Tag Archives: Fairytale

The Banshee: Ghost of the Celts

The Banshee’s arguably the most famous ghost of them all, and probably the least understood. “When the Banshee calls she sings the spirit home. In some houses still a soft low music is heard at death.” – George Henderson 1911 … Continue reading

Posted in Ghosts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Spider in Celtic Myth

According to Celtic lore, the eight-legged spider in Celtic myth was nothing, if not a beneficial being. Like many other sacred creatures, however, it sprang forth upon the old texts suddenly; emerging from out of some now forgotten lost older … Continue reading

Posted in Bestiary | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ailm (Fir or Pine) II

“And King Guaire followed him there and asked him to come back where he could sleep upon a bed and not be laying his head upon a hard fir tree in the night time. But Marbhan would not leave the … Continue reading

Posted in Tree Ogham | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muin (Grape Vine) II

“It was a very big place and very grand, and a long table set out, but I didn’t want to stop there and I began crying to go home. And she touched me here in the breast with her stick, … Continue reading

Posted in Tree Ogham | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quert (Apple) II

“Manannan, king of the Land of Promise, gives Cormac a magical, sleep-inducing silver branch with three golden apples and, before long, Cormac travels to the otherworld where he discovers a marvellous fountain containing salmon, hazelnuts, and the waters of knowledge.”  … Continue reading

Posted in Tree Ogham | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments