celtic roots

The Signs As Learning New Language, Which And Why They Choose It.

Aries-  Arabic, for the challenge and from their connection with politics and adventure.

Taurus- Gaelic, it would be an interesting language to learn yet safe since in Ireland and Scotland most, if not all people would still speak English. With Celtic roots you could say it is an earthy and beautiful language too.

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The Triquetra

The triquetra also called the trinity knot, or Celtic triangle is a symbol that originated in the celtic culture over many years ago. The triquetra looks like a continuous knot, made up of three interlocked vesica pisces, that may sometimes have a circle that will interject it’s three interlocked loops. It has been used to represent the trinity from not only the pagan celtic roots it was brought up in, but also the other traditions that discovered it afterwards. These trinities were three commodities that did not oppose each other, but were much more supports, that would keep each other in balance. Much like a three-legged table counts on all of its legs to stand. The circle that is sometimes interjecting the triquetra is there to represent unity, protection, and connection for the trinities that the knots represent, and the Eternal infinite power, and wisdom they can bestow.

The triquetra has meant so many things to so many different people throughout many different places in history, and has become a symbol that has taken on many different forms of energy over its long-standing career as a symbol. These energies are the beautiful imprints of people throughout history, and these can still be felt, and seen through the symbol today through the meanings, and energies of the symbol. The triquetra can be used to represent the goddess, and her representations of the triple goddess which are Maiden, Mother, and Crone. It was also used in Norse culture to represent odin, and was greatly connected to the Valknut, and Horn Triskelion. It has also been used to represent the threefold law in Wicca, and has even been used in Christianity to represent the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triquetra also applied in Greek culture to represent the three fates of Greek mythology. This symbol can be used to represent any type of Trinity, or construct that works in the energies of 3. This symbol has been used in countless traditions, and cultures wherever a trinity has taken shape, but for whatever it represents, it is a powerful symbol nonetheless, that we all can learn from no matter what tradition, or culture we are.

The triquetra can also be used in magick in many different types, and forms. It can be used as a symbol of protection to ward off negative entities, and energies. It can also be used as a symbol of healing, because of its balancing properties in which it represents the three states of the body which are mind, body, and spirit, and can balance them together to allow your being to work in harmony with it self. It can be used to invoke any Trinity, or deity that is represented by it, and can even be invoked, and banished much like the pentagram. From starting at the very top of the triquetra, and going right for invoking, or starting at the very top and going left for banishing. The triquetra is a very versatile symbol that has withstand the test of time, and has been adapted, and used by many different types of cultures, traditions, and people.

>yfw the name Arthur comes from the Celtic root word for “bear” (IIRC this is stated explicitly in one of the early Welsh sagas, it’s not even speculation)
>yfw there was a Celtic huntress-goddess named Artio in Gaul
>yfw similar huntress-goddesses with bear iconography existed across Europe
>yfw gods were frequently turned into royalty in Christianized medieval Irish & Welsh sagas 
>yfw the knight errants of the Round Table behave more like hunters than a soldiers and the word “quest” originally referred to hounds seeking game
>yfw Nasu was the only romancer who correctly gendered King Arthur

(now if only he’d known what he was doing and made her mascot animal a fucking bear instead of the lion of the murderous, tyrannical descendants of her Germanic mortal enemies, the House of Windsor)

Happy Lughnasadh!

Lughnasadh usually occurs between the Summer solstice and Autumn equinox, for the Northern Hemisphere it’s usually July 31st - August 1st and it signifies the beginning of harvest season. Lughnasadh has Gaelic and Celtic roots and is generally celebrated today by Irish, Scottish and Manx people, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans. 

May the 4th be with you!!  also my dear departed papa’s birthday! 

Above is his most famous, award winning (an Eanes Chair) photo… and best seller for Spencers’s Gifts… alas sold all rights (don’t tell them).

plus his favorite ‘Bond’ selfie from high up in a glider.  His dayjob was architect…mostly large office buildings in the philly area… and a museum in valley forge… but his passion was photography.  I was with him age 6 as the early morning light filtered through the pines in the poconos of upstate pa.

by Charles Martin Ogg

thanks dad for the inspiration!

now you know my ‘secret identity…’ here’s what i say to those who have asked or guessed…Tiernan Og, what’s in the name: My ‘given’ last name is an Anglicization of Og, reflecting my Scottish/Celtic roots.  Tiernan is a Scottish name, usually a last name, meaning ‘Lord.‘Being also of Irish origin, my ‘chosen’ name (or pseudonym) is a play on Tir Na Nog, a mythical Irish/Celtic realm Wikipedia says is the 'Land of the Young’ … or 'Land of Youth’… ’ one of the names for the Otherworld… a supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy.'So given my deep spiritual connection to nature, Tiernan Og seemed appropriate, in the tradition of the 'green man.’  And I rather like Tiernan as a first name.


Celtic Roots

I see it in the mist filled valleys
I see it in the heather covered hills
I see it in the snow capped mountains
I see it in the mirror like waters of a loch

It’s in the air I breathe
It’s in the rain that falls
It’s in the craggy coastline
It’s in the rolling lowland hills
It’s in the desolate highlands
It’s in the ancient standing stones
It’s in the hearths that are long cold

It’s the streets that heave
It’s the bricks and clay
It’s the steel and concrete
That surrounds us
Every minute of every day

There is a heartbeat
A pulse that runs throughout this land
If you close your eyes
And embrace what once was
You can feel it resonate
Within this nation
Within you
An invisible thread that connects us all
To our Celtic roots
          - Isaac Mackenzie Phillips