As We Rise Today

As we rise today, perhaps after too much Guinness or green beer, it seems appropriate to lift up the real Patrick. The revelry of St. Patrick’s Day in the USA is shared by huge numbers even here in the northeast where the weather doesn’t really lend itself to outdoor parades. But, the US Census does report that 34.5 million Americans list their heritage as either primarily or partially Irish. That is worthy of celebration. (It will be fun to see how the surge of interest in AncestryDNA and 23andMe impact the next census.)

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Return to the Earth by Elaine Ní Chiardha

Guest Post by Elaine Ní Chiardha

All native spiritualities, including Celtic and pre-Celtic Irish traditions, teach the interconnection between all beings - between humans and the beings of nature, and indeed the spirit world. To return to and remember this awareness, which is innate to us all, is to heal. To heal ourselves, our relationship to one another and to the world. It is true, the old adage - nature is the greatest healer.

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Drawing the March Hare

This is the third time we begin the month with a tarot or oracle card. And, once again, it is an uncanny pick.  Here we are in March and I drew a picture of March hares. I must admit that I have only a distant memory of the March hare in Alice in Wonderland and a fainter memory yet of the phrase “mad as a March hare”. A bit of research tells me these big hares do live in Celtic lands, that they jump around and “box” all night, acting mad from a human perspective. People are most likely to witness this crazy activity at dawn in March when light is optimal and breeding season makes the hares most active. Thus, the Brits coined the term “mad as a March hare”.

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The Well of Segais and The Salmon of Wisdom

Celtic legend has it that the salmon is the oldest of all living creatures. Like other indigenous peoples, the Celts believed animals had spirits and that each species held unique energies or values. Some were imbued with healing properties (like Native American medicine spirits), others were considered omens or charms. The salmon represented wisdom.

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Celtic Calendar Deconstructed

I like to stay mindful of the Celtic calendar because it heightens my awareness of the turnings of seasons and the activities of the sun and moon as they change throughout the year. Sometimes, in the busy-ness of our modern world with its artificial lighting and 24/7 scheduling, I forget.

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Past Life Times

Have you ever had an overwhelming feeling of familiarity while being in a place or situation, but you know is seems impossible that you were there in this lifetime?  Did visiting a particular historical place, watching a movie or reenactments of historical events and battles trigger a feeling or memory? Maybe you are drawn to a particular era of time while studying history and getting an “A” on the topics of Ancient Egypt.

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