"The great Celtic scholar Dr. Anne Ross once said, 'Everyone with European roots can consider themselves of Celtic origin.' People who are not directly descended from Irish, Welsh, or Scottish families tend to think they have no Celtic roots, but in reality so many different European tribes contributed to the creation of Celticism, and over thousands of years such a mixing of populations has occurred, that virtually anyone alive today with European ancestry can be said to have Celtic origins." - Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
The Celts considered Beltane, or May Eve, the beginning of summer and we still celebrate it by building bonfires—on hillsides or our back yards. Beltane is the fourth gateway of the Wheel of the Year, a time when "sweet desire weds wild delight." It... Read more
St. Brigit’s Day/Candlemas/Imbolc – February 1 – 4 Perhaps it’s time to ‘re-story’ the world. So much of our American culture is new and cutting edge that we’ve lost touch with the old, ancient meaning of the important things in life. Like the seasons, for one thing. Do... Read more
There’s an old phrase “to have the luck o’ the Irish”. which is often used to describe someone that is particularly fortunate. The Irish peoples' upbeat attitude and sense of optimism certainly seems to encourage a positive attitude in every aspect of living. Similarly,... Read more
Ireland is famed for its many castles. They are lasting memories on the landscape of a time when Gaelic Chieftains, Norman Lords & English Conquers ruled the land. Each leaving their mark at different times and adding to the rich historical fabric of Irish... Read more
Lugh (called the Il-Dana, called Lamhfada (“of the long arm”), called Samildanach (“all skilled”)) is possibly the most written about deity in the Celtic pantheon. He is celebrated in song and story, myth and profile, in numerous places on the Internet and books about... Read more
Image source: The Crystal Wind Oracle Myth & Magic Card Deck.Get it here: http://oracle.crystalwind.ca The First of February belongs to Brigid, (Brighid, Brigit, Bride,) the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. Originally, her festival on February 1 was known as... Read more
Simple ways to celebrate the feast-days of the Celtic Year. The Return of the Sun Beltaine is an anglicization of the Irish "Bealtaine" or the Scottish "Bealtuinn." While "tene" clearly means "fire," nobody really knows whether Bel refers to Belenus, a pastoral god of the Gauls,... Read more
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all... Read more
Celtic Shield Knot Celtic shield knots can be identified as any of the Celtic knots with for distinct corner areas. They usually resemble a square but sometimes they are a square shaped emblem within a circle. As in all Celtic knots there is no beginning... Read more
Saint Patrick, The Apostle of Ireland, was born at what is now Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. His parents were Calphurnius and Conchessa. The language of the time was latin and his given... Read more
The Harp The harp, of the small portable type played by Celtic minstrels, is the oldest official symbol of Ireland. Through not as recognizable as the shamrock, the harp is widely used. It appears on Irish coins, the presidential flag, state seals, uniforms, and official... Read more
Celtic refers to the unique expression of Christianity that flourished in Ireland, Scotland and Wales from the 4th to the 10th centuries. Celtic Christian Spirituality, along with Celtic music and pagan practice, has seen a revival of interest since the last half of the 20th... Read more
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