Joan the Wad
Joan the Wad…I just love that name. ‘Wad’ is Cornish dialect for ‘Torch’ and Joan is the Queen of the piskeys (or pixies). It was easy to elect Joan as their queen, since most piskeys are male.
Harry Potter and his blue piskeys notwithstanding, piskeys are fair-skinned, wrinkled, and dress mainly in green, with red caps on their heads. They are small – anywhere from mouse-size to just under three-feet tall.
Piskeys are mischievous, rather than malicious, playing pranks on people. They like to lead travelers astray in the moors, turn milk sour by dancing on the cowshed roof, and ride a horse in circles all night until the animal is exhausted. If you are traveling in Cornwall, one way to protect yourself from their tricks is to wear your coat inside out.
Even today, people carry small figures of Joan with them for luck. There is a rhyme that says, “Good fortune will nod, if you carry upon you Joan the Wad.”
Monday is the What’s Your Chocolate? blogfest! I hope to see you here, sharing thoughts with me about the creamy goodness.