Rock Art and Oneness

I'm writing this in the shadows of Arizona's Red Rocks, far from the geography and the geology of my favorite Celtic landmarks. But this place holds almost as much magic for me as the beloved "thin places" of Scotland and Ireland.

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Jeanne Crane
St. Winifred’s Well-1300 Years of Pilgrimage

Winifred was venerated through stories of her ability to heal. Legend has it she was a 7th century princess who refused a powerful prince who then beheaded her.  Her uncle restored her to life, and she became a virgin martyr and a 12th century saint.

Royalty and peasants alike visited through the centuries, for healing and thanksgiving. Fertility was also promised by the cleansing waters of its spring. 

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October Oracle Draw

The Oracle draw for today involves two cards since the guide we are using has a different format.

The booklet is named “Using the Celtic Wisdom Oracle” and its “Ancestral Wisdom and Guidance Cards” are illustrated by Wil Kinghan and authored by Caitlin Matthews.

The Divine Ancestors Cards, the Wisdom of our Elders, as represented by the Lords and Ladies of Life, Love and Light

The Clan Cards, the Ancestors of our Blood Line, as represented by an array of folks from the Spinner and Weaver to the King and Queen to Seer and Druid

The descriptions and the narrative are most informative and a great overview of Celtic culture.

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Gaelic Speakers

On a trip to Ireland a few years ago, I heard an American woman in a bathroom at Dublin airport asking, “what language do these people speak anyway?” Her friend’s reply was “English, I think.”

The language question in Celtic lands is a complicated mix of culture, history, politics, and linguistics.

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Jeanne Crane
LUGHNASA and Lammas

This year Lughnasa was officially celebrated August 7, but we can still acknowledge the turning of the seasons and give thanks for the harvest with a summer bonfire, the baking of bread or perhaps even crafting a grain doll out of chaffs of wheat.

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Jeanne Crane