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Samhain #5

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And there were witches. Some had broomsticks, wands, one even had a cat on a harness. Puss looked unperturbed and purred loudly as everyone, included me, gave him attention.
At my gate a middle aged lady stopped me.
"I should give you this," she said, and gave me an acorn. "She would like you to go back to her," she said, and walked away.
So I did.
Not knowing whether I'd knock her door, what I'd say, what would she say...?
Yet when I got there, she was opening the door.
"Hiya, welcome back," she smiled. "I knew you'd come."

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    Drew Martyn about 1 month ago

    Seems appropriate for today :)

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    Neville Hunt about 1 month ago

    A timely tale. I’m wondering if this is the end though, Drew, because it seems too happy!

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    Frenchie about 1 month ago

    Yes, it is a happy ending. To end it here would be nice. But the acorn? aghhhh, still I do not make the connection unless it is like the signet ring kings and queens of old would give to their loyal staff as a safe passage?

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    Drew Martyn about 1 month ago

    Yes, tis the end :) A happy ending for once, Neville. Don;t know what came over me...

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    Drew Martyn about 1 month ago

    Ok, some explanations.
    Acorns - when people were frightened of witches because they were seen as working for Satan, witches would pass acorns as a sign - like saying "I'm a witch". These days they can also mean "I see you are a witch" - or "you have the potential to be a witch", which is the way it's used in this story. They are also used for protection, like you said Frenchie, to guard against evil (deliberate evil or mis-chance).

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    Drew Martyn about 1 month ago

    More acorny stuff - they are also symbolic of everlasting spirit - the spirit continuing to exist in the cycle of the acorn to the great oak to the acorn and so on. And used in conjunction with other things can mean eg everlasting love, everlasting friendship etc.
    Also - caraway is a powerful love potion. It can't force someone to love you but it enhances the feeling and encourages it to grow if there is something there in the first place.
    Pussy cat - the witches familiar. And as I'm typing this, my cat Scout has just jumped onto my lap... strange beasts, cats... :)

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    Neville Hunt about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the tutorial Drew (and the happy ending). I didn’t know any of that. I’m not sure about acorns, but I love caraway, particularly in my favourite liqueur, kümmel. I don’t know if that means that I’m a witch, but the taste is absolutely wizard.

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    Frenchie about 1 month ago

    Thank you Drew for the explanation. I loved that (short) series. Neville, you may be a wizard, after all :-D

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    Drew Martyn 29 days ago

    Thanks both. Nev's definitely a wizard on Drablr (and in the kitchen I reckon) :)

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    Christopher 18 days ago

    Enjoyed this, though I should've been here to read it on Halloween.

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    Drew Martyn 16 days ago

    That's probably true, but it's good to have you back anyway, mate :)

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