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An Interview with the Goddess )o(
February 8, 2013, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Celtic Goddess, Meditation and Healing

“What surprises you most about mankind?”
She answered: “That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they never had lived…”

Her hands took mine and we were silent. After a long period, I said, “May I ask you another question?”
She replied with a smile.

“As a Mother, what would you ask your children to do for the new year?”
“To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that they should control their attitudes, otherwise their attitudes will control them.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that, while at times they may be entitled to be upset, that does not give them the right to upset those around them.
To learn that great dreams do not require great wings, but landing gear to achieve.
To learn that true friends are scarce, he/she who has found one has found a true treasure.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they forgive themselves.
To learn that they are masters of what they keep to themselves and slaves of what they say.
To learn that they shall reap what they plant; if they plant gossip they will harvest intrigues, if they plant love they will harvest happiness.
To learn that true happiness is not to achieve their goals but to learn to be satisfied with what they have already achieved.
To learn that happiness is a decision. They decide to be happy with what they are and have, or die from envy and jealousy of what they lack.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
To learn that those who are honest with themselves go far in life.
To learn how all things must be balanced; good and bad, easy and difficult, pleasant and painful, positive and negative. If all things were easy and pleasant all of the time, they would not seek to achieve, nor recognize or appreciate when life is comfortable.
To learn that even though they may think they have nothing to give, when a friend cries with them, they find the strength to appease the pain.
To learn that by trying to hold on to loved ones, they very quickly push them away; and by letting go of those they love, they will be side by side forever.
To learn that even though the word “love” has many different meanings, it loses value when it is overstated.
To learn that they can never do something extraordinary to cause Me to love them; I simply do.
To learn that the shortest distance they could be from Me is the distance of a prayer.”

~Author Unknown~ (edited and modified by Polly Taskey -all rights reserved by the author)

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"The Celtic Moon Goddess" by Eliseo Mauas Pinto
October 2, 2012, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks, Celtic Goddess, Celtic Symbolism, Lunar Calendar
I am proud to share with you my new Ebook release regarding The Celtic Moon Goddess“.

Most of you might probably be aware of the significance of the “Mother Goddess”,a term used to refer to a deity who represents “motherhood, fertility,and creation”. “The Celtic Moon Goddess” is not only a brief compendium regarding the passionate and ancient believes of the Celtic People, but certainly a good source of information to be read for all those lovers of all things related to the Goddess.

Many different goddesses have represented motherhood in one way or another, and some have been associated with the birth of humanity as a whole. Others have represented the fertility of the earth, but how about the ““Moon Goddesses” then?

On this book you will certainly may find a good source of information to be read not only regarding “Arianrhod” and “Rhiannon”,the two main “Moon Goddess” for the Celts, but also further relationships regarding the symbolism and significance to those lovers of all things related to the Goddess.

I invite you to Download a Free Sample of my book from the celebrated site Smashwords.com

Let the Moon and Stars pour their healing light on you and keep on sparkling in our souls… Bliss and blessings to you all!

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Áine: The Irish Sun and Moon Goddess
July 19, 2012, 12:01 am
Filed under: Celtic Celebrations, Celtic Goddess, Celtic Symbolism

Áine (Irish for “brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendour, glory, fame”) (Irish pronunciation: [ˈaːnʲə] ) is an Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty.)She is associated with midsummer and the sun and the moon, and is sometimes represented by a red mare, which lead us to associate her with the belief in the Goddess Epona and Rigantona, regarding her Moon Goddess aspect She is the Mother Goddess associated to fertily and is the Maiden aspect of a Triple Goddess.
Her solar associations, refer to her mainly with the morning light and the dawn of the year, quite evident in traditional beliefs, that depicts her as the wife or daughter of of the sea god Manannán mac Lir.,  noticing that at each and every dawn “she rises up from bed” (the Sea).
She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, and is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture. 
About seven miles from Áine’s hill, Cnoc Áine (Knockainy) in County Limerick, is the hill of the goddess Grian, Cnoc Gréine. Grian (literally, “sun”) is believed to be either the sister of Áine, In County Limerick, this pre-Christian belief on the Goddess was transmogrified ad she is now remembered as Queen of the fairies. It is said that she even sometimes took animal form, as a red mare, in order to walk among her people.
Many stories sprung up around the belief that Aine often turned herself into a fairy in order to mate with mortal men. This was oftentimes done by enchantment rather than by mutual consent. Spellbound by the goddess, these men were said to do whatever she commanded.
In any case, Aine was quite popular with the Irish people. In fact, her fame spread so far that it eventually reached the Western Isles of Scotland.  During summer time people lit torches of hay upon her hill of Cnoc Aine, carried them around the hill in a counterclockwise direction, and conveyed them home, bearing them aloft through their fields, while they waved the blessed fire over livestock and crops. 
Another of Áine’s manifestations, or possibly “Macha in disguise”.Due to Áine’s connection with midsummer rites, involving fire and the blessing of the land, recorded as recently as 1879. it is possible that Áine and Grian may share a dual-goddess, seasonal function (such as seen in the Gaelic myths of the Cailleach and Brighid) with the two sisters representing the “two suns” of the year: Áine representing the light half of the year and the bright summer sun (an ghrian mhór), and Grian the dark half of the year and the pale winter sun (an ghrian bheag).
She is also associated with sites such as Toberanna (Irish: Tobar Áine), County Tyrone; Dunany (Irish: Dun Áine), County Louth; Lissan (Irish: Lios Áine), County Londonderry; and Cnoc Áinenear Teelin, County Donegal.
In early tales she is associated with the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, who is said to have “ravished” her, an affair ending in Áine biting off his ear – hence “Aulom”, meaning “one-eared”. By maiming him this way, Áine rendered him unfit to be King, thereby taking away the power of sovereignty.The descendants of Aulom, the Eóganachta, claim Áine as an ancestor.
In other tales Áine is the wife of Gearoid Iarla. Rather than having a consensual marriage, he rapes her (thought to be based on the story of Ailill Aulom), and she exacts her revenge by either changing him into a goose, killing him, or both. Thus the FitzGeralds also claim an association with Áine; despite the French-Norman origins of the clan, the FitzGeralds would become known for being “More Irish than the Irish themselves.”
Áine is sometimes mistakenly equated with Danu as her name bears a superficial resemblance to Anu. “Aynia”, reputedly the most powerful fairy in Ulster, may be a variant of the same figure.
Lough Gur is strongly associated with fertility. According to local legend, every seven years the lake decreases revealing a wonderful tree of Another World that has the power to rejuvenate the whole earth.
She was worshiped at the Summer Solstice, Not surprisingly, Aine is also linked with the fertility of the land. Because of her associations with fire and water, she was also associated with healing. It was believed that she regulated the vital spark of life’s fire, which, like the sun’s daily traversal of the sky, circulated through the body every 24 hours. If bloodletting occurred on her sacred days, which were the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday prior to Lughnasadh, it was thought the sacred life spark would flow from the body and the patient would die.
Aine is therefore associated with both the life-giving sun itself, and the sun’s power in the human body, through which the spark was thought to travel by means of the blood. These folkloric remains point to the fact that in days past there must have been a full, rich tradition of healing in which Aine – as the spark of life, the sun-spark within the blood – played a significant part. 


"The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poems" by Eliseo Mauas Pinto
June 4, 2012, 4:58 am
Filed under: Celtic Culture, Celtic Goddess, Celtic Poems, Celtic Symbolism, Druidry
I am pleased to share with you a flash animation of my first digital edition of “The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poems“. (Feel free to zoom in, flip, and drag pages as you wish!)

This e-Book comprises a compilation of some poems written by me over the years splitted now in Chapters with some extra information regarding the Celtic Symbolism of Butterflies, and links to the audio songs and videos related to some of them… 
Butteflies have always been associated to the Goddess, Mother Nature, and particularly conceived as Messengers of the Otherworld. As we read these poems we can taste the spirit of our Celtic heritage. We can even enjoy the bonfires as they light up the sky.Each verse echoes with legends of old, bringing that past into our present. We can almost hear words uttered in the old language.
We experience the same symbolism, enhancing our reading with a unique personal voyage. And we can hear the music of harps, of bagpipes, whistles and drums;the cries for freedom, the thundering waves in the sea, the roaring of the mighty boars in the way as our ancient bards mastered to perform at halls and mystic groves. 
I invite you to Download a Free Sample of my book from the celebrated site Smashwords.com
 Let the Celtic Spirit keep on flaming on our souls… Bliss and blessings to you all!

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Merry Ostara ! – A Cellebration of the Spring Goddess
March 21, 2012, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Celtic Celebrations, Celtic Goddess, Celtic Symbolism, Druidry

Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts.
The vernal equiñox often called Ostara, is celebrated in the Northern hemisphere around March 21 and in the Southern hemisphere around September 23, depending upon the specific timing of the equinox. 
Ostara, also known as – Oestara, Eostra, Eostre was the pagan goddess of fertility and Spring, and the Christian festival of Easter derives its name from her.
The name Ostara may be related to the word for “east”. It has been connected to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre by Jacob Grimm in his Deutsche Mythologie.In terms of Wiccan ditheism, this festival is characterized by the rejoining of the Mother Goddess and her lover-consort-son, who spent the winter months in death.[12] Other variations include the young God regaining strength in his youth after being born at Yule, and the Goddess returning to her Maiden aspect.

Spring Equinox is a festival of new growth, renewal, a re-balancing of energies and the return of longer days. It is also known as the day of equilibrium. Now is a good time to consider the balance of our lives – work, play and relationships.

Spring Meditations and Healing
It is a time where the light is equal to the darkness and from here on out the days grow longer.  The earth awakens… new life emerges, sap rises, buds shoot and spring flowers are celebrated as gifts from nature. Spring returns and rejuvenates our own life force. It is a time of balance, so one of the great uses for this meditation is that of finding polarity and solving problems. Spring returns and rejuvenates our own life force,  a time when male and female energies were balanced.
 
In ancient times many festivals were held to celebrate the Spring Goddesses who were associated with flowering, growth and fertility of the land. Among the Wiccan sabbats, it is preceded by Imbolc and followed by Beltane.This sabbat represents a time for rebirth in nature and in our own lives. 
There ane many different ways to celebrate the Spring Goddess. You can do a ritual in her honor, plant seeds of beautiful spring flowers, or try to start a new in your own life. Another symbol for rebirth is the labyrinth, you can make one of these, and walk it to symbolize finding your center. A labyrinth can also symbolize the cycles of life and nature, since your life never goes in one direction, so to the labyrinth will take you on a journey to help you find your center.
Home altars might feature spring flowers, seeds, jasmine or flowery incense, and the gemstone of jasper. 
The Easter Moon and the Goddess Symbols

Easter is calculated by the moon, and occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox.

This is the time when the young Sun God now celebrates a sacred marriage with the young Maiden Goddess. We celebrate the return of the spring goddess from her long season of dormant sleep.
The egg symbolized Eostre’s wholeness and fertility – the female hormone oestrogen is named after her – and is offered at this equinox as a symbol of fertility and new life. The golden yolk represents the Sun God, its white shell is seen as the White Goddess.
The hare was regarded as the sacred animal of the lunar goddess, because of its fertility and activity at this time. Chinese people symbolized the moon as a hare with a lantern. Witches were once believed to shape-shift into hares. Now rabbits have become one of the symbols of Easter – they are these days more prolific and common than the graceful hare.
Eggs are considered by followers of Christianity as a symbol of “resurrection”: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.
he Easter Bunngilipollasy or Easter Rabbit or (sometimes Spring Bunny in the U.S) is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.
Alsace tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs introduced into the American cultural fabric by German settlers in Pennsylvania.

The association of eggs  with this and other Vernal festivals as symbols of rebirth and fertility for so long is unknown, and may date to the beginning of human civilization. Ancient Romans and Greeks used eggs as symbols of fertility, rebirth, and abundance- eggs were solar symbols, and figured in the festivals of numerous resurrected gods.

Another symbol of the Goddess at Ostara is the snake, which emerges from winter hibernation to bask in the Spring sunshine. Due to the shedding of its skin the snake was a symbol of new life. Curiously ancient Druids carried a venerated talisman: The Serpent’s Egg. 
Snakes, because they shed and are thus “reborn”, were associated with the moon, which periodically ‘died’ and was reborn through the process of its phases. Since snake eggs are oval and white, it may have symbolized the moon itself in either its waxing or waning gibbous stage. Hence the time to collect the eggs for druidic ritual purposes or for talismans would be during a gibbous moon. Thus not only was the serpent’s egg the egg of the female lunar snake, but it contained within it a new baby snake – a New Moon – ready to be reborn.


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