• The Stones Speak: The Brugh na Bóinne

    December 8, 2022 by

    “…Greater Mysteries drew to its hallowed shrines neophytes from the West as well as from the East, … [and the Otherworld] seeing sons still watch and wait for the re-lighting of the Fires and the restoration of the old Druidic Mysteries.” W.Y Evans Wentz, The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries

  • Creativity and Human Nature

    December 6, 2022 by

    “Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.” Ai Weiwei One of the biggest and most dangerous mistakes we make is to assume that humans are not natural, that we are capable of acting in ways that are unnatural, and that we are somehow separate from nature. The belief in our separateness… Read more

  • Holly: Midwinter Sacred Tree of the Druids

    December 4, 2022 by

    “Of all the trees that are in the wood,The Holly bears the crown.”` Seasonal Carol Decorating homes with holly at Midwinter has its origins in Pre-Christianity. It was in fact a pagan practice. Holly was considered a sacred plant by the Druids. While other plants wilted in winter weather, holly remained green and strong, its… Read more

  • Barley: Sacred Staple Crop

    November 29, 2022 by

    “I sat within a valley green, I sat there with my true love, My sad heart strove the two between, The old love and the new love, The old for her, the new that made me think of Ireland dearly, While soft the wind blew down the glade, And shook the golden barley… But blood… Read more

  • Science and Meditation

    November 25, 2022 by

    “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray Meditation is nothing more than an organised and deliberate form of thinking. If you change the way you think, you have the scope to change your behaviour and your emotional experiences. This is the understanding that… Read more

  • The Legend of the Lost Island of Hy-Brasil

    November 16, 2022 by

    “There is now living, Morogh O’Ley, who immagins he was himself personally on O’Brasil for two days, and saw out of it the iles of Aran, Golamhead, Irrosbeghill, and other places of the west continent he was acquainted with.” Roderick O’ Flaherty, A Chorographical Description of West or H-Iar Connaught, 1872 Here Be Monsters… I… Read more

  • The Triads of Ireland

    November 11, 2022 by

    Cover art by Olivia at Leafing Out Art “Three profitable labours in the day: praying, working, reading.” Triads of Ireland The “Trecheng Breth Féne” more commonly known as “The Triads of Ireland”, are delightful tenets of Irish wisdom that have been passed down through the generations. They refer to a collection of about 256 old… Read more

  • Connecting With Spirits of Place

    November 9, 2022 by

    “All human perceptions of material reality can ultimately be documented as chemical reactions in our neurobiology; all our sensations, thoughts, and memories are ultimately reducible to chemistry, yet we feel no need to deny the existence of the material world; it is not less real because our perceptions of it are biologically based… It is… Read more

  • You Are The River

    November 6, 2022 by

    “We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.” Liam Callanan Yesterday I sat outside and closed my hand around a hot cup of coffee. The smell of the wet mossy ground and mouldering leaves brought me back to being a child, exploring the woods near Inverness.  Attempts to find non-poisonous,… Read more

  • Mermaids: The Sailor’s Doom

    November 3, 2022 by

    “The believe in the mermaid is common. There are many mermaid stories throughout the Isles. I took down several of these, some of which may be mentioned. Colin Campbell, crofter, saw, as he thought, an otter on Barra. The otter was holding and eating a fish, with his eyes closed, after his manner. The man… Read more

  • The Jack-o’-Lantern, Will-o’-the-Wisp and Ghosts

    November 1, 2022 by

    Cover art by Rob Alexander “They saw a divine virtue in the healing properties of springs and herbs, they felt the presence of a god in the brooding mists, the gloomy thickets, the wildfire that flitted across the sky, the mysterious moonbeans, and the glorious sunrays, the will-o’-the wisps of the swamps, the mountains and… Read more

  • Mullein: The Hag’s Taper

    October 29, 2022 by

    “A decoction of the leaves with the flowers is good against the diseases of the lungs, such as coughs and spitting of blood. It is also good for colic pains. Applied externally, the leaves are useful against swellings, ulcers, inflammations of the eyes, burns and scalds… Country people say that carrying it about one preserves… Read more

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