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Brittany: Applying for a ".bzh" top level domain
January 29, 2010, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

The idea of applying for a “.bzh” top level domain was first mentioned in 2004 by Christian Ménard, member of the French Parliament. The introduction cat in 2006 revived the idea. An online petition, initiated by Mikael Bodlore-Penlaez via the Geobreizh.com website, has mobilized public opinion and encouraged local authorities to state public support for this project. The Conseil Général d’Ille et Vilaine (14 April 2006), the Conseil Régional de Bretagne (14 June 2006), the Conseil Général du Finistère (15 June 2006) have unanimously supported the idea of creation of a. bzh. In 2007, the Regional Council of Britain initiated a feasibility study of the project. Under the direction of a steering committee involving various stakeholders, this study has resulted in 2008 in the establishment of a formal structure to support the Breton application : http://www.bzh. The http://www.bzh association is responsible for establishing the application, gathering the necessary funds to ensure its submission and its promotion within the Breton community. The association in December 2008 has been granted financial support from the Conseil Régional de Bretagne. The online petition has so far received more than 18,500 signatures.
Feel free to support this campaign visiting the official website at :
www.pointbzh.com/
or on Facebook

Other breton cool links:

Breton cultural organizations

Office de la langue bretonne www.ofis-bzh.com
Conseil culturel de Bretagne www.kuzul.info
Institut culturel de Bretagne www.institutcultureldebretag…

Breton websites

Bretagne Prospective www.bretagne-prospective.org
Geobreizh www.geobreizh.com

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Celtic Cookery: The Haggis & Burn’s Supper
January 26, 2010, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Celtic Cookery

The haggis is a traditional Scottish dish memorialised as the national dish of Scotland by Robert Burns’ poem Address to a Haggis in 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with “neeps and tatties” (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes boiled and mashed separately) and a “dram” (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns Supper. However it is also often eaten with other accompaniments, or served with a whisky-based sauce.

It is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) is often called Burn’s Night or Supper . Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by Robert Burns’ friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July, In Memoriam and they have been a regular occurrence ever since. The first Burns club, known as The Mother Club, was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants born in Ayrshire, some of whom had known Burns. They held the first Burns Supper on what they thought was his birthday on 29 January 1802, but in 1803 discovered from the Ayr parish records that the correct date was 25 January 1759,[1] and since then suppers have been held to 25 January, Burns’ birthday.

A whisky toast will be proposed to the haggis, then the company will sit and enjoy the meal. The main course is haggis, and is traditionally served with mashed potatoes (tatties) and mashed neeps. A dessert course, cheese courses, coffee, etc. may also be part of the meal. The courses normally use traditional Scottish recipes. For instance dessert may be cranachan or Tipsy Laird (sherry trifle) followed by oatcakes and cheese, all washed down with the “water of life” (uisge beatha) – Scotch whisky.

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Celtic Leagues : Kernow Branch Celtic League
January 25, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

Official Press – “An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Kernewek” is the Kernow (Cornwall) Branch of the wider Celtic League.
Website at:
http://celticleague.net/

The Kernow Branch is well supported and has a large membership base with members not only in the Duchy but elsewhere as far afield as the USA and India all of whom share some connection with the Motherland. People are from all backgrounds, politicians, academics, students, unemployed, farming and so on.

The Branch has a fair share of those who speak fluent Cornish but also encourages its membership to learn the language at the many classes now available. It meets monthly and distributes the Celtic League’s very own ‘Carn’ Magazine as well as Branch newsletters and updates. Cornish members regularly write for ‘Carn’ and a wide variety of other publications.

The Branch has campaigned for a thorough investigation into the tragic loss of the Breton fishing vessel the ‘Bugaled Breizh’ off the Cornish coast with the loss of all those on board and also has been instrumental in the campaign to have Irish Prisoner of War, Noel Macguire repatriated to Ireland which was recently achieved.

The Branch works hard in practical support of Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall – Website at: http://www.mebyonkernow.org/ and is involved with a wide variety of other campaigns as part of the wider Cornish movement.

The Branch is very outward looking as befits a Cornish Atlantic fringe organisation and members regularly travel in support of events in the other Celtic Nations.

New members from wherever are keenly welcomed and their Email address is: kernow@celticleague.net although contact may also be made via the Celtic League’s home website. A ‘Facebook’ Site and ‘Twitter’ are also maintained by the Branch.



Candle Magic
January 24, 2010, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Meditation and Healing

  Blog originaly posted on Love of the Goddess, all rights reserved.

Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of magic you can do, and it happens to be my favorite. As with all magic, your intent is the most important thing, but it can help to have some of the right materials. Some of the materials needed for candle magic are mini spell candles, oil of your choice, something to carve into the candle with (a safety pin works fine) and optionally you can add incense, herbs and crystals to add to the power of the spell.

Different candle colors represent different energies as with herbs, oils, crystal etc. Although if you dont have the candle color you need for your spell, a white candle will always do. You can empower a white candle with any intent. I always keep a large supply of white candles just for that reason.

Candle Magic Color Correspondences:
Red: confidence, passion, to energize if feeling weak
Orange: motivation, strength, attraction, encouragement

Yellow: communication, friendship, loneliness

Blue: peace, healing, courage

Lavender: spirituality, meditation, intuition

Green: money, prosperity, luck, fertility

White: protection, peace, can be used to substitute for any other color

Before you use your candles, you need to purify them and empower them with your intent. You can smudge them with sage or use a little rubbing alcohol. Now you need to carve a symbol or a word into your candle that represents your goal. It can be a money sign if your goal is more money it can be a pentagram for protection or simply a word describing what it is you want. Next you need to dress the candle with the oil of your choice. You can buy many different types of oils with many different magical properties, or you can make and empower your own. We wont go into that now, but I will give you some suppliers at the end where you can buy some prepared oils.

Dressing your candle:
After you’ve purified and carved your candle, now its time to dress your candle. Take some of your oil and put a few drops of oil onto your hands and fingers. Now put your fingers in the middle of the candle and starting from the middle rub up towards the top of the candle a few times. While your doing this you should be thinking about your intent and empowering that candle with your intent. Now you start again at the center of the candle and rub down towards the bottom a few times, again visualizing your intent.

Once you’ve gone through these steps you are finally ready to use your candle! You can have the candle on your altar with some corresponding crystals and incense, or you can have the elements represented, or you can just have your candle with nothing else. Whatever you feel would make it more personal and comfortable for you.

After your spell, let your candle burn down completely, and then make sure and bury any remaining wax, incense etc outside, to give it back to the earth and set your spell in motion.

For more info on candle magic, check out this great book: Candle Magic for Beginners

To purchase the magically empowered oils for dressing your candles, check out: Isis Books

To purchase your candles, herbs, crystals and incense check out : Sacred Mists

Have fun working with candle magic!

Blessings )O(



Celtic Tree Oracle: Rowan – Regent Tree (1/21 thru 2/17)
January 22, 2010, 12:50 am
Filed under: Celtic Tree Lore

Blog originaly posted on Love of the Goddess, all rights reserved.

Like all cultures around the world since the beginning of time, the Celts had a calendar of their year. It was a lunar calendar with 13 months with each month representing a sacred tree. Each tree for each month corresponds to a letter of the ancient Celtic alphabet.

The current cycle we are in starts today with the Rowan tree (also known as mountain ash). The Rowan tree was believed to be a magical tree which grew red berries that were said to be food for the Gods. It is associated with Brighid , a Celtic fire Goddess of hearth and home. Known by the Celts as Luis, the Rowan tree is associated with healing, personal power, divination and success. A spell carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norse culture was known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.

To celebrate the Rowan in its sacred month, pray to the Goddess Brighid on her sabbat Imbolc on Feb 1.

Blessings )O(



Suggested Albums: Goddess Healing Cd’s by Mary Marzo
January 18, 2010, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Meditation and Healing, Suggested Albums


  Blog originaly posted on Love of the Goddess, all rights reserved.

I recently purchased one of Mary Marzo’s Goddess Healing cd’s and fell in love with it! She has a collection of three different guided meditation cd’s, and she herself walks you through each meditation. Her voice is very comforting and soothing. The first cd I’ve tried is her Goddess Relaxation and Meditations. The first 40 minutes she guides you through a deep body relaxation , surely to relax any individual! With deep breathing techniques and slowly relaxing each part of your body starting with your feet up to your neck and face. After trying this out I felt completely and totally relaxed! More than I ever have been. I highly recommend this part of the cd for anyone who has a hard time relaxing after a long day.

The next two tracks are guided meditations. First she walks you through a grounding meditation to connect with mother earth. Her soothing voice can illustrate a beautiful picture and heal your soul. The next and last track is about fifteen minutes of an inner sanctuary meditation. Here she helps you find your personal sacred inner sanctuary, where you can connect with your wise woman or simply heal and rest.

Guided meditation cd’s are a great tool for you to use for practicing meditation. They help you with visualization and they also help you to relax. Its much easier to listen to a nice soothing voice guide you through a meditation, than it is to try and read a meditation while trying to meditate! I recommend this wonderful Goddess meditation cd to anyone looking to connect with their inner Goddess, or someone who just needs help relaxing. Mary Marzo also offers two other cds titled: Goddess Blessings and Goddess and Child.

Be sure to check out her website and if you can try out one of her wonderful Goddess meditation cd’s!

Blessings )O(



Celtic Organizations :Conradh-na-Gaeilge
January 15, 2010, 1:50 pm
Filed under: Celtic Culture, Celtic Leagues and Orgs.


Abbreviated CnaG, and historically known in English by the translation Gaelic League) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes the Irish language in Ireland and abroad

Origins

Conradh na Gaeilge was founded in Dublin on 31 July, 1893 by Douglas Hyde (Irish: Dubhghlas de hÍde), a Protestant from Frenchpark, County Roscommon with the aid of Eugene O’Growney, Eoin MacNeill, Luke K. Walsh and others. The organisation developed from Ulick Bourke‘s earlier Gaelic Union and became the leading institution promoting the Gaelic Revival. The League’s first newspaper was An Claidheamh Soluis (The Sword of Light) and its most noted editor was Patrick Pearse.

Though apolitical, the organisation attracted many Irish nationalists of different persuasions, much like the Gaelic Athletic Association. It was through the League that many future political leaders and rebels first met, laying the foundation for groups such as the Irish Volunteers (1913). However, Conradh na Gaeilge did not commit itself entirely to the national movement until 1915, causing the resignation of Douglas Hyde, who felt that the culture of language should be above politics. Most of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation were members.

From 1922

After the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922, the organisation had a less prominent role in public life as Irish was made a compulsory subject in state-funded schools. The organisation successfully campaigned for the enactment of the Official Languages Act, 2003 which gave greater statutory protection to Irish speakers and created the position of An Coimisinéir Teanga (The Languages Commissioner).

Conradh na Gaeilge was among the principal organisation responsible for co-ordinating the successful campaign to make Irish an official language of the European Union.[1]

Most recently, the organisation has become embroiled in a dispute with Irish political party Fine Gael over the party’s policy to end the status of Irish as a compulsory subject for the Leaving Certificate. Conradh na Gaeilge have responded by asking voters in the next general election to vote only for candidates who are in favour of Irish’s required position remaining.[2]

The organisation has branches in several parts of Ireland and is closely involved in the development of the annual cultural festival, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, as well as the annual Seachtain na Gaeilge promotional campaign. Conradh na Gaeilge has recently opened free legal advice centres (Ionaid Saor Chomhairle Dlí) in Dublin and Galway in partnership with Free Legal Advice Centres.

Most recently, the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, has announced that he is to move the organisation out of its headquarters in central Dublin and relocate the organisation to the heart of the Ráth Cairn Gaeltacht in Meath. He cited the reason that not many people are using the building.

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