More Edwardian Halloween WTFery - I present you with chestnuts going through a whole range of emotions.
What exactly this has to do with Halloween, I haven’t a clue - I suspect I need to do some research and find what particular ritualistic significance they have. A lot of the traditions/superstitions/rituals common at that time (often to do with courtship) have dropped from general use and understanding. Perhaps one of my pagan friends recognises the significance of chestnuts in Samhain rituals (with or without the soap opera captions).
CHESTNUT FIREPLACE GAMES! It’s not pagan at all (unless you’re super old school and classify all divination games as pagan) It’s how well you will get along with your sweetheart!
The further they pop away from each other the worse your future will be together. To copy/paste from this page:
“Roasting Chestnuts on Fire
The gentleman and lady each place a chestnut close together on top of the stove. If the chestnuts hiss and steam this indicates strife; if one pops away, separation; if both burn side by side, the couple will live together forever happy.”
I would assume this is a cheat sheet for something very similar to this.
Brilliant, and thank you for that quick answer! I thought it might have something to do with divination…is this one still commonly played in the Northern Hemisphere? (We don’t grow many chestnuts down here).
Miso Soup with Udon Noodle and Tofu
I made this soup yesterday for breakfast. I just arrived home in Berkeley, CA to visit friends and family, and there are two vegetarians in the house right now, so the fridge is full of vegetables and “vegetarian ingredients.” This miso soup is simpler…
Alice and the Madhatter
by Isabella’s Art