Blessed Imbolc

Cros Bhríde from Paula Geraghty on Vimeo. Here’s a video of Imbolc customs in modern Ireland (North Donegal).  You can see the threshold rite as well as a community weaving Brighid crosses. Here are some more Imbolc customs, including weather predictions.  It says a rainy Imbolc means a good summer.  It rained here today soContinue reading “Blessed Imbolc”

Preparing for Imbolc

Imbolc is fast approaching and I can’t help but find myself anticipating it.  As Brighid is my patroness, this holiday has become particularly important to me.  The Wiccan group I used to work with emphasized quiet introspection, new beginnings, and storytelling in the dead of winter.  To them, it was Candlemas.  They did not particularlyContinue reading “Preparing for Imbolc”

Remains at Stonehenge: To Exhume or not to Exhume?

Some of you may have read that the infamous, contemporary Arthur Pendragon (who apparently likes to think of himself as the king of the Druids), was attempting to take legal action in regards to cremated remains found around Stonehenge.  He argued that removing them from the site was disrespectful and that they would likely beContinue reading “Remains at Stonehenge: To Exhume or not to Exhume?”

About a Bull – The Tain as an E-Graphic Novel

My friend Parallax sent this to me knowing I would go gaga over it.  Some of you may remember that I have a Gaelic graphic novelization of The Tain which I bought in Ireland.  For those of you who can’t get your hands on that (and the translation if you don’t speak fluent Irish), there’sContinue reading “About a Bull – The Tain as an E-Graphic Novel”

A Treasure

After work, I checked the mail and, to my surprise, I received a letter from my paternal grandfather.  He’s the family genealogist, a mantle I feel I’ll probably inherit/take up one day.  He’s done a lot of work and, usually, focuses on his father’s side.  Through his in-depth research, he discovered that we have anContinue reading “A Treasure”

An Excerpt from Celtic Wonder-Tales by Ella Young

“I want to go back to Ireland.” “You will not find joyousness there, O Lugh, or the music of harp strings, or feasting.  The De Danaans are shorn of their strength.  Ogma, their Champion, carries logs to warm Fomorian hearths; Angus wanders like an outcast; and Nuada, the King, has but one dun, where thoseContinue reading “An Excerpt from Celtic Wonder-Tales by Ella Young”

Fun Things

First of all, I’m very proud of myself for cleaning the stove for my past three flame keeping nights.  I also cleaned some of the counter space and swept for good measure. Since tonight was my evening to honor Brighid, I was very pleased to get my Imbolc Artisan Trading Card from Caroline!  My originalContinue reading “Fun Things”

Back from Ireland

I’m back from Ireland, readers!  Weretoad and I returned to the US Friday evening and have been recovering ever since.  Although my husband became ill, we had a fun time and it was a bit hard to return from a green isle with blossoming flowers to a snow storm in Update NY.  I must admit,Continue reading “Back from Ireland”

A New Adventure

In my last post – one that I thought about for awhile before posting – I credited the work of Brian Jacques for inspiring me to go on adventures in the real world.  Reflecting on his influence once more inspired me to go on an adventure.  So…. Weretoad and I are going to Dublin tomorrow!Continue reading “A New Adventure”

Irish Traditions, Crumbling with Time

Here’s an interesting article from the Irish Times by Brian O’Connell.  It’s all about how many people view and/or observe older traditions in Ireland.  It also expresses concern that, while some traditions remain or are being transformed, the newer generation is less interested in them.