celtic roots

(Crann bethadh)

The Celtic tree of life symbolizes harmony and balance. 
Ancient Celts (especially the Druids) believed that the tree of life possessed special powers. The tribal people of Ireland while clearing a piece of land for human settlement, used to leave a tree in the center; they called this tree the crann bethadh. These people used to hold assemblies beneath the crann bethadh. The tree provided food, warmth and shelter to people. It also provided nourishment to other forms of life such as animals, birds, insects, etc. Therefore, the tree was described as a force which took care of life on earth. The Celts believed that trees were actually ancestors of human beings. The Celts inhabited only those places where such trees were present. Teaching centers of the Druids too were located in quiet and tranquil surroundings of Oak groves.

An exhaustive list of books for the advanced witch.

Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religions by Mircea Eliade

Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle

Advanced Witchcraft: Go Deeper, Reach Further, Fly Higher by Edain McCoy

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

The Veil’s Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic by Willow Polson

Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills & Knowledge by Grey Cat

Kissing the Limitless by Thorn Coyle

The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

The Training & Work of an Initiate by Dion Fortune

The Second Circle: Tools for the Advancing Pagan by Venecia Rauls

The Otherside of Virtue by Brendan Myers

Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager

Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief by Kaatryn MacMorgan

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria & Sepher Sephiroth by Aleister Crowley

Treading the Mill: Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Nigel G. Pearson

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

The Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Aldcroft Jackson

Masks of Misrule: The Horned God & His Cult in Europe by Nigel Jackson

The Pillars of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson

The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition by Evan John Jones

The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Robert Cochrane

Secrets of East Anglian Magic by Nigel Pennick

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals by Luisah Teish

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts by Judika Illes

HEKATE: Keys to the Crossroads – A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes and artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses and Priests by Sorita D’Este

The Satanic Witch by Anton Szandor LAVey

Advanced Wicca: Exploring Deeper Levels of Spiritual Skills and Masterful Magick by Patricia Telesco

The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Brosseau Gardner

The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca by Deborah Lipp

Progressive Witchcraft by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
The Crossroads in Folklore and Myth by Martin Puhvel

When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries by Anne Tedeschi

A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism by Elliot Rose

Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg

Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context by Karen Louise Jolly

The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind by Claude Lecouteux

Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth by Graham Harvey

Athenian Popular Religion by Jon D. Mikalson

Greek Folk Religion by Martin P. Nilsson

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

The Greek Way of Death by Robert Garland

The Odyssey by Homer

The Iliad by Homer

Theogony, Works and Days by Hesiod

The Histories, Revised by Herodotus

Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History by Owen Davies

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson

The Well and the Tree: World and Time in Early Germanic Culture by Paul C. Bauschatz

Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael

Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden

Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz

The Silver Bough by F. Marian MacNeil

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James Frazer

The White Goddess by Robert Graves

Myth and Sexuality by Jamake Highwater

The Homeric Hymns by Homer

The Wisdom of the Outlaw by Joseph Falaky Nagy

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain by Rachel Bromwich

Lady With A Mead Cup by Michael Enright

Women’s Religions in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook by Ross Shepard Kraemer

Auraicept na n-Éces: The Scholars Primer by George Calder, ed.

A Guide to Early Irish Law by Fergus Kelly

The Tain by tr. by Thomas Kinsella

The Banshee: The Irish Death Messenger by Patricia Lysaght

Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland by Patrick C. Power

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz

The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex by Brian Walsh

Beyond Celts, Germans, and Scythians by Peter S. Wells

Tales of the Elders of Ireland by Ann Dooley and Harry Roe, trans.

The Celtic Heroic Age by John T. Koch and John Carey, eds.

The Poetic Edda

The Prose Edda

Society and Politics in Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla by Sverre Bagge

Feud in the Icelandic Saga by Jesse L. Byock

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies by Andrew Lang

The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages by Brian Bates

Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus by Alain Danielou

Pagan Dream Of Rennaissance by Joscelyn Godwin
Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide by Judy Harrow

Loneliness & Revelation by Brendan Myers

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over by Starhawk

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism by John Michael Greer

Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders by Kristin Madden, Starhawk, Raven Grimassi, and Dorothy Morrison

Between the Worlds edited by Sian Reid
The Gaelic Otherworld by John Gregorson Campbell, ed. by Ronald Black

The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Shamanism and Witchcraft in Seventeenth-century Scotland by Emma Wilby

Dreamtime: Concerning the Boundary Between Wilderness and Civilization by Hans Peter Duerr

The Underworld Initiation: A journey towards psychic transformation by R. J. Stewart

Power Within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld Traditions Awakening the Sleepers and Regenerating the Earth by R. J. Stewart

The Tree of Enchantment: Ancient Wisdom and Magic Practices of the Faery Tradition by Orion Foxwood

The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine by Barbara Tedlock

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade

Walkers Between the Worlds: The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus by Caitlin Matthews

Plant Spirit Wisdom: Shamans and Sin eaters, Celtic Techniques for Healing the Soul by Ross Heaven

The Wiccan Mystic by Ben Gruagach

To Fly by Night edited by Veronica Cummer

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism by Jenny Blain

Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Emma Wilby

Sacred Mask Sacred Dance by Evan John Jones
Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries by Dan and Pauline Campanelli

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure by Catherine Yronwode

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs by Stephanie Rose Bird

Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide by Paul Huson

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer

The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology by Robert Bringhurst

Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healingby Stephen Pollington

Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature by Marta Williams

The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore by G. & Field, A. Scoble

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth by Stephen Buhner

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety by Simon Mills, Kerry Bone
By Standing Stone and Elder Tree: Ritual and the Unconscious by William G. Gray also known as Rollright Stone and Elder Tree

Magical Ritual Methods by William G. Gray

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade

Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads by David Rankine

Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition by John Michael Greer

celestialscorpio  asked:

If the signs had to learn a new language which would they choose and why (assuming their first is English)?

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. 

Gemini- Japanese, this communicative and intellectual sign could take on one of the hardest languages to learn. 

Cancer- Spanish, they would seek it out due to their practical trait. 

Leo-  Portuguese, it would be a fun and daring language to learn.  

Virgo- Latin, the roots to everything, perfect for their intellectual mind. 

Libra- French, the language of love would of course appeal to them. 

Scorpio- Russian or German, this intense and strong sign would be interested in intense and strong places and languages. 

Sagittarius- Hindi or Bengali, these languages would entice Sagittarius’s curiosity. 

Capricorn- Chinese, due to their practicality and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Aquarius- Rarer languages like Native American or Polynesian languages, this sign is all about being “different” after all. 

Pisces- Korean, the media and culture of South Korea and its influence might interest Pisces. 

Hogmanay pt.3 - Sian.

Part 3 sees Jamie and Bree collecting water for the Sian - a blessing that is carried out in the morning of Hogmanay with water, traditionally from the river. The story Jamie tells Bree is of my own creating so any inaccuracies about folklore are my own fault, but the premise of the tale is rooted in Celtic faerie stories. This chapter was a bit rushed as I really wanted to get it up before I go on holiday - maybe it could use a little polishing but I hope you will like it for what it is. Thank you for reading as ever, let me know what you think or any questions you have :) Han xx

Brianna was always eager for any chance to ride one of the Lallybroch horses so when her father had requested her company fetching some sort of special water, she had been only too pleased to go with him. Especially as she had heard him laughing with Mama in their room and knew that if he was in a particularly good mood he would almost certainly let her urge Aoileann to a gallop across the meadow which led to the river.

However as the horses made their way into the woods Bree felt a calm descend over her and no longer wanted to gallop furiously toward their destination. She was happy listening to her father point out which birds made which call and asking him questions about the woods. The air was cold and crisp and everything seems to be tinged with a faint blue light as the afternoon bowed gracefully toward evening and their shadows began to lengthen across the frosty ground.

“What makes the water we’re fetching so special, Da?”

“It is the source we are collecting it from. Your Aunty will have told ye of the ‘saining’ or Sian, aye?”

Jamie gave her a sidelong smile and Bree could tell that there was more to come. She hoped it would be one of his stories, about the Auld Ones or mythical creatures or ghosts that roamed the Celtic isles. Sometimes his stories would absorb her so much that when they were over it would take Bree a while to remember where she was and the best ones made Da’s eyes light up with the telling and his voice would get that deep far away quality as if he was travelling the tale with her for the first time.

“Yes, the blessing of the house and the animals and people to ward off spirits and bring good luck.”

“Aye, and the place we gather the water for the blessing is an ancient river crossing. It is what ye call a living and a dead ford. Have ye heard of such a thing mo chridhe?”

Bree shook her head and grinned at the flash of excitement on her father’s face.

“Ach weel let me tell ye of it.”

Jamie shifted himself in the saddle as if settling in for a long journey and Bree copied his movements faithfully, making sure that she held her head as high as he did.

“Ye’ll maybe no ken this but rivers are the dwelling places of the goddesses of the Auld ones. The waters are their kingdoms and any human that enters their depths must accept the rule of the Auld ones. That is why ye must no’ fight the current should ye ever get too deep, ye must show respect to the goddess by swimming wi’ the pull of the water, allowing her to court ye and release ye at her will.”

Jamie’s voice was softer than usual, his accent broadening as he spoke and his eyes rested on the path ahead of them as Bree watched him intently.

“The old folk of believed the goddess is the one who decides what the river will do, where it will bend and where it will flood and where the creatures of the land may cross safely to the other side. Before men built bridges to satisfy their own impatience they relied upon the kindness of the river goddess’s to provide them safe passage for whilst the deer was given strong legs to spring across and squirrels given agility that they might leap from branches, man needed to ken humility and so he waited on the river’s pleasure.”

Jamie paused to take a drink from his water pouch and watched out of the corner of his eye as Bree squirmed impatiently. Fighting back a smile, Jamie offered the flask to her but she shook her head

“No thank you, carry on Da … please.”

Jamie nodded and thought for a moment before reigning in and swinging down from his saddle.

“The path ahead is too narrow for both horses. We’ll tether Aoileann here and ride together.”

Bree would normally have pestered to be allowed to ride on but she was far too invested in the story to waste time bartering with her Da. Aoileann was tethered to a nearby oak and Bree settled in the saddle between Jamie’s legs within a couple of minutes and they set off again.

“Where was I?”

“Man had to learn humility…”

Bree prompted and he nodded slowly as if to himself.

“Och, that’s right. Weel, twas not only the living who needed a place to cross. Spirits needed to cross from this world into the next and though they could have chosen a passage between the trees or cliffs or over the sea had they wished it, they chose the rivers for they are the most beautiful of crossings in the Highlands and so the goddess of each river made a special ford, a ford where both living and dead might cross in harmony and go on their way in peace.”

“Wouldn’t the spirits mind sharing their crossing?”

Bree asked curiously and Jamie grinned

“No, their journey in this world is at an end and as they cross into the next, it pleases them to walk alongside a living soul one last time. The spirits who cross at such fords are not the same as the likes of the Wild Hunt.”

Bree shivered at the mention of that particular ghost story. The tale of the Wild Hunt had given her the creeps and made her reluctant to blow out the candle at bedtime for several days after the telling of it. She huddled closer into her Da’s chest now, surreptitiously putting her hand on his sleeve, feeling better for having a grip on him, certain that if anyone could protect her from the less friendly spirits of the woods, it was her Da.

“So where we’re going now, to the living and dead ford, it is a spirit crossing?”


“How will we know if … well if someone is trying to cross it while we’re there?”

Bree bit her lip; the last thing she wanted was to get in the way of a spirit crossing.

“I doubt ye would feel a thing unless they wanted ye to, but we willna be there long. We will fill up our flasks and be on our way.”

Jamie reassured her as the ford came into view between the sparse trees.


Jamie lifted Bree down and handed her a flask, she edged toward the water but kept a tight grip on his hand, blue eyes wide with trepidation. Jamie had seen her look so when she was about to try a food that was new to her or confess to some wee foolishness to her Mam that she wasn’t sure would earn her a scolding or not.

Jamie watched her with a curious mix of pride and awe that he so often felt when his daughter was alone with him and his attention could be devoted solely to her. He had spent many hours; countless hours really, imagining the child he and Claire had created. He had usually, to his shame, imagined a boy sometimes with Claire’s dark curls and other times with his flaming hair. He had imagined the detail of his son’s face, small dimples when he smiled and the high arch of his feet. He had brought to life in his mind the crease of skin at the laddie’s elbows and the high giddy sound of his laugh and yet for all his imagining and dreaming nothing had prepared him for the reality of Brianna.

Jamie found himself enthralled by everything she did, her wee quirks and the thoughts she cared to share with him were treasures that he hoarded greedily and stored against the burden of the years he had lost with her.

In the stories he told her he wove the culture of their people and tried to impart the wisdom that he had received from his own father’s tales. Jamie wanted Brianna to have the world laid at her feet and he would do all he could to place it there, but he also wanted her to understand the soil on which she stood. To know the history of her country, to feel that Scotland was in her bones not just in her heritage and so he told her tall tales of kelpies, faeries and maidens in lochs and he brought her to the places that she might feel the connection most strongly, hiking in the hills and riding through the forests of their home so that whatever the future held, she would always ken that she had a place here at Lallybroch, a door that would never close and a welcome that would never expire.

“Should I just … you know … take it or do I have to say something?”

Bree whispered. Jamie considered her for a moment and then dropped to a crouch, the shallow water lapping over the toes of his boots. He closed his eyes and turned his face up to the sun

“Ar n-Athair a tha air nèamh, Gu naomhaichear d'ainm. Thigeadh do rìoghachd. Dèanar do thoil air an talamh mar a nìthear air nèamh.”

He wasn’t sure why the Lord ’s Prayer came to his head but he saw no reason why it was any less valid than another offering of respect and the Gaelic seemed to please Brianna, who with a sigh of relief that he seemed to know the right words to appease the river goddess and spirits alike, let go of his hand and dipped her flask into the babbling water, murmuring a shorter verse of prayer that Ian had taught her, eyes tightly closed, claiming what she needed before carefully tightening the lid and handing it over to him.

“Was that alright, Da?”

“Perfect Bree, utterly perfect.”

Name: Paul Battenberg-Cartwright

My work is an investigation into rituals and religious practices, inspired by my Celtic roots and ancestry, as well as the notion of ‘home’ - a feeling that as an outsider in a  foreign country has a strong impact upon me. My pictures take the notion of ‘home’ to a primitive and natural level; reflecting upon the human body’s relationship to the natural world and to mankind’s relationship with nature itself. This fascination with the natural world is a lasting inspiration in all my work; Born in a coastal region of South England, the violent forces of nature, particularly the ocean, have always played a strong part upon my imagination and practice.

More work at https://www.instagram.com/paulbattenbergcartwright/


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.


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.

Name: Paul Battenberg-Cartwright

My work is an investigation into rituals and religious practices, inspired by my Celtic roots and ancestry, as well as the notion of ‘home’ - a feeling that as an outsider in a  foreign country has a strong impact upon me. My pictures take the notion of 'home’ to a primitive and natural level; reflecting upon the human body’s relationship to the natural world and to mankind’s relationship with nature itself. This fascination with the natural world is a lasting inspiration in all my work; Born in a coastal region of South England, the violent forces of nature, particularly the ocean, have always played a strong part upon my imagination and practice.

More work at https://www.instagram.com/paulbattenbergcartwright/

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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grrrls-like-us  asked:

hello! i'm starting my journey into witchcraft and have very strong celtic roots so i'm trying to learn more about irish/celtic magic. do you have any book recommendations that i should start off with?

Hi! i actually just answered something like this last night but books are one of my favorite things so im always willing to recommend books! the first one i read was The Book of Celtic Magic: Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen and im almost done with Celtic Magic

personally i dont think theres a certain place you have to start as long as you start eventually youll learn the things that you need to, so i would just say to read a lot and practice a lot because thats the only way youre going to get experience lol

these are a few of the books i plan to read next
By Oak, Ash, & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses
Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan
Magic of the Celtic Otherworld: Irish History, Lore & Rituals
Elemental Power: Celtic Faerie Craft & Druidic Magic
The Silver Wheel: Women’s Myths and Mysteries in the Celtic Tradition
Tending Brigid’s Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge
Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd

i honestly have a way longer list of books i plan to read to further my craft so if youre interested let me know and i can give more suggestions! 

and also here is a website full of PDFs of books for public domain on myths, folklore, religion and legends 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

I feel pretty safe making terrible assumptions, considering SJM seems to have a joy for destroying our emotions. 

1) I think Cassian is going to lose his wings. Not because of the title, but because he is this primal, emotional character who’s purpose revolves around his wings. To have that taken away, would be a huge challenge for his love for his family and himself. I think him having that taken away is going to draw in Nesta (who I don’t really like for a number of reasons). 

2) I think we’re going to find out Mor and Azriel have been mates the entire time. I just can’t believe that he has the reaction he has to her presence (the subsiding shadows), and they are so thoroughly bonded already, and not be mates. 

3) I am really hoping that Lucien gets his shit together, not just because he has no choice so he can see Elain again (who he can’t help but crave), but because he is a good person and just wants to do the right thing. I just don’t think he would really be redeeming himself if he was like “Fuck I need my mate, let me bow down and obey so I can have her back.” I want a Lucien that is going to fight hard for a peaceful land so that his mate can be safe, regardless of where she is. Because that is what Elain deserves. 

4) I think that the new winged race is going to show us something about Feyre’s heritage- either tying in Drakon’s aerial army or just showing us why she seems to have this predisposition to power and strength. Seriously, Feyre’s power has no limits right now. We have no idea where she’s going to do with it. We don’t know if she’s going to be as powerful as Rhys, or if she’s going to max out pretty soon. Although, I would like her to remain humbled, I really want to see her be a master of the events of ACOWAR. I think that her heritage is going to just drive that power home. 

5) I can’t decide if I think Amren being a dragon is the most cliche thing, or the most fucking badass thing that could possibly happen. I think it’d be ironic that they’d been calling her a firedrake the whole time, to have her turn out to be a dragon. But I think that a dragon is too classically intimidating. I want something truly nightmarish. Like demonic and powerful and beautiful. I really don’t want to lose Amren, I love her now. Although, ya know, dragons are the coolest creatures out there. So. I don’t know. 

6) I’ll be so disappointed if we don’t see Tamlin falling apart. Although, I kinda care for his well being (for taking care of Feyre’s sisters and being so kind to start with) but I just can’t stand that he has done these terrible things and is walking around with little consequences. He has done something unredeemable, and has in the past, and I think it’s time he suffer for it. 

Things I can’t wait for: 

1) to see Rhys’ true form.

2) to see Amren’s true form. 

3) to see Feyre’s powers develop. 

4) to see the other courts. 

5) for Nesta and Elain to grow into their powers. 

6) to find out why Mor is referred to as “The Morrigan” (which has Celtic roots to the goddess of darkness, who was also a true badass). 

Name: Paul Battenberg-Cartwright

My work is an investigation into rituals and religious practices, inspired by my Celtic roots and ancestry, as well as the notion of ‘home’ - a feeling that as an outsider in a  foreign country has a strong impact upon me. My pictures take the notion of 'home’ to a primitive and natural level; reflecting upon the human body’s relationship to the natural world and to mankind’s relationship with nature itself. This fascination with the natural world is a lasting inspiration in all my work; Born in a coastal region of South England, the violent forces of nature, particularly the ocean, have always played a strong part upon my imagination and practice.

More work at https://www.instagram.com/paulbattenbergcartwright/


1987. Wild Frontier

is the eighth album by Gary Moore, released in March 9. His first studio album after a trip back to his native Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1985, this album has several songs about Ireland and even the music itself is steeped in Celtic roots. The title track was intended to be sung by Phil Lynott, however Lynott’s death in January 1986 prevented that. The album is dedicated to Lynott’s memory, with the words “For Philip” on the rear cover.

Wild Frontier contains the hit “Over the Hills and Far Away”, which reached #20 in the UK as well as a cover of the Australian band The Easybeats’ hit of the middle of the 1960s, “Friday on My Mind”. The Max Middleton-penned “The Loner” was originally recorded by Cozy Powell for his Over the Top album in 1979 (which Moore did perform on, albeit not on Powell’s recording of “The Loner”), but was substantially altered by Moore for his own recording, thus he was credited as a co-writer.

All drums on Wild Frontier are sequenced with a drum machine but the programming is uncredited in the liner notes of the album. Former Black Sabbath drummer Eric Singer would join Moore’s backing band on the Wild Frontier tour, before leaving shortly afterwards to form Badlands.

it’s great album, probably an album that is best enjoyed by fans of 80s metal.

                      Gary Moore      Neil Carter       Bob Daisley

anonymous asked:

Hi! You know how the deities tend to represent the same things in different mythologies? Like, there's always a "night" deity. I'm looking for deities that represent the same things as Persephone, and I was wondering if you had any idea.

alright, if we take Persephone to be both a deity of the underworld, a deity of spring/fertility or a deity of maidens, with a transformation from the latter to the former, then there are definitely a couple who fit.

  • Ishtar, Inanna (Mesopotamian / Sumerian mythology): she’s the goddess of fertility, love, war and sex; her husband is taking to the underworld and she undergoes a seven-gate descent in order to retrieve him before she is trapped there. all sexual activity on earth ceases and Ereshkigal, her sister and the keeper of the underworld, is forced to let her go. She is only allowed to return from the underworld if she sends someone back in her place; when she arrives at her city, she finds her husband Tammuz seated on his throne and not mourning her death, so she sends him down instead.

  • Hine-nui-te-pō (Māori mythology). Hine-nui-te-pō was born when Tāne, god of the forest, formed a female from the red earth; he breathed life into her and mated with her. Their child was Hine-ata-uira, maid-of-the-flashing-dawn and Tāne took his daughter to be his wife as well. Eventually, his daughter began to wonder who her father was and was disgusted and ashamed when she learnt that her husband was also her father. She ran off to the underworld and took the role of goddess of the underworld (Hine-nui-te-pō meaning “Great woman of the night”)

  • Marzanna (Slavic mythology): goddess associated with death, the winter, spring rites and rebirth. She is ritualistically drowned at a festival of the same name to signify the welcoming of spring and re-awakening of nature. Some scholars feel she was not only a goddess of death, but also of life, and it was through her rebirth that the world was commanded.

  • Ataegina (Iberian mythology): associated with Proserpina, her name is derived from a Celtic root to mean “reborn”, her role was likely that of a goddess presiding over Spring and the seasons.