July 8, 2009

There was always much superstition surrounding the Sea. A child born on the ebbing tide was considered to be unlucky, and would probably grow up weak and sickly .Certain places and things must not be given their correct name at sea for fear of offending the ‘Good People’. A stranger must not walk over ores or ropes because this would bring bad luck. Certain birds are either good or bad omens if they are seen at sea. When rowing a boat you must start from the right side.


Wells, streams, and pools are known to have life preserving properties and healing power. Springs are particularly good as they carry water from the heart of the earth. There were over 600 wells across Scotland that were considered shrines of local water deities at one time. One must circle the well three times and place a silver coin in the water before drinking water from the well.

DEISEIL (Sun wise)

It is a common practice to circle three times diesel, or sun wise, of a place or thing such as a house to bring good fortune and luck. It is to draw down the power of the sun bringing blessings and good health. The sick circle three times around a holy well for health. Fire is carried three times around an infant; Boats are rowed three times jeiseil before a journey toensure good heath and safety.

Everyone carried a lucky penny which they turned over three times in their pocket at the first sight of the new crescent moon.
On the waning moon wood was not cut to build boats; willow or hazel were not cut for basket weaving.
The wanning moon was however, considered a good time for cutting peat, reaping and plowing the fields.
Sowing and planting were done at the waxing of the moon.

In Scotland the serpent signifies wisdom and the Earth spirit.
Bulls are linked to fertility


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