Category: RHAMANTA, OR OMEN SEEKING.
Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts
This divination is common to many countries, but the writer knows that it
is resorted to on All Hallows Eve in Denbighshire by young ladies,
partly, it may be in fun, and partly in earnest. The plan of proceeding
is as follows:--Nu...
Gay Describes The Ceremony:--
Two hazel nuts I throw into the flame
And to each nut I give a sweetheart's name;
This with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That in a flame of brightest-colour blazed;
As blazed the nut, so may thy passions gro...
Hemp Seed Sowing
A young married woman, a native of Denbighshire, told me that if a young
woman sowed hemp seed, the figure of her lover would appear and follow
her. This was to be done by night on Hallow Eve. I find from English
Folk-Lore, p. 15,...
Coel Ede Wlan Or The Yarn Test
Two young women took a ball of yarn and doubled the threads, and then
tied tiny pieces of wood along these threads so as to form a miniature
ladder. Then they went upstairs together, and opening the window threw
this artificial lad...
Hairs Of A Lover Found Under A Holly Tree
This test is to be carried out on All Hallow Eve. The young person walks
backwards to a holly tree, takes a handful of grass from underneath it,
and then carries the leaves to the light, and she then sees among the
grass several ha...
Clefyd Yr Ede Wlan Or Yarn Sickness
About twenty years ago, when the writer was curate of Llanwnog,
Montgomeryshire, a young Welsh married woman came to reside in the parish
suffering from what appeared to be that fell disease, consumption. He
visited her in her illn...
Water In Basin Divination
Should young persons wish to know whether their husbands were to be
bachelors, or their wives spinsters, the following test was to be
Three persons were necessary to carry out the test. These three young
The Washing Test
Another well-known and often practised form of divination was for a young
woman to take an article to wash, such as a stocking, to the water-spout
or pistyll, and with her she carried two pieces of wood wherewith to
strike the artic...
Troi Crysau Or Clothes Drying Test
Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired, and placed
the articles by the fire to dry, and then watched to see who should come
at midnight to turn the clothes. In this case, again, the evil one is
said to have ente...
The Bible And Key Divination
A key is taken, and placed on the 16th verse of the 1st chapter of
Ruth:--And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from
following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou
lodgest I will lodge; t...