30 Wild Days: day 2 – Love and Snails

I’m under the weather at the minute so my wild days are all close to home at the moment (the photographs are also a bit blurry as I’ve not got my proper camera due to a fault…). So today i went snail hunting with the littlest un. We counted 12 of all sizes and colours. Littlest un was particularly fascinated by the eyes…

Snails (and slugs) were reportedly good for removing warts. Rub the wart with the snail then stick it on a thorn. As the unfortuate snail dies the wart is removed, or in some case transferred onto another person.

Snails were also known to be linked with love – particularly in gypsy traditions as the following:

“A girl can win (illicit) love from a man by inducing him to carry a snail shell which she has had for some time about her person … To present a snail shell is to make a very direct but not very delicate declaration of love to any one.”

Charles Godfrey Leland, 1891, Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune-telling (p 96-97) New York: Charles Scribner’s Son

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