Bloodmonth is a common rendition of the Anglo Saxon Blotmonaþ
Another is Sacrifice month. It roughly equates to November.
Storm Barney hit England and Wales 17 November 2015.
The information about names is true.
On Friday 13 November 2015, terrorist attacks took place
in Paris. 130 people died and 413 were injured.
is a UK series of illustrated
history books aimed at children.
Sky burial is practised by several cultures/religions.
(British police) = scene of crime officer who
collects forensic evidence.
(UK slang) = a set of conservative
and discriminatory attitudes said to exist within the police force.
The Devonshire Arms exists.
The allusions from Heathen mythology in the Howling:
chain-breaking son of trickster-sire
= Fenrir the
wolf, son of Loki.
the dashing pair that stars devour
= Skoll and
Hati, the wolves that pursue the sun and the moon
the greedy ones at Grimnir’s side
= Freki and
Geri, Odin’s wolves.
the snake-reined steeds, that troll-wives’ ride
wolves of Ironwood (see the Prose Edda Gylfaginning
Halls or Hel
= the eternal dwellings of the gods
or the realm ruled by Hel, Loki’s daughter.
(French) = that’s wonderful!
(French) = but yes. An emphatic
(Yorkshire dialect) = make tea.
daft awd bugger
(Yorkshire idiom) = stupid man.
The information about the meanings of names is true.
The Christie book is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
(French) = auntie.
Apotropaic objects are designed to avert malefic magic.
A hamsa is an apotropaic symbol in the shape of an open
hand. Also known as the Hand of Fatima, it is popular throughout the Middle
East and North Africa.
Except for Dracula and vampires, the other monsters in
the ride are from Greek mythology.
What Howard says about showman culture is true.
(Yorkshire dialect) = anything.
(Yorkshire dialect) = nothing.
Fairgrounds rides have a good safety record in the UK.
(Fairground slang) = a ride that takes
place in the dark, such as a ghost train.
(French) = OK
Bettys of Harrogate exists.
The gods mentioned as subjects for the godposts are all
from Heathen mythology.
The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of
protection, royal power, and good health. It’s also called a wadjet eye.
Weregold is my rendition of wergild, an early English
(Anglo Saxon) = man payment.
The geography around Caistor is accurate.
The brands Klipfresh and Lock and Lock exist.
Crazy Frog was originally known as The Annoying Thing. It
was created in 2003 by actor and playwright Erik Wernquist and released as a
Izzy is referring to the proverb “he who pays the piper
calls the tune”.
(Latin) = great dog.
(French emphasising tag, meaning
relies on context) = won’t we?
VS is short for versipellis
The World card is from the major arcana in tarot.
(French) – sorry
What Declan says about the number of sephiroth and their
numbering is true.
The Kabbalah was originally Jewish mysticism. A second
form was created by the Western occultists as early as the 15th
century, using Jewish esotericism. Although Ari’s system was created by me, the
attributes and meaning for each sephirah are authentic to the Occult Kabbalah.
(French) – the fool.
What Morgan says about the origin or central mystery of
the Kabbalah comes from Jewish esotericism.
(French) = very good!
A common trope about vampires is that they have no
reflection. It probably originated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Declan is misquoting part of the description of Mary
Millward in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Bronte.
What’s up, doc?
is Bugs Bunny’s catchphrase.
A Kris is an Indonesia asymmetrical dagger.
(from Italian alicorno) = The horn of a
unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient. During the Renaissance
small amounts were fantastically expensive. The trade largely collapsed in the
century when unicorn horns were found to be narwhale teeth.
The tale that unicorns were attracted by the purity of
maidens began with the Physiologus
, written between the 2nd
century CE. The popularity of the idea in medieval times
coincided with the trade in unicorn horns.
The unicorn throne of the Danish kings, the sceptre and
imperial crown of the Austrian Empire and the scabbard and the hilt of the
sword of Charles the Bold were said to be made from a unicorn horn.
-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen used
unicorn liver to treat leprosy. Other parts of a unicorn, including the hide
and the alicorn, were said to cure other ailments. The alicorn was regarded as
an aphrodisiac. Surviving a face-to-face encounter with a unicorn was a test of
Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) protective wands were curved
like boomerangs. The image is one made of Hippopotamus ivory dated to the
Middle Kingdom, late 12th
Dynasty (about 1800 BCE). It is in the
It is the Icelandic road sign for a ford.
In Heathen mythology, Njordh was attached to coastal
areas and Skadhi to the mountains. They parted because they couldn’t tolerate
each other’s lands. See the Prose Edda Gylfaginning
(Anglo Saxon) = an Anglo Saxon high king.
The ancient city of Troy was in what is now Turkey.
The story of the Trojan Horse is related in Homer’s Iliad
It is a central text in Greek mythology.
(Northern Irish slang) = idiot, foolish.
In Heathen mythology, Thor is a noted warrior against frost
ettins. He dresses as a bride in the Poetic Edda Thrymskviða
. In the
Prose Edda Gylfaginning
44, Thor uses his hammer to resurrect his goats
after eating them.
The descriptions of Discordians and Chaos Magicians
(Chaotes) is reasonable. Both exist in modern Western magic.
= British racing green. Although the name
comes from the international motor racing colour of the United Kingdom, the popular
shade was developed by commercial marques.
What Sam says about the property prices in Harrogate is
accurate for the place and time.
The allusion is to the dog in Hans Christian Anderson’s The
(Kemetic) = He Who Rises Up. Shu is an
Egyptian god represented as wearing up to four ostrich feathers. He is the air
and clouds. Coffin text 80 refers to him as Life.
The Occult Kabbalah (or Hermetic Qabalah) assigns
correspondences for each sephirah. These can be a planet, colour and Kemetic
god among others. I have altered the correspondences for Ari’s system. The
Jewish names of the sephiroth have been retained, along with some of the
The description of the unicorn matches medieval images.
The story of Nuadha is from Irish mythology. The tale of
Sif and Loki comes from Heathen mythology.
(French) = good.
Min was a god in ancient Egyptian mythology. However, the
tale alluded to was probably from Classical or later times.
Moutons is a reference to a French idiom humorously
translated as ‘let us return to our sheep’ meaning to return to a topic or
Hilary and Trinity are the spring and summer terms at
The origin of the saying The enemy of my enemy is my
(French) = will I not?
By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way
. The quote is from Shakespeare Macbeth
Act 4 scene 1.
Snow White falls under a spell by eating an apple,
whereas Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger.
Scarlett is playing on the title of the 1990 film Dances
produced by Kevin Costner.
(French) = there you go! (said when
(French) = my old [friend].
Jafar is a villain in the 1992 Disney film Aladdin
The River Thames is known as the Isis in Oxford.
In Heathen mythology, Freya acquires her necklace
Brisingamen by sleeping with four dwarves. The story is from Sörla þáttr
in the Flateyjarbók.
What Ari says about Arabian horses is true, including the
The Hamlet quote is What’s Hecuba to him or he to
Hecuba/ That he should weep for her?
There are several legends about the Teufelstritt (Devil’s
Footstep) in the Munich Frauenkirche.
In Heathen mythology, an Irminsul was a sacred pillar.
What Izzy says about the Mokshda system is true.
In ancient Egyptian mythology, Geb is the god of the
earth and father of snakes. In the book, the various objects used by Ari to
represent a god or goddess are authentic to Kemetic mythology.
The words of the incense purification at Richmond are
taken from the Opening of the Mouth ceremony from A E Wallis Budge’s book Egyptian
. The prayer to Geb is from the ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts.
It is common in Egyptian prayers for the dead to refer to
themselves as Wesir (Osiris).
(Kemetic) = magic
In Oxford colleges, Senior Common Room is an association
Oxford gives congratulatory firsts.
(Hebrew) and Ahmaq
(Arabic) = a fool
The Cavendish family own the Bolton Abbey Estate and
Katharine Briggs and Jacob Grimm are famous folklorists
who collected fairy stories.
Thomas the Rhymer (Sir Thomas de Ercildoun) lived in the
century. The first account of him dates to a hundred years
later, and the ballad is much later.
Kinder, Küche, Kirche
(German) = children,
kitchen, church. It reflects a particular model of a woman’s place in society.
Hoist with my own petard
= fall into my own trap.
The labyrinth used with the map is a modified Classical.
The usual form is used for the section title The Labyrinth.
back to at least the Bronze Age.
Hillsborough is the greatest disaster in British sporting
history. Liverpool was one of the teams playing on 15 April 1989. 96 Liverpool
supporters died and 766 were injured.
Rare-earth magnets are the strongest type of permanent
magnets made. They were developed in the 1970s and 1980s.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) existed. He wrote
Renaissance esoterica. He created a catalogue of magic.
The classical style of Roman names was praenomen
(familiar name) nomen (clan name) cognomen (nickname).
In Japanese mythology, kitsune are magical foxes.
What Marcus says about oaths was true in ancient Rome. The
wording of the sacramentum used by the VS is my creation.
In Classical mythology, the Styx was the river dividing
this world from the Underworld. Souls were ferried across by Charon.
In Heathen mythology, Asgard is the world of the gods. It
Excursions and Alarms
The New Forest has free-ranging ponies and the Forest of
Dean has wild boar. The area of England in and around the New Forest tends to
In Egyptian mythology, Nut is the goddess of the sky. A
ladder is her symbol.
What Morgan says about Skyrack is true. It was an administrative
area in the Danelaw, centred on Headingley.
A Class Act
Et voilà! Comme je l’avais prédit!
(French) = There you go! Just as I predicted!
What is said about PIR and the detection of CCTV is true
for the time.
The birds mentioned take part in the dawn chorus in the
UK. The wren is called a king in the folklore of many western European
Peace for our time
was a declaration made by Prime
Minister Neville Chamberlain 30 September 1938 concerning the Munich Agreement.
Running the Maze
What is said about the public right of way in England is
In Heathen mythology, the goddess Idhunn keeps the apples
(German) = carver or blunder
There was a dentist in west London by the name of Dr
In Heathen mythology, the disir (dis is singular) are
female ancestors and guardians.
10 mentions the Germanic peoples
using sticks for divination.
The history of Woolman in the Forest of Dean is true.
On the Skids
is a 1984 American fantasy comedy film.
The ghostbusters used proton packs and ghost traps.
The Meaning of Life
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently
there is the first sentence of L. P. Hartley’s The Go-Between
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun was the god Ra,
who travelled across the sky in a boat.
Tree of Life is another name for the Kabbalah.
The gipsy’s warning
(saying) = a warning of dire
consequences if an action is carried out.
(Kemetic) = gods. Netjer
In the Christian
religion, the Annunciation is the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to Mary
that she would bear Jesus. An Annunciation is a piece of art depicting that.
Crossing the Abyss
“I want to be alone” was spoken by Greta Garbo in Grand
Qoph is the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The
word means monkey or ape in modern Hebrew.
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the god Djehuty (Thoth) is
often represented as a baboon. One of his titles is ‘Thrice Great’. He is
associated with the moon, which has a synodic cycle of nineteen years. The akh
is a soul that has been judged and passed into the afterlife. The soul is
weighed against the feather of Ma’at, which represents harmony and balance.
In Kemetic mythology, True of Voice = moral purity.
Ein Sof is the name given to the creator (God) of the Kabbalah.
In Judaism, El Shaddai is one of the names of God.
Ari quotes from Psalm 139: 15-16 (JPS Tanakh 1917). The
Mikra is the Tanakh: the Hebrew Bible.
The titles Ari uses for Djehuty come from ancient
(Hebrew) = lion.
(Kemetic) = mighty one of enchantments.
The real ur hekau was an instrument used by a Sem priest in funerary rites to
give the dead magical wisdom.
A Coptic painting of a unicorn was found in the tomb
Urarna II at Sheik Said in Egypt.
Sub-judice (legal) = under consideration and therefore
prohibited from public discussion.
In ancient Egypt, Sirius appeared at the time of the annual
flooding of the Nile.
Yinepu is the Kemetic name for Anubis.
Indrik is a distorted version of the Russian word for unicorn.
In Heathen mythology, the rainbow bridge Bifrost will
break at the beginning of Ragnarok.
What Cyn says about the politics of the 1960s and 70s is
true, allowing for her perspective. The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) could have
led to nuclear war between the US and Russia. The Profumo Affair (1963) was a sex
and spy scandal. Harold Wilson was accused of using it for class warfare. The
Labour Party won the election in October 1964 and Wilson became Prime Minister.
The Troubles was the UK name for the conflict in Northern
Ireland during the late 20th
century. Cyn’s story begins around 1969.
The Conservatives formed the British government 1970–1974.
Edward Heath was the Prime Minister. The Three-Day Week took place in the first
two months of 1974 in response to industrial action by coal miners.
The IRA began bombing in England during 1973. The coach
party attack took place in early 1974. The general election was called in
February 1974. A second one was called later in 1974.
I didn’t make up the plot to overthrow the UK government
in 1974-5 although it is disputed. The information is in the public domain.
Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Conservative
Party in 1975 and Prime Minister in 1979.
The Annunciation is one of a series of 15th
frescoes by Fra Angelico in the San Marco Convent in Italy.
The Lion and the Unicorn
is a child’s nursery
(Latin) = Lord.
WAGs is an acronym used to refer to wives and girlfriends
of high-profile sportspersons.
Mercury (Roman)/Hermes (Greek) was associated with
Pas de problème. Nous te parlerons en
(French) = No problem. We will speak
to you in French.
In ancient Athens, the philosopher Socrates was condemned to
death by drinking hemlock.
In Oxford University, Trinity term begins on the fourth
Sunday in April.
Food poisoning can cause miscarriage. Expecting twins
increases the risk.
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun boat went
through the underworld at night. The gods Ra and Set fought and killed Apep (chaos)
there. Apep is represented as a snake.
There is some evidence that ancient Egyptian priests wore
The sha is an unknown animal associated with the Egyptian
god Set. Set is the lord of the Redland (the desert).
The numbers three and seven held significance for the
Tamworth was the capital of the Anglo Saxon kingdom of
Mercia. Its flag was a gold cross on a blue background.
The Fly is a science-fiction horror film, made in
1958 and again in 1986.
In Heathen mythology, Sessrumnir is Freya’s hall in
Asgard. See the Prose Edda Gylfaginning 24.
In the ancient Roman religion, the devotio was made to
chthonic (underworld) gods in exchange for a victory. The story about Publius
Decius Mus is true.
Clemens’ devotio follows the form of that of Decius Mus’.
Many of the gods and spirits he calls on have a connection with the underworld.
Di Manes are the respected dead. Di Inferi are chthonic gods.
Any Roman rite or religious act required the invocation
of Janus first, with a corresponding invocation to Vesta at the end.
What Clemens says about the technical aspects of pyre building
The tests Izzy undergoes are standard for cardiac cases.
At the time this book was written, the top cardiac
hospital in the US was in Cleveland Ohio. It ranked in the top three for pulmonology.
Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK’s largest specialist
Heart transplant patients have to take anti-rejection
drugs for the lifetime of the transplanted heart.
In Heathen mythology, Loki seduced Tyr’s (=Tiw’s) wife. See
the Poetic Edda Lokasenna 40.
Noisy breathing is a sign of imminent death.
The ba is one of the parts of the soul in ancient
Egyptian mythology. It is the part that is judged and is usually represented as
a bird with a human head.
El Ashmunein is the modern name for ancient Egyptian Khemenu
(Hermopolis). It was the main cult centre for Djehuty.
Julian of Norwich was an English Christian hermit in the
Jews were expelled by various European countries between
1290 and 1597. Most readmissions took place in the 18th and 19th
centuries. England was the first to expel and lifted the expulsions in the 17th
century (technically) and 18th century (in practice).
The College (or Society) of Antiquaries met from around
1586 to around 1607. Cotton was a member. He is famous for his collection of historical
documents. John Greaves (1602–1652) surveyed the Great Pyramid of Giza.
What is said about Napoleon Bonaparte and the Description
de l’Égypte is true.
Gavrinis, Barnenez, Locmariaquer and the Ness of Brodgar are
megalithic monuments. The first three are in Brittany, France. The last is in Orkney,
Di Inferi (Latin) = the gods below. A collective of
ancient Roman deities associated with death and the underworld.
Turpis (Latin) = filthy, ugly, deformed.