The Arthur’s Seat Coffins: A Connection To The Burke and Hare Murders?
In June 1836
five young boys, hunting for rabbits on the north-eastern slopes
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, found 17 miniature coffins hidden inside a
cave. They were arranged under slates on three tiers, two tiers of eight
and one solitary coffin on the top. Each pine wood coffin, only 95mm in
length, contained a little wooden figure, expertly carved with painted
black boots and custom made clothes.
No-one knows what they were
for, why they were buried or who buried them but people have been trying
to resolve the mystery ever since. At the time of their discovery, The
Scotsman suggested they were used by witches casting death spells on
specific individuals. Another theory is that they were kept by sailors
to protect against death.
They may represent a mock burial,
possibly for the 17 known victims of Burke and Hare. Working in
Edinburgh, they sold the bodies of people they had murdered for
dissection in the city’s anatomy classes. This horrified many Scots, who
feared that a dissected body would not rise to life at the last
judgement. William Burke was caught and executed for his crimes in 1829.
Ironically his body was legally given to an anatomy class for
dissection. We are unlikely to be sure about the meaning of the coffins.
It remains hidden, among many other aspects of death and belief in
Witchcraft must be practiced without undue pain or suffering unto any animal.
Here are a few things to consider:
✨Ditch the leather: I know, witchy ~aesthetic~ doesn’t quite feel complete without antique leather objects, but look for faux alternatives which are easily accessible, such as faux suede cord
✨Ditch the honey: practice spells and teas with alternate sweeteners, agave nectar, date nectar, syrup etc such as maple🍁 🐝
✨Plant based milks make a far more effective alternative to dairy. Almond, oat and coconut milks are particularly useful.
✨Soya wax: great to make your own candles with added essential oils, wax seals or an alternative to beeswax.
✨Fur or any other animal parts: please refrain from the temptation to use bodily parts in your witchcraft. An animal cannot consent to being taken from a resting place and exploited
✨Being a mindful witch will bring greater self growth and power to your craft. Being kind to the Earth and all that inhabits it is deeply rooted in human nature, it is so sad that we have become so detached from this.
This work is produced by looking at waste materials and old wood pieces from my point of view as “kwaidan”.
Kwaidan isn’t just a horror element. I think that kwaidan should be expressed more diversely. In the world sense of kwaidan there was the beauty of the darkness peculiar to Japan.And it was expressed through the filter of kwaidan the sense of beauty of Japan.I was influenced by it as a Japanese. This work presents the beauty of kwaidan. A beautiful sense of Japan created antiques in time. This wooden box has a sense of “wabi-sabi／侘寂” that exists in Japan from long ago.It has a new kwaidan sense. Kwaidan is a collection of various elements, resulting in the ambience of the landscape.And the soul dwells there.
A delicately hand-painted and highly detailed anatomical head for class. Made of wood and plaster. Left side showing muscles, right side skull. Right side detachable with removable brain parts. Germany. Ca. 1910.
A real taxidermy French lamb, special rare breed, it’s from 1920-30’s, A lovely piece with an adorable face, the lamb is in excellent condition for its age. a rare find, these type of lambs you will not find often with the ears down, an adorable sweetie!! it comes with the purple vintage bow.
A beautiful lovely vintage small goat with an adorable face with green glass eyes, it’s i a very good condition considering its age, a beautify decoration item from France from 1920/30. Lovely to use together with your doll collection or just for the serious collector.
Front view of an Egyptian stone sculpture of a seated man, his arms clasped around his knees with the head of the Goddess Hathor in front of him. watercolor. Society of Antiquaries of London Catalogue of Drawings and Museum Objects: Eastern Antiquities. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com
The House the Moon falls under in the Natal Chart shows where
we feel most at home, and where we seek emotional satisfaction. Perpetual
emotional unrest can be detected by studying the House the Moon is in, and
often are manifested by constant ups and downs in these areas of life.
It is in these areas that we should aim to avoid superficial
or temporary thrills, choosing instead to form deep attachments. This will give
us a true feeling of belonging and emotional fulfillment.
The Moon is most at home in the Fourth House, as it is it’s
natural ruler. It also thrives in the Second House.