Irish Cures, Mystic Charms Superstitions by Jane Francesca Wilde“Irish Cures, Mystic Charms & Superstitions” was a peculiar, fortunate find. It is astutely explained: mythology is a more accurate guide to our roots than language because ancient idioms are easily lost. New vocabulary emerges, once strongly-held grammatical principles shirked, correctness of speech wanes. Communication follows a dominant nation or dilutes into both. This is why mysticism opens the best window into how our predecessors lived. With religious faith and belief that spirits are around us: respect for the forces of nature guided daily life.
Remnants survive but the unseen were scoffed at so much in the last 100 years, collecting these folkloric foundations was more valuable than anyone could imagine. If factual history angles so precariously, what of records about spiritual faith? I admit I exclaimed at a great deal of the ideas among these pages: “You have to be kidding”! Some are silly, several are shocking, others grossly macabre and likely illegal. Too many disposed of the lives of animals. The Irish belief in fairies was the most prominent news to me and it’s complicated. They feared them and laid charms against their anger or harm, even though they were said to be beneath humans and not meant to exist indefinitely. At once, fairies are revered and it is considered fortunate to be in their good stead; to appease them hastily if offence were risked.
The seriousness bestowed on luck is also astonishing. Trivial symbols, meanings, and warnings forewarned death everywhere. I don’t know if it was hopefulness or sharp pessimism that placed attention on it but it must have been tiresome. Superstitions about good luck seemed fewer; tougher for women than men. Of notable interest is the original folklorist author of this timeless collection. Jane Francesca Wilde is the Mother of the famous 1890s playwright, Oscar Wilde.
Ancient Cures Charms and Usages of Ireland Contributions to Irish Lore
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Traditions, folklore, history and more. If it's Irish, it's here. Or will be! Circle of Prayer Blessings. A beautifully illustrated work which brings together the myths, legends and folklore associated with native Irish trees. There are two main themes: the tree as a marker of important places, such as the royal site or holy well, and the role of different trees as sources of magical power in folk customs and traditions.
There is a book, a little book, and the house which has it will never be burned; the ship that holds it will never founder; the woman who keeps it in her hand will be safe in childbirth. But none except a fairy man knows the name of the book, and he will not reveal it for love or money; only on his death-bed will he tell the secret of the name to the one person he selects. The adepts and fairy doctors keep their mysteries very secret, and it is not easy to discover the word of a charm, for the operator loses his power if the words are said without the proper preliminaries, or if said by a profane person without faith, for the operator should not have uttered the mystery in the hearing of one who would mock, or treat the matter lightly; therefore he is punished. Some years ago an old man lived in Mayo who had great knowledge of charms, and of certain love philtres that no woman could resist. But before his death he enclosed the written charms in a strong iron box, with directions that no one was to dare to open it except the eldest son of an eldest son in a direct line from himself. Some people pretend that they have read the charms; and one of them has the strange power to make every one in the house begin to dance, and they can never cease dancing till another spell has been said over them. But the guardian of the iron box is the only one who knows the magic secret of the spell, and he exacts a good price before he utters it, and so reveals or destroys the witchcraft of the dance.
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