In this Winter Solstice bumper episode, our guest describes two encounters, both featuring the most enchanting light shows. One took place inside his home and the other was encountered in an ancient wood nearby. The sighting is quite amazing and throws to light a form of fairy being which has been reported to me previously and interestingly, always witnessed by two or more people.
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Will o’ the Wisp
Will o’ the Wisp, also known as Jack the Lantern. This ‘Lantern Man’ was first mentioned in Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) as ‘Kit with the Cansticke’. Interestingly, the idea of a lantern-carrying being fits in more with the forest encounter. Here’s a nice article by Mysterious Britain about these beings.
Pixy-Led and stealing humans
Our guest mentioned a fleeting feeling that he’d like to follow the being into the Otherworld. The idea of being ‘pixy-led’ is found throughout fairy folklore, see myself and Mark Norman’s chapter in Simon Young’s Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies. 500AD to the present to read about being “piskie-led” in Devon, An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine Briggs, or Jeremy Harte’s Explore Fairy Traditions for more info.
Here’s a good intro article on the subject, ‘Why do Fairies Steal People Away?’
Featured Image: ‘Tree Man’ by Peter Hall Studios
Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
14 thoughts on “Episode 4: Mysterious Illuminations”
I’ve had the spinning circular light in my bedroom too.. : )
Oh wonderful! What sense did you get from it? Thank you Carolyn 🙏🏻
So loving your beautiful and inspiring creation Jo
Always curious Maz xxx
Ahh dear Maz xx thank you and I’m glad you are with me on this curious journey! ❤️
I just couldn’t work out what it was ! I was s bit annoyed as I wanted to sleep! Haha.. I was a bit scared too. I didn’t really tell anyone about it . I just wrote about it .
Hehee yes there’s the extraordinary and the mundane in terms of the fact that we do actually need to sleep too. It’s only later that we think more of it 🙂
Really enjoyed the conversational element of this podcast. I wonder if you can share with me the name of the book written by your friend please ? Many thanks 🙂 much love Clare. Xx ps I am a practicing Catholic but have an open minded belief in the other worlds also .
Thanks Clare…I’m wondering which one that was now. Was I referring to Martin Brofman’s Anything Can Be Healed? It’s a great book! 🙂
I do apologise!! You mention the name of the book right at the end..I should have waited😃
No probs 🙂 I try to include any references on the show notes too but from time to time I may forget to add them all so please do feel free to give me a nudge on here 🙏🏻
Thank you for sharing your position as a practicing Catholic too. I attended two convents, primary and secondary school and I think perhaps in a way the class masses we had in primary, got me interested in ritual!
I was wondering, dear Jo, since you’ve talked to so many people, if anyone ever experienced a red light kind of raying out from a floating center. I didn’t experience concentric lights, but I woke up to a scratching sound on top of my wardrobe and then saw a faint red light with rays floating in my room. Thank you so much for any information.
Greetings and loving your podcast btw
Yes, people do seem to see lights of all colours. I’m not sure what the colours mean but someday perhaps we will! This episode features a red light that turned into a fairy https://www.scarlettofthefae.com/episode-8-the-good-the-bad-and-the-tickly/
Thanks so much for commenting and for listening to the podcast 🙂
Thank you so much for your reply. Since listening to your podcast memories have become more vivid. So, thank you for that 🙂