“Lament Of A Pendle Witch”, A Poem by ZBK
Today I would like to take the time to share with you a poem that I wrote primarily to tell the story of how a Lancashire Witch may have felt in the run up to trial- though I appreciate a lot of artistic licence is involved here, and this poem certainly has a neo-pagan flare…
Plant And Tree Lore Series: Witches’ Broom.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of the plant and tree lore series! This week we shall be looking at the tree growth and deformity otherwise known as witches’ broom; a fascinating growth that is steeped in folklore and folk magic applications. So, without much further ado, let’s begin!
Folklore And Spirits Of The Land Series: Taking Inspiration From Spirit And ‘Elizabeth’s Lament’
Within my own personal practice, a great emphasis is placed upon connecting not only with the land on which I walk, live and practice, but also it’s folklore, regional customs and of course, it’s own regional spirits. These spirits can take various forms, such as the fairies (or ‘Feorin’ here in Lancashire), land spirits such…
Folklore And Spirits Of The Land Series: “I Cannot Cross The Bridge Kind Sir”.
“Old Pendle, Old Pendle, thou standest alone.Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne, Where Hodder and Ribble’s fair waters do meet.With Barley and Downham content at thy feet. When witches do fly on a cold winters night,we won’t tell a soul and we’ll bolt the door tight.We’ll sit round the fire and keep ourselves warm,…
Leeting the Witches & Soul Cakes; Haunting Traditions Of Lancashire.
If like me, you are somewhat attached to British, Brythonic and Celtic folklore and you live in the North of England, then you may be lucky enough to be part of a community that still participates in this Pagan-Christian Folk tradition. Perhaps you’re even blessed enough to live in a rural area that still carries…
A Spellsong For Pendle: ‘Be Warned My Child Of Witches Near by’
Pendle is a place like no other. It’s lonely beauty piercing through the landscape with with an elegance that is both stunning and foreboding. She stands tall, visible for miles around and cuts through the land like a huge sloping central stage. A stage of course where many a Pendle Witch is said to have…