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25 – Faerie Horses

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No, not the winged my-little-pony fairy horses who poop glitterdust and rainbows.

Not the Kelpie, Puca or Glashtin, those fascinating faerie creatures who appear before us as horses and lead us into one calamity or another!kelpie4 (2)

Kitty is talking about horses who live and work beside the Good People. Their working companions.

Horses have been our hard-working, well-trusted and much-loved companions for longer than our mortal brains can imagine. So it goes, the Good People have also lived close beside these magnificent creatures.

 

This leads us to ponder:demon horse 4 (2)

Are horses belonging to the Good People more enlightened than our equine friends?
or are they as unpredictable, cruel and dangerous as the Good People can (sometimes) be?

We take a close look at real encounters with Faerie horses, and run the gamut of experiences from kindly and charitable to downright deadly.

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So, giddyup… it’s going to be a wild ride.

As always, Kitty encourages keeping an open mind and reminds you it’s okay to believe in the Good People.

For lots of Faerie ideas, insights, facts and fun, be sure to check in daily at Kitty’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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Credits:

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Tales retold by Zed.
Tales retold by Grace.
Additional Music: ‘Serenity’ by Jonathan Segev.
‘Enchanted Road’ by Jonathan Segev.
‘Sad Emotional’ by Bluetreeaudio
‘Art of Silence’ by Uniq.

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24 – Phantom Faerie Funerals

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Did you know… it is bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on?

But don’t despair, there are things you can do to keep on the right side of good fortune. If you see a funeral procession approaching, turn yourself around, and walk at least three steps in line with the funeral march.

Or, if there’s no safe space or time enough to turn around, hold on to a button, or the pin of your collar, until the funeral procession passes by.

That’s all good and well, but what if it’s your own funeral you’re observing?

This week Kitty takes a look at Phantom Faerie Funerals and asks:coffin (2)

How do the Good People know when a Human is soon to die?

Do the Good People mimic the sound of building a coffin while a Human lay dying nearby?

Why do the Good People do a ‘practice run’ of a funeral which takes place only moments later?

and is it a kindness or a cruelty to show a Human their own imminent funeral?

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The Good People are a curious lot.

They are known to seek a Human to bear witness to one of their own sombre processions, but what are we witnessing really?

Is it all a big misunderstanding?

As always, Kitty encourages keeping an open mind and reminds you it’s okay to believe in the Good People.

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Credits:

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Dreaming of the Bones’ sung by Sinead O’Connor from the Davy Spillane album ‘The Sea of Dreams’, 1998.
‘Ghost Processional’ by Kevin MacLeod.
Welsh tales read by Simon.
Irish tale read by Simon.

23 – Spirit of Place

Kitty has a bee in her bonnet!

The time has come to clear the air and take a look at one of the foundations of believing and understanding Faerie Folklore: Spirit of Place.

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Traditional Irish and Celtic Folklore doesn’t bark or harangue us. It seeps, quietly, into the corners of our mind and memories. It speaks to each of us without prejudice.

In this episode, Kitty ponders the experience of being an Irish, or Celtic, descendant and asks:

Is it wrong, or offensive, for someone outside of Ireland to discuss Irish Folklore?

Why do millions of Americans, Canadians and Australians feel such a powerful connection to the homeland of their Ancestors.

What is Spirit of Place anyway, and what’s it got to do with Ancestral Memory?

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As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to feel passionately about the homeland of your Ancestors and encourages everyone to relax and keep an open mind.

Read stories of encounters with the Good People, and share your own story of an encounter or perhaps one handed down through your family.  You can contact Kitty at

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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Credits:

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
‘Caledonia’ song written and performed by Dougie Maclean. From the album ‘Craigie Dhu’, 1983.
Frank Delaney quotes read by Mark.
Excerpt from ‘Four Green Fields’ written by Tommy Makem. Read by Mark.
Excerpt from ‘Caledonia’ written by Dougie Maclean. Read by Simone.
Additional Music: ‘Caoineadh Cu Chulainn’ performed by Davy Spillane.
‘Banish Misfortune’ by Brigan.

22 – Extreme Acts of Faerie Kindness

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What keeps Tinkerbell awake at night?

Wee Billy’s lost homework? Or sweet Jane’s knotted piggy-tails? Does all this worry give her worry-wrinkles? Yes, yes and probably not.

But, what do the Faerie of Ireland worry about? Do they step in and help wee Billy, or sweet Jane, or are they preoccupied with worrying about deforestation? urban sprawl? or tyrannical leaders?

Of course, kindness can take many forms and sizes.

We know the Good People often help those who have helped one of their own, a farmer here, a bus-driver there…

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This week, Kitty takes a look at an old story of Faerie lending a helping hand during Irelands darkest days and ponders if this is more common than we ever imagined.

 

Kitty explains why it’s not only okay to believe in Faeries, but how believing will fill your mind and heart with wonder.

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To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience, drop in and say hi to Kitty at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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Credits:

‘A little bit of love’ song written by Paul Williams. From the album ‘A little bit of love’ – 1974.

‘If I can stop one heart from breaking’ poem by Emily Dickinson. 1864

‘Love is all’ song by Roger Glover – 1974. Based on ‘‘The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast’ poem written by William Roscoe, 1802

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.

Additional Music: ‘Irish Green’ by Myers Music

‘Cloudy’ by Vladimir Khrobystov

21 – Amadan: The Dark Fool of Madness

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Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and far from perfect.

In fact, one of their own is so insane he is believed to be the most dangerous, and terrifying of them all. Forget your Red Cap, Sluagh and Black Shuck, the Amadan is the most dreaded of all the Good People.

He is erratic, attacking randomly. One touch from the Amadan will paralyse the body and turning your minds insane. And guess what?… he is most prevalent in the month of June.

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In this episode, Kitty ponders why Amadan is let loose during June, looks at true accounts of people who have witnessed or fallen victim to the Amadan and asks:

Is it possible the Good People try to protect Humans from the Amadan?

Could we be the cause of his cursed madness?

Is there any way of defending ourselves from him (apart from running fast)?

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As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience visit Kitty at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Cursed Lullaby’ by Jonathan Segev.
‘Realm of Hope’ by Jonathan Segev.
‘Memories’ by Jonathan Segev.

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‘The Madman’ poem by Khalil Gibran (1918). Read by Zed. http://www.fiverr.com/zornaph
Lady Gregory read by Niamh.
‘Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland’ by Lady Augusta Gregory. Published 1920.
‘The Fairy Fellers Master Stroke’ by Richard Dadd. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dadd-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke-t00598
‘The Fairy Fellers Master Stroke’ song by Queen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEnMPurHYak

20 – The Old Hag

 

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and know how to drive us insane… slowly.

The Good People are blamed for very many things, some just, others unjust. So it is, the wise among us know to keep an open mind.

In this episode, Kitty lifts the lid on Sleep Paralysis, also known as, Old Hag Syndrome and asks:old hag3

If the condition of Sleep Paralysis can be explained by science why is it so many people witness the very same ‘Old Hag’?

Why does she attack in similar ways?

How do we explain the condition when a second person witnesses the attack?

Why is it so common to be ‘Hag Rode’ in Newfoundland?

old hag4To get to the bottom of the mystery, we look at several first-hand encounters as well as witness accounts and ponder why the Old Hag targets particular people to attack while they sleep.

Have they offended the Good People in some way?

Do Old Hags attach themselves to families, following members of the family wherever they go and attacking for no other apparent reason?

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, Visit Kitty at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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CREDITS:

‘The Hag’ Poem. Written by Robert Herrick (1591-1674). Read by Simon.

‘Away with the Fairies’ Poem. Written by Douglas McClarty. Read by Simon.

Celtic Life Magazine. June 2019 edition: https://celticlife.com/

Michael Fortune: http://www.facebook.com/folklore.ie/

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.

Additional Music: ‘Old Hag’ performed by The Corrs. From the album ‘Home’, 2005.

‘Deep Horrors’ by Kevin McCloud.

‘Darkest Child’ by Kevin McCloud.

19 – Beware the Faerie Ring

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Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and love to hang out within a ring of mushrooms. But what are they doing in there? We know they dance, but what else do they get up to?

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The wise among us have long been cautious of venturing near a Faerie Ring, the time has come to figure out why.

In this episode, Kitty looks at true accounts of people who have entered a Faerie Ring and lived to tell the tale, (if only for a short time).

We discover that punishment for stepping within a Faerie Ring is swift and grave, and ponder what the Good People are doing within their beloved rings to demand such a harsh response.

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Are they really only dancing?

Or could they be: settling a dispute; giving birth; planning sabotage; having a clan reunion; or conducting commerce?

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience visit Kitty at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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Credits:
‘Thousands are Sailing’ written by Phil Chevron. From the album ‘Bringing it all back home’. Produced by Donal Lunny. 1991.

‘The Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn’ read by Zed. https://www.fiverr.com/zornaph

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo

Additional Music: ‘If you see a Fairy Ring’ by Vitae.

Additional Music: ‘Fairytale’ and ‘Forest of the Elves’ by Jonathan Segev.