Wednesday, 8 December 2010

December - the wild hunt

In ancient times, people often interpreted the sounds of a stormy winter's night as a sign that the Wild Hunt was abroad.

The legend of the Wild Hunt tells of a group of huntsmen with hounds and horses making a mad dash across the ground or through the sky in pursuit of some prey. The huntsmen, depending on the folklore, are often undead, demon-possessed clergy or fairies of the underworld. The legend goes on to warn mortals from viewing the hunt because witnessing it would result in the spirit or soul being grabbed by the riders and taken to the underworld.

Whatever the origin of the legend, the advice to stay indoors and avoid the Wild Hunt is a sensible reminder of the dangers of venturing outdoors during wild winter storms.

Stay warm and safe, for the Wild Hunt is afoot!