Lasair naofa lá feile na Bealtaine agus Uisneach

The Sacred Flame of Bealtaine and Uisneach When the sun begins to rise on this morning a flame will be lit signaling the beginning of Summer and blessing the fertility of the upcoming harvestide…… The Bealtaine Festival was often the first chance for neighbouring tuatha to greet each other after the long winter months andContinue reading Lasair naofa lá feile na Bealtaine agus Uisneach

Anseo déanaimid cuardach agus seasamh os comhair clocha móra ár sinsear.

Here we seek and stand before the giant ancestral stones. As gaeilge: Na Dhia agaibh go léir, Níl a fhios agam cén fáth ach inné bhí sé i mo cheann ag rothaíocht suas go dtí seanchlocha ár sinsir i gCorcaigh Thuaidh. Chuaigh mé ar rothar ó mo theach sa Chathair Thuaidh ag dul thar chaisleánContinue reading Anseo déanaimid cuardach agus seasamh os comhair clocha móra ár sinsear.

Early Irish Dynastic Poetry

The poems deal mostly with the legendary rulers of the Laigin ( modern day Leinster and South-East Ireland) in the pre-Christian period and their ancestors. They are linguistically archaic, and the majority of the verses may date back as far as the 7th Century. Several modern authorities have labelled these as artistically poor poems butContinue reading “Early Irish Dynastic Poetry”

Ar na mhuintir agus ar thír na hÚcráine, bíodh beannacht na síochána an domhan

Once Cú Chulainn was beside the river Boyne in his chariot, and Lóeg mac Riangabra along with him, and the feat (cles) of nine champions was above him; he was killing the salmon in Linn Féic. They saw a little man in purple clothes, (sitting) in a bronze skiff, travelling (?) on the Boyne withoutContinue reading “Ar na mhuintir agus ar thír na hÚcráine, bíodh beannacht na síochána an domhan”

Ancient Celebrations – Part 8 – Lá Fhéile Bríde/ St. Brigid’s Day

1 February is St. Brigid’s Day, which has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Ireland. Who was St. Brigid, how is her day celebrated today and what are her links to a much older Celtic Goddess? According to the story recorded by an Irish Catholic priest, Saint Brigid was born Brigit and her motherContinue reading “Ancient Celebrations – Part 8 – Lá Fhéile Bríde/ St. Brigid’s Day”

An Súil Éile ar an Blian Anuas agus an Súil Éile ar an Blian Amárach

Remembering the Past and Looking to the Future From out of the earth, the well pours forth the waters of life which cut a path forward to the seas to return back by air and cloud so that the magickal journey will continue anew. Another year has passed and it hasn’t really been much kindContinue reading “An Súil Éile ar an Blian Anuas agus an Súil Éile ar an Blian Amárach”

Draíocht na Síoga na Samhna

Faerie Magick at Samhain Lá agus Oíche Leanaí ag súgradh Amuigh sa ghairdín- Déan deifir abhaile! Tá an ghrian dula luí. Sióga ag damhsa Amuigh sa ghairdín- Déan deifir abhaile! Tá an ghrian ag éirí. (“Oíche Mhaith” , Céim 1 Leabhar B, Duilleoga, An Comhlacht Oideachais Éireann.) I circle the ancient stones clockwise from theContinue reading “Draíocht na Síoga na Samhna”

Ag Damhsa ag an gCrosbhóthar i mí Lúnasa

Dancing at the crossroads in August In olden times (yes, I did attend such a chéileadh as a child with my grandparents. I’m middle-aged not old), rural Ireland had a small gathering celebration at August weekends in the evening at crossroads. It was a tradition where families would meet with other ones at crossroads thatContinue reading “Ag Damhsa ag an gCrosbhóthar i mí Lúnasa”