Ep 81: Experiencing the ‘Wee Folk’ in Ireland

chat with a woman from Ireland who had number of experiences as a child in Ireland and describes a later experience as an adult, being ‘pixie led’ in a forest in Edinburgh.

We also hear about her Grandmother’s experience as a child, churing butter on her father’s dairy farm in Cork and how a priest came to heal a hex that was put on the family’s dairy production pre-mechanisation.

Image: Image: ‘Dewdrops from Fairyland’ (1912) by Lucy M. Scott illustrated by A. Duncan Carse

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Wellbeing:

Pathworkings/Meditations for Wellbeing:

My ‘Connecting with Ancestors’ meditation is free here:
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My mindfulness meditation free here:
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Ep 79: Night Time Gnome Came Looking for Me! (New Zealand)

I speak to a man in Auckland New Zealand, who grew up in what was originally native bush land. As a child, he had what sounds like a gnome encounter inside his home. His response to the frightening experience had a profound effect on how he decided to live his life from that point forward.

Our guest’s inspiring story suggests what may be possible if we can look beyond our fears and lean into communication with landscape and the non-human beings who reside there.

It feels like an important story for us to hear at this time.

Image: Comus, Arthur Rackham (1921)

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Recommendations:

Astrology recommendation: Pam Gregory YouTube

For more info on chakras head to ‘The Body Mirror System of Healing’ and I recommend Martin Brofman’s book: Anything Can Be Healed.

New Zealand folklore :

Pirongia. Mystical mountain of the Patupaiarehe

WAKA HUIA – MATAKITE FULL EPISODE (youtube.com)

Search Te Ara – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Understanding tangihanga – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

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Ep 78: The Dark Rider on Glastonbury Tor

In 2008 an English woman encountered a figure on Glastonbury Tor, who has appeared in a number of episodes thus far. He is known as…The Dark Rider. 

In this and previous episode Ep 76: Otherworldly People: Encounter on the Thames he appears and then disappears. He is clad in black leather clothing, each time wearing a black helmet with the visor down so that you cannot see his face. He features in, Green Gnome Visitation Changed My Life (Oklahoma) when a man recalls his terror at seeing him appear in his childhood home.

In this episode I refer to S4 Ep46: A Series of English Encounters and episode 91 of Spirit Box Podcast: Jessica Mitchell ‘I saw the Dark Man on Glastonbury Tor’ 

Read more about Dr Neil Rushton’s experience on Glastonbury Tor here: Disembodied Faerie Voices: Some Personal Experiences. I will be speaking to Neil this month.

Host of Spirit Box Podcast, Darragh Mason’s book, Song of the Dark Man releases soon. Preorder your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Dark-Man-Witches-Crossroads/dp/1644119099 

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 ⭐️ The bonus episode on Patreon is a special on Gwyn Ap Nudd, King of the Fairies and bright god of Annwfn, the Brythonic Underworld. Gwyn is said to dwell in a glass castle within Glastonbury Tor. (Releases Friday 15th March)

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Ep 76: Otherworldly People: Encounter on the Thames

Jo Hickey-Hall speaks to Frank Scannella about his encounter next to the river in Walton-on-Thames in 1982. His story ‘Meeting Nicola’, was published in the, “It Happened To Me…” section of The Fortean Times (Issue 350, 2017).  This episode was also released as a video on YouTube.

The sense of uncanniness about this meeting has always stayed with Frank. There are many liminal aspects to consider: the proximity to water, crossing a bridge, the time of his life between studies. As well as this, various folklore motifs abound: black dog, dark man, strange stillness in the environment (Oz Factor) and the way that the beings appeared and disappeared in a mysterious manner.

Most of all, there was a sense that one cannot fully describe. But you will know, if you’ve ever had a brush with the Otherworld.

The main image is Frank’s own impression of ‘Nicola.’

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
In the bonus episode on Patreon I share related folklore about river-related merfolk, we hear some comparable encounters submitted to Simon Young’s Fairy Census and we end with a particularly unsettling story that was posted on Reddit. It is a strikingly similar experience of a young man who came into contact with a strange man along the river in York, England, featuring lost time and other very strange factors Both men view their experiences as near misses with beings from the Otherworld and feel lucky that they lived to tell the tale.

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Shownotes

Frank is the author of Sicilian Shadows – a compelling memoir of his struggle for survival in the heartland of the Mafia as a young boy.

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Ep 75: Winter Solstice Centaur

A winter solstice trip to a cottage in the forest, brings an Austrian couple face to face with a human/horse hybrid. This will leave you with many questions, I’m sure. If you are thinking of taking a trip into forest areas this Christmas then…keep your ears and eyes peeled!

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
In the full length episode on Patreon, you will hear the second experience this same man encountered with his now-husband some years later. Again, it was a horse being but this time it was a beautiful experience accompanied by an aspect of The Lady.

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Main Image: from Monstrorium Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1642)

Guest’s image of the church roof tiles at Hasen von St Michael

Shownotes

http://www.macroevolution.net/human-horse-hybrids.html

Monstrorum Historia (1642) by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Krampus- great episode by Bone and Sickle goes into the history of the Krampus

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/dec/05/shock-of-the-old-10-demonic-depictions-of-europes-disturbing-christmas-customs

https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/krampus-son-hel-ancient-origins-christmas-devil-007627

https://oldcorpseroad.co.uk/the-devils-footprints/

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

Music: 

The Snowfall Slasher by Cimitir

God Rest you Merry Gentlemen by Chillmore

Falling Snow (Ambient Bells) by Dream Protocol

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Ep 74: Jack Frost at my Window

Wintertime is innately full of magic, but imagine coming face to face with a winter sprite at your bedroom window?  We hear a magical memory shared, look at some other frosty encounters and ask ourselves, “who is Jack Frost?”

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
The bonus is a reading of the story, ‘The Snow Child’. But due to an ongoing viral illness this will be slightly delayed. 

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Image: Jack Frost Window Painter by Oliver Herford (1863-1935)

Shownotes

Jim Moon’s episode on Jack Frost at Hypnogoria Podcast  

Simon Young’s Fairy Census Vol 2 2017 – 2023 

Duchas.ie – The Schools Collection 

The Year’s Round: Volume 0090D, Page 11_042
The Neach: Volume 0033C, Page 04_024

Music by Hood Faire – Environmental Meditation Music  on Bandcamp
other music by Kevin MacLeod ‘Relaxing Piano Music’

Poem The Frost by Hannah Gould 

L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus’ (1902) which was made into a stop motion animation film in 1985.

A poem by John L. Shorey in 1875 mentions Jack Frost https://archive.org/details/beautifulbookfo00shorgoog/page/n17/

Round About Our Coal Fire (or Christmas Entertainments (1734) 
https://archive.org/details/round-about-our-coal-fire-or-christmas-entertainments-4th-edn-1734/page/5/mode/2up 

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Ep 73: Green Gnome Visitation Changed my Life (Oklahoma)

A most poignant story about a little boy from Oklahoma who came face to face with a gnome in his bedroom.

As a child he had felt very alone and afraid for much of his childhood but it was an Otherworldly being that reached out and showed him love. Now as an adult, he recalls how this experience, “changed (his) life and the way (he) saw the world”.

Trigger Warnings:
Our guest describes having survived an abusive childhood with aspects of neglect. As an adult, they were the first one to find their parent who had sadly, passed away.

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
In this Patron-exclusive full-length version, we hear of another experience which you may find shocking. Our guest’s elder brother was attacked by some kind of Otherworldly creature which is well-known in Native American Seminole folklore.

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Main Image: ‘Robin Goodfellow, A Sprite‘ by Charles Folkyard (1910)

Shownotes

‘It’ (1990) Dir. Stephen King https://archive.org/details/stephenkingsit

Cornish Knockers (Blog by Icy Sedgwick) https://www.icysedgwick.com/knockers/

Descriptions of green skinned gnomes recall the story of The Green Children of Woolpit. See here for a great blog piece by Dr Neil Rushton: https://deadbutdreaming.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/the-green-children/

Paul Devereux: Haunted Land: Investigations into Ancient Mysteries and Modern Day Phenomena

Information regarding The Trail of Tears:
BBC Radio Documentary

https://stacker.com/history/stories-behind-trail-tears-every-state-it-passed-through

https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/resources/The-Trail-of-Tears-A-Story-of-Cherokee-Removal.cshtml

https://www.nativehope.org/

Our guest shared the following picture of a Duende which he says looks similar to the being he saw:


Interestingly, while looking for the artist of the above Duende I came across this intriguing story about ‘The Toucan Man’ who, in Belizean folklore was said to abduct children (this is a well known folkloric trope). Although our guest did not hear music, the guy who later told our guest’s brother about his encounter, had heard music.

It sounds like a different sort of being, however there are some interesting similarities also with the patron-only section in which our guest’s brother received deep scratches to his back when encountering another, more terrifying entity. :
https://skepticalinquirer.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/01/SI-JF-16-31.pdf

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Ep 72: Californian Gnome Portals

Our guest describes a sighting in 2016 in California, which occurred after a plant medicine church meeting. Whilst sitting in his car waiting for a friend, he watched two gnomes, no more than three ft tall in height, appear from a bush one after the other. They ‘waddle’ across the street and disappear into another bush.

(Apologies for the poor sound quality! I have done the best I can with the file – it was much worse to begin with). 

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️

In the exclusive bonus episode on Patreon we hear of a multiple witness sighting of a white glowing human-sized figure after taking part in an indigenous ritual. It was observed on private land and the owner of the land appeared to be aware of the spirits that he shared this space with. The encounter lasted several minutes and the being emitted a ‘headlight’ type of light which shone into his eyes.

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Image: A Travelling Gnome with his Toadstool by Heinrich Schlitt (German, 1849-1923)

Shownotes

SHOW NOTES:

Marjorie Johnson (2018):   Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times

Simon Young: Fairy Census 2014 – 2017

Jack Hunter (2023) Deep Weird: The Varieties of High Strangeness Experience

Rudolf Otto (1917) The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry Into the Non-rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and Its Relation to the Rational

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Here is the experience at West Kennet that I refer to: https://www.patreon.com/posts/west-kennet-82913328  it’s in our new Collections on Patreon. 

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Ep 70: Anubis & The Hat Man: In the Shadows

We hear of one woman’s experiences with shadow people. The first appears as Anubis the Egyptian Protector god, while the other is a well-known archetype:  The Hat Man – an entity who has appeared to many people and is traditionally seen as malevolent…though the story shared in this episode provides another perspective.

TRIGGER WARNING
There is a trigger warning for those who may find it hard to listen to my guest describe her unhappy childhood and the content itself is rather unnerving. Skip this one if you are sensitive to creepy content.

⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️

In the exclusive bonus episode on Patreon, our guest describes a more recent mind-blowing ‘divine’ experience which was hugely transformative.  A powerful force poured through her body and took her directly to experience what I refer to as ‘Source’. Since that time, her life has taken a new direction. She finds herself in a long-lasting happy relationship pursuing what she feels she was born to do – helping others.

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Image: In The Afterlife. Photo Credit: catbagan, Creative Commons 2.0

Shownotes

Connecting with Anubis. This is a great article introducing Anubis and how to connect with him, written by someone who has felt his presence previously.

BLOG: Urban Legends, Folklore, Myths and Fairytales: SHADOW PEOPLE & HAT MAN

The HatMan Project

Darragh’s forthcoming book, Song of the Dark Man: Father of Witches, Lord of the Crossroads preorder now at Amazon.

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Ep 69: Beckoned by Forest and Lake: Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Our guest describes his extreme childhood experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, involving musical enchantment, levitation, loss of time and senses and deep connection to raw nature.

We hear how he was enchanted into the woods and ended up in a potentially life-threatening situation. Despite the intensity of the experience, he hold the view that it opened him up to a new way of seeing the world. A truly remarkable story and a much treasured share.

A second experience was described during our conversation. It is just as amazing as the first and will be released nearer winter solstice.

TRIGGER WARNING
This story contains descriptions of a child finding themselves alone in the forest and getting into potential danger in water. Although thankfully they were not harmed, it may be a trigger point for those who are sensitive to these subjects.

⭐️ In the bonus episode ⭐️

In the bonus episode I read from Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight and a story collected by 19th century folklorist, Thomas Crofton Croker

Image: ‘Place of Ghliocais’ kindly permitted by Merle Oberon at Moth Creative https://www.instagram.com/mothcreative/

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Shownotes

Paviland Cave ‘lady’

Welsh people as early Britons

Mary Oliver’s fairy experiences in the forest:
Marjorie T. Johnson in Seeing Fairies by Marjorie T. Johnson (2014) (ed. Simon Young) pp. 33.

The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow by Ben Johnson (1628)

Thomas Crofton Croker’s Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1825 – 1828)

Interesting articles re water related fairies:

https://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/water-fairies/

https://britishfairies.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/mere-maids-freshwater-spirits-of-britain/

Please submit your fairy sightings to The Fairy Census and I would love to hear from you if you’d like to discuss your experience either for research, my forthcoming book or the Podcast.

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