All posts tagged: fables

Butter Stealing Witches, Hags as Hares & Other Tales on this Blessed Beltane

Below is a collection of fables, folklore, and some May Day traditions that I was not previously familiar with. I have done my best to credit the authors of these yarns, along with a list of references at the end. Ordinarily I write these posts myself, but felt that sharing a collection pieces from my some of my favorite blogs, compiled with some illustrations by others and photos of my own may serve well for this sort of entry.   Butter Stealing Witches From:  The Fading Year On May Day, or more particularly, May morning, witches are traditionally believed to be able to steal their neighbor’s milk or butter, so that no amount of churning will create butter. These witches, or hags as they were often known, were usually widowed women, frequently they were poor, and invariably they were known in their community as odd. Anyone visiting a household between sunset on May Eve and sunset on May Day would be treated with great suspicion. People were particular in not giving anything away, especially fire, milk, …

The Lark & Her Young Ones

Snuck up upon this bird’s nest the other day and felt it too sweet not to share… and also because I felt like starting today with one of my favorite fables.  The Lark & Her Young Ones A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and the young birds, too, grew in strength. Then one day, when the ripe golden grain waved in the breeze, the Farmer and his son came into the field. “This wheat is now ready for reaping,” said the Farmer. “We must call in our neighbors and friends to help us harvest it.” The young Larks in their nest close by were much frightened, for they knew they would be in great danger if they did not leave the nest before the reapers came. When the Mother Lark returned with food for them, they told her what they had heard. “Do not be frightened, children,” said the Mother Lark. “If the Farmer said he would call in his neighbors …