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Summer Solstice 2016 | Infographic showing Irish Celtic Traditions

I can’t believe it is that time of year already… the summer solstice takes place between June 20th and June 22nd, depending on which hemisphere and what time zone you’re in.  From now on, the days start getting… Read More

Speaking in Tongues of Fire

Today, satire refers to biting, snarky incendiary sarcasm, often humorous, generally aimed at politicians and people of power. But to the ancient Irish, whose society was founded on a code of honour, satire had a much darker, and more practical purpose. To compose a satire against someone was to challenge their authority and call their honour into question. There could be no greater shame.

Tree Lore | The Five Sacred Evergreens of #Christmas

For out ancestors, winter mast have seemed like a near-death; the sun was distant and weak, unable to warm earth or air, unable to hold back the night; trees wept leaves like tears; plants melted into the earth, inert beneath frozen or sodden ground; birds flew away; animals hibernated or migrated. The only vivacious sign of life flourishing in the land whilst all else wasted, was the evergreens. No wonder they became a beacon of hope, a symbol of endurance and survival. No wonder people brought them into their homes as a reminder of better times.