Enya

It may seem weird that an old school rocker like me would like Enya. She does some traditional Celtic stuff but most of her music is pretty modern and new age. I guess it is her artistry. First her voice is incredible. I started following her back in her Clannad days. As a musician myself I marveled at some of the things she did. For example she will record not one or even ten but sometimes as many as 50 harmony vocal tracks. When played they blend together and sound like a cross between a heavenly choir and a deeply sonorous pipe organ. She will even make up words which are meaningless but are selected specifically to have the right vowels for the melody. This mysterious Irish woman lives in a castle in Ireland where she records. She has that whole Celtic ice queen thing going on. She fascinates me. In her music I hear the voice of the Mother of All.

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the signs as irish goddesses

aries - maeve (warrior queen)

taurus - badb (life and death)

gemini - flidais (woodland goddess and protector of animals)

cancer - caireen (mother and patron of children)

leo - aine (growth and light)

virgo - danu (fairy of knowledge)

libra - brigid (fire and light)

scorpio - macha (battles injustice of women)

sagittarius - epona (protector of horses)

capricorn - sheela n gig (godess of fertility)

aquarius - fand (other worlds)

pisces - cerridwen (chiding love witch)

Gold coin of the Parisii 

The Celts began making their own coins in the 200s b.c. when they received payment  from Hellenistic kings who employed Celtic warriors as mercenaries. The king weighs 6.8 grams and is about 2cm in diameter. 

Celtic, Europe (area of Paris), 2nd century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Celtic Animal Astrology

So the animal zodiac in Celtic astrology is based on their lunar calendar which is why the animals might not match up with the tree astrology. I wonder if you could even view this as their version of a moon sign! More information about the Celtic Animal Zodiac can be found here.

Stag/Deer
Patient, persistent, hard working, proud, and sometimes feels entitled. “When others have long given up, Stags buck their way past boundaries.” 

Cat
Quick-minded, witty, intellectual, aloof, a visionary, sometimes artistic, and observational. “They have a knack for seeing the underside of things, a “sixth mental sense if you will.”

Snake
Has a cool exterior but is lively underneath, is curious, communicative, persuasive, enthusiastic, can be passionate about a cause, and can be unpredictable and uncooperative if pushed into a corner.

Fox
Cunning, funny, sexy, is a good story teller, can have an adventurous side, is energetic, loyal to loved ones, has a tender heart but rarely shows their soft side, and can be a untamable force.

Cow/Bull
Strong, loving, stable, the person you turn to when you are in trouble, stubborn, classy, and trustworthy.  “Because they’re highly intuitive, they can be misunderstood as moody or over emotional.”

Seahorse
Flexible, resourceful, can be good with money, has great memories, is changeable, versatile, and is charismatic. “They love being adored, and easily reciprocate affection.”

Wren
Is a natural caregiver, is responsible, can be calm during stormy weather, can be self-motivated, secretly wishes to have a gypsy life but usually ends up involved in their community. “The wren Celtic animal sign is associated with freshness, and opening  to new insights, and sunnier dispositions.”

Horse
Good leaders, is powerful, exuberant, gregarious, flirty, is good with strategies and navigation, can be competitive, and is headstrong. “They make grand appearances, and know how to carry themselves with style and authority.”

Salmon
Is artistic, has a unique view of the world, can be intuitive, is deep, introspective, but can easily become isolated. “Salmon signs dive deep in their inner waters for inspiration, bright visions and dreamy perspective.”

Swan
Has high standards, is discerning, is refined, noble, can sometimes be detached, is a lover not a fighter, and can be natural aristocrats. “Spiritually evolved, and eloquent in expressing themselves, the swan swims in a class of their own.”

Butterfly
Social, gentle, loves to share ideas, is cheery, youthful, and brings a sense of wonder to others.

Wolf
Has a strong sense of purpose, is strong, uncompromising, fearless, you always know where they stand, and some can be “lone wolves”.

Hawk
Is focused, goes after what they want, can easily get bored, likes to share their knowledge with others, is open-minded, can be philosophical, and opinionated. “Hawks have a keen sense of balance, and they navigate through life with an internal “true north” that creates an uncanny integrity within them.”

Faerie Path

It is a route taken by the faeries, commonly in a straight line and between sites of traditionally significance, such as faerie forts or raths (a class of circular earthwork dating from the Iron Age), mountains and hills, thorn bushes, springs, lakes, rock outcrops, and Stone Age monuments. 

Folklore 

In some parts of Ireland, Brittany and Germany, there were faerie paths that while being invisible, had been seen as geographical locations by the country people, and that building practices were adapted to ensure they were not obstructed.

The Corpse Roads of Europe are believed to be faerie paths. In Germany and the Netherlands, these tend to be straight invisible lines and are known by a variety of names including Geisterweg (“ghost-way” or “ghost-road”) and Helweg (“hell-way” or “hell-road”) in German and Doodweg (“death-way” or “death-road”) in Dutch. A similarly straight road did however run straight over various burial mounds at Rösaring, Lassa in southern Sweden.

In Ireland, people who had illnesses or other misfortune, were said to live in houses that were “in the way” or in a “contrary place”, obstructing a faerie path. An example of this faerie path straightness is provided by an account concerning a croft (now a cattle shed) at Knockeencreen, Brosna, County Kerry:

In an interview in the 1980s, the last human occupant told of the troubles his grandfather had experienced there, with his cattle periodically and inexplicably dying. The front door is exactly opposite the back door. The grandfather was informed by a passing gypsy that the dwelling stands on a fairy path running between two hills. The gypsy advised the grandfather to keep the doors slightly ajar at night to allow the fairies free passage. The advice was heeded and the problem ceased. It so happens that the building is indeed on a straight line drawn between two local hilltops, and is, moreover, at one end of a long, straight track.

It was believed that a house built on a faerie path would suffer from midnight noises or supernatural manifestations. Bad luck in the form of sick farm animals or personal illness could be the result and one remedy was to build small fires in several places along the faerie path, using fire from the blessed fire of Saint John’s Eve that was lit every year at sunset on 23 June.

Irish faerie paths are said to also exist under water, reminiscent of causeways in marshes at sacred sites and those to crannogs and other islands. These paths, only used by the faerie folk, ran from one island to another and were paved with coral, making them and their travellers visible to fishermen in their boats above.

Detection

Before construction of houses, builders used the technique of mapping out the floor plan in the earth and placing a pile of stones at each corner and leaving it overnight, if the stones were undisturbed it was safe to build, otherwise the work would not continue. There is another theme that states if one’s house is on a faerie path, one must leave the doors and windows open at night, front and back, to allow fairies to pass through. Builders were also advised against using white quartz in their stonework, as it is said to be a faerie stone.

A building placed on a faerie path would be demolished by the faerie folk, at least twice, often remaining standing however on the third attempt.

Walking Alongside The Paths

Although it is usually said that they should be avoided, some are reputed to be beneficial to humans - such as the “trods” of West England. These are a straight-line faerie path in the grass of a field with a different shade of green to the rest. People with rheumatism sought relief by walking along these tracks, though animals avoid them. Great danger was still very much associated with using these paths at times when a supernatural procession might be using them.

  • The Tylwyth teg of Wales have paths on which it is death for a mortal to walk. 
  • The Breton Ankou, who is king of the dead, and his subjects have their own particular paths along which they process.
THE SIGNS AS CELTIC DEITIES

Aries: Morrigan, Goddess of war
Taurus: Rosmerta, Goddess of wealth/fertility.
Gemini: Bel, fire and sun god.
Cancer: Aonghus, God of love and youth.
Leo: Brigit, trifecta of fire. (fire of inspiration, fire of hearth, fire of forge)
Virgo: Dagda, “the good god”, has dual power to kill and revive
Libra: Ogma, God of scholars
Scorpio: Arawn, Celtic God of the underworld of the dead.
Sagittarius: Cuchulainn, “the Hound of Ulster. ” Badass who rejected immortality
Capricorn: Gwydion, Warrior and magician God
Aquarius: Caer Ibormeith, Goddess of sleep and dreams
Pisces: Abandinus, ‘Defender of the waters’.