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About Sharon Merlier
I'm Sharon. Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I live in sunny Florida with my husband Philip. We enjoy our country home and try to spend a good amount of time outdoors in the fresh air.
I have combined my love of children and my playful nature by writing children's stories for you. I am fascinated by magic, folklore, witchcraft and wizardry and I'm sure you will be too!
My stories are based on The Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is a description of the way folks used to organize their time and celebrations during the year many centuries ago. Most folks back then were either farmers, hunter/gatherers, or both.
Our ancient ancestors were very much in tune with Mother Earth and the natural flow of the seasons. They planned their activities according to the weather, planting, and harvest times. Their celebrations reflected this. One of today's most famous holidays of the year, Christmas, is based on one of the celebrations in The Wheel of the Year called "Yule." I'll bet you've heard of that one!
There are eight "turns of the Wheel" throughout the year and I have written a story for each. I know you will have fun reading them and have lots of fun learning about ancient Folk customs.
Brightest Blessings to you all!
It’s Samhain, (pronounced Sow–wen), in Trollville – that’s Halloween for those who don’t know about the old Celtic traditions. Samhain is the time of the last harvest of the year before Winter and a celebration on The Wheel of the Year.
During this time the veil between our known physical world and the Otherworld is very thin. The spirits are able to cross over more easily and sometimes apparitions are called or accidently seen wondering around.
In the past, this made some people afraid, (you’re not afraid of ghosts, are you?), so they dressed up in scary costumes with the hope that if a ghost came along it would be scared away! That is how our modern Halloween celebration and costume parties came to be.
Come and join Billy and his friends for the great festival of Samhain and a big surprise!
In our modern times we divide the year into four seasons, but the ancient Celts used to divide the year into two six month periods of time. The beginning of the year was November first. It started in winter. All the planting and reaping for the year had been completed. This was a time of rest and renewal. People would give thanks for what they had and plan for the year to come.
This story takes place in the second half of the year during the great Feast of Beltane. Mother Earth is now warm and fertile. Everyone is in the mood to celebrate and all of the young creatures are seeking mates. Summer is coming, but first the Queen of Winter, Cailleach, must hand over her scepter to the lovely May Queen, Flora. The winter queen never gives up her reign easily, though, and tries to make things very difficult for everyone!
Please join me and the Trolls as we endeavor to banish the Queen of Winter, welcome the beautiful May Queen and help our Trolls find freedom, love and happiness for the warm days ahead.