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Ancient Magic

Ancient magic:

Anglo-Saxon magic gold ring: Kingmoor Ring dates from about 900 AD (found 1817 Cumbria, near Scottish border). 30 runes, the last word on the inside: ᛭ᚨᚱᛦᚱᛁᚢᚠᛚᛏᛦᚱᛁᚢᚱᛁᚦᚩᚾᚷᛚᚨᚴᛏᚨᛈᚩᚾ / ᛏᚨᚿ, Old English ærkriufltkriuriþonglæstæpon/tol. Words blended together, translation uncertain aekriu is thought to be “ward against bleeding”. Possible translation: “they say, to stop blood, poke into the ear with a whole ear of barley, in such a way that he [the patient] be unaware of it…”

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Today (Saturday March 20) is the Spring Equinox, first day of spring. The Anglo-Saxons called it Eostre (AKA Ostara), after their dawn goddess who brought light and fertility to the world. Dawn services, bunnies, eggs were part of the celebration, not very different from today.

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All about Seax

Seax, anyone?

Seax, pronounced SEA-ax, is an ancient word meaning long knife or short sword. The word is related to “saw.” The Saxon in Anglo-Saxons means “sword bearers.” That wasn’t so bad, was it?

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Lady Godiva lived in Anglo-Saxon times—around 1050 AD. Anglo-Saxons called bread half, loaf/.

Poor—pea flour/oatmeal mix known as horsebread

Serfs—oatmeal/barley mix known as dredge

Middle class—spelt/rye mix known as maslin

Mix with boiling water to form a dough (no other ingredients). Knead well. Form into a pancake and place on an ungreased griddle, cooking over a fire on both sides until golden brown. Serve warm with butter or cheese. (Anglo-Saxon law allowed barm/yeast or salt to be added)

[Lady Godiva is my great…great grandmother. Alas, she left no recipes.]

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