Two peoples, one mountain, our tales (Part 1)

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I'm sure that you've heard of The Great Flood. It destroyed the Old World, and the World we live in now is what came after that Flood. You know a version of the story, but it's not like our story. Yours probably has a mountain in it, too. But it's a different mountain. And your story probably has a boat in it and some Man that saves all the animals from certain doom. At least, that's the story that I've heard from people who aren't from around here. That's not what happened in our story. Our … [Read more...]

Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Saint Brigid's Cross : © CC- 2008 Culnacreann

Tonight is perhaps one of the most celebrated in Ireland.  No, there won't be any mad parties or green beer.  Not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places.  Instead, this evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices.You see, tonight is the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast--the eve of Imbolc--and it’s a big deal.  The indigenous Irish marked the beginning of their festivals at sundown, and deemed that dark time especially potent.  [Consider how this thinking im … [Read more...]

What lurks at the bottom of your garden? {Yeats, faeries, and the Irish occult tradition}

Faeries in a mountain cavern : Æ : image Lissadell House

Ireland is a land awash in folklore.  Like waves crashing upon its shores, the stories create a rhythmic backdrop for life. They seep into the fabric of Being and are part of the island's DNA.  I return to Ireland in two weeks--in time to weave my Imbolc solar crosses. With returning on my mind, I share this juicy tidbit from R. F. Foster:Foster was born in Waterford and educated in both Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he subsequently became Professor o … [Read more...]


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