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Divinations for the Honey Moon (4-21-12 to 5-20-12)
April 20, 2012, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

 

This is a time for Love

In pagan lore the Summer Prince and the Maiden of the Moon have met, and found delight in one another. In fact, in many cultures and beliefs this is seen as the time in the Wheel of the Year when the goddess takes on the aspect of Queen of the May coupled with the god in his aspect of Summer King. Together they will reign over this peaceful season of growth and abundance.

This moon heralds the customary time for revelry and traditional love sport as represented by the May Pole where the dancers around the pole weave closer to the center of the circle and in that way they are also drawn closer to one another

In this unashamed celebration of the physical pleasures of attaining womanhood and manhood the seed of new life, (planted symbolically or in actuality), is celebrated all through the night of May 1st, known as May Day or Beltane, and the world revels in the sheer joy of being alive.

However this moon is known to you, the Hot Moon, the Strawberry Moon, or the Honey Moon, it will surely be known in some ways that call to mind the first honey dripping from wild hives, or the sweet ripeness of fruit orchards because this moon is the moon of ripening fullness.

If you offer yourself one enduring memory of this moon, allow it to be one that calls to mind the rich fullness of fruit ripening on the vines and the heady sweetness of a season in which all desires may come to fruition and all wishes may be granted.

You see… there is a belief… and a powerful one at that… which says that any thing planted under the Honey Moon will enjoy the extra energy of growth and life during this time of rich fertility.

Ancient peoples knew this, and they marked the rich fertility of the spring season with celebrations like the Roman Cerealia, a celebration dedicated to the goddess Ceres, patroness of the fruits and grains of the earth… or the Floralia, dedicated to the goddess Flora patroness of flowers and the pleasures of youth.

But, don’t think the magic of the Honey Moon has been lost to the ages. Even today the spirit of growth and fertility is well recognized through modern day observations like Earth Day, when people remember their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.

So, Sugar, it may be that you too are inclined to see what kinds of sweetness this moon holds…. if so…. come sit here beside me while we have a look at all the secrets of the honeyed heavens…

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Lunar Calendar: The Honey Moon (April 21st to May 20th)
April 20, 2012, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing
 

This is a time for Love

In pagan lore the Summer Prince and the Maiden of the Moon meet, and find delight in each others company, hence, this is known as the Honey Moon. In fact, in many cultures and beliefs this is seen as the time in the Wheel of the Year when the goddess in her mature aspect of Queen of the May is coupled with the god in his mature aspect of Summer King. Together they will reign over this peaceful season of growth and abundance. This tradition of courtship under the sixth moon is so strong that even today you will find references to spring as the time when everyone’s attention turns to matters of love. In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar the name of this moon is Saille (Willow) which runs from April 5th to May 12th.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Ing (Expansive Energy) from May 14th through May 28th, and Odal (Home or Heritage) from May 29th through June 13th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Maia and runs from April 18th through May 15th.

However this moon is known to you, as the Hot Moon, the Strawberry Moon, or the Honey Moon, it will surely be known in some ways that call to mind the first honey dripping from wild hives, or the sweet ripeness of fruit orchards because this moon is the moon of ripening fullness.

This moon heralds the customary time for revelry and traditional love sport as represented by the May Pole where the dancers around the pole weave closer to the center of the circle and in that way they are also drawn closer to one another

In this unashamed celebration of the physical pleasures of attaining womanhood and manhood the seed of new life, (planted symbolically or in actuality), is celebrated all through the night of May 1st, known as May Day or Beltane, and the world revels in the sheer joy of being alive.

So, with all that information to guide you, it may be that you see this moon as the doorway of the year which opens to the power of light and the beneficial growth and expansion associated with the longest days of the year.

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Celtic Poems : A Song Of Spring
April 19, 2012, 3:37 pm
Filed under: Celtic Poems

The Spring comes slowly up this way,
Slowly, slowly,
Under a snood of hodden grey.

The black and white for her array,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where is her green that was so gay?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Unto a world too sick for May,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where are the lads that used to play?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

She has no heart for holiday,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

The trees are out in Heaven they say.
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up our way. 

(c) Katharine Tynan (1859-1931)



The “Green Man” – Believes and considerations about a seasonal deity
April 13, 2012, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Celtic Symbolism, King Arthur


Voices & Harps Workshop 2012 – Public event · By Moya Brennan
April 11, 2012, 3:01 am
Filed under: Influential Musicians


Celtic Jewelry: Symbolism and Styles
April 9, 2012, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A simple and elegant beauty to the symbols used in this type of jewelry that never goes out of style. If you have ever seen a knotwork ring, then you are aware of this type of jewelry in the style that it represents.

Between 2000 BC and 550 AD, the Celts used silver and gold to craft their jewelry. Archaeological studies have shown that the desire for Celtic jewelry reached as far as the Mediterranean.
Beautiful jewelry such as lunulae, collars, fibulae, torques, bangles and brooches were designed for the rich and noble kings and leaders of ancient Ireland.
Celtic artwork contains spiral, knotworks, animal forms and interlacing patterns. Celtic jewelry can be exotic and fascinating, and at the same time can be simple.
In 450 BC the Celtic artwork was brilliantly developed with swirling spirals and hidden faces of animals and human. Then the knotworks were introduced in Celtic arts in early Christian era. In late Christian era the Celtic artwork was used in gold, silver etc to make the finest jewelry.
Hallstatt is the first style in Celtic art that includes geometric designs. La Téne style includes leaf work and spiral designs. These designs specialize in developing faces which may appear and disappear. This is the cleverest method used in Celtic arts.
So what kind of Celtic jewelry was made in ancient times? In fact, the Celtic jewelry surviving examples are rings, bracelets, pendants, hair pin decoration and brooches, which  were found right across the Mediterranean so we know that the business of trade was successful for the lucky tribes who had a blacksmith.
The ancient Celts saw fire, which was used to make Celtic Jewelry, as a means that had transformation properties which would be the highest form of spiritual communication. On Celtic statues and art forms all around, they incorporated the design of three flames or sunrays on the faces of their deities, and on pictures of their clansmen and women. Great for woad design! These flames were drawn as three lines going up and outwards, fanning out on the forehead with the base of the three lines meeting at the bridge of the nose. Modern Druids are using this sign and it is called Awen. This might be something you’d like for the Celtic jewelry for your modern day clan.
The ancient Celts also honored the earth as their mother Goddess. They believed that when a kinsman/woman passed on, they had to be buried in a womb like cave facing west so that they would be reborn in the Celtic otherworld or Underworld. Some British and Welsh tribes call it the Isle of Avalon. But all Celts believed the afterlife continued on an isle across the sea. If someone you know has gone through a tough time, an earth symbol on their Celtic jewelry would be a great symbol to be reborn into a new phase!
Celtic jewelry also had creatures or animals. Celtic Totem animals were the earliest form of Gods. Gods changed into land areas where these animals came from, like the Salmon became a river Goddess and later, when males became more dominate, river Gods. When they were Christianized from 400’s to 1700’s CE, in more remote areas, these Gods became mythical beings like wizards, sorceresses, fairies, leprechauns and heroes. The air Gods became Sylphs. These come in the form of butterflies

Jewelry Styles

Knotwork is the most famous style in Celtic art. Trinity knot has three knots weaving through itself or through number of strips. Spiral style may look like swirls double, triple or quadruple designs. They are mingled with one another like the English alphabet S or C.
Zoomorphic is that style in which animal shape like snake, bird, salmon and lion are used. The birds will normally be peacock or eagle. The early Celtic artwork did not use the shape of dragon. However modern Celtic art uses dragon in its design. The animals are normally designed as twisted with one another and therefore it resembles the knot workstyle to some extent.
Maze style is just like spiral designs and step style appears like tiles. People are also designed in Celtic artwork with different hair styles and dressings.
Generally, the Celtic art styles provide some symbolic representation. Knotwork depicts the inter connectivity of life and human in the universe. Similarly the spirals define the personal spirit and it also determines the importance of holy sprits. Maze and steps style refers to  journey of life. In Zoomorphic every animal depicts one quality. Lion stands for strength, Snakes for rebirth, Peacocks for purity and so on.
The Celts normally displayed their artwork in metal. Celtic jewelry had minute designs which were the finest artwork of Celts.
Irish Celtic artwork is more famous than other countries in Europe. Though Celts lived in England, Spain and France apart from Ireland, Irish Celtic art has great impact all over the world. The Irish art combines the knots, crosses etc.
Celtic Crosses were the powerful symbols and so they are used even now in various art works. The Irish Celtic artworks reached its apex in the period of Vikings.
One of the most big features of celtic jewelry nowadays is the Claddagh Ring, wich comes from a modern design.  Feel free to read more about the Claddagh ring on my previous posts:
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