Episode 4: Mysterious Illuminations

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.

Warning: These are not fairytales and the content is unsuitable for children. This episode describes a wonderful experience but some episodes may contain details which some may find unsettling or frightening. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast is designed for listeners 16 years and older.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Episode 4: Mysterious Illuminations”

  1. 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 .

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 .

    1. 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! 🙂

    1. 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!

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