Happy Vintage Halloween

by Seasonal Wisdom on October 30, 2013

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To all the Seasonal Wisdom readers out there … Happy Vintage Halloween! This autumnal holiday is one of our favorites, particularly all the strange and wonderful Halloween superstitions, folklore and strange facts.

Come join us as we look back at this popular holiday, whose history is stranger than fiction. All these vintage Halloween cards are courtesy of RiptheSkull on Flick. Read more if you dare… Read the full article →


Chinese Solar Calendar: A Traditional Way of Looking At Time

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 26, 2012

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Contributor: As another New Year begins, it’s interesting to consider the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which featured 24 mini-seasons closely tied to what was happening in the natural world.  These 24 solar terms helped farmers remember their way through nature’s growing cycles.

This sounded like a topic we had to explore further at Seasonal Wisdom, so we asked Ann Bingley Gallops of NY-based Open Spaces Feng Shui to provide a quick overview of these fascinating 24 solar terms that make up the Chinese solar calendar.  It’s little wonder why these nature-oriented calendar terms still ring true to us today. Come take a peek.  All photos  courtesy of Jeriff Cheng on Flickr. Read the full article →


Welcome November

November 1, 2012
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Happy November! In this month, “the eating of Honey … Ginger … and Goats Milk are very wholesome and profitable to the body … and Cinnamon … drunk often this Moneth give health, and are commendable.” wrote Richard Saunders in Apollo Anglicanus, The English Apollo back in 1665. The early part of this month has […]

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Halloween Folklore, Ghost Tours and More

October 26, 2012
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It’s that time again — when days grow shorter and colder, and masses of children descend on my front porch at Halloween demanding “tricks or treats!” In honor of this frightfully fun holiday, Seasonal Wisdom is sharing a “mish mash” of resources for Halloween. Come on in … if you dare!

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Fall Feng Shui Advice for Your Home

October 15, 2012
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Guest Post: Another amazing autumn is here! Seasonal Wisdom is delighted to feature these fall-based Feng Shui tips from NY-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  Learn how you can use the timeless lessons of Feng Shui to enjoy this season to the fullest. Here’s what Ann has to say …

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A Thanksgiving Entertainment Guide

November 17, 2011
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Thanksgiving is nearly here. So, we’re sharing some great Thanksgiving entertainment resources to ensure you have a healthy, delicious and safe meal.  Illustrating this post are wonderful vintage Thanksgiving cards from riptheskull on Flickr. Enjoy!

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Strange Halloween Facts and Folklore

October 24, 2011
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Halloween has many old, strange traditions that you probably didn’t know.  Take a trip back in time to hear about some of the fascinating folklore, illustrated with vintage Halloween postcards, courtesy of riptheskull on flickr.

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A Tribute to Fall Leaves

October 20, 2011
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Colorful fall leaves in red, orange and yellow have long been considered a beloved symbol of autumn. Learn why autumn leaves change colors, and celebrate this beautiful natural process that occurs each year in much of the United States. All photos copyright Teresa O’Connor.

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Halloween Superstitions

October 31, 2010
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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” –Old Cornish Prayer Since the earliest times, the evening of October 31 has been considered a scary time, when the dead walk among us and the witches are particularly powerful. So, I thought it would be […]

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A Spooky Poem for a Spooky Time of Year

October 27, 2010
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This vintage Halloween card is courtesy of riptheskull on Flickr. Halloween is right around the corner. So, I can’t help but think back on the scariest poem from my childhood. Around this time of year, I simply adored this deliciously creepy delight, which was first published back in 1916 and has been frightening little kids ever since. Be […]

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