26th April 17:46
From when to when?
What do you think/know/calculate and why?
My Coligny Calendar shows the last Full Moon of Eadr/an on Oct. 30th.;
the New Moon of Samhain on Nov. 12./13.
I'm tempted to run with that.
Thoughts, "but"s :-) and suggestions, please?
Dan --- gone 'til Monday
26th April 17:47
No idea. But I would like to know how it
is pronounced in meatspace. Is
"sow-Ain" as I have read, or is it being
pronounced differently these days?
I am not a lawyer. I do not even see email sent to this address, due to
past DOS attacks. If you wish to respond, do so through this newsgroup.
26th April 17:47
Samhain 2004 (pronunciation)
The Modern Irish pronunciation of Samhain is "saun/" with the "n/" (or
"n" "fada") being pronounced like the "n" in canyon. Americans
generally say the name as SOW-an (accent on first syllable) when they
are attemping to pronounce it correctly.
27th April 13:33
Samhain 2004 (evil feast 350 case church)
Here is a list of Irish Celebrations-
Learn how to make the Parshell or Samhain Cross
Learn how to make a Samhain Turnip Head
1. Do not eat blighted blackberries and other fruit which have been
spat upon by the
P`uca. lest the blight affect you too. (frost damage=blight)
2. Children should not touch the fruit.
3. The fairies were let loose to visit all the plants and blast
berries with their breath.
4. Leave some fruits outside for the fairies to ensure a good crop in
the next year.
5. Sprinkle the animals with holy water.
6.Give church offering for Holy Souls.
7. Light candles on the night after Nov. 1, one for each deceased
relative, at a window in
the room where death occurred.
8. Place a lighted candle in the window if it faces the graveyard.
9. Place a candle in a lantern left lit all night on the grave of a
10. Meet your lost friends at the graveyard gate at night.
11.Watch out, you may meet those you have injured.
12 .Place beans and nuts in the fire and watch them jump
13. Melt lead through a key to form shapes suggestive of destiny in
Shapes formed will indicate vocation.
14. Place your shift or shirt in front of the fire to see who turns
15. Throw a reel of thread into a lime kiln to find out who would
wind it up again.
16. Place a snail in the hollow between two plates and watch for the
slime trail to see a
17. Eat a salt herring in three bites to see the future husband in a
18. Play Snap apple: suspend a cord with a cross stick with apple at
one point and a
lighted candle at the other. Twirl the stick and try to catch
the apple, not the candle,
in the mouth. In the case of children or lack of nerve
substitute a dirty potato for the
19. Duck for apples and coins in a tub
20. Eat cream pancakes, stampy, apple cakes, nuts and black berry
21. Find a ring in your cake or champ and you will be next married.
Other things to put
into the cake: a pea, a silver coin, a piece of matchstick,
thimble, religious metal,
button, rag. Wrap them in greaseproof paper and put them into
the barm brack .(see
recipes below) The thimble signifies spinserhood, matchstick
means your husband
will beat you. Pea is for poverty, bean is for wealth.The
religious medal indicates
religious orders. The button is for bachelorhood. The rag is
22. Find a little boat and be blessed with a journey to Skellig
23. On the way to and from the gathering play tricks- take the wheels
off of carts and
place them on roof tops. Take Cabbages. Paint a man sleeping
by the roadside.
24. Place a stake at the junction of two streams upright. Look at it
on Nov.1 to forecast
the winter weather.
25. Look at the moon on the 31st also to determine the weather
26. Beware of the Fairies in their forts.
27. Put up a wood cross in the thatch or a Parshell
28. Sprinkle holy water on the door.
29. Spit on the animals to settle them down and remove the Sprite
30. Crawl through a briar rooted at both ends, making your request
for the help of evil
31. Provide a feast for the poor
32. Do not eat meat on the vigil- the 31st
33. Eat Colcannon-(potatoes and cabbage and onion).
Recipe for Colcannon:
Colcannon for 6
1 1/4 lbs. Kale or green Cabbage, 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon olive
oil, 1 1/4 pounds peeled
and quartered potatoes, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1 cup cleaned
and chopped leeks
(white part only), 1 cup milk, pinch of ground mace, salt and ground
pepper to taste,
1/2 cup melted butter (use real butter)
1.Simmer kale or cabbage in 2 cups water and oil for 10 minutes ,
drain , chop fine.
2.Boil potatoes and water, simmer till tender.
3.Simmer the leeks in milk for ten minutes till tender. 4.drain and
puree the potatoes.
5.Add leeks and their milk and cooked kale. 6.mix. add mace, salt and
7.Mound on a plate and pour on the melted butter.Garnish with parsley.
34. Make stampy cakes from grated raw potato and sugar caraway and
cream, boxty, oatcakes, dumplings.
Recipe for Boxty:
1/2 pound hot cooked potatoes, 1/2 pound grated raw potatoes, 2 cups
1 teaspoon baking soda,
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, butter for frying, salt and pepper.
1.Drain, peel and mash the hot potatoes.
2.Stir in the raw potatoes, flour and baking soda.
3.Add salt and pepper to taste.
4.Mix well with enough buttermilk to make a stiff batter.
5.Shape into 3 inch patties about 1/4 inch thick.
6.Fry on hot greased griddle until crispy and golden on both sides.
35. No Hollantide without a pudding. So….Make a pudding!
36. Give children apples and nuts.
37. Burn nutshells and foretell the future of a couple-place a nut
for the boy next to
the nut for the girl into the hearth. If one jumps from the other as
burn so will it be in life.
39. Hang an apple from a rope. Place a chair or box under it. With
stick in hand
and other hand on box or chair run as fast as possible around the
chair under the apple.
Then when done 7 times try to strike the apple with the stick.
40. Store crops and livestock for the cold season.
41.Get turf and wood for fires ready, including the bog deal or pine
found when digging
42. Everyone has debts at Hallow E'en - pay workers, pay rents,
43. Have a fair-to spend the money collected!
44. Carry a blackhandled knife and have a steel needle stuck in the
coat collar or sleeve.
In case of fairies you can turn your coat inside out and so
45. When throwing out water on the night call out Seachain (beware)
or Chughaibh an t-
uisce (water towards you) to warn the gosts and fairies to
46. Listen for revelry from within ringforts.
47. Light a fire, preferably at the crossroads (include in it tires
and whatever you have
48. Put crackers on the roadside to explode under cars
49. Go door to door masked (a guiser) and ask for funds for the
may take clubs and sticks and invoke the name of Colum Kill
saying: "lay aside the
fatted calf and bring forth the black sheep" Blow horns to
announce that you are
coming Disguise your voice and chant your request.
50.Give the guisers white bread and butter and milk, or money
51. Have a procession led by a person in a white sheet- the Lair Bhan
"the white mare"
-the messengers of the Muck Olla-you can also exact donations
52. Play traditional wake games. (See O' Suilleabhain's study of Wake
53. Hollow out a great big turnip. Carve into it a face. Light it
with a candle and suspend
it from a wire or rope and walk from place to place. (see
54.Consult all of the many divinations.
55. Make Barm Brack and hide a ring or other object in it with the
resultant luck being
given to the finder. (see 21. above for charms to include)
Recipes! Take your pick:
Quick Barm Brack #1
1/2 lb. brown sugar
1 lb. sultanas
1 tsp. mixed spice
1 tsp. ground cloves
Soak the above ingredients overnight in a cupful of strong tea.
Add to the mixture:
1 well-beaten egg
1/2 lb. self-rising flour
Put into a well-oiled loaf tin and bake at 350 Deg. F. one hour and
Yeast Barm Brack #2
This recipe is for a traditional current bread in the shape of a
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. yeast
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp. mixed spice
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. butter
2 cups mixed dried fruit (currants, sultanas, raisins, candied
2 Tbsp. sugar
Soak the dried fruit in strong black tea before use, at least two
Set oven to 400 deg. F. Mix the yeast and the teaspoon of sugar and
combine into the
milk. Allow to rise. Sift the flour with the 2 Tbsp. sugar and the
spices and rub in
the butter. Make a well in the center and add the yeast and the egg.
Beat with a
wooden spoon for about ten minutes until a dough forms. The fruit and
salt is now
worked in by hand, and the whole should be kneaded. Put the bowl of
dough in a
warm place (covered with a cloth) for about an hour until the mixture
doubles in size. Knead lightly and place in greased 7 inch diameter
cake pan. Allow
a further 30 minutes rising. Bake near the top of the oven for 45
Also a good booklet on these is to be found at: