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#Friday13th – Ancient Origins of the Fear Myth.

Ancient pagan religions were matriarchal; they believed in the Goddess and Mother Earth, and venerated the ability of the female to bring forth life.
The year was counted by lunar cycles, unlike today’s Gregorian calendar, of which there were thirteen, and also thirteen menstrual cycles in a year. As the priests of the new religion, Christianity, tried to wrest control from the pagans, they suppressed the power of the female; fertility and the sexual act was seen as unclean. Where childbirth was once seen as joyous and miraculous, the new religion considered the new mother unclean and she was not allowed into the church until she had been ritually purified forty days later. Β I’m pretty sure the thirteen menstrual cycles were seen as unclean, as well!

The #Halloween Legacy of Ireland’s Witches

However, it seems more than likely that witches and witchcraft were a lie originally invented by Christianity to control powerful, knowledgeable women, and have people scurrying to the church for protection. The notion of the witch struck such fear into people’s hearts that they were willing to collude in accusing any woman of the crime. The punishment for women accused as witches was barbaric: burning, or drowning were common as anti-witchcraft fervour swept Europe, usually after torture and humiliation in order to extract a confession. In Ireland, however, common law dictated that women accused of witchcraft should be hanged.

A Poem for Samhain Witches Lament

I wrote this poem for Samhain last year, and decided to re-post it, because it fits with the season so well, and also with the atmosphere of last week’s poem, The Princess on the Hill. They hide the… Read More

Friday Fantastic Flash with Bri Ollre and Jane Dougherty

Last weeks Friday Fantastic Flash Challenge was this; Daydream. Vision. Nightmare. You close your eyes. Where do you go when you sleep? First up is a newcomer to this blog and this challenge by the name of Bri… Read More

Irish Mythology | Friday 13th… Unlucky for Some?

There is a deep-rooted fear in many cultures that Friday 13th is a very unlucky day, yet no one knows where this superstition has come from, or why it is so widespread. It is certainly true that some… Read More