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The May Cat

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The May Cat Brings Snakes and Melancholia. By Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler

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The Drowning of Marzanna

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The Drowning of Marzanna. Original 8″ x 10″ acrylic painting on acid-free paper by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.

The pagan-originated spring equinox folk custom of Poland called The Drowning of Marzanna. Marzanna is the Polish incarnation of the old Slavic goddess of winter, plague and death. The effigy is built of straw and dressed in clothes, ribbons, and flowers. Marzanna is taken to the nearest riverbank and thrown to her watery grave as the children sing: As the spring sun rises in the sky of blue, in this swollen river we are drowning you.

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A Pale Rider

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A Pale Rider. By Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler. The last person to be buried in a churchyard each year is called the Ankon, who becomes death itself. He rides through town in the form of a skeleton and is a portent of death. – Folk Lore of Brittany

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A Pale Rider

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The last person to be buried in a churchyard each year is called the Ankon, who becomes death itself. He rides through town in the form of a skeleton and is a portent of death. – Folk Lore of Brittany
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Cromniomancy

Cromniomancy. Divination by onions. Work in progress today by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Cromniomancy was usually done by inscribing “yes” or “no” on onions, then planting and asking your question of them to see which one would sprout first. That would be your answer. If it was a question of suitors, one would inscribe the name of possible lovers, one to each onion, then whichever one sprouted first was your true intended.
I think I may be done with this piece after one more day of work.

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Cromniomancy

Divination by onions. Work in progress today.

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Cromniomancy

Cromniomancy. Divination by onions. Work in progress today by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Cromniomancy was usually done by inscribing “yes” or “no” on onions, then planting and asking your question of them to see which one would sprout first. That would be your answer. If it was a question of suitors, one would inscribe the name of possible lovers, one to each onion, then whichever one sprouted first was your true intended.

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