Today is the summer solstice, longest day of the year, but so far it's been mainly grey and dreich. Rain and low cloud hardly encourage celebration. Even the birds are silent today. My house, normally surrounded by birdsong, is eerily quiet. However, the sun is out now and the birdies are starting to cheep. There's… Continue reading Litha, the Summer Solstice
On the Trail of Scotland's Myths and Legends by Stuart McHardy Luath Press, 2005 ISBN: 1842820494 An enjoyable and informative wee book, exploring Scotland's landscape and discovering its mythology on the way. I was especially impressed by the author's suggestion that historians and archeologists are missing a trick by not viewing Highland clan society as a fairly recent, and… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – #19 – On the Trail of Scotland’s Myths and Legends by Stuart McHardy
Happy Beltane best beloveds! It's that time again. Traditionally this is the start of summer but in practice I think Spring still has some time to go - in Scotland at least. We've had bluebells, primroses, daffodils and stuff for weeks but the trees are only just starting to bud. I am hearing a lot of birdsong… Continue reading Birds, bonfires and Beltane
6. Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett, 2006 [Kindle Edition] Discworld #35 - Tiffany Aching #3 Tiffany is growing up. She may be a very capable witch ...but she's still a girl - and the land is in her bones. Pratchett's take on the cycle of the seasons just tickles my pagan heart 🙂 7. I Shall Wear… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – 6 and 7
In France (and New Orleans) they call it Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) but in Scotland today is Pancake Day!
Dimàirt na h-Inide – Shrove Tuesday
Là nam Foileagan – Pancake Day
Cò bhios a’ dèanamh fhoileagean an-diugh ma-tha?
Who’s making pancakes today then?
In the christian tradition, Shrove Tuesday is the last chance for a blowout before lent begins. In actual fact, winter stores would have been running low by this time anyway so if the christians wanted to introduce a fast into their calendar, late winter was the perfect time to choose. Winter stores were running out, the new growing season was yet to begin – folk had little choice but to tighten their belts and try to hold on until spring.
In the fine Pagan (and Scottish) tradition of taking any excuse for a party, you can imagine folk using the last of their supplies – such as eggs and flour…
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