Planting, Harvesting, etc, According to the Signs of the Zodiac: Now Available!

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This short, obtusely-titled booklet is nonetheless absolutely worth reading for those interested in the topic of astrology; I don’t know of another comparable work; one which suggests that surgical and medical acts should be relegated to an astrological timeline. The agricultural tips in here are a bit more mystic than in most works with similar, almanac-esque content, but are definitely fun to read.

At the end it contains a relatively mundane twelve-month zodiac and the basic traits for each sign. Notably, it does include the concept of “cusp” signs (days overlapping two signs.) For example, I am on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. This has significance in some zodiacal interpretations, but is not regarded as valid by some others.

38 pages.

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The Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare: Now Available!

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This short work is partially based on a lecture given by the author some time prior, which was then edited with a bibliographic appendix and some additional explanatory material.

It traces the history of the fairy in imagery from multiple sources to Shakespeare, drawing heavily (but not solely) on Grimm, pointing out the combination origin of Shakespeares’ usage, being a fusion of lore from his own era, as well as material from up to some centuries prior. Both academic and interesting, and a must-read for the more spiritually minded theater fan.

31 pages.

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If it’s folklore you want it’s folklore you get! This work starts out as a slightly dry, historical look at the druids, before becoming almost a completely different work which combines a bit of Masonic and Catholic pagan symbolism (the kind you find on the ‘weird’ side of the internet) with then-modern folklore both in and out of the British Isles. Considering the dedication passage it is likely that the work was written in two stages, accounting for this.

It speaks at length about all things druid for the first two sections before meandering into very interesting multi-page compilations of simple lore, with some poetry and folk magic included. The section on pins used in divination was of especial interest since this tradition indeed managed to find its way into multiple fortune telling works I myself have already edited.

152 pages.

Magic and Mystery: Now Available!

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This particular work is written from the perspective of sometimes quite severe skepticism towards folklore of various kinds, from the disorganized and tribal (and often antiquated) to the then-modern, medical, and “scientific.” Amusingly, some of its then-accepted scientific conjectures are now themselves classed as pseudoscience and hokum.

The span of subjects covered here is quite massive; of greatest interest are probably tidbits about fairy lore and homeopathy, which are fairly lengthy. Most of the text is broken up into very short segments of not much more than a paragraph or two on each subjugated subject.

138 pages.

Signs, Omens, and Superstitions: Now Available!

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This is one of my favorite editing works so far; a massive collection of folklore, dealing with every sign and omen under the sun from a dozen cultures, multiple epochs, etc. From bad luck to good, from relationships to employment, Cielo’s work has a little bit of everything. It is interesting to me that some of the content is familiar to me such as the common habit here in my own native New England of seeing barns with horse shoes nailed above the door, always open-end up to “keep in the luck.”

The author, a skeptic, wrote this work in order, ostensibly, to mock superstition, but instead is likely to be heralded as a compiler of folklore- the rational minds of the era sought to dispel supernatural things but ended up cataloguing them instead for future generations; a testament to the abilities of the paranormal, of the occult.

121 pages.

Apparitions, Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses: Now Available!

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“Apparitions-” is a wonderful compilation of folklore that was actually written from the perspective of one who wished to expose spook stories as frauds and interesting bugbears. This is actually important; the work is then also a cautionary message for those who accept the spiritual, not to accept it all at face value but to utilize their reasoning abilities to determine if any particular tale is true. I do this for occult and cryptozoological topics myself; I accept for example the existence of extra terrestrial life but find very few sightings of flying saucers to have any legitimacy.

Some of these tales are actually hilarious also, such as a prank involving the use of phosphor to  create ghostly messages to frighten house guests or the time a man with a red rain cloak was mistaken for a specter, scaring an entire village in the process.

176 pages.

Celtic Mythology: Now Available!

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This particular book is a nice collection of linguistic lore and superstition related to the development of the Celtic people. Some of the content here is technically eugenic, proposing three separate ethnic groups with regards to the Celtic people.

It speaks of the divisions of Celtic culture (the bards, vates, and druids) and many other topics, and gives not just a broad introductory overview of the subject but delves into relatively advanced linguistic anthropology of a sort which most works ignore.

135 pages.