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Podshow Episode 41 Of Sea-Monsters and Golden Hair is now available!

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Teyrnon fighting the Monster

Teyrnon defends his Prize Mare!

Podshow Episode 41 Of Sea-Monsters and Golden Hair is now available!

Part 12 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. We shift our attention now to the Kingdom of Gwent and its’ Lord, Teyrnon, who has a terrible problem with his Prize Mare. At the same time as young Pwyll and his Bride, Rhiannon, are being punished for the ‘alleged’ crime that Rhiannon has committed, Teyrnon and his wife are deciding to end the unspeakable horror that comes upon the Horse every year as she tries to give birth at Beltane. What comes next is a huge surprise..!

This episode is also the twelfth and penultimate episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi and carries on with the second half of that Branch.

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Celtic Myth Podshow LogoThe Episode is available for subscribers on the feed, or you can download it or listen to it from our Episodes page. You can find the Shownotes for this episode in the Shownotes section.

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We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

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Windows 8 Phone AppYou can now also find the Windows 8 Phone App in the Windows 8 Phone Store.
If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing? It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.
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How King Arthur gate his Sword Excalibur

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King Arthur at Parliament No. 18 – How King Arthur gate his Sword Excalibur

King Arthur lost his sword in battle with King Pellinore. He was severely wounded and so Merlin took him into the forest to a hermit who nursed him. In this forest they came upon a lake. Arthur told Merlin that he needed another sword, and Merlin told him that he should look into the lake. This is the 18th part in our series of animated/audio stories of King Arthur based on artwork found around the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of a wonderful Virtual Tour found at explore-parliament.net. We highly recommend you go to the Explore Parliament site to watch/hear the presentation about this artwork.

More details about the King Arthur at Parliament wood-carvings

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Nature’s Child: The New Album from Cernunnos Rising

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 Nature’s Child: The  New Album from Cernunnos Rising
Nature's Child: The  New Album from Cernunnos Rising

Nature’s Child: The New Album from Cernunnos Rising

Following their two fabulous albums Wild soul and Urban Druid, Cernunnos Rising have done it again with their soon to be released album Nature’s Child. Here is an album that is a beautiful mixture of light and darkness, love and sadness, and the eternal dance of Nature in all her wild joy.

George Nicholas’ timeless voice and the other talented musicians of Cernunnos Rising weave a magical glamour for us with a melange of musical styles, ranging from Jazz, Blues and Folk through to Country. They have given us a Chocolate Box assortment of goodies to listen and tap our toes to. It’s only when you are singing along and dancing that you realise that you’ve been caught by the album’s magic.

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Survey proves 1/3rd of Irish people believe Leprechauns exist

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One third of Irish people believe that leprechauns exist, according to a survey conducted by Cooley Distillery, in 2011 reports the Irish Central. Over half of respondents said they believe that they existed in Ireland in the past. Leprechaun’s are small, smart and devious little characters usually dressed from head to toe in green and with ginger hair and a ginger beard. They date back to Irish mythology and were described by many as “wee folk”.  Normally great musicians, they can play a variety of instruments including the tin whistle, the fiddle and the harp.

The online survey was conducted ahead of the second annual National Leprechaun Hunt, in County Louth in aid of Our Ladys Children’s Hospital Crumlin and local charities.

The research concluded that due to the current downturn, and the scarcity of gold, many leprechauns were faced to emigrate.

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A Review of Ard Rí – a Celtic Card Game

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This is a review of Ard Rí – A Card Game of the Early Celts. I’m playing my first game of Ard Rí (which means High King), and here my warriors stand and my cattle graze upon the turf. My enemies are ranged against me across the table…

I gather my Celtic Warriors into my Company and watch over my cattle carefully. So proud am I in this noble company! My herd swells on the greensward and bright Lugh joins the beautiful Étaín and the wise Manannán mac Lír, master of wiles and of glamour, in my Roundhouse. My scouts have reported to me that the size of my rival’s herd is growing, but are my warriors enough to strike at him and steal some away with impunity or will he decimate the pride of my warband? I know that Balor, the Mighty-Striker stands with them!

As the Feast of Samhain comes upon us, it is time to take from our herds and feed our warriors or they may join the wandering band of warriors known as the Fianna or, worse still, be lost to this world and enter the Underworld, the realm of the Síde. This year, I bide my time and hunt in the wilderness for more cattle and bring them into my fold. It is at this time however that my rival chooses to try and raid my own herd. Now I must send my warriors into battle. But who do I send against his mighty warriors? Maybe now is the time  of our proving? So passes another year and if I am a King rich in cattle after several such hard fought years, I may be able to force my rival into accepting me as his Liege, thus becoming High King over the whole Land!

That is indeed how I felt when we played the Basic game of Ard Ri for the first time. The atmosphere of the ancient Celtic warrior culture is superbly captured by the game, and the mythology of the Gods seeps into your bones as you send forth mighty Nuada to do battle against the incoming forces, or defeat a raid with the Morrigan. So what does this game involve?

A Quick Summary of Ard Rí – the Celtic Card Game

One or two decks of truly beautiful cards (and later three, with our support for the Kickstarter campaign) are used to play a game for 2-5 players that superbly represents the ancient Irish culture of cattle-raiding.

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The Fairy Flag Of Clan MacLeod

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Many, many years ago, the Chief of Clan MacLeod was a handsome, intelligent man, and all the young ladies in the area were very attracted to him, but none suited his fancy.
One day, he met a fairy princess, a bean sidhe, one of the Shining Folk. Like all the other females he met, she fell madly in love with him, and he with her.

When the princess appealed to the King of the Fairies, for permission to marry the handsome Chief, he refused, saying that it would only break her heart, as humans soon age and die, and the Shining Folk live forever.

She cried and wept so bitterly that even the great King relented, and agreed that she and the Chief could be hand-fasted for a year and a day. But, at the end of that time, she must return to the land of Fairie and leave behind everything from the human world. She agreed, and soon she and the young MacLeod were married with great ceremony.

No happier time ever existed before or since for the Clan MacLeod, for the Chief and Lady MacLeod were enraptured of each other totally. As you might expect, soon a strapping and handsome son was born to the happy couple, and the rejoicing and celebration by the Clan went on for days. However, the days soon passed and a year and a day were gone in a heartbeat.

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Looking at Symbols in Celtic Mythology

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Looking at Symbols in Celtic Mythology, by Guest Blogger Dr. Gwilym Morus

We’re very proud to bring you a Guest Blog by Dr. Gwilym Morus, whose Doctorate in the field of medieval Welsh Bardic Culture and Welsh Mythology makes him uniquely qualified to help us explore the meaning of Celtic symbols. When looking at the symbols in the wonderful image of ‘Cernunnos’, the Celtic God, on one of the panels of the Gundestrup Cauldron, for example, we have to be deeply immersed  in the symbols in the image to gain an understanding of their meaning. Symbols such as the Antlers, the Torc and the phallic-like, ‘horned’ serpent carry many subtle and deep meanings. Here he examines how mythological symbols are closer to living beings than dead archaeological remains.

Being at a Distance from the Culture that gave Birth to the Symbols

When trying to interpret myths and their symbols we usually find ourselves doing so at some distance from the culture that gave birth to them.

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley by Alan Garner

Gary’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a book for children it is fast-paced and full of adventure. The action centres upon Alderly Edge and introduces the legend of the Sleeping Warriors who await the call of the Once an Future King to rise and defend England once more.

As an adult reading a book written for children, I find myself enjoying the archetypal dwarves and being frustrated at the stereotypical children who are the heroes of the book.

All in all, the book had made me want to find out more about the legend of the Sleeping Knights and visit Alderley Edge – so for this reason alone I have no hesitation in giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Story of the Book

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley is a children’s fantasy novel written by the English author Alan Garner.

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Exit Doctor Who – Enter Merlin!

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Felix in his wonderful Gaming Blog, tells us that straight after the final episode of Doctor Who the BBC ran a (very) short trailer which basically consisted of the following screen. He also found two Guardian news articles that reveal some interesting facts.

First Announcement 2005

The BBC is developing a drama series based around the fictional Arthurian wizard Merlin for the Doctor Who early Saturday evening slot on BBC1.

Merlin is one of a number of dramas being developed for the 7pm Saturday slot following the runaway success of Doctor Who earlier this year, which is credited with reviving family viewing.

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OM to Ogham

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OM to Ogham: Guest Blogger Robert Baird

Plato observed that the advent of an alphabet making writing efficient for average people actually lead to less knowledge or disciplined communication. We need not blame the Phoenicians for this because people really could benefit from writing.

John Locke and many other scientists during the time when man thought there was some reality in prejudices like The Scale of Nature observed that language was a pre-requisite for consciousness. Although there is some truth in his observations which include the Tabula Rasa, this is pure hogwash and perhaps even worse than that. He may well have sought to make people feel inferior just as that Scale of Nature was designed to do to so many non-Europeans!

Common sense is a most uncommon thing it appears. We still have many people living under the pall of the Bible Narrative and other absolute religions (Fukayama and social engineers know how to use) which have whole histories of deceit woven into their dogma and the laws that form the structure of our society. I am all for the Kat-ma concept of Karma which would have these social engineers meet their maker and put an end to that Dog-ma. It is unfortunate that scholars who are interested in making a living often have to go along with things they know are only half true at best. It is more unfortunate that good money can be made debunking real scholarship and exploration by the likes of Barraclough Fell and other Epigraphists. Please take a look into Rob Gombach of Utah State University as he says Fell was only a hobbyist.

The treatment of the concept of OM by the Catholic Encyclopedia is a fine example of what is wrong with our society I think.

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