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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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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

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s

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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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Arc of the Goddess – May – Moon Books Blog

A lovely article on the active part of the year!~ Source: Arc of the Goddess – May – Moon Books Blog

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Beltaine 2016, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Beltaine 2016, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland       ***** I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history,

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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 21) (opposite

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Beltane, and May Day, a time of myth, traditions, and flowers – Orange County Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess

As we come to the close of April, and see the seasons change, we recognize the wheel of the year and the approaching Sabbat. Throughout the world, ancient traditions have been practiced in celebrat… Source: Beltane, and May Day, a

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From Cauldron to Grail in Celtic Mythology

An excellent article by Gary at Celtic Myth Podshow. Thanks, Gary! #MondayBlogs   The Cauldron is a symbol that occurs throughout Celtic Mythology. We examine all the stories of Cauldron to Grail in Celtic Mythology. Source: From Cauldron to Grail

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Beltane: Britain’s ancient festival is making a comeback – Telegraph

As numbers slump at modern music festivals, traditional gatherings such as Beltane are more popular than ever, says Victoria Lambert. Source: Beltane: Britain’s ancient festival is making a comeback – Telegraph

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