“I am the wind on the sea; I am the wave of the sea; I am the bull of seven battles; I am the eagle on the rock; I am a flash from the sun; I am the most beautiful of plants; I am a strong wild boar; I am a salmon in the water; I am a lake in the plain; I am the word of knowledge; I am the head of the spear in battle; I am the god that puts fire in the head; Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills? Who can tell the ages of the moon? Who can tell the place where the sun rests?”
We started as a small group of friends with a goal of providing a fun and easy outlet for likeminded followers of Celtic or Irish paganism and modern Druidry to connect and share. Our main members and organizers are a very mixed group from Ireland, Canada, Britain and the United States.
About our journal writers…
Mawie Barrett is a Druid who grew up in the Comeragh Mountains in Co Waterford, Ireland. She defines herself as a mountain woman. She believes that there is a language in landscape that seeps into her by osmosis and fires her imagination. Her work is sprinkled with metaphor; the ordinary everyday event trickles out of her subconscious and tells the deeper story. Her forte thusfar is history, which she expresses in fiction and nonfiction. Writing brings Mawie great joy and expression, it is the place where she channels her insights and reflections. Nature, people and travel are her major influences. She blogs too, and you can read more about her here and discover more at www.druidscribe.com.
Aoife Ní hEochaidh is a daughter to the Land of Éire. Devoted to inspiring & healing cultural identity, land and ancestral relationship. Aoife is an herbalist, musician, ceremonialist, writer, student and guide of tradition. You can read more about here here and find her on instagram at @aoifededanann.
Searles O’Dubhain is a Celtic scholar, writer and story teller who has been practicing Druidry for over 30 years. Searles created ‘The Summerlands’, one of the very first beloved online Celtic pagan communities in the early 90’s. He additionally published ‘Ogham Divination’, that lays a detailed and creative pathway of recreating and discovering the ancient ways of the Druids. This and much more available on his website www.summerlands.com.
Isla Skye has been a school teacher for over fifteen years, is a layman Celtic scholar who is always researching and learning as well as a writer and trained herbalist. She has published an ‘Introduction to Herbal Healing’ as well as multiple children’s books and fairytales.
Candlelit Tales was founded by brother-sister storytelling duo Aron and Sorcha Hegarty. Driven by a passion for Irish mythology, they started retelling the stories to a near-empty room upstairs in a Dublin pub one rainy evening in November. The next week, the room was a lot less empty, and they were joined by musician Ru O’Sé. By the fourth week, the room was full, and so was the hall outside. They realised that when we share our passion, it becomes contagious. And they’ve been telling stories and playing music from that day to this. Since then, over the past five years of telling stories in the capital of Ireland, a nation of storytellers, they have developed and refined their uniquely expressive, naturalistic and modern style. You can find more of their work at https://candlelittales.ie/.
Sharon Paice MacLeod is a Celticist, author and musician. She is an Old Irish translator at Stanford University and has published several renowned books on Celtic religion including ‘Celtic Myth and Religion: A Study of Traditional Belief‘ as well as ‘Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld: Mythic Origins, Sovereignty and Liminality’. You can read more about her here.
Nimue Brown is an author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. She has her own blog as well as patreon. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. She has published many renowned books on Druidry including ‘Druidry and the Ancestors: Finding our place in our own history‘ and ‘Druidry and Meditation.’
Nick O’ Connor is a writer who has been involved in the Druid community for over 20 years with extensive knowledge in the overlap of cross cultural beliefs regarding occult communities and how they have evolved from times of old to the present. You can read more about him here and find more of his work at https://gyldenfellowship.co.uk/.
Daithí Ó Nuanáin is a professional singer from Dublin with degrees in Irish (Nua-Ghaeilge) and music, specialising in Ritual Chant & Song. He sings primarily with international ensembles ANÚNA and M’ANAM, and also consults in Irish/Gallic text translations for recording projects. He is a trained Celebrant, and merges this with his musical talents under his brand name VICELT. You can find all his info and links through his website www.vicelt.com.
Aepril Schaile is an American witch, dancer, poet, and astrologer living in Ireland. She has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe teaching and performing Bellydance and Performance Art. She spends much of her time walking the serpent path along the sea-coast and forests of western Éire with her canine companion Gwyddion. Aepril holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. Instagram: @aeprilraven aeprilschaile.com
Luque Suibhne has a background in archaeology and music which has led him down a bardic path. As he is self-initiated, he considers himself an Agnostic Omnist and of no fixed school. Though often considered to be a philosopher of sorts, Luque would more likely refer to himself as an “unteacher”.
We are proud yearly supporters of the following wonderful organizations…
Reforest Nation – Ireland was once the most forested country in Europe but today just 2% of our native woodland remains. 10% of Ireland has been planted up with harmful non-native conifer monocultures. We believe to rewild the world planting diverse native forest is vital, this is why we plant the most diverse range of certified native trees in Ireland. www.reforestnation.ie
Woodland League – The Woodland League is a not-for-profit, independent, community-based organisation. Our aim is to restore the relationship between people and their native woodlands. We hold walks and talks throughout the country promoting native woodland heritage and actively lobby to change Irish forestry policy. www.woodlandleague.org
Doras – Doras was founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers in the year 2000, in response to the establishment of the Direct Provision system by the Irish government. The name Doras was chosen to symbolise an open door. http://www.doras.org