The Fairy King of Cats

As with most Halloween traditions, several came from the Celts and their celebration of Samhain. The black cat that we love and celebrate today also has his roots in these ancient traditions. Cait Sidhe (pronounced Kate Shee) is known to be a mischievous, magical member of the faerie. The Fairy King of Cats was said to be a large black cat, often with a patch of white on his chest. On the night of Samhain, you should leave a saucer of milk out for the Fairy King of Cats. If y

Where do Jack O'Lanterns Come From?

The story involves Jack and the Devil, but it has nothing to do with a fiddle. The Legend of "Stingy Jack" starts in a tavern as any good story should. Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him at the bar. He then convinced the Devil to turn into a coin in order to pay for their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack changed his mind and placed the coin in his pocket next to a silver coin with a cross on it. This didn't allow the Devil to change back into his origin

Word for February: Limerence

Limerence is a psychological attempt to understand romantic attraction. Take the definition for example: the state of being infatuated or obsessed with another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation for one's feelings. Psychologist Dorothy Tennev coined the term in her 1979 book: Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love after several years of study in which she examined the romantic patterns of over 500 pe

The Yule Cat and the Christmas Book Flood

Iceland has some wonderful (and frankly terrifying) traditions. What are they, you ask? The first tradition is wonderful, especially for people who enjoy books as much as you and me. The Christmas Book Flood or Jólabókaflód. On Christmas Eve everyone everyone exchanges books on Christmas Eve and spends the rest of the night READING! Isn't that amazing?! Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, with most of that publishing occurring during the Christmas

Gaia, the Primordial Goddess

Many texts that discuss Gaia delve almost immediately into how many children she bore with Uranus, including, but definitely not limited to Kronos, the god of time and the castrator of his own father, and of course, the children with 100 arms and 50 heads each that Uranus couldn't bear to look at, so he shoved them back into Gaia. Nice guy, right? Anyway, despite the fact that she had 50 children that became the thunder, the ocean, the mountains, etc., the cool thing about Ga

Easter, a Celebration of Spring

First, let's talk about timing. For whatever reason, it's been decided that Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, also known as the Paschal Moon in the northern hemisphere. This is why Easter is a floating holiday and can occur anytime between March 22nd and April 25th. Now, a little on the etymology. Paschal comes from Middle English's Pasch; other variants include: Easter from Anglo-French, from Late Latin, Pascha; from Greek