Seasonal Celebrations

Summer Solstice and Ways to Celebrate

June 21 - June 22 Also called Alban Hefin or Midsummer in Welsh which means “the light of summer”. History: The summer solstice is a very ancient and special time when the sun is at it’s peak and again, likely one of the oldest celebrations on earth. The Northern hemisphere experiences the longest day of… Continue reading Summer Solstice and Ways to Celebrate

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God and Goddess

The Luminous Plain: Images of the Ineffable

In previous posts, we discussed places within the earthly realms which were seen as portals to the Celtic Otherworld. We have also begun an initial discussion of the names and attributes of the inhabitants of the Otherworld. In this post we will explore the nature and appearance of the Otherworld realms, as they are described… Continue reading The Luminous Plain: Images of the Ineffable

Culture

Seeing With Ancestral Eyes: Language and Celtic Worldview

Hello everyone, and the bright blessings of early summer to you all! Today I would like to talk about ways to deepen our practice of Celtic Paganism. One the many  important tools that people may choose to utilize when walking a Celtic path is learning one of the modern Celtic languages - Scottish Gaelic, modern… Continue reading Seeing With Ancestral Eyes: Language and Celtic Worldview

God and Goddess

Calling to the Hollow Hills: Irish Gods – Names and Attributes

In last month's blog, we learned about Celtic deities from the Iron Age in various parts of the European mainland. This month we will look at what can be known - or surmised - about gods and goddesses in Ireland, including how their names were pronounced and their primary powers or attributes. Like the Continental… Continue reading Calling to the Hollow Hills: Irish Gods – Names and Attributes

Culture, Ritual

Digging into the Mounds: Accessing Sacred Knowledge from the Celtic Tradition

In previous blogs, we've explored some of the basic aspects of Celtic cosmology - the existence of a sacred Otherworld (or worlds), probably conceived of as being connected with the Upper World and Lower World (as in many shamanic or traditional cultures). The inhabitants of those worlds - the Gods and Goddesses - known in… Continue reading Digging into the Mounds: Accessing Sacred Knowledge from the Celtic Tradition

Culture

Ancient Celtic Music – Research and Restoration

For many people, the term 'Celtic music' conjures up images of foot-stomping fiddle music, skirling bagpipes, or ethereal vocals floating over a bed of synthesizers. All of these genres are evocative and have many fans around the world - and for good reason: the music is wonderful, quite diverse, and appeals to our senses on… Continue reading Ancient Celtic Music – Research and Restoration

Culture

Earth and Bone: Searching for the Celts in Archaeology and History

To understand Celtic literature and the parts of that literature that may represent Celtic mythology, we must have at least a basic understanding of who the Ancient Celts were (and along the way, clear up some misconceptions that are quite prevalent in popular culture these days). First, we must emphatically state that there is not… Continue reading Earth and Bone: Searching for the Celts in Archaeology and History