Seth Michael is a natural born psychic/medium, empath with over 29 years of experience giving formal readings. In addition to his work doing private and larger group readings, he co-founded a paranormal team called White Light Paranormal Insight where he is a Medium and the Director of Spiritual Resolves. He is also an instructor with the Vision Collective LLC in Oregon and holds on-line and in person Workshops. Seth Michael’s passion and intent is to assist others in reaching their higher-self and honing in on their own individual strengths.
Seth Michael is also the primary focus of the, “All Around Us,” documentary.
Kevin Walder: Artist, writer, podcaster, and student of Tarot, lives with his husband, in Northwest Washington State. Kevin continues to expand his knowledge and understanding of Tarot and other spiritual subjects guided by a general knowledge of the cards, while allowing intuition to deliver personal messages..
About Cindy: Many (very many) moons ago Linda Goodman introduced me to astrology. Rather, her book, Sun Signs, did when I was 18 years old. From there I did everything I could to learn about astrology.Those were the days before the internet and readily available sophisticated astrology software, so I had to draw up charts by hand and use an ephemeris to find planetary positions. It was challenging but fun.During university, astrology was a very big part of my life. After studying and practicing for a decade, life presented a series of teachers that subtly immersed me in environments of enlightenment. This is where Tarot and dowsing (radiesthesia) come in.On that learning path, I met some of the finest teachers, all whom I found through serendipity. Many of them are dear friends from the Edgar Cayce Center. (Read More About Cindy Here)
A bit about William: William Becker, International Psychic Medium, Psychic Life Coach, Author, Mentor and Teacher
With his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s in public administration, William combines his love of history and his psychic abilities to allow people inside the deeper reality that surrounds us. His philosophy is that the more we know of the beings and worlds around us, the better we know how to more fully experience and live this life.
A paranormal enthusiast and experienced paranormal investigator, William makes use of his love of history and psychic abilities to allow people inside the world of ghosts, hauntings, and other paranormal and metaphysical realms with his workshops, Haunted Hotspots events, Finding your Psychic Voice classes, Past and Between life and other readings.
William is an author, has been interviewed on several paranormal radio shows both in the U.S. and abroad, has his own magazine column and YouTube channel, and has been interviewed by statewide and local newspapers. His work promotes the respectful communication and understanding of the beings and worlds around us.
William provides his services in person, as well as by telephone, email, or Skype. He also gives location and other readings remotely. Services are available for groups or on a one-on-one basis.
His most recent book is “In the Footsteps of my Forebears: A Psychic Journey Through Time”. Join William as he travels deep into the areas his forebears colonized in the 1760s at the behest of Czar Catherine the Great of Russia. He takes the reader through the impressions that still present themselves in these remote areas, and includes visits with his own passed ancestors. Enjoy the journey as the past and its people come alive! Get it on Amazon today! https://www.amazon.com/Footsteps-Forebears-Psychics-Journey-Through/dp/0692948325
Harvey, on being a Sensitive: ‘As a sensitive it can be a burden at times but I have learned to live with my abilities by controlling them. I taught myself decades ago how to turn them on and off. People always ask me how I do what I do and my response,” I practice, practice, practice”. The more you use it the more accurate you become. The biggest block to progress is self doubt. Many people second guess the information that comes to them and over filter it. By the time they are ready to share the info it has become overly convoluted and makes no sense. I always say what comes to me no matter what it is, especially, if it means absolutely nothing to me but 9 out of 10 times will mean everything to the person I am reading’.
Kevin Walder Artist, writer, podcaster, and student of Tarot, lives with his husband, in Northwest Washington State. Kevin continues to expand his knowledge and understanding of Tarot and other spiritual subjects guided by a general knowledge of the cards, while allowing intuition to deliver personal messages..
I once taught a daytime Tarot class that seemed to turn into a lunch hour diversion for several of my students. In the process of preparing for this class I drew on my years of research and study of the Tarot and began to develop some interesting ways to explain the meanings of the cards. I am always more intrigued by the process of forming the right question than the relentless search for answers. It is with this inquisitive nature that I approached teaching The Tarot. So grab your favorite deck and bring your best questions and be prepared to question everything as we explore The Tarot, it’s what’s for lunch.
This book is a personal visit with each of the 22 Major Arcana cards The Tarot. The energy and personality of each card comes through as a healing energy and a guide to every aspect of life. 22 Teachers – Healing Lessons From The Major Arcana is a guide to understanding and getting the greatest benefit from your favorite Tarot deck.
Join us as we talk with Maureen St. Germain, the Practical Mystic, about her book, ‘Opening The Akashic Records‘ as well as her teachings and spiritual knowledge.
Tune in on Wednesday, November 20th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT!
About Maureen J. St. Germain
Maureen J. St. Germain has over 25 years of experience in the area of mystical and sacred traditions. Known as the Practical Mystic, Maureen is a prolific teacher and facilitator of spiritual knowledge for contemporary life.
As a clear channel from Source, she is continuously researching, developing and introducing new methods that will help you connect with your own wisdom channel, and inspire your spiritual awakening. Maureen has personal connections with the Angels, Ascended Masters, Hathors, Divine Feminine and the Dragons!
A lifelong interest in the Akashic Records resulted in her being granted access to this dimension that has been off limits to most of humanity for millions of years.
Founder of Akashic Records International, Maureen is an extremely accurate Akashic Records Guide and instructor. Widely known for her Amazon best-seller, Beyond the Flower of Life, she has been sharing knowledge she has gained from her years of teaching meditation and research on ancient truths.
Labeled a modern-day mystic in Famous Wisconsin Mystics, Maureen has taught in 24 countries throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Egypt, China and Japan. Her books have been translated into Russian, Italian and Chinese.
About The Book
Opening the Akashic Records: Meet Your Record Keepers and Discover Your Soul’s Purpose
A clear and simple manual of precise instructions for accessing the Akashic Records and confirming the accuracy of the information.
Details exercises, tools, and techniques to clear the energies blocking your access and tune to your Akashic Record Keepers
Explains the specific markers that allow you to recognize your Record Keepers and to validate the information you receive, rather than “trusting” it to be true
Provides guidance on accessing the Akashic Records on behalf of other people, how to ask questions, and how to handle the information as it comes in
The Akashic Records are a vast domain of energetic imprints much like a movie library, a living vibrational field that stores all possible futures, the present, and the past. As soon as your soul begins its life experience, a field of energy is released that records every thought, word, action, desire, and emotion.
In this guide to opening the Akashic Records, Maureen St. Germain provides precise instructions explaining how to connect with your personal Record Keepers, gain clear access to the Akashic Records, discover information about you and your loved ones, and learn your soul’s purpose.
The author explains how outside energies can influence your connection to the Akashic Records. She details energetic clearing exercises to remove the energies blocking or shadowing your access and teaches the Higher Self Protocol to ensure an authentic channel of communication. She explores how to find the Record Keepers who will be the most helpful to you and provides techniques and tools, such as guided energy work, to prepare you for Akashic Record access, initiate you into the 5D mindset, and invite more accuracy and a stronger connection. She details the specific markers to look for to recognize genuine Akashic Librarians and to validate and confirm the information you receive, rather than simply “trusting” it to be true.
She also provides guidance on accessing the Akashic Records on behalf of other people, how to ask questions, and how to handle the information as it comes in. Explaining why the Ascended Masters opened access to the Akashic Records to all of humanity and how their presence assists you, St. Germain shows how the intended purpose for working with the Akashic Records is for soul growth, not to “repair” your karma debts.
By seeing your records and working with your Record Keepers, not only will you learn your soul’s purpose and help solve the problems that crop up in everyday life and relationships, but you will amplify your spirituality and begin operating at a higher level in consciousness. Your work in the Akashic Records aids and assists in Earth’s ascension.
Lumari is an internationally
acclaimed intuitive life coach, transformational healer, visionary energy
master and author who has shown thousands of people how to celebrate their soul
purpose, connect to their highest
destiny, generate personal success and Live
Inspired. Her guidance and perspective are all about joy, fulfillment and
inspiration on a beautiful soul level so that her clients and readers can live
With clients all over the world, she serves as a
catalyst, guide and inspiration for personal and spiritual growth, healing,
transformation and planetary change.
She works with an international clientele of celebrities,
artists, actors, musicians, healing practitioners, coaches, innovators and entrepreneurs
who are visionaries in their chosen fields. Whether you are already a
successful and recognized visionary, healer, artist or entrepreneur, or you
want to become one, Lumari assists her clients to live fullest potential and
highest path of destiny.
Lumari’s profound intuitive gifts, energy mastery,
energetic healing and depth of spiritual wisdom combined with joyful clarity
and practical wisdom will give you the guidance you need for your success and
Her written work has been published in a wide variety of magazines and journals and she is the author of several books.
Lumari’s newest book, Shopping for A Man: The Ultimate Woman’s Guide to Dating a Really Great Guy is filled with fun, wisdom and soul for women of all ages. This is self-discovery through shopping and makes dating fun, while elevating the conversation into self-growth and empowerment so you can find deeper fulfillment in your own life and create a lasting, meaningful, relationship without playing games and sacrificing yourself. This is a hilarious, yet very spiritual book.
Akashic Records: Collective Keepers of Divine Expression introduces you to The Keepers of the Akashic, the beings of the ancient collective who gather and contain all universal knowledge. Her personal connection with these Divine Ones, unveils their purpose and system, its workings and the ways to access the vast resources of the Akashic Records. Her book is required reading for many study courses about the Akashic Records.
Living Inspired with Lumari – In this groundbreaking book,Lumari breaks apart the myths that rob you of the true vibrations of living inspired. She reveals the ART of Living Inspired, so you can create your own illumination and positive purpose – every moment. Engage the Lights of Awakening, Revelation and Transformation Alawashka: The Original Language and Vibrational Source of Creation
Alawashka: The Original Language and Vibrational Source of Creation, channeled by Lumari, took five years to write and is the most awe-inspiring discovery of our times. Her book reveals the nature of Creation, the evolution of humanity and the power of our original sacred language that can help you awaken to new frequencies of light and healing that will change your life.
On this episode, our hosts will be talking with Kyle J. Macias – Film Maker, and Seth Michael – Psychic Medium, about The Hat Man. Kyle recently released a documentary “The Hat Man: Documented Cases of Pure Evil”, so we will pick his brain on the subject and talk about the Documentary.
Seth Michael will give us his take on The Hat Man from a Medium’s perspective, as he has encountered more than one such entity.
History and Folklore Of Shadow Creatures and Hat Man
A number of religions, legends, and belief systems describe shadowy spiritual beings or supernatural entities such as shades of the underworld, and various shadowy creatures have long been a staple of folklore and ghost stories.
The Hat Man typically appears at night, dressed in a long, black trench coat, a black three-piece suit, and a black hat – either a fedora, top hat, or cowboy hat. Witnesses say the Hat Man’s eyes glow red and occasionally he checks a gold pocket watch chained to his belt. He is described as being at least six feet tall, though usually his stature reaches between seven to 10 feet.
About Kyle J Masias: Kyle J. Macias is an aspiring filmmaker specializing in narrative films and documentary films alike. He’s an avid researcher and paranormal aficionado covering a wide range of subjects, such as; the occult, entity contact and unknown realms.
“The Hat Man: Documented Cases of Pure Evil”, is his first documentary feature, covering the subject of shadow people, specifically focusing in on the distinct figure, the internet and eyewitnesses have dubbed ‘The Hat Man’.
Kyle J. Macias delved into the subject of ‘shadow people’ back in 2008, when he learned that his own family has had experiences with the “Hat Man”.
Throughout the duration of making this film, it came to Kyle’s attention that the ‘Hat Man’, is not just a figure seen in sleep paralysis or nightmares. The eyewitnesses are adamant that they also see him in waking life. Manifesting under street lamps, in the back of passenger seats, in the corner of the room, on the side of the road, peaking around corners and in some cases physical attack. Is the Hat Man hiding in the darkest places of our subconscious? Or is he crossing over to our physical existence? It may be both…
Our good friend Seth Michael is a natural born psychic/medium with over 28 years of experience giving formal readings. In addition to his work doing private and larger group readings, he co-founded a paranormal team called White Light Paranormal Insight where he is a Medium and the Director of Spiritual Resolves. Seth also co-hosted a web radio show called, Into the Light with Seth Michael and Teresa Kleve on Blog talk radio, and is an instructor for Awaken-Yourself Psychic/Medium Workshops. Seth Michael’s passion and intent is to assist others in reaching their higher-self and honing in on their own individual strengths. Seth Michael is also the primary focus of the, “All Around Us,” documentary currently in production. Whether the topics are about life issues, spiritual path direction or connecting with passed loved ones or animals, Seth Michael’s life mission is to help others, bring comfort, and hope. *Your reading is strictly private and confidential.
A Bit about Annwyn Avalon: Annwyn Avalon is a witch, priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She has a BFA in sculpture and a BA in anthropology and has completed her Reiki Master teacher training and studied herbalism and Middle Eastern folk and esoteric dancing. Annwyn writes the Patheos.com blog, The Water Witch, and is an award-winning, internationally known dancer with a repertoire of water and mermaid themed belly dance performances. Visit her at: www.waterwitchcraft.com. https://www.facebook.com/AvalonPriestess/ https://www.facebook.com/triskelerose
An accessible in-depth guide to Celtic water lore, including spells, rituals, water spirits, and merfolk
Let Annwyn Avalon, a practicing water witch herself, take you into the world of water magic. The water magic and lore in this book focuses on the Celtic tradition, but draws on other water magic traditions as well, and features rainwater, as well as lakes, rivers, oceans, canals, swamps, and other watery locations, together with the folk and magical customs that have been and are still practiced at these places. The book teaches the reader how to set up a water altar at home, how to connect with water spirits, and how to gather or create water witch tools. Readers are encouraged to visit local water sites but will also find an abundance of material to perform at home. Included are practical examples, visualizations, and exercises so any reader can start to take up spell work and establish their spiritual connection to water.
On this episode of Wendy’s Magickal Studies, I will be talking about the gorgeous Harvest Moon as well as the Pagan Mabon/Harvest Home/Autumnal Equinox due to my Eclectic guest not feeling up to doing a talk at this time. Wishing her more good days!
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Now, I’m no expert in any of these things, but I know what I enjoy. Research and Learning are at the top of my list. I will be delving into one aspect of Magic, Witchcraft, Folklore, Myth and/or Legend in each article. So, if you are so inclined, join me on this journey of discovery!
Eclectic Witch: A witch that embraces all types of magic and magical traditions, refusing to be pinned down to one type of magical practice.
The Spiritual Meaning Of The 2019 Harvest Moon Is About Releasing Yourself From The Past This is the season that starts a slow, patient process of death after a vibrant and burgeoning summer. However, this death is not the end. It’s about shedding skin, letting go, and cleansing yourself from deep within so you can prepare for a swift rebirth. The veil is thinning and the spiritual meaning of the 2019 Harvest Moon will help you dig into your heart and discover what truly lies there.
Taking place on Sept. 14 at 12:32 a.m. ET (Friday the 13th, for most of the United States), the Harvest Moon always happens nearest to the autumn equinox. According to TimeAndDate.com, this full moon marked the moment your ancient ancestors collected their crops and began storing them away for the impending winter. Spiritually speaking, the Harvest Moon is all about taking stock of your emotional and physical well-being, helping you come to terms with the results of the decisions you’ve made so far. After that, it’s about understanding what you could have done differently, forgive yourself for your mistakes, and decide that you’ll learn from them. Source: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-2019-harvest-moon-is-about-releasing-yourself-from-the-past-18749391
Mabon Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, Falls Between September 21 – 23
Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.
Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year.
At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection. Source: https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm
Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryon’s
novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve
the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only. The sacrifice is that
of the spirit of vegetation, John Barleycorn. Occurring one quarter of the year
after Midsummer, Harvest Home represents midautumn, autumn’s height. It is also
the autumnal equinox, one of the quarter days of the year, a Lesser Sabbat and
a Low Holiday in modern Witchcraft. Recently, some Pagan groups have begun
calling the holiday by the Welsh name ‘Mabon’, although there seems little
historical justification for doing so.
Technically, an equinox is an astronomical point and, due to
the fact that our leap-year cycle causes dates to slip and then snap back into
place, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal
equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey
southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up
until Harvest Home, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from
dusk to dawn. But from now on, the reverse holds true. Astrologers know this as
the date on which the sun enters the sign of Libra, the Scales (an appropriate
symbol of a balanced day and night).
However, since most European peasants were not accomplished
at calculating the exact date of the equinox, they celebrated the event on a
fixed calendar date, September 25, a holiday the medieval church Christianized
under the name of “Michaelmas”, the feast of the archangel Michael. (One
wonders if, at some point, the Roman Catholic Church contemplated assigning the
four quarter days of the year to the four archangels, just as they assigned the
four cross-quarter days to the four Gospel writers. Further evidence for this
may be seen in the fact that there was a brief flirtation with calling the
vernal equinox “Gabrielmas”, ostensibly to commemorate the archangel Gabriel’s
announcement to Mary on Lady Day.)
Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their
days from sundown to sundown, so the September 25 festivities actually begin on
the previous sundown (our September 24). Although our Pagan ancestors probably
celebrated Harvest Home on September 25, modern Witches and Pagans, with their
desktop computers for making finer calculations, seem to prefer the actual
equinox point, beginning the celebration on its eve.
Mythically, this is the day of the year when the God of
Light is defeated by his twin and alter ego, the God of Darkness. It is the
time of the year when night conquers day. And as I have recently shown in my
seasonal reconstruction of the Welsh myth of Blodeuwedd, the autumnal equinox
is the only day of the whole year when Llew (light) is vulnerable and it is
possible to defeat him. Llew now stands on the Balance (Libra/ autumnal
equinox), with one foot on the Cauldron (Cancer/summer solstice) and his other
foot on the Goat (Capricorn/winter solstice). Thus he is betrayed by
Blodeuwedd, the Virgin (Virgo) and transformed into an Eagle (Scorpio).
Two things are now likely to occur mythically, in rapid
succession. Having defeated Llew, Goronwy (darkness) now takes over Llew’s
functions, both as lover to Blodeuwedd, the Goddess, and as king of our own
world. Although Goronwy, the Horned King, now sits on Llew’s throne and begins
his rule immediately, his formal coronation will not be for another six weeks,
occurring at Samhain (Halloween) or the beginning of winter, when he becomes
the Winter Lord, the Dark King, Lord of Misrule. Goronwy’s other function has
more immediate results, however. He mates with the Virgin Goddess, and
Blodeuwedd conceives, and will give birth—nine months later (at the summer
solstice)—to Goronwy’s son, who is really another incarnation of himself, the
Llew’s sacrificial death at Harvest Home also identifies
him with John Barleycorn, spirit of the fields. Thus, Llew represents not only
the sun’s power, but also the sun’s life trapped and crystallized in the corn.
Often this corn spirit was believed to reside most especially in the last sheaf
or shock harvested, which was dressed in fine clothes, or woven into a
wicker-like man-shaped form. This effigy was then cut and carried from the field,
and usually burned, amidst much rejoicing. So one may see Blodeuwedd and
Goronwy in a new guise, not as conspirators who murder their king, but as
kindly farmers who harvest the crop that they had planted and so lovingly cared
for. And yet, anyone who knows the old ballad of John Barleycorn knows that we
have not heard the last of him.
They let him stand till midsummer’s day,
Till he looked both pale and wan,
And little Sir John’s grown a long, long beard
And so become a man….
Incidentally, this annual mock sacrifice of a large
wickerwork figure (representing the vegetation spirit) may have been the origin
of the misconception that Druids made human sacrifices. This charge was first
made by Julius Caesar (who may not have had the most unbiased of motives), and
has been restated many times since. However, as has often been pointed out, the
only historians besides Caesar who make this accusation are those who have read
Caesar. And, in fact, upon reading Caesar’s Gallic Wars closely, one discovers
that Caesar never claims to have actually witnessed such a sacrifice. Nor does
he claim to have talked to anyone else who did. In fact, there is not one
single eyewitness account of a human sacrifice performed by Druids in all of
Nor is there any archaeological evidence to support the
charge. If, for example, human sacrifices had been performed at the same ritual
sites year after year, there would be physical traces. Yet there is not a
scrap. Nor is there any native tradition or history that lends support. In
fact, insular tradition seems to point in the opposite direction. The Druid’s
reverence for life was so strict that they refused to lift a sword to defend
themselves when massacred by Roman soldiers on the Isle of Mona. Irish brehon
laws forbade a Druid to touch a weapon, and any soul rash enough to unsheathe a
sword in the presence of a Druid would be executed for such an outrage!
Weston, in her brilliant study of the Four Hallows of British myth, “From
Ritual to Romance”, points out that British folk tradition is, however,
full of mock sacrifices. In the case of the wicker man, such figures were
referred to in very personified terms, dressed in clothes, addressed by name,
etc. In such a religious ritual drama, everybody played along.
They’ve hired men with scythes so sharp,
To cut him off at the knee,
They’ve rolled him and tied him by the waist
Serving him most barbarously….
In the medieval miracle-play tradition of the “Rise Up,
Jock” variety (performed by troupes of mummers at all the village fairs), a
young harlequin-like king always underwent a mock sacrificial death. But
invariably, the traditional cast of characters included a mysterious “Doctor”
who had learned many secrets while “traveling in foreign lands”. The Doctor
reaches into his bag of tricks, plies some magical cure, and presto! the young
king rises up hale and whole again, to the cheers of the crowd. As Weston so
sensibly points out, if the young king were actually killed, he couldn’t very
well rise up again, which is the whole point of the ritual drama! It is an
enactment of the death and resurrection of the vegetation spirit. And what
better time to perform it than at the end of the harvest season!
In the rhythm of the year, Harvest Home marks a time of
rest after hard work. The crops are gathered in, and winter is still a month
and a half away! Although the nights are getting cooler, the days are still
warm, and there is something magical in the sunlight, for it seems silvery and
indirect. As we pursue our gentle hobbies of making corn dollies (those tiny
vegetation spirits) and wheat weaving, our attention is suddenly arrested by
the sound of baying from the skies (the “Hounds of Annwn” passing?), as lines
of geese cut silhouettes across a harvest moon. And we move closer to the
hearth, the longer evening hours giving us time to catch up on our reading,
munching on popcorn balls and caramel apples and sipping home-brewed mead or
ale. What a wonderful time Harvest Home is! And how lucky we are to live in a
part of the country where the season’s changes are so dramatic and majestic!
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl–
And he’s brandy in the glass,
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the strongest man at last.
Legend of John Barleycorn
English folklore, John Barleycorn is a character who represents the crop of
barley harvested each autumn. Equally as important, he symbolizes the wonderful
drinks which can be made from barley — beer and whiskey — and their effects. In
the traditional folksong, John Barleycorn, the character of John Barleycorn
endures all kinds of indignities, most of which correspond to the cyclic nature
of planting, growing, harvesting, and then death.
written versions of the song date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, there
is evidence that it was sung for years before that. There are a number of
different versions, but the most well-known one is the Robert Burns version, in
which John Barleycorn is portrayed as an almost Christ-like figure, suffering
greatly before finally dying so that others may live.
Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer cites John Barleycorn as proof that there was
once a Pagan cult in England that worshipped a god of vegetation, who was
sacrificed in order to bring fertility to the fields. This ties into the
related story of the Wicker Man, who is burned in effigy. Ultimately, the
character of John Barleycorn is a metaphor for the spirit of grain, grown
healthy and hale during the summer, chopped down and slaughtered in his prime,
and then processed into beer and whiskey so he can live once more.
in glass and barley
lyrics to the Robert Burns version of the song are as follows:
was three kings into the east,
three kings both great and high,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn must die.
took a plough and plough’d him down,
put clods upon his head,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
the cheerful Spring came kindly on’
and show’rs began to fall.
John Barleycorn got up again,
and sore surprised them all.
sultry suns of Summer came,
and he grew thick and strong;
his head well arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
that no one should him wrong.
sober Autumn enter’d mild,
when he grew wan and pale;
his bendin’ joints and drooping head
show’d he began to fail.
colour sicken’d more and more,
and he faded into age;
and then his enemies began
to show their deadly rage.
took a weapon, long and sharp,
and cut him by the knee;
they ty’d him fast upon a cart,
like a rogue for forgerie.
laid him down upon his back,
and cudgell’d him full sore.
they hung him up before the storm,
and turn’d him o’er and o’er.
filled up a darksome pit
with water to the brim,
they heav’d in John Barleycorn.
There, let him sink or swim!
laid him upon the floor,
to work him farther woe;
and still, as signs of life appear’d,
they toss’d him to and fro.
wasted o’er a scorching flame
the marrow of his bones;
but a miller us’d him worst of all,
for he crush’d him between two stones.
they hae taen his very hero blood
and drank it round and round;
and still the more and more they drank,
their joy did more abound.
Barleycorn was a hero bold,
of noble enterprise;
for if you do but taste his blood,
’twill make your courage rise.
make a man forget his woe;
’twill heighten all his joy;
’twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
tho the tear were in her eye.
let us toast John Barleycorn,
each man a glass in hand;
and may his great posterity
ne’er fail in old Scotland!