Haysel, 11 June

This is the date when haysel (haymaking) traditionally begins, on the feast of St Barnabas, who is often pictured carrying a hay rake: Barnaby bright, Barnaby bright/ Light all day and light all night. [1]  On his day, it was customary to deck churches and houses with Barnaby garlands of roses and sweet woodruff, and the pink ragged robin: When Barnabas smiles both night and day/ Poor Ragged Robin blooms in the hay/ At St Barnabas, the scythe in the meadow. [2]

[1] Traditional rhyme

[2] Traditional rhyme


Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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