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Ireland’s Samhain

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland was published in 1887. In it, Lady Wilde provides a snapshot into the minds of the Irish peasantry of the time. She does so by interviewing the elders of a dying faith … Continue reading

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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

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The Raven and Crow of the Celts – Part II: Fairytales and Folklore

“The Raven is equally a bird of omen, Raven-knowledge, or wisdom being proverbial” – George Henderson. (Survival in Belief Amongst Celts. 1911) Many Celtic Fairytales contain remnants of the old stories of Gods and Goddesses [part I]. In Donald Mackenzie’s 1917 Wonder … Continue reading

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Ohn (Gorse or Broom) II

“When the broom and the whin were rich in blossom it was looked upon as an indication of a good crop.” –  Waltor Gregor (Notes on the Folk-Lore of the North-East of Scotland. 1881) 1)      The Roots: Background information 2)      … Continue reading

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Straif (Blackthorn) II

“If the Hawthorn and Blackthorn have many berries, the ensuing winter is expected to be severe.” – A.W. Moore (Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man. 1891) The Roots: The fourteenth letter of the Ogham, in its tree form, is Straif. … Continue reading

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