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  • How Old are the Stone Circles?

    February 8, 2023 by

    Cover art of Beaghmore Stone Circle Complex and other photos by Isla Skye “The landscape itself is important. This is a liminal zone, between land and water, sea and sky . . .” Elly Griffiths One of the most frequent questions people ask regarding stone circles is when were they first built. And why, of… Read more

  • The Circles of Being

    February 8, 2023 by

    Cover art ‘The Druids: Bringing in the Mistletoe’ by George Henry (1858–1943) and Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) Within the inner recesses of the passage mound at Knowth, there is a stone basin that is decorated with circular markings. I have included a line drawing of its design below. No one is certain what ritual use… Read more

  • Nemetona: Gaulish Goddess of Sanctuary

    February 4, 2023 by

    Cover art by Steven Kenny “Hail to my Lady of the twilight, of stillness and sanctuary, who calls and welcomes me into her cool embrace, offering shelter, comfort, stillness and the freedom to simply be.  You of the sacred grove, of the temple, of a quiet room, of calm in chaos. I honour you with all… Read more

  • Imbolc and the Exalted One: Our Lady Brigid

    February 1, 2023 by

    “This day was called oimelc, imolg, or imbulc: the first from oimelc is given in Cormac’s Glossary where it is derived from a sheep, and melc or melg, milk : “for that is the time the milk di-melg, ewe-milk,’ sheep’s comes.” That oimelc is the first of February we know from Peter O’Connell’s Dictionary, where… Read more

  • In The Mists

    January 27, 2023 by

    Breathless misty dream fog singsDeep hearted winter daysCrows calling, frosted branches beckonSilvered spider webs swayCold wind blowing, northern ancestors wingTrickling under skinSolace hunted shadows snugHaunted death wilding lightIvy blossoms blue berried spheresRosehip promises delightHidden in the wispsSolstice past, wintered hearts enfoldEndless cold and gathering lightYearning shadowy twilight daysImbolc comes calling fastHolding on to winter’s edgeFalling… Read more

  • Vervain: The Druid’s Heal All

    January 25, 2023 by

    Cover art by Cecilia Brendel “An ancient Irish prescription calls for seven balls of ground ivy, vervain, eye-bright, groundsel, foxglove, bark of elder tree, and young shoots of hawthorn well mixed together. These are made into a potion with bog water and salt and boiled in a vessel with a piece of money and an… Read more

  • Irish Wildlife and Folklore

    January 22, 2023 by

    “We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife. The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife.” Steve Irwin One of my favourite moments in Irish mythology is when Fionn is about to be attacked by a giant and he is rescued by a group… Read more

  • The Riddle of the Universe

    January 19, 2023 by

    “Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” Alan Watts All existence, conscious or unconscious seems to be the emanation of one being, the Absolute, the Universe. These various words, even ‘God’ are a… Read more

  • The Origins and Ends of Manifestation

    January 16, 2023 by

    “When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.” Stephen Richards The silence which is at the origins and the ends of manifestation is found at both ends of consciousness, in the supracouscious and the subconscious states. Thus ‘tamas’, the distintegrating tendency,… Read more

  • Greenlandic People and Goddesses

    January 14, 2023 by

    I tell stories for a living, not just folk stories, historical ones too. I use historical objects to help me to tell these stories and travel all over Scotland with the Travelling Museum, telling the stories related to objects and traditions of Scotland. In December the Travelling Museum received a wonderful donation: an article with… Read more

  • A Winter Poem

    January 12, 2023 by

    Winter reveals her emblems In bare branch and Holly. She has arranged for me A tapestry of berry As my winter blessing. The sun sets, revealing moon Bedded down in marly clouds Laden with deluge. I take Winter by the hand And follow her Into the very heart Of her darkness. The moon is full… Read more

  • Coping With Seasonal Depression and Anxiety

    January 11, 2023 by

    “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Depression is something that has likely touched all of us. Often the holidays or the few months after the holidays are an extra challenging time for us all… Read more

  • Rational Female

    January 6, 2023 by

    “I used to give too much importance to reason until I discovered the world was shaped not by reason but by emotion” Bangambiki Habyarimana I have no idea how long my own culture and those similar to it have been tending to view rationality as masculine and emotion as feminine. I think it’s an idea… Read more

  • Wolves in Irish Myth

    January 3, 2023 by

    “Trí ruip conberat duinechinaid: cú áraig, reithe lonn, ech daintech.” “Three brutes whose trespasses count as human crimes: A chained hound, a ferocious ram, a biting horse.” The Triads of Ireland Archaeological evidence suggests that wolves roamed Ireland liberally, so much so that it was known in some quarters as “Wolfland”. Wolf remains found in… Read more

  • Plant Animism and Communication

    December 30, 2022 by

    “… originally believing in the existence after death, of the human soul. This belief had its root in the ‘animism’… and held its place in the remnants of ancestral worship… Their barrows, dolmens, and stone-circles point distinctly to their reverence for the dead, and their belief in their continued existence in another sphere of nature,… Read more

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