Ep 57: Processional Gnomes, Psychopomps and Chanting Monks of Staffordshire

A plethora of encounters and experiences from two sisters who grew up in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Twins, Gemma and Kate lived on a farm in Leek and their experiences shared here include: trooping gnomes, lights in trees, a visitation from a Raven at a funeral, spectral chanting monks, disappearing and reappearing objects and much much more!

⭐️In the exclusive bonus on Patreon, our guests share further spooky events which took place at a haunted hotel in Devon that used to be owned by a member of her family. Plus, I will read some supernatural lore and weird tales of Staffordshire including the headless horseman of Onecote, local fairies dancing in a ring near Leek, the Black Mere of Morridge and Lud’s Church. Staffordshire seems to be quite a hot spot!⭐️

*Bonus will release on Monday 24th April at 4pm at https://www.patreon.com/themodernfairysightingspodcast

Main Image: “Pro Pàtria” fragment of verses from the same chapter of Liliana.
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Show notes

A photo I took on the path to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall (the legendary place of King Arthur’s conception and birth!). I think it’s a raven. Or is it a crow?


Ravens

Ravens, the largest birds in the corvid family, are well known in folklore as psychopomps – creatures who lead the recently deceased souls to and from the afterlife as part of the transmigration process.

The Morrigan famously takes the form of the raven as does the Welsh god, Bran the Blessed. In Native American mythology they are known as messenger spirits and guardians of magic. In Northern European folklore, ravens were viewed as guides for the dead. Odin himself had two ravens, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) who flew around the world gathering knowledge on his account, similar to Lugh the Irish God who also had two ravens.

Processional Gnomes

It was the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats who originally divided the fairies into ‘trooping’ and ‘solitary’ in his book, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. The general sense is that the troopers are largely benevolent while the solitary folk can be mischievious or dangerous. However, from my own pleasant experience with what appeared to be a solitary Fae man, the above does not necessarily ring true!

Other instances of these observed formation of Fairies are in Episode 31: Arrival of the Fairy Host. I also mention previous guests of the show, Dr Jack Hunter and Dr Neil Rushton‘s experiences.

Mentions

Lights in the Sky https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12367516/reviews

Mixon Mine Fairies: https://ludchurchmyblog.wordpress.com/places-of-other-local-interest/mixon-mine-fairies/

Gem’s She-Shed and Garden Sightings

Gem talks about some anomalous lights in her shed, which I will upload on Monday 24th April. In the meantime, check out this strange photo which seems to capture a being with a hat wandering around her garden!! If anyone out there is an expert on photos and videos, please contact me.

Gem’s ‘Missing Jewellery’ story on BBC Sounds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0f3108w

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4 thoughts on “Ep 57: Processional Gnomes, Psychopomps and Chanting Monks of Staffordshire”

  1. Is it my imagination or is the gnome farthest in on the art work blowing up that snail’s butt? 😲🫣🤭😁

  2. Hi Jo!

    Love the show, such a thorough and fascinating investigation of otherworldly experiences! Your own enthusiasm and curiosity shines through. I just wanted to mention that the birdy on the top of the sign in your photo is a jackdaw, they are corvids – members of the crow family.

    And the other observation I have, though I’m not sure how valuable it is, lol, is that the gnomey type fella wandering around Gem’s garden looks like one of Snap, Crackle and Pop! The old Rice Crispies mascots. Like I say, not sure how useful that is, but it makes me chuckle.

    1. Thank you Aoife! Yes!!! the gnome does look like one of those fellas…hahaa! I totally see that now. will pass it on to her 🙂

      thank you. My husband designed it. I have a red cloak and before I let my hair go fully grey it was dark brown, almost black (my original colouring). So it’s an old portrait of me. I do absolutely love corvids but I always assumed it was a raven. I guess he must have drawn a Jackdaw. I will look into the significance of that. I will let him know too. Thank you and thanks for following the show 🌸

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