Museum of Magic, Fortune-telling & Witchcraft

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YULETIDE & NEW YEARS Opening TIMES! We are open as usual during the festival Season. Mondays 12p-6pmTuesday-Sunday 10pm-...
07/12/2023

YULETIDE & NEW YEARS Opening TIMES!

We are open as usual during the festival Season.

Mondays 12p-6pm
Tuesday-Sunday 10pm-6pm

We are closed for a week in January as we are opening up the gift area to support more local artists, a public pagan shrine and turning the dining area into a whole new exhibit.

THIEF ALERT! I was absolutely saddened to find out this morning that the book I got from an exhibition in Edinburgh 11 y...
06/12/2023

THIEF ALERT! I was absolutely saddened to find out this morning that the book I got from an exhibition in Edinburgh 11 years ago tilted Witches & Wicked Bodies was stolen from the museum. This had sentimental value to me and my trust in people has slightly been broken now. It is for this reason we WILL NOT be allowing bags at all in the museum. We have the CCTV evidence of this individual and have been passed onto the police with our report. hurt beyond words but I fear for the person as the museum is well guarded by spirit friends of mine 😜

Last night's workshop Rune Magic and Divination by the fabulous Swedish conjuror  was a success! There is a possibility ...
03/12/2023

Last night's workshop Rune Magic and Divination by the fabulous Swedish conjuror was a success! There is a possibility of him coming over to Edinburgh in February and doing the workshop again. Next time it will be viewed live online for all people not from Scotland to enjoy 😀

Last chance to grab yourself a ticket for tonight's Rune Workshop
02/12/2023

Last chance to grab yourself a ticket for tonight's Rune Workshop

I am pleased to announce, coming all the way from Sweden, my friend Pi is going to be doing a workshop here at the museum on Runic Magic and Divination.

Workshop details:

In this workshop, you will learn rune magic and divination from a native Swedish practitioner. You will learn about the history, how to use the runes for spiritual growth, and the deeper meaning behind what many people believe are ancient letters.

How can I learn the runes in 24 days by carrying them with me?

What does Bjarka stand for, and how can I use her energy daily?

Is it a Futhark or a Uthark we are working with?

How do I use the runes as tools to a deeper understanding of myself?

All these questions and more will be answered during this class.

Pi Bertilsson is a Swedish pagan who has been working with the runes for thirty years in divination and as a path to spiritual development.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

Such a good book detailing all the witch monuments around Scotland
02/12/2023

Such a good book detailing all the witch monuments around Scotland

In recent years, there has been a movement to have the victims of the witch trials pardoned. In this book, Gregor Stewart looks at how they are remembered in Scotland

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B081S19R2N
or see link in Instagram profile


Although we have sold our last one, there is still one left of the Isobel Gowdie Statue. Be quick though as they sell fa...
27/11/2023

Although we have sold our last one, there is still one left of the Isobel Gowdie Statue. Be quick though as they sell fast! I shall go into a hare....

Just a wee reminder to you all that we are now open Mondays starting from today. 12-6pm
27/11/2023

Just a wee reminder to you all that we are now open Mondays starting from today. 12-6pm

Over the Christmas period we will be open Mondays 12-6pm starting next week.

As some of you might know we are refurbishing the museum in January to open up the space a bit more and a whole new perm...
25/11/2023

As some of you might know we are refurbishing the museum in January to open up the space a bit more and a whole new permanent exhibition.
With this we will have a bigger gift shop area. So if you're a local artist, crafters or self-authors associated with magic, witchcraft, occult etc we would love to hold and sell your stuff. We work on a sales and return basis and only take 25% commission.
If you are interested then email us with a few photos of the sort of things you do.
[email protected]

Last chance to get tickets for tomorrow's witchy film night: Sleepy Hollow (1999)
25/11/2023

Last chance to get tickets for tomorrow's witchy film night: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Come join us for another one of our film nights at the museum. On Sunday, 26th November, at 19:30, we will show the Sleepy Hollow film (1999) and offering refreshments such as drinks, popcorn, and other sweet snacks.
This Witchy Film Night is only limited to 15 people, so please book as soon as possible to ensure a seat.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

23/11/2023
Over the Christmas period we will be open Mondays 12-6pm starting next week.
22/11/2023

Over the Christmas period we will be open Mondays 12-6pm starting next week.

We still have spaces left for this fantastic workshop
15/11/2023

We still have spaces left for this fantastic workshop

I am pleased to announce, coming all the way from Sweden, my friend Pi is going to be doing a workshop here at the museum on Runic Magic and Divination.

Workshop details:

In this workshop, you will learn rune magic and divination from a native Swedish practitioner. You will learn about the history, how to use the runes for spiritual growth, and the deeper meaning behind what many people believe are ancient letters.

How can I learn the runes in 24 days by carrying them with me?

What does Bjarka stand for, and how can I use her energy daily?

Is it a Futhark or a Uthark we are working with?

How do I use the runes as tools to a deeper understanding of myself?

All these questions and more will be answered during this class.

Pi Bertilsson is a Swedish pagan who has been working with the runes for thirty years in divination and as a path to spiritual development.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

We still have a few tickets left for our next witchy film night 😃
15/11/2023

We still have a few tickets left for our next witchy film night 😃

Come join us for another one of our film nights at the museum. On Sunday, 26th November, at 19:30, we will show the Sleepy Hollow film (1999) and offering refreshments such as drinks, popcorn, and other sweet snacks.
This Witchy Film Night is only limited to 15 people, so please book as soon as possible to ensure a seat.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

The museum's first wee stall displaying items made by the local artists that we support and love stocking in our gift sh...
11/11/2023

The museum's first wee stall displaying items made by the local artists that we support and love stocking in our gift shop. Also, with one of our tarot readers Faracy Moon Grouse 😊

For more information on the workshop I will be doing tomorrow at the Scottish Pagan Federation Conference 😉
10/11/2023

For more information on the workshop I will be doing tomorrow at the Scottish Pagan Federation Conference 😉

I am so excited to be presenting at this year's Scottish Pagan Federation Conference. For those who are attending the ev...
10/11/2023

I am so excited to be presenting at this year's Scottish Pagan Federation Conference. For those who are attending the event I can't wait to see you all there! 😊

Tomorrow is our Returning to our Roots conference. Our team has put in a tremendous amount of work to this event and we are so excited for it! There are still some tickets available and some tickets will be on the door.

In-person tickets: https://scottishpf.org/product/2023-conference-in-person-online-ticket/

Online tickets: https://scottishpf.org/product/2023-conference-online-only-ticket/

Definitely an event you don't want to miss. who doesn't want to celebrate peace eh? 😃
09/11/2023

Definitely an event you don't want to miss. who doesn't want to celebrate peace eh? 😃

🌟 Join us on Nov 13th at St Mary's Cathedral for 'United for Peace': a magical celebration of Edinburgh's diverse faiths and cultures! Let's unite in love, respect, and peace against hate. 🕊️🎶

Registration: ticketsource.co.uk/edinburgh-interfaith-association

"people telling us what to do on All Souls' Day. .i.e.  what to leave out, what it symbolises etc. Real folk practices d...
09/11/2023

"people telling us what to do on All Souls' Day. .i.e. what to leave out, what it symbolises etc. Real folk practices don’t follow rules and vary and change from house to house, family to family."

Not only a great title 😂 but for great wee post on cultural appropriation and age-new nonsense we see about such fol practices, and is an issue in which I have constantly stressed myself to folks about when it comes to folk traditions and beliefs. I will be touching on this issue in my presentation 'Stanes o' the Cairn' at the Scottish Pagan Federation Conference this Saturday coming.

I look forward to meet all you lovely folk who are planning on attending this great event 😃

The "Ancient Samhain Celtic Fog Machine”

Back in the Summer I was asked to write a piece on Hallowe'en for a national paper and I didn’t do it because they paper didn’t want to hear anything about how it was practiced/related to our neighbours in Scotland, Isle of Man and Wales. Let alone how they have related traditions in Poland, Holland, Germany, Malta and right across Europe. No. They wanted to keep driving home the idea that the “Irish invented Hallowe'en’ - which isn’t true.

This year I noticed more and more of the same brus on my timeline . So much is completely fabricated and so many of the practices which we did or experience have been re-invented to suit every type of narrative possible from new-age religion/wicca types to pure click bait from national organisations that should know better - i.e. dodgy strawboy costumes to the dreaded turnip from the "1850s".

It appears truth and sincerity are unimportant when it comes to Irish folklore and practices these days and everyone seems to want to “understand” everything and try to sum up thousands of years of practice into 150 words and get the clicks and the likes.

Some won’t accept the layers of practice or how things moved and changed so you get buzz words such as “Ancient’, “Celtic”, “Pre-Christian” and “Pagan’ thrown in as if they are the foundations for everything. All I can say is that there were practices well before all of these too and I am sure most of the auld druids fadó fadó were a right pain in the hole if truth be known

For many, it is like our traditions are the foundation for some sort of New-Religion/Adam and Eve story, where they are telling us what we should be doing or how it was done in the past. I find the North Americans the worst (no disrespect to any of you here) as many have the confidence and gall to back up their theories with something they read. I stress read, and usually never experienced.

However the Americans are not the only ones and we are now producing them at home too by the bucket load. I noticed “All Souls’ Day” got a good burst of the “Celtic Fog Machine” yesterday.

Last night I read one account that said “In Celtic times people put candles in their windows' '. I won’t even try to untangle the “Celtic times” bit let alone go into the developments of “candles” or even “windows” in “Celtic times". Again - more “Ancient Celtic Fog Machine" narratives and worst of all were people telling us what to do on All Souls' Day. .i.e. what to leave out, what it symbolises etc. Real folk practices don’t follow rules and vary and change from house to house, family to family.

And the worst of all I was reading that it was just an Irish tradition - again pure brus - as it is done in so many cultures where Catholicism was/is strong. To be fair, you could probably see the candles in Polish graveyards from space on All Souls' Night as it's so popular there but "no" - the Irish invented it.

The words 'cultural appropriation' come to mind and that's what I am seeing happening in various forms here, from the new-agers to the click-baiters and from the bed-nighters to the dodgy writers. Real practices and voices don't seem to matter.

I am glad some of you can see the difference but sadly most can't and it's going to get harder and harder going forward. I'll try to keep recording real people's voices and practices as always and if you want sh*te lads, you have a great choice these days.

And on that note - can I ask someone to please turn off the "Celtic Samhain Fog Machine" for another year.

"Mucho thanks" as my ancient Celtic ancestors used to say.

Text: Michael Fortune

I am pleased to announce, coming all the way from Sweden, my friend Pi is going to be doing a workshop here at the museu...
08/11/2023

I am pleased to announce, coming all the way from Sweden, my friend Pi is going to be doing a workshop here at the museum on Runic Magic and Divination.

Workshop details:

In this workshop, you will learn rune magic and divination from a native Swedish practitioner. You will learn about the history, how to use the runes for spiritual growth, and the deeper meaning behind what many people believe are ancient letters.

How can I learn the runes in 24 days by carrying them with me?

What does Bjarka stand for, and how can I use her energy daily?

Is it a Futhark or a Uthark we are working with?

How do I use the runes as tools to a deeper understanding of myself?

All these questions and more will be answered during this class.

Pi Bertilsson is a Swedish pagan who has been working with the runes for thirty years in divination and as a path to spiritual development.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

Come join us for another one of our film nights at the museum. On Sunday, 26th November, at 19:30, we will show the Slee...
08/11/2023

Come join us for another one of our film nights at the museum. On Sunday, 26th November, at 19:30, we will show the Sleepy Hollow film (1999) and offering refreshments such as drinks, popcorn, and other sweet snacks.
This Witchy Film Night is only limited to 15 people, so please book as soon as possible to ensure a seat.

You can purchase tickets via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

Stingy Jack an' the DevilLong ago in a small village in Ireland,  there lived a drundard known as Stingy Jack. He was kn...
01/11/2023

Stingy Jack an' the Devil

Long ago in a small village in Ireland, there lived a drundard known as Stingy Jack. He was known throughout the land as a deceiver or manipulator. On a fateful night, the devil overheard the tale of Jack's evil deeds and silver tongue. Unconvinced (and envious) of the rumors, the devil went to find out for himself whether or not Jack lived up to his vile reputation.

Typical of Jack, he was drunk and wandering through the countryside at night when he came upon a body on his cobblestone  path. The body, with an eerie grimace on its face, turned out to be the devil himself. Jack realized that this was his end; Satan had finally come to collect his malevolent soul. So Jack made a last request: he asked the devil to let him drink ale before he departed to Hell. Finding no reason not to acquiesce the request, Satan took Jack to the local pub and supplied him with many alcoholic beverages. Upon quenching his thirst, Jack asked Satan to pay the tab for the ale, much to his surprise because he didn't carry any money. Jack convinced him to turn himself  into a silver coin with which to pay the bartender and change back when he's not looking. Satan did so, impressed upon by Jack's unyielding nefarious tactics. Shrewdly, Jack stuck the now transmogrified Satan (coin) into his pocket, which also contained a Crucifix. The crucifix's presence kept the devil from escaping his form. This coerced Satan to agree to Jack's demand: in exchange for his freedom, he had to spare Jack's soul for ten years.

Ten years after the date Jack originally struck his deal, he naturally found himself once again in the devil's presence. Jack happened upon Satan in the same setting as before and he seemingly accepted it was his time to go to Hell for good. As Satan prepared to take him to Hell, Jack asked if he could have one apple to feed his starving belly. Foolishly, Satan once again agreed to this request. As he climbed up the branches of a nearby apple tree, Jack surrounded its base with crucifixes. Satan, frustrated at the fact that he had been entrapped again, demanded his release. As Jack did before, he made a second demand: that he will never take his soul to

Want to learn how to make a tradition Irish Parshell or Hallowe'en Cross? Well here is how you can make your very own an...
31/10/2023

Want to learn how to make a tradition Irish Parshell or Hallowe'en Cross? Well here is how you can make your very own and be protected from all em' nasty ghosts and ghouls tonight.

Materials:
1. Two sticks (preferably Rowan) each about seven inches long.
2. Tape or string to tie the sticks together.
3. Straw or similar plant material; we purchased a bag of rafia at a craft shop and this works well.

Method:
1. Fasten the two sticks (preferably Rowan) together at right angles to form a cross.
2. Begin attaching strands of straw at the center of the cross.
3. Moving clockwise, weave the straw over one stick and under the next, going around the cross. Stop before you get to the ends of the sticks- a few inches of stick should be exposed. Your Parshell is now ready to be attached over your front door, on the inside.

Caution: For your Parshell to be effective, it must be made on October 31st. When replacing your one from last Hallowe'en you must say:
"Fonstaren-sheehy".

Shona dhuit Samhain- Happy Hallowe'en to you all! 😊🧙‍♂️🥔

Today is Halloween, originating from the Scots term Hallowe'en/Hallows E'en for 'All Hallows Evening'. It is the eve of ...
31/10/2023

Today is Halloween, originating from the Scots term Hallowe'en/Hallows E'en for 'All Hallows Evening'. It is the eve of All Saints day, a time where divinations by divine aid, folks could divine their future lovers and foresee what's to come in the following year. Today it is celebrated on 31st October but used to be on the 11th November before the shift from the old Julian Calendar.
Until recent times Hallowe'en or Samhainn was still celebrated on the 11th November. Killin village in Perthshire was the last to do this up until the 1960s.
On this night people would go Guising (in- deguise) not trick or treating, they would light Tumshies (turnip lanterns) not pumpkins and make Hallowe'en Crosses known as Parshells to ward off malevolent spirits that may pass your door on this night.
Same as old times past, dead relatives were invited into the home on this night by an Irish ritual known as the Dumb Supper ("dumb" as in mute or silent). Families would dine with the dead by feasting on a meal with a place at the table setting left for the dead. This was done all in silence and sometimes done backwards, starting the meal with sweets first then savoury!
Hallowe'en is said to have its origins in one of the four Gaelic fire festivals known as Samhainn (sow-win). People would light bonfires for cattle to walk between to ensure health through the winter and make animal sacrifices to their deities. Ancestors and land spirits were venerated by leaving out food and drink, and the house was Sained (charmed) and magical amulets renewed as protection against unwanted spirits and the sìth (fairy folk). A kind of Gaelic day of the dead sorta' speak!
In fact, when Abbot Odilo, Benedictine Abbot of Cluny established All Souls day as a Christian festival, a day of honouring our dearly departed, old customs of Samhainn and other European celebrations of the dead were adopted.
Today, I am celebrating by performing at an event in Auldearn, Nairn along with the local artist Helen Wright, who created the Isobel Gowdie mural in the village.

28/10/2023

For all those who applied for the counter assistant position we will send out invites for interviews in the next few days.
Please DO NOT keep messaging about the position! If you haven't had an email by Tuesday you have not been chosen for the interviewing process.

Come and check out our newest  exhibition titled 'Hallow'een Customs and Traditions'. Exploring the history, origins and...
28/10/2023

Come and check out our newest exhibition titled 'Hallow'een Customs and Traditions'. Exploring the history, origins and practices of Halloween and Samhainn.

It's Niamh's 2nd birthday today. Please give her lots of birthday fusses and messages. Some of you might know from visit...
28/10/2023

It's Niamh's 2nd birthday today. Please give her lots of birthday fusses and messages. Some of you might know from visiting the museum that she enjoys her wee job of greeting everyone that comes through the door. 😊

Sadly due to illness tomorrow's event is cancelled! A full refund will be issued to all those who brought a ticket.
27/10/2023

Sadly due to illness tomorrow's event is cancelled! A full refund will be issued to all those who brought a ticket.

For all those local to Edinburgh wishing to apply for the current job position at the museum then tomorrow is the deadli...
25/10/2023

For all those local to Edinburgh wishing to apply for the current job position at the museum then tomorrow is the deadline to apply!

Hallow'een or Samhainn is just around the around the corner and are selling some gifts that will make your celebrations ...
25/10/2023

Hallow'een or Samhainn is just around the around the corner and are selling some gifts that will make your celebrations perfect!

Hallow'een or Samhainn is just around the around the corner and are selling some gifts that will make your celebrations ...
25/10/2023

Hallow'een or Samhainn is just around the around the corner and are selling some gifts that will make your celebrations perfect!

Go and check out this great video on the Scottish Witch Trials by  who designed out new logo 😁 check out his other video...
24/10/2023

Go and check out this great video on the Scottish Witch Trials by who designed out new logo 😁 check out his other videos too on Scottish history, folklore and landscapes.

and check out this great video on the Scottish Witch Trials by Dominik Smrek who designed out new logo 😁 check out his other videos too on Scottish history, folklore and landscapes.

To watch this video, click on the link below 👇

https://youtu.be/sYZ-fRZcbRE

Go and check out this great video on the Scottish Witch Trials by Dominik Smrek who designed out new logo 😁 check out hi...
24/10/2023

Go and check out this great video on the Scottish Witch Trials by Dominik Smrek who designed out new logo 😁 check out his other videos too on Scottish history, folklore and landscapes.

🔍 Unraveling Scotland's Bewitching Past: The Witch Trials Revealed 🔍Journeydude here, venturing back in time to the enigmatic era of the Scottish witch tri...

23/10/2023

Here’s one I hadn’t heard before. This afternoon I did a talk for a group of older people in St. John’s hospital In Enniscorthy on Hallowe’en folklore and memories. Lovely hour and loads of great little bits cropped up including this one from one of the women.

She told me that when they’d be playing the game of 30 at Hallowe’en the Jack of Hearts was always taken out. I know of people not playing with the Joker and sometimes burning the Joker but hadn’t heard this Jack of Hearts one before. She had no reason why they did it but just that it was done.

By the way we played 30 and 45 here while I know in other parts of the country they played 25. Anyone else hear it at all?

Text: Michael Fortune

I'm so pleased to announce our new logo designed by the talented  So keep your eyes open as we will soon be doing cloth ...
21/10/2023

I'm so pleased to announce our new logo designed by the talented So keep your eyes open as we will soon be doing cloth tote bags and t-shirts with our new logo on them 😊

I'm so pleased to announce our new logo designed by the talented  smrek. So keep your eyes open as we will soon be doing...
21/10/2023

I'm so pleased to announce our new logo designed by the talented smrek. So keep your eyes open as we will soon be doing cloth tote bags and t-shirts with our new logo on them 😊

We have had a few last minute cancellations. So if anyone is interested in coming to this workshop there are only 5 spac...
20/10/2023

We have had a few last minute cancellations. So if anyone is interested in coming to this workshop there are only 5 spaces. Si be quick before they go!

Tickets can be purchased via our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

An Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading- Ash William Mills (curator)
21st October at 19:30

Want to learn the ancient art of reading tea leaves? What sort of teapot and cup to use? Types of fortune-telling cups. Explore the different blends of tea leaves and how each can be effective in tea leaf reading.

This workshop will be teaching you the basics of tea leaf reading as well as the tips and tricks learned myself over the years and being taught to me by my great aunty Nora.

You can purchase a ticket to this workshop on our website:

www.museummfw.com/events

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