The Everyday Lore Project

15 December 2020 – Secret

15 December 2020 – Secret

The thing I was going to write about, I was told not to write about. I attended a recording of a radio show tonight, audience not participant this time, but they said they’d really like us not to say anything about what happened at the recording. So on the one hand, I’ve got a secret! But on the other, it was late and I was stuck for some folklore.

So I turned to Llewellyn’s 2020 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac, Holidays & Lore, Spells, Rituals & Meditations for inspiration and found a spell called Seashell Secrets. The name sounded appropriate given, I have a secret. It’s said that the spell will help guide me if I’m in need of path. Which also felt appropriate as the project ends in three weeks and I have no idea what I’m going to do next (other than sleep a lot, write several essays and despair over a dissertation, obviously). 

All I needed was to find a shell, pop it in some water and wait for it to suck up all the water’s psychic energy. So I found a shell, one that I’d carried back from Australia, then for bonus folklore and psychic energy, I topped up some moon juice dregs with tot of tap, and a scoosh of Glastonbury holy water given me by a kindly shaman, and submerged the shell. 

The book says I am to wait overnight until performing the second part of the spell. So I’ve left the jar on the window sill, although seeing as the moon was new yesterday, I doubt it will be double souping the contents this time.

Today’s AdVent:


Neff, A. (ed) (2019) Llewellyn’s 2020 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac, Holidays & Lore, Spells, Rituals & Meditations, Woodbury, MN, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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