Great article on head-hopping and omniscient!
The meaning of the word Samhain comes from Old Irish meaning “summer’s end,” from summer, samh and end, fuin. The modern Irish word for summer is samhradh, and Samhain is still the name for the month of November in Ireland. Celts considered sundown as the start of the day, which is why, though Samhain actually falls on November 1st, it would have been celebrated starting at sundown the night before, on October 31st. It is one of the four main festivals in Celtic tradition, making up the “quarter days,” the days between the equinoxes and solstices.
With Samhain comes a wide variety of supernatural creatures.
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The 1st of August (sometimes the 2nd) is Lúnasa (Lughnasadh, Lughnasa, Brón Trogain) – the harvest festival in Ireland.
In her excellent book, ‘The Festival of Lughnasa’, Máire MacNeill wrote:
“Garland Sunday and Domhnach Chrom Dubh are two of the many names of a festival celebrated by Irish country people at the end of July or the beginning of August. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest season, and on that day the first meal of the year’s new food crop was eaten. The chief custom was the resorting of the rural communities to certain heights or water-sides to spend the day in festivity, sports and bilberry-picking.”
Publisher: Folklore of Ireland Council; Reprint edition (January 1, 2008)
More of this excellent article on Lora O’Brien’s page:
Three Sources of Indo-European Myth
This is a simple overview of the most prevalent mythic symbols in Indo-European polytheism and comparative mythology, as it applies to Our Own Magic, which is my pet name for what we do.
I like focusing on Irish, Vedic and Germanic myths mostly because they are the best preserved of all the Indo-European sources, with all three containing strong Proto-Indo-European influences. If a practice exists in these three, it makes the strongest case that they are Proto-Indo-European, especially when supported by archeology, linguistics, and anthropological study.
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‘Root and branch shall change places
And the newness of the thing shall seem a miracle.
The healing maiden will return, her footsteps bursting into flame.
She will weep tears of compassion for the people of the land,
Dry up polluted rivers with her breath,
Carry the city in her right hand, the forest in her left
And nourish the creatures of the deep.
With her blessing Man will become like God waking as if from a dream.’
from Merlin: The Prophetic Vision and The Mystic Life
by R. J. Stewart
In the online course many of you have joined – Lessons in Magic – I give examples of how simple acts of ‘magic’ have changed people’s lives dramatically for the better. You may well have an experience from your own life that demonstrates this rationalist-mindset-defying possibility. In the course we then dive into how we can work with this – to improve our own lives but also to effect positive change in the world.
More at the link below!
An excellent video by Lora O’Brien.
The Mórrígan, Cú Chulainn, Sexuality, and that Story of the Daughter of Buan
The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.Researchers in London compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found in Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey) to Iberia before winding their way north.They reached Britain in about 4,000BC. Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
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The migration to Britain was just one part of a general, massive expansion of people out of Anatolia in 6,000BC that introduced farming to Europe.
Before that, Europe was populated by small, travelling groups which hunted animals and gathered wild plants and shellfish.
One group of early farmers followed the river Danube up into Central Europe, but another group travelled west across the Mediterranean.
DNA reveals that Neolithic Britons were largely descended from groups who took the Mediterranean route, either hugging the coast or hopping from island-to-island on boats.
Lately I’ve been on a Podshow listening kick, and I wanted to share some of my favorites. They run a gamut between writing, Irish, Icelandic, and History.
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What are you favorites? Let me know! I’m always willing to listen to more!
These are in alphabetical order, since I can’t choose favorites!
Answer Me This – Q&A of the trivia sort
The Allusionist – A lovely podcast about the love of the oddities of language
Astonishing Legends – lots of human legends
Bitesize Irish Gaelic – Interested in the Irish language? Bitesize is a fantastic resource, and their podcast gives glimmers behind learning the language and the culture
Blúiríní Béaloidis Folklore Podcast – Delve into the folklore of the Irish
British History Podcast – an in-depth British history
Cabinet of Curiosities – Odd things in history
Celtic Myth Podshow – dramatizations of the Celtic myths, including Irish, Welsh, and news from the pagan world. Gary and Ruth are a delightful pair!
Celtic Tomes – also by Gary and Ruth of Celtic Myth Podshow, Gary reads traditional texts about Celtic myths
Clear and Vivid with Alan Alda – Besides being my childhood crush, he gives great interviews on communication and science.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – not for the faint of heart. Dan goes on historical rants and delves deep into the gritty parts of history
David Tennant Does a Podcast – do I need to explain more?
The Dollop – Humorous treatment of ridiculous history
The End of the World – An exploration of the potential for a second American Civil War
Endless Knot – how random things are connected
Fall of Civilizations – rather self-explanatory
Fjorn’s Hall – Exploring the sagas
History Chix – the women of history
In Our Time – BBC production about things or people in our history
Invention – all sorts of inventions through history
Invisibilia NPR – Storytelling with science
Irish Fireside – Traveling to Ireland, either in real life or vicariously? Corey and Liam are a wonderful resource, full of fantastic information.
Irish History Podcast – Specializing in the Famine years, Finn Dwyer gives intense glimpses into Ireland’s past.
It Could Happen Here – What if we had a second American civil war?
Literature and History – rather self-explanatory
Lore – legends and lore
Motherfocloir – Irish language grammar
Mythos – myths and legends
No Such Thing as a Fish – created by the folks that research the British game show QI, full of fun trivia.
Noble Blood – Stories of royalty
Northern Myths – Scandinavian, Finnish, etc. myths
Our Fake History – things you thought you knew
Radiolab – the standard.
Radiolab: More Perfect – a breakdown of major Supreme Court decisions
Rex Factor – Grading each of the British Monarchs on scales including battliness, scandal, and legacy.
Revisionist History – how it really happened
Ridiculous History – for the bizarre bits in history
Saga Thing – Grading each of the Icelandic sagas
Sawbones – the history of all we’ve done wrong in medicine throughout history. Hilarious!
Sidedoor – The Smithsonian’s Podcast
Standing with Stones – Standing stones archeaology
Story Archaeology – A fantastic and intriguing duo of women who analyze the Irish myths, their relation to culture and language, and their relation to other myths
Stuff to Blow Your Mind – General science stuff.
Stuff you Missed in History Class – some of the more obscure fun stuff in history
Stuff You Should Know – General but interesting. They ramble a bit more than most, but it’s fun. The SYSK network has a bevy of other interesting podcasts to delve into
The History of English Podcast – An incredibly detailed podcast about the origins of the English language, which definitely appeals to my inner etymologist! 3 years in and we’re not even into the 13th century yet!
The Once and Future Podcast – Interesting writing podcast with interviews with authors, actors, and other folks in the biz.
The Self Publishing Show – on publishing your own books
The Way I Heard it (Mike Rowe) – history tidbits
Useless Information – trivia!
Viking Age Podcast – While his halting delivery is distracting at first, this has a lot of great information.
Words for Granted – the origins of words.