In our second half, we conclude our celebrations with four great pieces of music, a short Arthurian story, an excerpt from A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman and some great family stories from listeners - one of which is a very special story called The Fireball by listener, Jason MacNamara.
Full show notes, details and Contributor pages over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/halloween2
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x
Released: 9th November 2008, 1hr 12m
We tell our listeners about some of the changes made to the website to hopefully make it easier to navigate. We also discuss some amazing new fairy art that has been submitted to us by renowned artist, Justin Russell.
by Kim Thompsett
Kim Thompsett is a musician and songwriter living and working in the South East of England. She plays guitar, flute, native American flute and zither. Her songs have an escapist quality which evokes the England of old with hints of Celtic, medieval and the classic folk artists of the ‘60’s and 70’s.
The album Songs from the Uglee Meadow is due for release on 30th November 2008. The album title is inspired by a serene and beautiful place in East Sussex called the Uglee Meadow. The album features musicians such as Will Summers from Circulus on recorders, flutes and crumhorn and Philip Martin (alias Drohne) on hurdy gurdy.
by Debra A. Kemp
Despite the collar marking her as a slave of Dunn na Carraice, young Lin is fiercely determined to retain her pride and keep her family intact. That dignity bears a price, for Lin has drawn the wrath of Modred, the youngest prince of Orkney. His single-minded quest to break strong-willed Lin--by any means necessary--nearly succeeds. Although accustomed to the death, disease, rape and famine that runs rampant in the slave hovel she calls home, it is when her beloved brother Dafydd is placed on the auction block that her warrior spirit becomes apparent to all who challenge her, and the shocking secret of her lineage is finally revealed.
by Karen Kay
Karen says: I live literally at the ends of the earth in magical mystical Cornwall. I love the sea and lush green nature. The stunning scenery inspires my music and meditations. I love to create and express myself using my voice. I hope you will enjoy my creations.
She is also the editor and founder of Fae Magazine - a new magazine for faery fans in the UK, rest of Europe and around the faery world!
by Ellen Evert Hopman
The Druids used the ancient Ogham Tree Alphabet to work magic and honor the dead, surrounding each letter with medicinal and spiritual lore. Poets and bards created a secret sign language to describe the letters, each of which is named for a tree or a plant. For centuries this language was transmitted only orally in order to protect its secrets.
Combining her extensive herbal knowledge and keen poetic insight, Ellen Evert Hopman delves deeply into the historic allusions and associations of each of the 20 letters of the Ogham Tree Alphabet.
She also examines Native American healing methods for possible clues to the way ancient Europeans may have used these trees as healing agents. Druidic spiritual practices, herbal healing remedies, and plant lore are included for each tree in the alphabet as well as how each is used in traditional rituals such as the Celtic Fire Festivals and other celebrations. Hopman also includes a pronunciation guide for the oghams and information on the divinatory meanings associated with each tree.
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You can find more details on our Contributor Page.
by Damh the Bard
Another one of our all-time favourite tracks based in Celtic Mythology by Damh the Bard. This one concerns the Cauldron of Cerridwen and its magical powers.
Damh is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality, and love of folk tradition, is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry.
You can find his music on iTunes, Woven Wheat Whispers or from his website, Pagan Music. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on our website.
Ruthie says: "I was inspired to write this by one of our listeners. An amazing woman who is a singer in her own right."
Hear the call of the Morrigan,
The Great Mother, the Crow of Battle,
The giver of all life and the bringer of death.
I am the Goddess that trembles the hearts of men,
Receive me not in dread, my Daughters, for I dwell within you.
Feel my cry in the strife of war!
I anoint and guide the weeping dead.
I bless the land and bring the harvest.
I protect and guide you in distant lands.
I bring the spirits of your ancient kin
To stand with you under the cloak of my wings.
I am the great healer - ally in your darkest hour.
I, the Warrior Queen that walks by your side,
I, the memory of your ancestral home,
I am The Morrigan.
Kellianna can be found on Myspace, but her own website provides lots of useful information, including the lyrics to her songs, another chance to listen to more music as well as being able to buy her two CDs. Her music can also be purchased through iTunes. You can find out more details about Kellianna on her Contributor Page on our website.
The track she has given us permission to play is called Ancestor's Song from the album, I Walk With the Goddess, and you can find the lyrics on her site.
We read some amazing family stories our to celebrate our ancestors, including one that has been transformed into a story by listener Jason for us to perform for you. We ask you to contact us if you'd like to hear more and we'll pass your emails along to him. We also say Thank You to Lozboy who has given us a review on the UK iTunes - all helpful in getting people to listen to the show.
Scott Sigler makes amazing podcasts out of amazing stories and Ancestor is no exception. On a remote island in Lake Superior, scientists struggle to solve the problem of xenotransplantation -- using animal tissue to replace failing human organs. Funded by the biotech firm Genada, Dr. Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammals.
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The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.
Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.
Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.