Celtic Symbolism – Healing Waters

"Any body of water is an entrance to the Otherworld, and there are numerous tales of fairy kingdoms under lakes or under the sea. People frequently made offerings to the spirits that dwelt there by throwing them into the water. Hoards of such offerings have been found in lakes and bogs, consisting of brooches, pins, … Continue reading Celtic Symbolism – Healing Waters

Celtic Folklore – Leprechauns

  "Magic Sandra's seen a leprechaun, Eddie touched a troll, Laurie danced with witches once, Charlie found some goblins gold. Donald heard a mermaid sing, Susy spied an elf, But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself." -Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends The name leprechaun may be derived from the … Continue reading Celtic Folklore – Leprechauns

Celtic Folklore – Bridges

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  -Joseph Fort Newton A bridge is neither on land nor water, and therefore shares the magic of liminal places. There is much folklore and suspicion surrounding bridges and each tale and custom varies from place to place. Bridges are typically believed to be frequented by various … Continue reading Celtic Folklore – Bridges

Bran – Irish Voyage of Bran and Welsh Bran the Blessed

In the Middle Ages there was much cultural sharing between Ireland and Wales. For one thing, they shared a similar language and cultural foundation but they were also known to retreat to one another's countries during times of political upheaval and instability. There are many tales about old gods, goddesses and characters in general that … Continue reading Bran – Irish Voyage of Bran and Welsh Bran the Blessed