How to Become a Witch

Below is an interesting ritual from a 1938 publication (privately published) by Manx author W. Walter Gill. “From a Southside source, anonymous by desire, I learn that a woman who was ambitious to succeed in bespelling and charming, and all

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On William Cashen

This poem is about Manx Folklorist William Cashen who was custodian/guardian of Peel Castle and who died whilst on duty there in 1912. The old man ceased and in the pause, We watched the smoke against the hill, As in

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Fairy Christening

The man that was telling this story said he knew the house and the young men as well, and that the house was haunted by the fairies. There was one night and there was no water in the house, and

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The Evil Eye

Brushing the dust at the head of four (cross) ways, and putting the dust over man, or beast, was thought to take away the evil eye. I have heard people speak about an old woman from Ballachrink who swept the

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The Fairies of Cregneish

Fairies are very light and I suppose the strong winds have blown them away, as they are not allowed to come into the houses in stormy weather as they used to do, for they get no ‘Shee dy Vea’ (welcome).

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Horses Seeing Fairies

One day this winter we had no bread for tea at Orry’s Dale. On inquiring the reason the next time the baker’s cart came, the boy who drove it said that the horse saw fairies after dark, and so, as

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Out of One’s Senses

When a man was out of his senses, he was sometimes carried out in a boat, and a rope was put about his neck, and then he was thrown out into the sea, and drawn after the boat, to see

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The Robin’s First Lesson

I think it was in the beginning of September that I was working in the garden, when a robin began to sing on the top of a hedge close by. Presently I heard the robin stop abruptly, then a funny

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