#FolkloreThursday: Hekate

It was Hekate and her torch that assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, and it is Hekate who leads Persephone back and forth on her yearly journey between life and death. Hekate's transformation into the patron of witches arose out of this chthonic and nocturnal nature and she became heavily associated with herb-lore and the use of poisonous plants. It was written that Hekate was the patron of the witch Medea, which helped to further her reputation as the Goddess of Witches.

#FolkloreThursday: The Ceasg

Stories of the ceasg tell that it is not uncommon for them to come to land and take a human lover. It is believed that they are able to shed their mermaid skin and become human while on land, which allows for these assignations. If any children should be born from these unions, the ceasg, even once she has returned to the water, will continue to watch over her her children and their descendants by protecting their boats from storms and guiding them to the best fishing areas.

#FolkloreThursday Returns

Over the last five years or so most of my social media has been all "steampunk, steampunk, steampunk" and "libraries, libraries, libraries." While both of these subjects are near and dear to my heart, they have also been a huge focus of my graduate studies, both as a masters and as a PhD student. They have absorbed my thoughts to the point that I haven't really had the bandwidth to read or even think about much else. And that's a shame, because one of my very favorite things is folklore and fairytales. They were the first stories and books that I loved and that love has never gone away.