The Love of Halloween
Guest post by Leigh Michael
Halloween, Hallows’ Eve, Hallowe’en, whatever you prefer to call it, is a holiday we’ve all come to know and love. For many, it’s a jovial time to get dressed up and eat lots of candy. For others, it stems from observances of All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, or Samhain.
But did you know that, for some, Halloween was also a time people yearned to find love?
On this night, hopeful young girls often used mirrors to reveal their true loves. Want to give it a try? Follow the following steps to catch a glimpse of your prince charming.
Wait until the sun has set.
Sit down and place a candle and mirror in front of you.
While brushing your hair, look intently into the mirror.
By doing so, folklore says that a reflection of your future husband will appear in the mirror. In fact, he’ll be standing right behind you. Be warned though, folklore also says that if you turn around, he’ll disappear along with your chance to marry him.
In the first cup, put a ring.
In the second, add a petal from a flower.
In the third, drop a coin.
In the fourth, place a marble.
Blindfold yourself (or a friend) and carefully walk around the table three times.
Then, without looking, touch a cup.
The first person to touch the cup with the flower petal will wed first. Or so folklore says. If you blindly chose the cup with the ring, you’ll have a lifetime of devoted love. The cup with the coin means you’ll be wealthy. And alas, if you happen to pick the cup with the marble, there’s a chance you’ll remain single or childless.
So what do you think? Are you going to give these Halloween love potions a try?
All this talk of love reminds me of folklore from my series, Annabelle’s Story. Unfortunately, both of these excerpts showcase those not so lucky in love. But don’t worry; I’m sure you’ll have much better luck.
The love of Selkie
“Well, encantado and selkie turn into human-forms differently,” he started. “For the selkie, it’s easiest to think of them as wearing a wet suit. Once they leave the sea, they peel off their sealskin and walk the land like a normal human. It’s kind of weird to think about it.”
“Seriously? Their skin just peels off?”
He nodded. “It can get a little tricky for the selkie because they have to be really careful not to misplace their skin. If they do, they can’t return to the water in their sprite form.”
“So I take it this has happened before?”
His head bobbed again. “Throughout history, there’ve been stories of a woman falling in love with a selkie. Over time the woman uncovered his secret, then stole his skin so the selkie couldn’t ever leave her.”
“Talk about a forced relationship.”
“For real,” he said with a laugh.”
The love of Lorelei
“Lorelei was once a beautiful young woman who thought she had it all. She lived with her husband in a small town along the Rhine River in what is now known as Germany. One day, she learned that her husband wasn’t faithful. In a fit of rage and sorrow, she threw herself into the river. Upon her death, she transformed into a Siren, a kind of mermaid.
Although, Lorelei’s story didn’t stop there. She carried such an immense amount of hatred not only towards her unfaithful lover, but also towards men in general. As a Siren, she’d sit upon a rock and lure sailors with her tantalizing voice, causing them to crash into the rocks and drown.”
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About Leigh: Leigh Michael is an author of YA fiction. She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before writing her debut series, Annabelle's Story. Leigh lives in Washington, DC with her husband and goldendoodle. Please learn more about Leigh and her works at www.LeighMichaelBooks.com.