Sunday, January 21, 2007

Love prognostications of the Night of St Agnes

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
John Keats in his poem 'The Eve of St Agnes' refers to certain love prognostications, but these are not for the eve (January 20), rather for tonight, the night of St Agnes.

English antiquary John Aubrey wrote in Miscellanies of 1696 that on the night of St Agnes you take a row of pins, and pull out every one, one after another. While saying a paternoster ('Our Father'), stick one of these pins in your sleeve, and you will dream of the person you will marry.

But kids, don’t try this at home if you’re already married ...

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