Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:59 PM
Perhaps not too much related to this thread, but I have found (as was discussed the other night) that I am suddenly into stockpiling for future use... odd charms and such that I may not have a specific use for right at the moment but that I could in the future and don't want to be stuck waiting for supplies I don't have on-hand to arrive. The charms are for the most part versatile - like one from a horse tail to affect dreams - no more specific than that, but could be invoked specifically into a work when and if needed. I have a wall in my kitchen with all sorts of things hanging from nails in it, ready for use should the use arrive. I have often wondered if this sudden need has been influenced by my ancestor/connection work I did this winter. They lived in a very different time and culture, and most likely would have felt extremely nervous entering the darker season without a stockpile of food (and other things).
Re the dark and light thing - I don't equate dark with bad and light with good in the modern understanding of it, but in another (more ancestral ) sense I do, in that the Folk were rather black and white and had but two seasons, summer and winter. Winter was "darker" because it had much less sunlight hours. And due to culture, winter was very much a time of death - low food availability, freezing, attack by hungry predators (or people)... And death and starvation was not a good thing, and winter (the "dark" half) was a dangerous time. And the gates to the dead were open. Same thing with night (dark) which was a much more dangerous time for them than day (light). So dark became associated with danger, death, hidden, hooded, shades, shadows, etc. And there was no electricity, so dark was fought with "light" (sun, fire, etc., - actual LIGHT which actually illuminated the darkness and thereby kept it at bay). And those associations are still held for me, and still used in relation to magic in how to counteract something, or even create something.