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Video Post Wed, Apr. 23, 2014 3 notes

wiccacraeft:

Ogham Writing, from the Book of Ballymote




Quote Post Tue, Apr. 22, 2014 1 note

“Banna is her name from faultless Lough Neagh:
Roof of the Ocean as far as Scotland:
Lunnand she is in blameless Scotland —
or its name is Torrand according to its meaning.
Severn is she called through the land of the sound Saxons,
Tiber in the Romans’ keep:
River Jordan thereafter in the east
and vast River Euphrates.
River Tigris in enduring paradise,
long is she in the east, a time of wandering
from paradise back again hither
to the streams of this Sid.


an excerpt from poem 3, “Boand,” from the Metrical Dindshenchas, identifying the River Boyne with other famous rivers of the known world. (via victoria-vacuus)





Link Post Sat, Apr. 19, 2014 1 note

Sacred Trees in Early Ireland | Irish Archaeology

I recently described how the forces of Brian Bóruma, king of Munster, attacked and destroyed a sacred grove of trees belonging to the Vikings of Dublin. This wood appears to have been associated with Thor, the Viking god of thunder, and its destruction by Brian Bóruma was probably an act imbued with both religious and political symbolism.

However, as the Irish Annals clearly show, the belief in sacred trees were not just confined to the Vikings of Dublin, but was also found in contemporary Gaelic society. Typically referred to as bile in the early texts these ‘sacred’ trees were often associated with Irish royal inauguration sites.  They appear to have played an important part in Irish kingship ceremonies and as a result were sometimes targeted by rival dynasties.

See more at: Irish Archaeology.




Photo Post Tue, Apr. 15, 2014 52 notes

inionsneachta:

Ulchabhán (Gaelic)
"The owl is the creature of the shadows and the Otherworld, who often echoes for the departed beloved"

inionsneachta:

Ulchabhán (Gaelic)

"The owl is the creature of the shadows and the Otherworld, who often echoes for the departed beloved"




Link Post Tue, Apr. 15, 2014 20 notes

Three Shouts on a Hilltop: A blog of a most boastful nature

heelancoo:

This is a really good post from Sionnach Gorm, which I highly recommend mulling over. Ritual boasting is something that’s been largely overlooked by the wider CR community so far, I think, but Gorm raises some good and interesting points here. 




The Spaewife | Hag o' The Hills

A spaewife is a female prophetess, a seer, a diviner, one who sees. In Norse shamanism she was called a spákona or spækona – a seeress, and stories of such women are found throughout Norse mythology. The völva’s (Norse shamanic seeress) practice involved spá and in an account called Völuspá (Prophecy of the Völva) the first poem of the Poetic Edda, Odin, the father of the gods consulted a völva to find out what was in store for all the gods.

Read more, by clicking on the title link.





Link Post Tue, Apr. 08, 2014 6 notes

 Pannal Luchd-Coimhid BBC ALBA

Tha òigridh aois 16-34 a dhìth airson pannal luchd-coimhid BBC ALBA! Gheibh buill bileagan meanbh-reic luach £20 airson gach fichead leabhar-latha a tha air an lìonadh agus dh’fhaodar cuideachd iPod Nano a bhuannachadh. Carson nach clàraich thu an-dràsta fhèin?

Lèirsinn Research Centre are recruiting new members to join the BBC ALBA viewers’ panel! If you are in the 16-34 age group, have at least a little Gaelic and resident in Scotland you can be on the panel. Members receive a £20 retail voucher for every twenty completed diaries and there’s a chance to win an iPod Nano too! Why don’t you register right now?





Link Post Thu, Mar. 27, 2014 1 note

Witch curse blamed for Wirral Magazine pub fire - Liverpool Echo

THE landlords of a Merseyside pub which was almost destroyed by a fire believe a mysterious curse is to blame.

THE landlords of a Merseyside pub which was almost destroyed by a fire believe a mysterious curse is to blame.

The blaze at the 250-year-old Magazine Hotel in Wallasey caused £200,000 worth of damage and left managers Linda and Les Baxendale living in a caravan for three months.

A small fabric witch figure which hung from the ceiling of the main bar was stolen two nights before the fire.

And with a history of accidents befalling those who dared to touch it, the couple are convinced the two are connected.



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