Category Archives: Celtic Bits of History

A Link to the Past…

Aww…this sign says it all, don’t you think? Well, since I can’t whisk off to Scotland anytime soon, I did get a chance to attend the Scottish Games hosted by the San Francisco Caledonian Club. This is no small venue … Continue reading

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Friday Feast ~ Honey Wheat Bread

My recipe for today is in celebration of Imbolg or Candlemas ~ the feast of St. Brigid or the Brigit’s Day. Imbolg, the first day of February is the old Celtic festival marking the reawakening of the earth. The promise … Continue reading

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When Dreams Become Reality…

There are times when our dreams take us to places we’ve only imagined. Where we travel across to different realms, or to times past. If the dream is full of wonder and beauty, we awake with a sense of the … Continue reading

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Irish Mythology and The Order of the Dragon Knights…

The mythology of Ireland has always fascinated me. It is rich in stories of how this magical island was formed. I could start at the very beginning, but it would take many posts to tell the story. Here is a brief snippet … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week of March 10, 2014

  “The three best things: a little seed in good soil, a few cows in good grass, a few friends in the tavern.” –Irish proverb  

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Imbolc ~ Feast of Light

In the Celtic calendar, Imbolc, or Brigid’s Day, marked the loosening of winter’s grip upon the land. The Cailleach, the Old Woman of Winter, was transformed into Brigid, the Fair Maid of February, where the first flowers — snowdrops would appear.   … Continue reading

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Happy Yule ~ Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice celebrations have begun! Light the Yule log and pass a cup of mead around. Or if you prefer, hot apple cider. As we anticipate the battle of the aging Holly King and the young Oak King, light and warmth … Continue reading

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On This Day in 1189…

On this day in 1189… The Quitclaim of Canterbury was signed. It is a treaty agreed between King Richard I of England and King William of Scotland. Called a “Quitclaim,” because the essence of the treaty was that Richard I … Continue reading

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A Trencher of Bread…

I can’t resist a warm slice of bread fresh from the oven with butter smeared over the top…sinking my teeth into nirvana. Yes, I love bread. An indulgence I let myself have at least twice a week — not every day, which I would truly … Continue reading

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Festival of Samhain…

Today sees the dark half of the Celtic year swing open. Samhain — ‘summer’s end.’ Land and animals prepare for winter sleep. A time when the veils between the worlds, seen and unseen, are very thin. I’ve spoken about this time … Continue reading

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