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”

Brighid as Environmental Patroness?

On Imbolc we celebrate and contemplate the return of spring.  It’s a bit challenging to do that in northern NY.  As most people in the US are aware, a large storm is rolling across the midwest and up the northeast.  Signs of spring are difficult to find.  I was watching an episode of Edwardian FarmContinue reading “Brighid as Environmental Patroness?”

The Cailleach and Deer

  The Cailleach’s attendant animals are herds of deer and shaggy goats. Mr. McKay thinks that this militates against the idea that she was a goddess of winter, and he would place her as a deer-divinity, who belonged to a people in the hunting stage of existence, the cult of the deer having been superseded byContinue reading “The Cailleach and Deer”