It’s Bealtaine! It’s the official start of summer in Ireland and a Magickal time for Witches, everywhere. Irish folkorist Shane Broderick joins us to discuss the history of Bealtaine, along with the rites and Magick traditionally practiced at this time. We explore the connection with fire and bonfires, the tricky nature of Bealtaine Magick, and adapting community rituals during lockdowns. P.s., beware of the Faeries! Digressions include Hilary’s online shopping spree, Courtney’s The Fire Starter, Kanani-ween, and an incredible musician from South Africa. A listener’s Ancestral landscape has recently changed. Is there any way to keep certain undesirable Ancestors away? On Patreon: our full conversation with Shane Broderick.

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Shane is a folklorist based in Cork City. He graduated, with honours, from University College Cork in 2018 with a BA (HONS) in Irish Folklore and Celtic Civilisation. His studies, under world renowned scholars, have given him great insight into Irish culture from the earliest written histories to modern folk practice. He has carried out folklore fieldwork investigating the local fishing folklore of his hometown of Youghal. He is also an accredited national tour guide. His blog “Ireland’s Folklore and Traditions” and Facebook page of the same name cover a vast array of folklore and Irish material of historical and cultural interest. More at Shane also teaches online classes at the Irish Pagan School. 

Resource List

Swandy: The Throne Room (Spotify)
Swandy: The Throne Room (YouTube)
Shane’s Blog
Irish Pagan School
Michael Fortune (Wexford, Ireland)
The Faery Faith (Documentary)