Do you know what  "Edo Kiriko"is?

Edo Kiriko is the art of cutting into the surface of glass.

Edo Kiriko originated in 1834 when Kyubei Kagaya started to engrave the surface of glass.

Ever since Kyubei Kagaya’s invention, the technique of engraving patterns on the surface of glass has established.

It is a very famous Japanese traditional crafts that has been specified by both the city of Tokyo and the country of Japan.

It is provided that the next requirements are necessary for “Officially designated Traditional craft products” on law.

1.We are mainly used in everyday life
2.Main part of manufacturing process is handmade
3.We are prepared by traditional technique or technique
4.Raw materials which have been used traditionally
5.We form production center in constant area

To make long story short, it is a daily-use handmade craft that is made by traditional ingredients and techniques.

Edo Kiriko is a traditional craft that represents Japan from the late Edo period.

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A traditional Ndebele linaga is embellished with beads of red, green, orange, blue, and pink. Made for a married woman to wear on ceremonial occasions. The curved shape of the cape is a result of the way that skins have been stitched together. Limpopo Province, South Africa, 1976-1982.
The Witch and the Wild : Sarah Anne Lawless

Wonderful and essential new blog from Sarah Anne Lawless - The Witch and the Wild:
“Our witchcraft, nay, our very being must become more wild, more intuitive, and more accepting of nature’s amorality and our inevitable demise if we are to make any difference at all. If we are to preserve what we’ve left behind of the earth in our destructive wake, and if we are to survive in any number as a species, we must rewild ourselves and learn how to live outside of civilization. We must lose our faiths, our religions, our meaningless attachment to nitpicketity details only we as individuals and not a whole care about. We who are importers of foreign magics and alien gods. We must become a different kind of witch. Something that needs no definitions, no boundaries, and no expectations. Something more primal and raw than our current incarnation. Something small, something just outside your door…”

The fluence: who are the “folk” in “folk magic”?

My mum’s family aren’t witches.  They’re not holders of any ancient mystical “fam-trad” lineage.  (In fact, some are from staunch Scots Presbyterian stock, including the “no dancing on the Sabbath!” variety.)

However, they DID pass down a bunch of stuff - little stories, customs, all that, as any culture does.  (And my gran took it and ran with it, loving and researching folklore all her life, teaching it to me and later enthusiastically joining in seasonal rituals.)

One thing in particular, which I grew up with as completely normal, was something the women of the family did: the soothing called “the fluence”.  Fractious children were calmed by this combination of forehead-stroking and deliberately radiating calming feelings, often with a low humming.  Obviously these things are calming anyway, but someone really good at it - like my gran, rest her - could do it from a distance.

I thought it was just one of those quirky family things.  “You’ve got a headache? Come here, I’ll put the fluence on you.”  “Ugh, X kid is being a monster, better put the fluence on them.”

Later on, however, I learned that this was, in fact, A Thing beyond our family - “putting the influence on someone”, which was, indeed, often abbreviated to “the fluence”.  (Etymonline takes this meaning of “the influence” back to the 1500s, and says it shows up earlier in medieval Latin.)  I’d done it to jasminekor when she was distressed; one time she was reading or watching something historical, and a character accused someone of having put the (negative) fluence on someone, and she sat up and said, “Oh my god, it’s actually a thing! I thought it was just your family!” just as I had.

I’m not telling this story to show what a ~magical mystical folk-craft family~ I come from.  I’m telling it to show that, when we talk about folk magic, we’re not talking about some vague people long ago and far away, but just…us.  (I think Pratchett had something trenchant to say about this, as usual.)  It’s not all stuff gathered by Cecil Williams, it’s not all in books, it didn’t mysteriously stop at some point, it’s just…stuff we do.  

Using the fluence to calm a kid down, for their sake and the sake of everyone in the room who’s having to listen to the screeching - that’s folk magic.  Pointing out a single crow to the person you’re with because it’s bad luck to be the only one who sees a single crow, to turn the bad luck - that’s folk magic.  (I’m told this is a specifically Kentish thing, and I grew up doing it without even really knowing what it was, but to this day I still have the urge to point and say “Crow!” when I see one XD)  

Ditto saluting/touching your hat/spitting at/etc magpies.  (For me: flick your fingers three times, spit three times with your thumb between your forefingers, and if you’re being hardcore, “Away with you evil, away with you ill!”  Tricky when you’re driving XD)  Any ill-luck-turning ‘superstition’ is folk magic.  (Broken something?  Quick, run out and smash a couple of jam-jars, cos these things come in threes!)  Cross your fingers to avoid bad luck (or render a promise powerless).  Rub your wedding ring on your stye to cure it.  Throw salt over your shoulder. “See a pin and pick it up, all that day you’ll have good luck.  See a pin and let it lie, that day you’ll see your luck go by.”  Hang up a horseshoe.  Keep a lock of your baby’s first hair to protect them.  Throw coins in the wishing well.

We do so many of these things without even thinking, and call them “superstition”, while looking for obscure lore from tucked-away corners of the country, poring over accounts of cunningmen and executed witches, and never look at what was done by everyone - what *we still do* - every day, 

This too is folk magic, and we are (still) the folk.

July 5th is the day of Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko is art of cutting into the surface of glass and has been designated as a traditional craft of Japan (also as a traditional craft of Tokyo).

July 5th is the day of Edo Kiriko.

It was decided upon Nanako, one of the most popular patterns used for Edo Kiriko.
Nanako is a motif of fish eggs and they are cut in thin and fine patterns.

The number 7 and 5 in Japanese resembles the pronunciation of Nanako that July 5th has become the Day of Edo Kiriko.

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Cornish Witchcraft

Good free source material here from sacred texts for those looking into Cornish Witchcraft and Folklore:

For a contemporary view from Cornwall we highly recommend Steve Patterson’s Bucca and the Cornish Cult of Pellar in our Serpent Songs collection. The best writing on the Bucca you could hope to find.

Also a great piece by Gemma Gary in there too.

Steve Patterson is currently working on what looks like a very interesting book on Cecil Williamson (for another publisher).

We’d furthermore recommend visiting our good friends at The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle if you ever get the opportunity to do so.


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 67:

Red House, London, England. 

Built as the home of William Morris, by Philip Webb and William Morris in 1859.

it is one of the most important example of Art and Crafts architecture and design.