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The Troll-Tear


A Children's Story for Samhain


(Author Unknown – Edited By George Knowles)


It was a very dark night in October, with a full Moon hanging in a cloud filled sky.  The air was crisp with the feel of late autumn, and the doorway between the worlds was wide open.  Carved pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns lit the porches of houses in the little town, and laughter of children dressed in costumes could be heard up and down the street.


But this was a sad night for little Beth Drummond as she climbed a small hill behind her house.  In her arms she carried her pet cat Smokey, carefully wrapped in his favourite blanket.  Her father had already dug a small grave on the top of the hill, for Smokey had died earlier that day.


"Do you want me to go with you?" asked father Drummond.  "I’ve dug the grave beside MacDougal's at the top of the hill,” he said gently.  Beth clearly remembered when their pet dog MacDougal had died after being hit by a car, she had cried for ages afterwards.  "No, I want to go by myself," she answered.


Beth stopped at the top of the hill and knelt beside the little grave.  She carefully laid Smokey’s blanket-wrapped form in the earth and covered it with soil, laying several large rocks on the top.  Then she began to cry, she had been holding it back till then wanting to appear adult in front of her parents.  "Oh, Smokey, I miss you so much!"  Beth looked up at the Moon as tears streaming down her cheeks.  "Why did he die?" she asked.


"It was his time to rejoin the Mother," said a deep gentle voice in the darkness.


"Who said that?" cried Beth.  She looked around a little frightened, but couldn't see anybody?


"Dying is part of the cycle of life, you know,” said the voice.  Then one of the boulders on the hill stirred into life.


"Who are you?" asked Beth a little startled, but strangely no longer frightened.  The moonlight shone down on the little woman, and Beth could see she was not human.


"I'm a troll-wife," said the creature as she came to sit across from Beth.


"This is a sad night for both of us, child.  I too came to this hill to bury a friend.  "The troll-wife wiped a crystal tear from her cheek.  "My squirrel was very old.  Still it makes me sad".


Beth stared at the troll-wife.  The little woman was the colour of rock in the moonlight, making her face hard to see, it was shrouded with hair like long strands of moss, but her eyes shone bright like shining crystals.  She wore a dress woven of oak leaves and tree bark.


"My squirrel and I lived together for a long time," the troll-wife said.  "We often talked to your cat when he was hunting here on the hill.  Smokey and I were friends.  I shall miss him, too".  The little woman patted Smokey's grave gently.  "Sleep well little friend.  When you are rested, we shall talk together again".


"But he's dead," Beth said, her voice choked with tears.


"Yes child, but this is Samhain.  Don't you know the ancient secrets of this sacred time of the year?"  The troll-wife motioned for Beth to come and sit beside her.  "It is true that our friends have gone into a world where we can no longer physically touch them, but the Mother has given us other ways of communicating with them.  We can do this at any time, but the time of Samhain is the easiest".


"I don't understand how this can be done," Beth said, "or why Samhain makes it easier".


"At this time of year," the troll-wife answered, "the walls between this world and the world of souls and spirits are very thin.  If we are quiet and listen, we can hear our loved ones and they can hear us.  We talk, not with spoken words, but with the heart and mind".


"But isn't that just imagination," said Beth, looking down at Smokey's grave, tears once more clouding her eyes.  "Like my thinking I can sometimes feel MacDougal get up on my bed at night like he used to do?"


"Sometimes it is, but mostly it is not imagination, only our friends who have come to see us in their spirit bodies".  The troll-wife reached up her hand and patted something Beth couldn't see on her shoulder.  "Like my friend the raven.  He’s here now".


Beth looked hard and saw a thin form of hazy moonlight on the troll-wife's shoulder.  "I've seen something like that at the foot of my bed where MacDougal used to sleep," she whispered.  "I thought I was dreaming."  She jumped then as something cold and wet nudged her arm.  When she looked down, there was nothing there.


The troll-wife smiled.  "Close your eyes and think of MacDougal," she said.  "He has been waiting a long time for you to see him".


Beth closed her eyes and at once, the form of her little dog came into her mind.  His tail wagged with happiness.  She felt a wave of love come from him and she sent her love back.  Then she felt the dog lie down against her leg.  "Can I do this with Smokey?"  Beth asked.


"Not yet," the troll-wife answered.  "He needs tine to sleep and rest for awhile.  Then he will come to you.  He needs this time to adjust to his new world, and you need the time to grieve for him.  It is not wrong to grieve you know, but we must not grieve forever.  Life must go on".


"I never thought of it that way," Beth said.  "It's kind of like they moved away, and we can only talk to them on the phone".


"It’s the same way with all creatures, not just animals," said the troll-wife.  She stood up then and held out her hand to Beth.  "Will you join me, human girl?  Although I buried my friend the squirrel this night, I must still dance and sing to all my other friends and relatives who have gone on their journey into the other world.  For this is a time to honour our ancestors".


Beth joined the troll-wife, and in the moonlight they danced an ancient slow troll dance around the top of the little hill.  Then Beth watched quietly while the troll-wife called out troll-words to the four directions, words she couldn't understand.  Deep in her heart the girl felt the power of the strange words, and knew they were given in honour and love by the little troll-wife.


When the troll-wife was finished with her ritual, she hugged Beth.  "Go in peace, human girl" she said, "and remember what I have told you about the ancient secret of Samhain".


"I will," Beth answered.  "But will I ever see you again?"


"Whenever the Moon is Full, I will be here," said the little troll-wife, "and especially at Samhain".


"I wish I had something to give you," Beth hugged the little woman, "you have taught me so much".  She felt tears come to her eyes again.


"Then let us exchange tears for our lost friends," she said.  The troll-wife reached up a rough finger, catching a tear as it fell from Beth's eye.  It glistened on her finger and when she gently touched the finger to her cloak, the tear shone there like a diamond in the moonlight.  Beth reached up carefully and caught one of the troll-wife's tears as it slid down her rough cheek.  In her hand, it turned into a real crystal.


"Remember the secret of Samhain and remember me," said the troll-wife softly as she disappeared into the darkness.   Beth walked back down the hill, the crystal clutched in her hand.  Her father was waiting on the porch.


"Are you all right?" her father asked, giving Beth a hug.


"I will be," she answered.  She opened her hand under the porch light and saw a perfect tear-shaped crystal lying there.


"Did you find something?" asked her father.


"A troll-tear," Beth answered.  Her father smiled, for he too knew the little troll-wife and the secrets of Samhain.



The original Story came to me by E-mail from a very good friend called "WhiteRaven".

Best wishes and Blessed Be


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Correspondence Tables:


IncenseCandlesColours Magickal Days Stones and Gems Elements and Elementals




Traditions Part 1  -  Alexandrian Wicca /  Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) /  Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) /  Blue Star Wicca /  British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) /  Celtic Wicca /  Ceremonial Magic /  Chaos Magic /  Church and School of Wicca /  Circle Sanctuary /  Covenant of the Goddess (COG) /  Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) /  Cyber Wicca /  Dianic Wicca /  Eclectic Wicca /  Feri Wicca /


Traditions Part 2 Gardnerian Wicca /  Georgian Tradition /  Henge of Keltria /  Hereditary Witchcraft /  Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) /  Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) /  Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition /  Nordic Paganism /  Pagan Federation /  Pectic-Wita /  Seax-Wica /  Shamanism /  Solitary /  Strega /  Sylvan Tradition /  Vodoun or Voodoo /  Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /


Other things of interest:


Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) /  Esbats & Full Moons Links to Personal Friends & Resources Wicca/Witchcraft Resources What's a spell? Circle Casting and Sacred Space  Pentagram - Pentacle Marks of a Witch The Witches Power The Witches Hat An esoteric guide to visiting London SatanismPow-wowThe Unitarian Universalist Association /  Numerology:  Part 1  Part 2  /  Part 3A history of the Malleus Maleficarum:  includes:  Pope Innocent VIII  /  The papal Bull  /   The Malleus Maleficarum  /  An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum  /  The letter of approbation  /  Johann Nider’s Formicarius  /  Jacob Sprenger  /  Heinrich Kramer  /  Stefano Infessura  /  Montague Summers  /  The Waldenses  /  The Albigenses  /  The Hussites /  The Native American Sun DanceShielding (Occult and Psychic Protection)  The History of ThanksgivingAuras  - Part 1 and Part 2 Doreen Valiente Witch” (A Book Review) /   


Sabbats and Festivals:


The Sabbats in History and Mythology /  Samhain (October 31st)  /  Yule (December 21st)  /  Imbolc (February 2nd)  /  Ostara (March 21st)  /  Beltane (April 30th)  /  Litha (June 21st)  /  Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st)  /  Mabon (September 21st)


Rituals contributed by Crone:


Samhain / Yule Imbolc Ostara /  Beltane Litha Lammas Mabon




Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron Magick Mirror Gazing




Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) /  AntelopeBatsCrow Fox Frog and Toads Goat / HoneybeeKangarooLion OwlPhoenix Rabbits and HaresRaven Robin RedbreastSheep Spider SquirrelSwansUnicornWild Boar Wolf /  Serpent /  Pig /  Stag /  Horse /  Mouse /  Cat /  Rats /  Unicorn




In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar.  For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following:  Birch /  Rowan / Ash /  Alder /  Willow Hawthorn /  Oak /  Holly /  Hazel /  Vine /  Ivy /  Reed /  Elder


Sacred Sites:


Mystical Sacred Sites  -  Stonehenge /  Glastonbury Tor /  Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni /  Avebury /  Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant /  Ireland - Newgrange /


Rocks and Stones:


Stones - History, Myths and Lore


Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:


Apophyllite  / Amber Amethyst Aquamarine Aragonite Aventurine Black Tourmaline Bloodstone Calcite Carnelian Celestite Citrine Chrysanthemum StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / Fluorite Garnet /  Hematite Herkimer Diamond Labradorite Lapis Lazuli Malachite Moonstone Obsidian Opal Pyrite Quartz (Rock Crystal) Rose Quartz Ruby Selenite Seraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodalite Sunstone ThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble


Wisdom and Inspiration:


Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakening The Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods I have a Dream by Martin Luther King /


Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:


Murdered by Witchcraft The Fairy Witch of Clonmel A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) /  Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife /  The Story of Jack-O-Lantern The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) /  The Two Brothers - Light and Dark


Old Masters of Academia:


Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagoras





A "Who's Who" of Witches, Pagans and other associated People

(Ancient, Past and Present)


Remembered at Samhain

(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)


Pagan Pioneers:  Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others


Abramelin the Mage /  Agrippa Aidan A KellyAlbertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” /  Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” /  Alison Harlow /   Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda MetteyyaAllan Kardec (Spiritism) /  Alphonsus de SpinaAmber KAnn Moura /  Anna FranklinAnodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey /  Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite /  Austin Osman SpareBalthasar Bekker /  Biddy EarlyBarbara Vickers /  Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel /  Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke Cecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey Leland /   Charles WaltonChristopher PenczakChristina Oakley Harrington Cornelius Loos /  Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" /  Dion Fortune /  Dolores Aschroft-NowickiDonald Michael Kraig Doreen ValienteDorothy MorrisonDr. John Dee & Edward Kelly /  Dr. Leo Louis Martello /  Edain McCoy /  Edward FitchEleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” Eliphas Levi /  Ernest Thompson Seton /  Ernest Westlake /  Fiona Horne /   Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia Friedrich von Spee /  Francis Barrett /  Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca /  Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft /  Gwydion Pendderwen Hans HolzerHelen Duncan /   Herman Slater - Horrible Herman /  Heinrich KramerIsaac Bonewits Israel RegardieIvo Domínguez Jr. /  Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick /  James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches /  Janet Farrar and Gavin BoneJean Bodin Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer  / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" /   Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim  -  the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) /  John Belham-Payne John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" /  John Gerard /  John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred /  John Michael Greer /  John Score /  Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson /  Joseph John Campbell /  Karl von Eckartshausen Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" /   Laurie Cabot  - "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis SpenceLodovico Maria Sinistrari Ludwig LavaterMadeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star /  Margaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMichael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" /  Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” /  Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMartin Antoine Del Rio Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” /   Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" /  Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set /  Monique WilsonMontague Summers /  Nicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellarsMrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning GloryOld Dorothy Clutterbuck /  Old George PickingillOlivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis /  Paddy SladePamela Colman-SmithParacelsus /  Patricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPaul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school /  Peter Binsfeld /  Philip HeseltonRaven GrimassiRaymond Buckland /  Reginald Scot /  Richard BaxterRobert CochraneRobert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" /  Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” /  Rossell Hope Robbins /   Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) /  Rudolf SteinerSabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" /  Scott CunninghamSelena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" /  Silver RavenwolfSir Francis Dashwood /  Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough"S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” /  Starhawk /  Stewart Farrar /  Sybil LeekTed Andrews The Mather Family - (includes:  Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) /   Thomas AdyT. Thorn CoyleVera ChapmanVictor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" /  Vivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWalter Ernest ButlerWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna Budapest /  



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