The Apple and the Glass: A Halloween Ritual

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by W.F. Price on October 31, 2012

An old Gaelic superstition – little known today – was that a maid could see her future marital state by eating an apple in front of a mirror in a dim room on Halloween. If she was destined to be married, an apparition with the face of her future husband would appear alongside her in the glass. If she was destined to die a spinster, a disembodied skull would float over her shoulder in the mirror, cackling at her.

Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, mentions the practice in his poem “Hallowe’en.” A young maid asks her grandmother to perform the ritual with her, and is sternly rebuked by the old woman, who suggests she is tempting fate and the devil (see the entire poem here).

Wee Jennie to her grannie says,
“Will ye go wi’ me, grannie?
I’ll eat the apple at the glass
I gat frae Uncle Johnnie:”
She fuff’t her pipe wi’ sic a lunt,
In wrath she was sae vap’rin’,
She notice’t na, an aizle brunt
Her braw new worset apron
Out through that night.

“Ye little skelpie-limmer’s face!
I daur you try sic sportin’,
As seek the foul thief ony place,
For him to spae your fortune.
Nae doubt but ye may get a sight!
Great cause ye hae to fear it;
For mony a ane has gotten a fright,
And lived and died deleeret
On sic a night.

Given the state of marriage today, I’d highly recommend that single women avoid looking in mirrors this evening — it might not turn out so well.

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Uncle Elmer October 31, 2012 at 14:40

in a similar vein :

4 Things Millennial Women Should Fear More Than Aging

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/10/30/4-things-millennial-women-should-fear-more-than-aging

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geographybeefinalisthimself October 31, 2012 at 14:43

“Given the state of marriage today, I’d highly recommend that single women avoid looking in mirrors this evening — it might not turn out so well.”

Don’t feel bad for single women who end up alone through their own actions. Take pleasure in any downfall they may have.

Feel sorry for the mirrors, having to reflect these women.

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Poiuyt October 31, 2012 at 16:08

The open invitation to female parasites and dependency pigs to free banquets raked off exploited human relationships is surely going to have negative effects on women’s general marriageability. But more insidious and evil consequences to social cohesion are soon revealed.

1.
Genderist policies, laws, procedures, institutions and outcomes are perpetually constructed by patronizing chauvinists in collusion with en-prostituted females, both forces seeking to use the State to express and to realize mutually beneficial self-serving interests. That is, to steal and to exploit personal relationships for economic, career, material, political and other interests. This should really be a matter of growing social significance across gendertropolis not least for the consequential effect on the state sanctioned parasites themselves.

Politeness, civil society, kindness, love, trust, sincerity, forgiveness, mercy, sympathy and other moral bases of civilization, on which’s graces and charities women themselves rely more than men, are to women’s own detriment being progressively destroyed. No number of laws nor police will then be able to save women’s privileged life nor dignities in such a society where civility, morality and ethics have been totally destroyed.

2.
State mongers may not know it nor care … But by the States every act of income or property confiscation and transfer to females merely on account of the recipients gender, is exacerbated the breakdown of social and interpersonal trust on a large scale. Also is accumulated and permanent air of normative violence and normative disorder. Darker and more reckless elements in society are by these phenomena and features given obvious license and false precedents for their own nefarious deeds and schemes.

Why? How ?

Property transfers on account of gender, encourages common criminals !. Crooks recognize that if legalized theft of other peoples property is acceptable in favor of women [for whatever reasons], then it should also be acceptable for fellow pilferers like themselves, whom also wish to live well and for free on other peoples property or income.

Degenerate cultures founded on the false morals of genderism should understand that legalizing theft for women sake fuels the fire of crime, disorder, delinquency, recidivism, imprisonment, barbarity, sloth, recklessness and heartlessness etc. But good intentions always paved the way to hellfire.

Not only mens rights activists recognize the cynicism and hypocrisy of gifting women other peoples property. Thieves, liars, career criminals and other desperadoes recognize the absurdity of gifting women other peoples property. But if theft is accepted as normal and justified …

Robert Burns poem “Halloween” is indeed a sage reminder cautioning women and their patronizing male benefactors as to the perils of too much self indulgence, pride and overweening self love.

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Rebel October 31, 2012 at 16:55

Fear seems all pervasive in our society. Is it any surprise if the “fear industry” grows so quickly?

Fear grows so fast that is has become scary.

LOL!!!

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Justinian October 31, 2012 at 21:58

Politeness, civil society, kindness, love, trust, sincerity, forgiveness, mercy, sympathy and other moral bases of civilization, on which’s graces and charities women themselves rely more than men, are to women’s own detriment being progressively destroyed. No number of laws nor police will then be able to save women’s privileged life nor dignities in such a society where civility, morality and ethics have been totally destroyed.

I’ve said before… The social contract has been torn apart by those it was meant to protect.

Without the social contract, its might makes right……and young men have the might.

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dhanu November 1, 2012 at 01:50

Dear Price

Generally speaking, for a woman whose marriage will break in future, YOU are about the last person whose advice she’d consider. So don’t bother.

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Anon November 1, 2012 at 05:40

Jeez, you Spearhead guys are so old-fashioned. Girls of today want to know about their careers, not their marriage prospects! And it’s not about being some office gal sipping lattes in a tiny cubicle; today’s young misses want to be the boss!

What if a girl stood before a mirror, ate an apple, and asked “Will I someday found a Fortune 1000 corporation?”

Unfortunately, the floating skull has the answer:

“My dear, only three (3) of the current Fortune 1000 companies were founded by women. And of those three, all 3 had a male cofounder. So maybe you’d better start looking for a man after all.”

Source: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/management/2008-04-22-women-founders-success_N.htm

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Michael November 1, 2012 at 05:42

Politeness, civil society, kindness, love, trust, sincerity, forgiveness, mercy, sympathy and other moral bases of civilization, on which’s graces and charities women themselves rely more than men, are to women’s own detriment being progressively destroyed. No number of laws nor police will then be able to save women’s privileged life nor dignities in such a society where civility, morality and ethics have been totally destroyed.

And what’s worse, how are we going to restore the reign of those virtues, once they are gone? Had it not been for the strengthening influence of christendom in the last days of the Roman empire, what would have become of its broken and dispirited society? What is going to fill the void left by the implosion of the Western World’s value system? Islam? A salvaged American and European cultural heritage? A revived Christendom?

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American November 1, 2012 at 06:36

The American Gender, Gender-raunch community can seek Empowerment just like any other groups in America, but by seeking perversions to American law enforcement, they cannot.
Correcting the perversions that have infested American law enforcement would serve to “Re-structure” the framing of the paradigm American Gender-raunch are using to “Inflame” their way to empowerment.
Eventually these perversions, and manufactured statistics that American law enforcement are currently engaged in will see the healing light of public accountability, but until then i will watch as American Gender-Raunch continue to Inflame their way to Empowerment with a machine thats running out of fuel.

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ce9999 November 1, 2012 at 06:48

“4 Things Millennial Women Should Fear More Than Aging”

My daily overdose of radical leftist-feminism, LOL – thanks for that.

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Rebel November 1, 2012 at 09:20

I wish I could have a peep into the future just to see how long this men-women situation can last.
IMO, something has got to give some time in the future: such a bad situation cannot last forever.

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POD November 1, 2012 at 09:21

Justinian : “The social contract has been torn apart by those it was meant to protect.”

Quote by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore : Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.

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Avenger November 1, 2012 at 09:40

OT:
There is something very fishy about Obama and I think he’s hiding something.It may not be illegal or criminal but he’s hiding something in his background. He was probably born in Washington and since Hawaii is part of the US his mother didn’t need any papers to go there just registered his birth there. This was a lot easier to do in the past than today and many people didn’t even get a SS# until they needed it for a first job or something which may have been in their 20′s. I’m sure that many people didn’t even have a SS# when they registered for the draft back then(They would give them one after they were inducted)So it was a lot easier to falsify records, even school records. You didn’t need a SS# for a bank account, driving license or most other things either before it was used as a universal ID # like today. btw, it doesn’t even matter where he was born because his mother was a US citizen which makes him a Natural Born Citizen and qualified to be President. But it’s really odd that the media didn’t dig into his background and the people didn’t demand a lot of answers.He may have had an Indonesian passport and applied to Columbia as a foreign student which made it a lot easier to get in but my impression is that he was being groomed(perhaps unknown even to him)for something by certain people in the Dem party and put in as a candidate to a purpose.(they probably have hundreds of these people to use for certain offices that they can choose from) And for all we know the opposing party(who are doing the same thing) may even work with them at times. It’s all about power and they simply take turns at it depending on who has what on who and can manipulate the other better while the same people are controlling them behind the scenes.
Why would the Republicans put up such a weak candidate like McCain and then team him with Palin, a dingbat from a State with 1/2m people. The mayor of Seattle or NY is a lot smarter and more competent. McCain was not only too old but had spent 5 years as a POW and likely 1-2 yrs in a hole.This guy can never be normal again as a result of his torture. Palin knew next to nothing and had to be coached all the way and could have been president if old McCain died. There’s something crazy about all of this and the election just looked like some sort of show put on for the proles.
And why is Romney saying things like Russia is the #1 enemy of the US? The whole thing is rather freaky.

http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=766

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Avenger November 1, 2012 at 09:52

P.S. and that picture of the black communist actually does look like Obama while the Kenyan his mother was married to for a short time doesn’t look like him at all.
And btw, that video by that Dunham girl (she’s from NY and is 1/2 Jewish) does resemble Obama’s mother as a girl of the same age although I can’t find any connexion between them. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is some sort of pop artist but that’s about all that is know of him.

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Towgunner November 1, 2012 at 09:58

@ Michael:

Nice post. People have no idea what new normal awaits them as the US and west continues to decline.

@ Rebel:

My thoughts exactly. All we can do is wake men up, especially young men. The MRA can help to bring this f’d up situation to the surface.

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Avenger November 1, 2012 at 10:15

‘Nice post. People have no idea what new normal awaits them as the US and west continues to decline’

It’s already here.

‘My thoughts exactly. All we can do is wake men up, especially young men. The MRA can help to bring this f’d up situation to the surface’

Good luck.Young men have been so brainwashed since they were born by the media that they’re unconscious.

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keyster November 1, 2012 at 10:58

What is going to fill the void left by the implosion of the Western World’s value system?

There will be huge demographic and eventual cultural shifts in western lands. Europe will be more middle eastern/persian and the USA will be more hispanic/latin. The races will comingle and the multi-culti population or “Other” catagory of race/ethnicity will become the majority. The caucasian (and negro race in USA), will be deluded and decimated into extinction. The “pure breed” white will be a rarity by the year 2100…because caucasians simply are no longer breeding in great enough numbers to keep up with death rates.

It’s starting to happen right now. A couple needs to birth at least two children to maintain it’s replacement popluation numbers, (one for the mother and one for the father). Two child white couples are more rare today and three child (or more) couples almost unheard of.

It’s white men that will breed with “brown” women, because the white woman has become anethema to co-habitaion, pre-creation and the concept of the nuclear family. The enmity that feminism caused between white/black men and women is irrepairable without a devine awakening of the feminine; the wife, the mother, the mate. I can’t see it ever getting bad enough for women en masse to decide to become women again. They like this taste of manhood that feminism gives them. They won’t give it up without a fight – – or an apocalyptic event of extraordinary proportions.

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ActaNonVerba November 1, 2012 at 21:36

I would get a kick out of it if a woman at the apple and a disembodied head of a Chinese government official appeared, cackled and called her a leftover woman.

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brigadon November 2, 2012 at 03:55

@Keyster-
Who cares? South american women actually tend to be more moral than white women. Intelligence actually seems to be more linked to early nutrition than race, so the only downgrading in intelligence I see happening can be directly linked to adults no longer feeding their children correctly.
Many more South American women seem to enjoy being in a ‘housewife’ role, and take their religious obligations (and morality) more seriously than white women. white dudes breed with brown women, and we get smart beige kids. Why is this a problem? genes get preserved, darwinian imperative satisfied, warm-weather adaptation passed on for GCC. White women left in the cold or breeding with dumbshit thugs. Smart white dudes win and pass on the family name.

Do you know that the ‘pure breeds’ of today looked entirely different as early as 1200 years ago? Who cares what your kids look like, as long as you can be sure that they are yours? From what I have read, successful white guys are catnip to Latinas. Take advantage of it.

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Joeb November 2, 2012 at 16:43

Had one of those moment in the store today the women in front of me dropped her box of mac and cheese and some fruit beverage . As I fumbled throw the pages of the closest mag on the rack with full glossy of Nikki manage which the young man in back of me enjoyed also . The women turned back around to find the box of mac and cheese still in its place on the floor .
The look we got from the women face would have pierced the soul of any normal man . With a puff of disgust and a shake of her head she went to her business . We went back to flipping throw the pages of the Mag . Me not helping was not surprising but , The odd part was no other man offered to pick it up ether Things are changing for the better I hope . It would have been better to get a PIG launched at me but , Ill settle for disgust .

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El Bastardo November 3, 2012 at 06:07

@Uncle Elmer

My response on forbes.

Wow.

1. First off; even Forbes magazine has had a few articles of people dispelling the wage gap.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.forbes.com%2Fsites%2Frealspin%2F2012%2F04%2F16%2Fits-time-that-we-end-the-equal-pay-myth%2F&ei=MRSVUKLyNuXLyAHDk4DoAw&usg=AFQjCNFppP5-1lHxNh9bMCiTEBRNo3ZIDg&sig2=7NRzDauYafm-x5blL-umxA

In fact, women with no kids earn as much as 8% more than their male counterparts. Mainly because businesses are afraid of one spurious feminist lawsuit. Your attorneys seem to do okay don’t they?

Also conisder that a business cannot afford to pay a women the same who “drops out” after having a baby. If you want a baby; it is not the company responsibility to pay you the same when you choose to take off early after maternity leave as well. Also, maternity leave is a courtesy; and legal handwringing. Everyone respects your ability to have children, so we all put up with it. You need to understand though that your coworkers have to carry your share of the burden while you are gone; and allow you to come back like nothing ever happened!

2. Fertility

Yeah, that sucks. You spend your youth with your nose to the grindstone; chasing men, whilst dealing with the stress at work. What; you did not think that that combination would affect your health and biological makeup? Also, did you think that some rich alpha male would just magically appear in your mid thirties begging to marry and make you with child?

Good luck with that. Tick-tock.

3. Teenagers.

Ahhh, boys will be boys huh?

Females have been using sex or the smell of it; to get marital security, cash, free dinners, cash prizes like clothes, and the like for thousands of years.

Males have been trained in that same time to “hunt” or in your language “woo” a girl to get what he wants.

However, since feminists the last fifty years have been telling males how worthless they are since before they are born; simultaneously doing their best to get any male role model out of their lives, especially the positive ones. Now you are at a loss for words about their loss of chivalry? Hehehehehehehe, you act like the girls who sleep with them are innoccent maidens spurned from a virginal marriage. Come on man. It takes two to tango; and as usual it is the males who get blamed. Your garbage if you think that high school females re not in on it. They are called “queen bees.” These little “virginal” cupcakes actually determine which girls they will allow to be targeted; hell, they even target males themselves. Perhaps you got ran over by a few in “your day?”

4. Politics.

I suspect that you are a feminist; it seems obvious. It must be very disheartening to see your loss of the political process, and the prestige, and ability to manipulate politicians on the wain must be hard.

Not for me though; maybe we can get the public to see who the real “deadbeat parents” are? Maybe we can get men some research grants for testicular cancer which kills off more “human beings” than breast cancer? Maybe we can get social security reined in when 75% is no longer is aimed at subsidizing women and their terrible choices at the expense and death of men?

Those are just a few of the questions politicians leave unanswered. Strangely, you seem silent oh warrior of equality? Perhaps that is an answer to something is it not?

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