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  • Elderberry: The Queen of Herbs

    September 30, 2022 by

    “It is said by the wise women and fairy doctors that the roots of the elder tree, and the roots of an apple tree that bears red apples, if boiled together and drunk fasting will expel any evil living thing or evil spirit that may have taken up its abode in the body of a… Read more

  • The Initiation Well at Sintra: Ascend or Descend?

    September 28, 2022 by

    One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. Rudolf Steiner Images by Maura Barrett The Initiation Well at Sintra, in the Mountains of the Moon, to the West of Lisbon is a most perplexing place, and as such I was compelled… Read more

  • Immram Brain: The Voyage of Bran

    September 25, 2022 by

    Cover image by Herbert Arnould Olivier Introduction The Immram Brain [maic Febail], meaning “The Voyage of Bran [son of Febail]”) is a medieval 7th to 8th century Irish mythical tale. The Irish hero Bran embarks on a journey to the Otherworld ultimately guided by a mysterious woman where he was wanting to receive greater insight… Read more

  • Cross Cultural Significance of the Druids

    September 22, 2022 by

    “The appointed Druids, who likewise were versed in the art of seers and other forms of wisdom, without whom the kings were not permitted to adopt or plan any course, so that in fact it was these who ruled and the kings became their subordinates and instruments of their judgement, while themselves seated on golden… Read more

  • The Power of Symbolism

    September 16, 2022 by

    “Signs and symbols rule the world, not words or laws.” Confucius Symbolism is an often overlooked but ancient language that is in essence a trigger for imparting sacred information or subliminal messages. It’s a catalyst for perceptions, beliefs and emotions. Similarly to body language, it transcends barriers of language, nationality, culture and religion. Symbols are… Read more

  • The Sword of Destiny: the Fragarach or Claíomh Solais

    September 13, 2022 by

    “When kings the sword of justice first lay down; They art no kings, though they possess the crown; Titles are shadows, crowns are empty things, The good of subjects is the end of kings.” Daniel Defoe Cover art by Jen Delyth According to myth Ireland was overeun by a successtion of invading tribes, they include… Read more

  • Lessons From an Oak Tree

    August 30, 2022 by

    All photos by Seán Ó hUltacháin. Kindness. To shelter millions of creatures smaller than you who feed on you and in return they keep you healthy. Rootedness. To fall back to your roots when you die. Strength. To take great strength and be strong inside by the countless small actions performed by the leaves over… Read more

  • A Blackbird Flies Into My Life

    August 24, 2022 by

    “Blackbird singing in the dead of nightTake these broken wings and learn to flyAll your lifeYou were only waiting for this moment to arise.” The Beatles This morning my beautiful daughter and I had breakfast on the patio in glorious sunshine. We had no sooner tucked in when a blackbird hopping hither and yon, called… Read more

  • Síle na Gig: Mothers and Midwives of Life and Death

    August 17, 2022 by

    “Dance me through to the stillnessto the point where the motion begins.Dance me through to the silenceto the edge where the world begins.” Kathryn Price NicDhàna Cover image is ‘The Eye of the Cailleach’ by Margaret McKenna

  • Tailtiu

    July 31, 2022 by

    “When the fair wood was cut down by her, roots and all, out of the ground, before the year’s end it became Bregmag, it became a plain blossoming with clover. Her heart burst in her body from the strain beneath her royal vest; not wholesome, truly, is a face like the coal, for the sake… Read more

  • Voice in Ritual

    July 28, 2022 by

    “… the most probable of all my theorems, is that life is ordered by the principles of some religion so peculiar and obscure it has no followers, and none may fathom it, nor know the rituals by which to court its favour.” Alan Moore There is no shortage of tools you can buy or make… Read more

  • Of Cauldrons…

    July 18, 2022 by

    “There were seven doors in each hall, seven roads through it, and seven fireplaces therein. There were seven cauldrons, with an ox and a salted pig in each. The person who came that way would thrust the flesh fork into the cauldron, and whatever he obtained with the first thrust he ate, and if he… Read more

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