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Merry Beltaine!

Merry Beltane! Beltane evokes images of Maypole dancing and pagan delight. And well it should! Beltaine, Beltane, or Lá Bealtaine in the Irish, is a Gaelic festival celebrating the halfway point between the spring equinox (March 21) and the summer solstice (June

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Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is celebrated in Edinburgh | Daily Mail Online

Some day I’ll make it to this!   Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire at the annual Beltane Fire Festival. Source: Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is

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Happy solstice!

Ah, December. The ringing of jingle bells until you want to smash the little buggers whenever they appear, the mad dash for holiday gifts, the dreaded anticipation of hordes of relatives appearing at your doorstep. And yet, it is a

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Genesis of a Novel – The Scene List – Part IV

I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s Brooch Series).   I wrote up my scene list with point of view, timeline and places. First were the scenes, then I placed them via a map.

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English Historical Fiction Authors: The Christians Are Coming! (The islands of Iona and Lindisfarne)

Source: English Historical Fiction Authors: The Christians Are Coming! (The islands of Iona and Lindisfarne)

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Happy Lughnasadh!

August 1st (halfway between summer solstice and autumn equinox) marks an ancient festival practiced by the Gaels of the first harvest, the first fruits of their growing season. As such, it was a sacred time. There are several names and variations

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The Feminine in Early Irish Myth and Legend

In early Irish mythology and legend, the feminine is quite dominant in the otherworld as well as on earth. Irish Goddesses abound Source: The Feminine in Early Irish Myth and Legend

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English Historical Fiction Authors: Divine Companionship and Eternal Life: Mystery Cults in Roman Britain

Source: English Historical Fiction Authors: Divine Companionship and Eternal Life: Mystery Cults in Roman Britain

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Huldufolk: Supernatural Creatures Hiding in Iceland | Ancient Origins

In Icelandic folklore, the Huldufólk (meaning hidden people) are like elves. These beings are also said to be very similar to human beings, and live in little houses in the rocks. Source: Huldufolk: Supernatural Creatures Hiding in Iceland | Ancient

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European Mother Goddesses

A lovely article on European Mother Goddesses from Carolyn Emerick:   Although many spiritual people today consider God to be firmly male, the concept of female divinity is an ancient one. Mother-figure deities are still found in many contemporary religions.

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