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Target + Altars

(2/11/16)

Altars on a budget! Check out all the décor for altars they have at Target! Looking to represent Persephone - they have pomegranates! They have rams, deer, owls and birds, all cute things for your altar or useful things like bookends to hold your religious books, oil burners, and trays and dishes. Also a lot of great bowls for offering dishes!

“Out Of Spirits” Clothes by @Draconette New creations for warrior women is already listed ⭐️ Go to my Etsy store for purchasing (link in bio) #dragonborn #elderscrolls #skyrim #cosplay #Celtic #clothingdesign #fairy #folk #fantasy #pagan #paganfolk #paganism #wicca #ethnic #elves #dark #darkbeauty #liveforart #veganleather #fornaturelovers #witch #warrior #valkyrie #lagertha #draconette #beauty #folkmetal #bellydance #dancer #artist #draconette

Tea Shop Name

So for the people who where interested in the witchy tea shop I am looking for name ideas. So far I have a couple, but the more the merrier.
So I have the following shop names:
-Culdron tea
- Which tea shop ( say it fast enough it says it right in the name)
- W. Tea

I will also post bits of food and drink ideas but not too much to give it away.

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One of the first coins to be struck in Britain and the only proof of the existence of a little known Celtic king

This is a very rare Celtic silver King Andoco unit and is one of the first coins to be struck in Britain, dating circa 10 BC - 10 AD. Andoco is only known from his coinage, such as the present example and is thought to have been either a sub-king to Tasciovanus or a rival to his throne. Tasciovanus was a king of the Catuvellauni tribe before the Roman conquest of Britain and, like Andoco, is also only known via his coinage.

Obverse: Celticized male head left; ‘A’ behind; all within interlaced linear and pelleted border. Reverse: Pegasus flying left. The legend around reading: A[ND]OCO

10 DIY Knot Pillows Roundup by truebluemeandyou. 

A blogging friend just emailed me with a link to KnitPicks’ free knit knot pillow pattern, so I’d thought I’d see what other DIY Knot Pillows were still out there with working links (because so many tutorials for the DIY Celtic Knot Pillows have disappeared).

 1. DIY Knit Celtic Knot Pillow Free Pattern from KnitPicks here. “This pillow starts as a very long tube, then it’s then stuffed and cleverly woven around itself to form a knot.”
 2. DIY Winter Tights Knot Pillow from Johanna Rundel here.
 3. DIY Celtic Heart Pillow from Tried & Twisted here. Made with stretchy jersey fabric.
 4. DIY Felt Celtic Knot Pillow from Pure or Purple here. 

 5. DIY Knot Pillow from Cut Out + Keep here.

 6. DIY Faux Furry Knotted Pillows from Besa GM here.
 7. DIY Knot Pillow from Heg Regina! here. 
 8. DIY Knitting Machine Knot Pillow here.
 9. DIY Scarf to Knot Pillow here. No tutorial and Pinterest is the source, but another idea of a fabric to use.

10. DIY Knot Pillow from EHow here. Wide knit fabric used.

Be Happy, It’s Imbolc

The weather has been utter crap and yet another of this year’s named storms is passing over Ireland. Yet today it is nonetheless Spring. And needless to say, outside this blessed isle, the concept is causing some confusion. From our Icelandic correspondent:

@ickle_tayto @dduane where the fuck can you count February as spring?? What kind of insane optimism?? No Love. Iceland. (-5°C this morn)

— Bjorn Bjornsson (@bjornfr)

February 1, 2016

Well, Iceland’s calendar isn’t under my control (any more than the temperature: sorry Bjorn). Yet nonetheless it’s spring in Ireland.

This is because the first week of this month contains one of the great Cross-Quarter Days of the ancient Celtic calendar, Imbolc. (Cross-quarter days fall between a given solstice or equinox and the next solstice or equinox due along.) If you’re being super-accurate about the calculation, the day will wiggle around a little from year to year as the date and hour of the solstice in front of it and the equinox to come after it do the same. This year, for example, the “hard date” for Imbolc is February 4th. On that day the light of the Sun at dawn will pierce the inner chamber of the passage grave at the Mound of the Hostages at the Hill of Tara, illustrating that even as far back as Neolithic times, people felt the date was important. …But the “civil date” for Imbolc is February 1, making this the first day of Spring.

(The cross-quarter system, btw, explains why the summer solstice – usually around June 21 – is referred to colloquially as “Midsummer’s Day”. By the old calendar, the first day of Summer is the cross-quarter feast of Beltain / Beltane on May 1, and by the third week in June, summer’s already well finished with i-cumen in and is in fact half done.)

Imbolc is often thought of primarily as a lambing festival: the Gaeilge i mBolg more or less means “in the belly” and refers not just to the filling udders of the sheep but the bellies of sheep about to give birth. Those of our neighbors who practice artificial insemination on their flocks seem mostly to time the process to have the lambs pop out around now – either out of hard practical experience that this is the earliest that it’s safe to have your sheep lambing, or a feeling that maybe the ancients knew what they were up to, or possibly both.

The other big issue around here on this day is that February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid – a.k.a. (before the Church got at her and attempted to make her safe. Good luck with that…) the great triune Celtic goddess Brigid* of the Fires – the queen of inspiration, poetic eloquence, and craftsmanship, patroness of poets, smiths and healers, and a fertility goddess on the side. (The Newgrange.com Imbolc page has some more about her and her relationship with the Saint.) Scholars have gone back and forth for a while whether the Goddess had any direct, specific connection with Spring herself. You could make a case, I suppose, for connecting her with other maiden goddesses like Persephone who have a springtime connection, and with Artemis, who though resolutely virginal was also the protectress of childbirth and all newborn and young things. Anyway, today’s Brigid’s day as well.

A final thought: over the past couple of days it’s been brought to my attention all over again that the increasing light and the days getting longer – always something really welcome at this latitude – are very much part of the business of Imbolc. The birds have started singing again, just now: rather hesitantly in some cases. …Though not all. The robin who sat outside the living room window yesterday was very much singing the Robinesque version of MINE, ALL THIS IS MINE, I AM A STUD, STAY OUT OF HERE BOYS OR I’LL KILL YOU, COME AND GET IT LADIES, I’VE GOT WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT HERE. Ah, the sweet innocent music of springtime. …Not.

*Also spelled Brigit, Brighid, Bride, Bridget, Bridgit, Brighde, and Bríd, and probably a bunch of other ways as well. Orthography: it’s a bitch.

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There’s a lot of #Caturday fodder in this 11th century manuscript of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy! Boethius’ assertion that wicked men “sink to the level of being an animal” is illustrated in the first image using The Odyssey as an example, as an angel guides Odysseus back to the safety of his ship as his immoral crew is turned into cats by Circe. A lovely lion also features in the tangle of animals that forms an initial D.

This fascinating manuscript has unfortunately been heavily mutilated throughout the years, removing a number of other illuminations and a great deal of text. However, the repairs done over the manuscript’s long history are beautiful in their own way, and show the care that has been taken to maintain it even after it was mutilated.

(MS Hunter 279, probably executed in Scotland, from the University of Glasgow Library special collections)