Sep 25 2014

Welsh tree was alive 3,000 years before the birth of Christ!

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Yew Tree in St Cynog's Churchyard

Yew Tree in St Cynog’s Churchyard

Pic: Mail Online

A tiny village is believed to be home to Britain’s oldest tree – a yew that first took took root more than 5,000 years ago reports the Mail Online. The majestic yew that lives in in a Welsh churchyard was 3,000 years old when Jesus Christ was born, according to tree ageing experts. Experts have run tests on the tree in the St Cynog’s churchyard at Defynnog near Sennybridge, Powys, including DNA and ring-dating. The species is common across European churchyards because its evergreen leaves and longevity is a symbol of Christ’s transcendence of death.

There are hundreds of ancient yew trees dating back at least 600 years across Britain, but the 60-foot-wide giant at St Cynog’s is believed to be the most ancient.
Tree ageing expert Janis Fry, 64, who has studied yews for more than 40 years, said:

I’m convinced this is the oldest tree in Europe. It was planted on the north side of the ancient burial mound which is now the churchyard, probably in honour of a neolithic chieftain.

It is so old that it has split into two halves – one 40ft (12 metres) wide and the other 20 ft (6 metres) wide. Its DNA has been tested by the Forestry Institute and its ring count is 120 per inch which makes it [more than] 5,000 years old.

The Yew: How a Sacred Pagan Symbol was adopted by the Church

Yews were potent symbols of death too – particularly in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt – because of their toxic leaves and red berries. The yew is found in churchyards across Europe because the early Church often took over existing religious buildings as it converted and took over pagan regions. But the tree has since become a strong Christian symbol – its long life and evergreen leaves now represent Christ’s transcendence of death in his resurrection. The yew’s leaves also bear a resemblance to palm leaves and were commonly used on Palm Sunday for Easter rituals. Indeed some ancient British folklore has even hinted that Christ was crucified on a yew tree.
Druids Collecting Mistletoe illustration

Druids Collecting Mistletoe illustration

Pic: Mail Online

Another, less magical reason for their existence in churchyards is that poisonous yews were actively planted by the local parish to discourage farmers from letting their cattle graze on burial grounds.

Church in Wales property services chief Alex Glanville said:

Yew trees have survived in Wales better than anywhere else because of our wet climate and lower light levels.

Protecting the Yew Trees

St Cynog's Churchyard

St Cynog’s Churchyard

Pic: Mail Online

The Church in Wales has now launched a campaign to protect the yew trees in their churchyards. It is sending out certificates to parishes and communities which have some of the oldest yews – giving information on where to get the best advice for managing and making the most of them. Mr Glanville said:

It is time we celebrated these amazing trees and the communities that have cared for them down the centuries.

Read more on the Mail Online website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2683383/Europes-oldest-yew-tree-discovered-Welsh-churchyard-FIVE-THOUSAND-years-old.html#ixzz3EJTtKgUX

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Sep 07 2014

Coming soon: The Druid Isle

The Druid Isle
Pic: Llewellyn
Do you remember in SP06, our Yule Holiday Special for 2008 we presented a section of Priestess of the Forest for you? You can find the Shownotes for SP06 in the Shownotes section and have a look again. Priestess of the Forest is a novel set in the 3rd century about a Druid healer and a Fennid warrior written by Ellen Evert Hopman, an author well versed in American Druidism. Well, in April of 2010 she is preparing to release the sequel to this book called The Druid Isle.

The Druid Isle

The Druid Isle takes you into the world of Ethne, a Druid healer, and her warrior partner, Ruad. When their beautiful daughter Aífe undertakes training on a Druid island, she falls in love with Lucius, a handsome young man who has traded his priestly studies at a Christian monastery for the Druid life. But their love—and their beliefs—are threatened in the face of a lustful king and relentless Roman monks.

Set on a third-century island off the coast of Scotland, this instructional Celtic tale delves deeper into the spiritual mystery of the Druids and offers a fascinating look at the Romans, Gauls, and Britons.

Ellen Evert Hopman

Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a popular author of Druidry-related titles, and a master herbalist. She teaches at the Grey School of Wizardry and has contributed to several Pagan journals.

You can find out more about Ellen and her work on her website at http://www.elleneverthopman.com.

Reviews

"Ellen has done it again. The Druid Isle grabs you right from the start. In it, we follow the story of Aife, a Pagan girl who lives with the forest Druids, and Lucius, a young Christian monk who turns Pagan. In my opinion, one of the best features of the book is the small bits of old lore from the Druids scattered throughout. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone’s library!"

–Rev. Skip Ellison, Archdruid of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) and author of Ogham: The Secret Language of the Druids and The Solitary Druid: A Practitioner’s Guide

I’m looking forward to seeing this work and hope that we’re allowed to bring you a section from the follow-up to Priestess of the Forest!

Originally posted 2009-12-13 13:46:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 07 2014

The Highland Games keep the Celtic Spirit alive

The wonderful thing about a mythology like that of the Celts is that it is still so vibrant and alive. Over the centuries it has matured, evolved and developed like a fine wine. The fruit from which it is made is a rare and beautiful specimen, but with the passage of time it has become a full-bodied vintage.

You can’t look at the Mythology in isolation. Take for example, the phenomenon of the Celtic festival that we find in modern times. The celebration of heritage, culture and the stories of myth has travelled all over the world following the path of the Celts as they explored and settled in far-off countries. Now it is no longer strange to find the Highland Games being celebrated in Tallahassee, at  the North Florida Fairgrounds – and celebrated with just as much joy as the Eisteddfod in Wales.

I find it wonderful that the Celtic Spirit can thrive and grow in this fashion and welcome each and every celebration.

We loved the previous location (Sunny Hill Farm on Roberts Road), said organizer Amy Ray. It was so picturesque. But we hope (moving to the fairgrounds) will be better for logistics.

We hope it’ll also allow us to go forward and grow and establish a more active Scottish presence in Tallahassee.

The local collective Celtic community is growing under the influence of such groups as the Tallahassee St. Andrew Society, Tallahassee Irish Society, various pipe bands and fiddle orchestras, and other organizations devoted to Celtic culture and heritage.

The presence of those groups will be felt at this year’s festival, along with visiting entertainers, vendors, genealogists and performers.

We’ll have the Wild Highlanders, a group that recreates the traditional fighting styles of Scottish Highlanders in mock battles and fights,” Ray said. “It’s quite a lively crowd, to say the least.

The festival proper starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and concludes with a ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”), a rip-roaring hoedown headlined by Celtic rock group Seven Nations.

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Originally posted 2008-04-18 09:49:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 07 2014

Proleek Dolmen Summer Solstice alignment

Pic: novopress Ancient dolmen in Louth points towards Slieve Gullion for Summer Solstice Sunset

It is known as the ‘Giant’s Load’ and, when you stand under the great capstone of Proleek Dolmen, it’s not difficult to see why. This huge boulder is reputed to weigh around 40 tonnes, yet it sits comfortably on top of three upright stones as if it was a sheet of paper and not a giant rock.

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Originally posted 2008-08-18 10:31:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 07 2014

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Bog Child
Pic: Amazon
A fascinating Celtic novel has just hit the Kindle as an electronic download. It is 1981, and 18-year-old Fergus lives on the border between Northern Ireland and the south. His older brother, Joe, a member of the Provisional IRA, is jailed at Long Kesh and joins a hunger strike. The family is traumatized, and Fergus does his best to comfort his mother and to convince Joe that his "sacrifice" for the cause is not worth it. Fergus has been pressured (blackmailed) to smuggle packages for the IRA, but wants nothing more than to leave Ireland and study to become a doctor. His life becomes even more complicated when he and his uncle discover the body of a young girl while pilfering peat.

It turns out to be 2000 years old. Thus begins a double narrative that involves a love story and a discussion of destiny and self-sacrifice. Fergus’s story includes his struggle to understand his brother’s actions and his growing love for the daughter of the archaeologist called in to investigate the Iron Age discovery. Interspersed is the story of Mel, the bog child, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to unite her people, and who finds love at the end of her life. The two narratives work beautifully together. The love story between Fergus and Cora is depicted with tenderness, and their adolescent sexuality is sensitively portrayed. Readers will come away with a strong sense of the time periods (especially of the "Troubles") through dialogue and action. This compelling read is lyrically written and contains authentic dialogue and challenging and involving moral issues. It’s a first, and a must-have purchase. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2009-07-18 08:50:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 07 2014

Saltire Annihilation Part 1 – Scotland’s Superhero returns in a tale of Dark Age horror!

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Saltire: Annihilation Pt. 1

Saltire: Annihilation Pt. 1

Pic: Diamondsteel Comics

We met the Big, Blue,Red-Headed Immortal Guardian of Scotland, Saltire – the first real Scottish Superhero in the style of the classic Marvel and DC greats, in his first outing Saltire: Invasion. His second adventure starts in the follow-on Graphic Novel – Saltire: Annihilation Pt.1!With John Ferguson still penning the adventure and a new artist, Claire Roe, at the helm this Graphic Novel plunges us into the Dark Ages and a time of conflict between the Saxons and Clans of the North. Into this maelstrom of political turmoil, an ancient evil awakens and begins to prey upon the Clans. Once more the Clans and their Guardians call upon Saltire, our Immortal Hero, to awaken and come to their rescue. The action is fast and furious as a bloody swathe is cut across the Highlands and Valleys of Saltire’s land!

A Proud Heritage Reborn!

The bookwas launched on September 6th at theMCM Expo and will be inWaterstones/Forbidden Planet and comic book shops across the UK and on Amazon USA and UK. Author John Ferguson says:

After the success and critical acclaim of the first book in the series, Saltire Invasion, it was important to expand our horizons, enrich the characters, and delve deeper into the country’s past. A proud heritage is now reborn as the ancient tales of Scotland are envisioned within the modern comic book genre for the first time.

Once again this project brings together the country’s best emerging artistic talent to create the dynamic and visually breathtaking first volume of an epic two part sequel.

With award nominations and main stream media attention, Saltire is fast becoming a new iconic figure in comics and in Scotland. In an era when a nation awakens, our immortal guardian returns.

Saltire! Out from Sept. 6th!

Saltire! Out Sept. 6th!

Pic: Facebook

What evil grows in Scotland’s Darkest Hour?

The Clan Guardians are attacked!

The Clan Guardians are attacked!

Pic: Diamondsteel Comics

The Dark Age, a desolate time.
A power grows to the south. A power bent on destruction…on annihilation.
Not human…not spirit or shadow. Unleashed, she will bring despair.
To protect the innocent, the guardians will stand once more…
As chaos reigns before a vengeful enemy he shall rise once more…the Immortal Guardian of a Nation.

Spreading a terrible curse and affliction amongst the clans, the evil Ban Sith makes her way north from the Saxon strongholds deep into Clan territory, leaving a trail of blood and pain behind her. Each of the Clans has a Guardian – a Champion if you will – and they try to gather their people together and lead them to safety under the guidance of the Shamans and the Fae to a Secret and Safe Place.

The Mythic Superhero walks amongst us

Each panel is drawn with a vibrant and dramatic flair that matches the fast pace of the driving story, leading us inevitably to the summoning of our Hero once more from his rest to defend the Clans! With more action than most comics can wave a pointy stick at, you can expect drama, tragedy and some poignant scenes in this second excursion into the unique Scottish mythology that Ferguson is creating with Saltire. Our iconic hero, and all of his friends, have the potentiality to bring us a great depth of characterisation and a rich stock of lore in the future. There is so much material here already, in just these two issues, that the amount of stories that can be told, the questions that can be asked, can provide us with tales for many more episodes. We can expect that the sagas of Scottish Superhero lore laid down by John Ferguson and Diamondsteel Comics will set a high standard in a new hybrid genre. The Realm of the Mythic Superhero is with us – Celtic Mythology steps into the modern world of Superheroes.
A hard-won peace?

A hard-won peace?

Pic: Diamondsteel Comics

Saltire – Annihilation Pt.1. Full Colour Graphic Novel by John Ferguson. Art by Claire Roe, Coloured by Lauren Knight. Cover by Jim Devlin. Published by Diamondsteel Comics Ltd.

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Aug 26 2014

Living as an Ancient Celt in an online world

Mabinogi Do you fancy playing an online game as an ancient celt in the worldof the Mabinogion? Nexus are developing a computer game called ”Mabinogi” in which you can play online with thousands of other people also trying to survive and better themselves. These types of games are known as MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game), the most famous probably being World of Warcraft. The English closed beta of this game has been started and so we can only wait to start hearing the news of its success or failure. It is an anime style game, with a version scheduled for release on the XBox.

I”m not a computer gamer, but my son informs me that this is a very exciting release and enables its players to accomplish some ”pretty neat” things – such as aging. I notice that players can create their own music and their online personas can play it – virtual bards, I guess.

In-game characters age over the course of weeks, and can engage in numerous activities besides the hack and slash of gameplay. Alternate games include actual music composition, cooking, farming, and working with a spouse to maintain a household.

says www.massively.com. A slightly worrying aspect to the imminent launch of this game is that it already appears to have been hacked – see here.

I would appreciate if any of our members who do have experience of this type of modernmedia as well as being fans of Celtic Myth would comment in the Modern Survivals section of our forums.

To me, it is good to see Celtic Myth still being re-told but how far away fro the core can we take the symbols and stories without losing its unique identity? I don”t know.

Originally posted 2008-01-30 20:53:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Aug 26 2014

Merlin was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland

Merlin The BBC reports that the legendary wizard Merlin has been added to a list of famous Glaswegians, it has emerged. The council included the wizard, who featured in Arthurian legend, on a list of well-known figures from the city. A council spokeswoman admitted that like most mythical figures, it was difficult to trace Merlin’s origins. But she said the wizard had been added to its website list after an amateur historian suggested Merlin had lived in the Partick area of the city.

He joins Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and comedian Billy Connolly on the list of famous characters, both real and fictional.

‘Glorious history’

Merlin has his very own category on the list – filed under wizard.

The council spokeswoman said:

Recently an amateur historian has pointed to the fact that the legendary Merlin lived a ‘comfortable life’, with his wife Gwendolyn, in Partick, not Camelot and I’m sure most Glaswegians think that’s just magic.

Tradition has it that King Arthur’s magician was either English or Welsh.

But in the book Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend, author Adam Ardrey claimed he actually hailed from Scotland. [Amazon]

Mr Ardrey, who spent six years researching the subject, told a newspaper he believed the wizard had lived in Partick “where the River Kelvin meets the Clyde”.

He told the paper:

I am thrilled that Glasgow has recognised Merlin as a Glaswegian and that almost 1,400 years after his death he can take an official place in Glasgow’s glorious history.

Read the original article at the BBC site.

Originally posted 2009-06-06 17:05:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Aug 26 2014

Episode 39 Prophecy of the Druid is now available for you!

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Celtic Myth Podshow LogoPic: Celtic Myth Podshow The latest episode in the First Branch of the Mabinogi – Prophecy of the Druid – is now out and available for you to download or listen to. This is Episode 10 of the First Branchi: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. Pwyll and Rhiannon are finally married and enjoying the feasting in the Halls of the Otherworld. It is not too long before Pwyll and his Companions get homesick for Dyfed, the land of their Birth. Pwyll and Rhiannon decide to head back to Dyfed where they are faced with an unexpected prophecy!

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The Episode is available for subscribers on the feed, or you can download it or listen to it from our Episodes page. You’ll also be able to listen on Stitcher! You can find the Shownotes for this episode in the Shownotes section. If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing?

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We hope you enjoy it and wish you many blessings :D

Gary & Ruthie x x x

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Aug 11 2014

Archaeologist Tells Of Neolithic Discoveries

breamish-valley
Pic: Uncle Bucko
The Morpeth Herald Tells us:NEW Thoughts on Ancient Northumberland was the title of Paul Frodsham’s lecture at Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Mr Frodsham was the Northumberland National Park archaeologist for 15 years until 2007.

His talk concentrated on a small but incredibly rich area of the Breamish valley on and around Ingram Farm, where amazing archaeology has survived years of agricultural work. Twelve years of research from 1994 revealed evidence of occupation from the Neolithic to the present-day.

The work was done by more than 400 diggers, including staff and students from Durham University, amateurs and professionals from the Northumberland Archaeological Group, and other experts.
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Originally posted 2009-05-15 10:42:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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