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Beyond the bare branches the moon glistens, a hare darts across the frozen earth, and a woman is called upon by a strange man. She follows him, beneath hawthorn and beside clear streams, until she finds herself in a land of eternal twilight. Entering a tumbledown stone cottage, she is greeted by a gaunt woman holding a baby. Dabbing her eye with ointment, all of a sudden, she beholds the cottage, glittering like crystal, and the woman, as beautiful, with her golden haired child swaddled in silver gauze. Tales of Fairy Ointment and Fairy Midwives are found all over Cornwall, while tales of Second Sight, of those who can see the realm of spirits, were once told in the Scottish Highlands, as well as in Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. Often thought to be a hereditary ability, certain plants, like St John’s Wort, were used as a charm against second sight, especially when sewn into the collar of a coat, while a four-leaf clover could protect against the fairies, but also help one to see them. Those with Second Sight were also able to behold events occurring at distance, or to foresee events symbolically, for example, if someone was to die by drowning, the seer would see a shroud around the living man, while animals, mostly black dogs would vex the seer, and corpse candles, those strange lights would be seen flitting above the road trod by the mourners.
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Painting: Detail from ‘The Silent Voice’ by Gerald Moira 1892-93. .
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    Beyond the bare branches the moon glistens, a hare darts across the frozen earth, and a woman is called upon by a strange man. She follows him, beneath hawthorn and beside clear streams, until she finds herself in a land of eternal twilight. Entering a tumbledown stone cottage, she is greeted by a gaunt woman holding a baby. Dabbing her eye with ointment, all of a sudden, she beholds the cottage, glittering like crystal, and the woman, as beautiful, with her golden haired child swaddled in silver gauze. Tales of Fairy Ointment and Fairy Midwives are found all over Cornwall, while tales of Second Sight, of those who can see the realm of spirits, were once told in the Scottish Highlands, as well as in Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. Often thought to be a hereditary ability, certain plants, like St John’s Wort, were used as a charm against second sight, especially when sewn into the collar of a coat, while a four-leaf clover could protect against the fairies, but also help one to see them. Those with Second Sight were also able to behold events occurring at distance, or to foresee events symbolically, for example, if someone was to die by drowning, the seer would see a shroud around the living man, while animals, mostly black dogs would vex the seer, and corpse candles, those strange lights would be seen flitting above the road trod by the mourners.
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    Painting: Detail from ‘The Silent Voice’ by Gerald Moira 1892-93. .
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    #art #witch #painting #seer #fairy #esoteric #folklore #arte #artstagram #kunst #paintings #artist #detail #witches #herbs #fantasyart #inspiration #faerie #divination #victorian #beauty #fineart #artoftheday #kunstwerk #arte
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