Great 18th Century Scots story and The Isle of Many Gods
This is the second half of our Spring Seasonal Special. You can hear the second half of our epic 18th century tale from Scotland - the Wife or the Wuddy, four great pieces of music, a listener poem and a truly informative piece from the book, The Isles of Many Gods by David Rankine and Sorita D'Este.
Full Show-notes, with all credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/spring2010b
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 9th April 2010, 1h 9m
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by Samantha Gillogly
Sam is a fabulous artist and frequent contributor to the show. Here she has played 'To Drive the Cold Winter Away' for us and we read her favourite verse for her in the show and print it below. When not practicing, performing, or composing, Gillogly’s off hours are spent writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and experimenting in painting, drawing and calligraphy. She is a published writer in multiple formats, and has been a contributing critic to The Green Man Review, an online arts and culture magazine, and now writes on Celtic Arts and Culture for Examiner.com. Her favourite culinary pursuit is brewing her infamous triple-espresso coffee, known to those who've dared taste it as "Viola Varnish".
by David Rankine & Sorita D'Este
Isles of the Many Gods : An A-Z of the Pagan Gods & Goddesses worshipped in Ancient Britain during the first millenium through to the Middle Ages: A ... Britain During the First Millennium CE.
The Isles of the Many Gods brings together, for the first time, information on the worship of these deities in Britain, in an easy to use A-Z. It includes both the native & immigrant gods & goddesses, from well known gods like Apollo, Brigit, Freya, Herne, Isis, Mars & Woden to lesser known ones like Abandinus, Arianrhod, Genii Cucullati, Midir, Vitiris & the Wheel God.
by Jenna Greene
Jenna Greene is a Celtic Pagan singer-songwriter and harpist. Her songs are inspired by hope and healing, following bliss, nature mythology, the law of attraction and the little miracles in everyday life.
Believe: "I wrote this song for my daughter and all children-at-heart. It is about a magical friendship between a fairy and a human child. The fairy teaches the child to always believe in herself and in her dreams. This song has become my personal anthem. I end every concert with Believe to remind myself and my audience that believing is the magic that creates reality."
by John Mackay Wilson
This story is the second part of a tale, "The Wife or the Wuddy' by Mr Wilson who was famed for collecting hundreds of tales from the Scottish Borders. I think they went up to about volume 23! This story is a little lengthy, and is the main reason that we split this Holiday Special into two parts. The first part of the story can be heard in Episode SP17a. If you find the accents or the vocabulary somewhat difficult to follow, then please follow along with the text which you can find at Project Gutenberg listed below.
You can read the original of this book on Project Gutenberg.
by Andrew Hinkinson-Hodnett
I wrote the first version of my poem Dagda back in October 2004, and the verses were shortly afterwards used in casting a sacred circle to invoke the male aspect of the Divine. Dagda is an Old God, an important figure in Irish mythology and a High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is important to many Pagan paths including Druidry. Dagda is sometimes connected in people’s minds to the Green Man whose face adorns old churches, and while there appears to be no evidence I can find to confirm that link as real it is nevertheless one that I myself intuitively make.
The version of the poem I present to you today was extensively revised just as a gloriously hot pink and baby blue dawn broke on this very morning in 2009. I only realised when the reworking was finished that it is exactly five years and two months after the original was committed to paper. I hope you enjoy reading, and feel free to make use of the poem in your own ritual invocations (but as ever please acknowledge the poet’s copyright, and do not republish anywhere else).
The image above is the Dagda on the Gundestrup Cauldron, courtesy of Wiki.
by Damh the Bard
by Philippa Ballantine
Digital Magic is the sequel to Chasing the Bard- the award winning podcast novel–written by New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine.
"Penherem is a quaint, sleepy English village where people go to escape the 21st Century. Hiding from the world of laptop computers, the Internet, and wireless communication, is Ella. A writer, now barren of ideas and drive, she resigns herself to a quiet life of solitude. Everything changes with the arrival of a shapeshifting thief. Suddenly, everyone begins to change–from the local librarian to the lady of the manor–revealing their true natures and dangerous secrets. Something in this sleepy English village is awakening… something that might be better left alone."
by The Pentacle Drummers
"The Pentacle Drummers' livery has always been green and red. Our tatter coats and face paint help lend a theatrical touch to events. Sometimes it seems that we live our 'Life in Tatters'. At the Herstmonceux and Michelham Priory Medieval Festivals we enter into the spirit of the events by adopting full medieval attire.
At bonfires we adopt a much darker look. You will recognise us by our more sombre black gothic costumes and makeup, some wicked hats and a plethora of glowsticks." [Source]
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