Folklore

Articles of weather folklore, flower lore, myths, legends and more from the Farmers’ Almanac.

6 Native American And Indigenous Winter Traditions

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Native American and Indigenous Peoples honor the winter season by slowing down, visiting the mountains, and otherwise recognizing the interconnectedness of humanity, nature, and the stars above. The colder months are a time to become more conscious and to heal—individually and collectively, as a planet. “We take care of Mother Earth, she will take care

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How To Make An Onion Forecast (Onion Calendar)

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Did you know you can make an onion forecast to predict the weather? An “Onion Calendar” It’s a time-honored folk weather forecasting technique used to predict levels of moisture for each month of the year ahead. All it takes is an onion, salt, a knife, and a little bit of patience! Learn more about this

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Folklore And History Of The Christmas Gnome!

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‘Tis the season for long white beards, reddened noses, pudgy bellies, and red pointed caps. Here come the Christmas gnomes! But where do these quirky characters come from, how have they become associated with Christmas, and what is our fascination with their distinctive look and charm? Is there a connection with garden gnomes? We explain.

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December Birthstone – Turquoise – The great Clarity Stone

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The December birthstone, turquoise, has long been seen as a talisman for luck and protection. From burial rituals in ancient times to the deep history of turquoise in Native American cultures, there is much to discover about this gemstone. Learn more about its fascinating facts and folklore. Read on! Turquoise Facts Where is it found? Turquoise

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November Birthstone — Topaz — The Beautiful Friendship Stone

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Yellow topaz is the November birthstone. In ancient times, topaz was associated with wealth, beauty, strength, and protection. Today, yellow topaz is linked to friendship much like the yellow rose. Learn more facts and fascinating folklore surrounding this beautiful gem. Read on! Topaz Facts Its name is derived from the Greek word topazios which is

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11:11 – Good Luck And History!

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11/11 is widely recognized in the US and abroad as Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, respectively. But did you know that the time 11:11 (especially on 11/11) is believed to bring good luck? Learn all about the history, folklore, and mathematical significance of this special time and date below! The following article is inspired by

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October Birthstone: Opal – The Beautiful & Mysterious Rainbow Jewel

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October’s birthstone is the opal. This rainbow-colored jewel holds many secrets. No one knows how an opal stone is scientifically formed. Over time, it has had curious connections with luck and magic. The Aztecs believed it brought necessary destruction for new creation. Read on to discover opal’s rich folklore and history! Opal Stone Facts How

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Have You Seen The Persimmon Forecast 2022-23?

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According to popular folklore, a persimmon can predict winter weather. How do you make a persimmon forecast? It’s easy. Just split open a seed of a locally grown fruit and look at the pattern inside. If you see a fork, winter will be mild. A shovel (or spoon shape)? It will be snowy. A knife

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Shooting Stars And Good Luck

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Have you ever wondered why wishing on a shooting star is believed to be good luck? Learn more about shooting star superstitions and what makes them so special. Read on. What Is a Shooting Star? Shooting stars are a delight to see streaking through the night sky, and while these fleeting dashes of light only

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September Birthstone —  Sapphire — The Great Gem Of Connections!

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Sapphire, September’s birthstone, is a stunning gem once reserved for royalty and believed to facilitate communication with the divine. This precious stone has been said to bring blessings from heaven to the wearer. In ancient times, one would wear a sapphire ring while visiting an oracle to increase the odds of receiving a prophecy. These

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