rain album References 8 Resources: Evans-Wentz, Walter Yeeling. The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries. University Books, 1966. Gregorson Campbell, John. The Gaelic Otherworld. Birlinn, 2005. Gundarsson, Kveldulf. Elves, Wights, and Trolls. iUniverse Inc., 2007. Mackenzie, Donald A. Teutonic Myth and Legend. The Gresham Publishing Co., [1912]. Masson, Elsie. Folk-Tales of Brittany. Macrae Smith Company, 1929.

 III: The Making of a Shaman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this third installment of HedgeFolk Tales the witch covers the initiation of the shaman - from knowledge of this world into knowledge of all worlds and the universe itself. You will be hearing two tales; first a retelling of the Welsh myth of Taliesin and then a special appearance of Mojo from the Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast with a trancework tale of an apprentice's journey into initiation.

 II: The Fall from the Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

"The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less." ~ Arthur Miller In this episode I will explore the creation of humankind and our subsequent fall from the garden by delving into two myths: The Garden of Eden from the original Hebrew translation of Genesis, and Prometheus and the Human Race compiled from ancient Greek sources. I also promised last episode that I would explain how the ancient peoples knew about things we thought only our modern science and technology could explain, but of course the answer is also found in the tales of the Old Ones.... Main Characters: Adam, Eve, Jehovah, Serpent, Epimetheus, Erinyes, Gaia, Iapetus, Klymene, Meliae, Pandora, Prometheus, Ouranos/Zeus Music Credits: Opening - "Woodstock" by CSN; Closing - "Genesis" by Christopher Bingham References 8 Resources: "Genesis". Good News Bible. Canadian Bible Society, 1990. Hesiod. Theogony. [800?] BC. Kerényi, Karl. The Gods of the Greeks. Thames 8 Hudson, 1951. Puhvel, Jaan. Comparative Mythology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

 I: Birth of the Cosmos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:29

Once upon a time there was nothing... Grab a mug of coffee, tea, or beer and join me on a journey through three ancient creation stories, Assyrian, Greek, and Norse, to discover their hidden meaning. Does anyone know how to pronounce Ginnungagap and Hecatoncheires? References 8 Resources: From Snorri Sturlson's Edda: The Viking Gods. Gudrun Publishing, 1995. Hesiod's Theogyny (800 BC?). Kerényi, Karl. The Gods of the Greeks. Thames 8 Hudson, 1951. Seven Tablets of Creation. From the library of Ashurbanipal (685-627 BC). Translation and arrangement by Donald A. McKenzie Sturlson, Snorri. The Poetic Edda (1200 AD).


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