The Magic of Midsummer

This is yet another list, but in another form. It's Midsummer and it's a celebration of the season. The history of midsummer is vague and all we know about traditions dates back to the 16th century, even though its believed to be a lot older. When I was younger we learned that midsummer was a …

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Local Folklore

Yesterday was probably the first day this year it felt like the winter had loosened its grip around us and let some real warmth in. With the modest temperature of +4°C it wasn't tempting to throw off the winter jacket just yet but the air didn't feel as raw as it has for weeks now. …

All Hallows/All Souls

I wrote about Sweden's tradition with lighting candles in the cemeteries during All Hallow's and this is my absolute favorite tradition tied to the Church of Sweden. Originally, the holiday was about celebrating all saints during one day and the church, even though Lutheran Protestants don't worship saints, still acknowledge their existence. The day after, …

Symbols I wear #2

The sulfur (brimstone) sign, aesthetically the prettiest symbol I know, got a new life when alternative brands like Killstar, Banned and Re-Style started to print it on...well, everything. It's also known as the Leviathan or Satanic Cross since Anton Szandor LaVey started using it for his work with the Church of Satan in the 60's. …