Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Lore - Romantic Reflections

During the weeks approaching Halloween, I thought you would enjoy a bit of folklore and Halloween images drawn from a combination of classic mythology and superstition.  One of the most common customs shown on antique postcards depicts a maiden following rituals for a glimpse into the future to identify her future true love.   Unlike today's Halloween traditions, our ancestors viewed Halloween as a romantic holiday.  It is a little known fact that St. Matrimony is the patron saint of Halloween!

Antique Halloween Postcard Marked 876/6.
Postally unused.

Now to see your lover tried and true,
I advise you this to do:
Take a mirror new and bright
In your left hand at Twelve to night
and a lighted candle in your right.

Postcard image from my personal collection

Rhyme from old Halloween postcard as printed in book "Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear" by Diane C. Arkins, copyright 2000.

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