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Corn Dollies? Midsummer.

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I was reading an article the other day, and for the life of me I can't find it again.

But it said that some pagans will make or aquire a corn dollie for Midsummer, keeping it for the year and burying it the following Midsummer's eve before getting a new one.

Does anyone do this? Do you empower it before hanging it up,if so, how?or is it fine as it is, any info would be of great help.


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I've not heard of Midsummer corn dollies, for the simple reason that as far as I knew, they represented the spirit of the harvest and that was about Lughnasadh time. And they were then thrown into a fire where the ash was spread at Imbolc to ensure the returning fertility of the land again. I do sometimes make one, depending on what the local farmer's growing :P and place it on an altar for Lammas.


Hang on, I'll go and get some links.








Yep. Seems to be all harvest-time association. Which seems right, to me, because Midsummer is when everything is at its peak but just before ripeness - I associate ripeness with the second half of the year, August, September, October.


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As P says - I can't see how you would make one at Midsummer. If anyone has written such a thing, then they have never lived out in a wheat growing area.


I lived in the East of England for years - prime grain growing land. The harvest is August. Further south - say France and Spain, it might be July. Probably later in the month than earlier. but not June. I can't think of any grain you can harvest in June.


i suppose you could make one from unripened corn, but there is no reason why you would want to. corn dollies were generally made from the stems left after the grain is harvested. .

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ok thanks for that, after reading up about them, did think it was more of a harvest thing than midsummer.

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