23 Apr

Spell Sisters: Sophia the Flame Sister

Amber Castle

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F r o m this perspective, the animal b r i d e g r o o m tales b e c o m e, p s y c h o a n a lytically, 'illustrations o f a process w h e r e guilt and fear because o f the sexual desires are fol­ l o w e d b y sublimation o f those wishes into something pure and fine' ( H e u s c h e r ), o r an a c ­ count o f h o w the aspects o f 'sex, l o v e and life' are w e d d e d into a unity (Bettelheim). And then his donkey got away, and he didn't know where it was gone to; and one day he was going by the tent, and he said to himself, ' Bless my soul, wherever 's that donkey got to? ' And there was a tree close by, and the donkey shouted out and said, * I 'm here, my Happy, getting you a bit o' stick to make a fire.' Well, the donkey come down with a lot of sticks, and he had been up the tree a week, getting firewood.

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23 Apr

Yoso Lagoon

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MARE'S SON 75 * Come with me/ The four went further, and they found a robbers' den. If I were telling that story to Gypsies, I should say, not site ofafire^ but fireplace: I fancy I can hear the Gypsies' exclamations— *Dere! my blessed! following de fireplaces. One day, weakened by hunger and lack of shelter, a countess and her damsel, discovered him, unconscious. T h e P s a m mead condescends to allow the children one w i s h a d a y. Rom., 434-5, and MacDougall, l.c. 274). [259] Cucullin's power-finger is another instance of the life-index or external soul, on which see remarks on Sea-Maiden.

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23 Apr

Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin (Ologies)

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I saw it myself, and so did four or five others with me. In 1830, after the J u l y M o n a r c h y and during the v o g u e o f *Hoffmann, a politically disen­ chanted N o d i e r published an essay on the fan­ tastic. You can add to and delete from your list(s) at any time. If neglected, ever so little, [p. 191] its kindness changed into spite, and there was no unkind trick of which it was not capable towards people who had offended it, such as upsetting the contents of the pots on the hearth, entangling wool round distaffs, making tobacco unsmokeable, mixing a horse’s mane in inextricable confusion, drying up the adders of cows, or stripping the backs of sheep.

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23 Apr

King Arthur

Don Hinkle

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The fairies, too, are sometimes called the fallen angels. And those have a lot of books inspired by fairy tales. (Sorry for the slight blurriness of this picture, my camera is mad at me right now, and I”m hoping it just needs new batteries, and my cell phone camera got me a slightly blurry picture). T h e read­ ings that Steiner included in The Interpretation of Fairy Tales (1929) sought to reveal spiritual truths and became a model for his followers, w h o considered fairy tales a kind o f scripture that could inspire spiritual development.

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22 Apr

Camelot Burning (A Metal & Lace Novel)

Kathryn Rose

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Some thought that rider and horse were really one, and that this was the shape of the monster. In the first Fin M'Coul's clever wife Oonagh devises a scheme to help him outwit the giant Cucullin, who can make a young earthquake or flatten a thunderbolt. A beautifully illustrated account of both Insular and Continental Celts. W i l l i a m B e c k f o r d (1760—1844), His­ tory of the Caliph Vathek (French original 1787, unauthorized E n g l i s h translation 1786); (3) Moral tales in an oriental g a r b, e.g.

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22 Apr

A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table)

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So one evening she had gone down to draw the beer, and she happened to look up at the ceiling while she was drawing, and she saw a mallet stuck in one of the beams. Once they prove themselves worthy, they become Knights of the Realm, your standard Knight in Shining Armor (with a piece of land and peasants). It alludes to Clidna’s Wave, that of Tuag Inbir:–To Tuag, daughter of Conall, Manannan the sea-god sent a messenger, a Druid of the Tuatha De Danann in the shape of a woman.

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22 Apr

Why I Went Back

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In an omen, birds can be either the message or the messenger. Among the Zulus the story is told that the supreme being Unkulunkulu. And he took it and ate it, and said, * Now, I *m master.' And he went to his father-in-law: * I demand justice; this is your daughter.', The emperor summoned his ministers, but he said, *I don't v/3,nt j/ou to pass judgment; come with me to the new emperor.* So they went to the new emperor. Includes discussion of the mythological origin of Rome, with Romulus & Remus. 789.

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22 Apr

A Step Sideways

Nancy Marie Bell

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No doubt the most curious elements in this text are those which represent the prince and his warrior companions, fresh come from Fairyland, as in some mysterious way so changed that they must neither dismount from their horses and thus come in contact with the earth, nor allow any mortal to touch them; for to his father the king who came forward in joy to embrace him after having mourned him as dead, Laeghaire cried, ‘Approach us not to touch us!’ Some unknown magical bodily transmutation seems to have come about from their sojourn among the Tuatha De Danann, who are eternally young and unfading–a transmutation apparently quite the same as that which the ‘gentry’ are said to bring about now when one of our race is taken to live with them.

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22 Apr

Song of the Sword (The Shards of Excalibur)

Edward Willett

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There Princess Zoza excites a desire for stories in the pregnant woman. but her mirth brings down the crone’s curse that the only husband she will ever have is Prince Tadeo of the Round Field. The following chapter, which is corollary to the present one, will deal especially with the mystical aspect or, as this may be called by contrast, the esoteric aspect of the same belief, which, in turn, has come to us from learned mystics and seers, who form, in proportion, but a very small minority of the modern Celts.

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22 Apr

Bryn Morgan and the Mystery of Sinclair Cove (A Thirteen

C.J. Oakley

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A homelier version of this was told to L. Lambeth (M): Discovering Corn Dollies. [Aylesbury:] Shire Publications [1974]. From a phrase used in the story of Connla's visit to Elysium, "Thou art a hero of the men of Tethra," M. Scholarly attack on this old ant-Semitic accusation. 964. Rather than praised his prowess, she claimed that one knight had fell off his horse that had stumbled. TAS Creeser, Rosemary, 'Cocteau For Kids: Rediscovering "The Singing Ringing Tree" ', in 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' Duncan Pétrie (ed.), Cinema and the Realms of Enchantment (1993).

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