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History of Fairies

We crave enchantment. We need to be seduced by myth and magic and fairies and castles and druids. The reason is that some part of us longs to penetrate through that “mythic mist” and break through the barriers of the ordinary, five-sensory world in order to make contact with organic Divinity, manifested in earth magic, stone circles, and fairy rings. Ireland’s St. Bridget came from a Druid background. Legend has it that she was trained in Druid rituals of healing and organic mysticism, and then drawn to the convent where her earthly mystical roots grew into a cosmic mystical connection with the Divine.  I’ll do a Druid article at another time.  

Now I’ll admit to a little ‘flack’ from a few people, not many, though I’m glad to say on the ‘layout / content’ of my blog, and with the amount of views of my website / blog, I don’t think that a mere ‘couple’ of naysayers are going to bother me very much.  Suffice to say I do cover various topics that I find of interest, with the Internet being as vast as it is, information overload etc… I spend a great deal of time ‘filtering through’ the information and presenting it *with relevant links to the author, what I found to be both, the most informative and interesting information.. 

The following From “Timeless Myths” (except pictures) : “Fairy” comes from the Old French word faerie. The word has been overused to describe a supernatural being. There is a great deal of difference in classifying a being as a fairy from the medieval literature and those from modern literature, especially those belonging to the Celtic tradition.There are other traditions such as that found in English, German and Slavic folklores.

Today, when we think of fairies, we often visualise them as tiny, supernatural beings with wings and glowing with uncommon light in today’s children fairy tales. And they also possessed some sorts of strange magical powers, like Tinklebell in the story of Peter Pan or the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. The modern fairies, between the 18th and 20th century, comes from oral tradition before they were transmitted into writing.

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The fairies are supernatural beings that can be best described by the Greek word - daimon, which means “spirit”. They are not divinity, ie. god or goddess, in the usual sense of the word, and yet they are not mere mortal; often, it is easier to classify them as minor divinity.

However, if we look at the idea of fairies, then you would find that have been around a lot longer than everyone expects. Perhaps the earliest form of faeries can be found loosely in the mythical beings in Greek mythology, such as the nymphs, satyrs and sileni. The nymphs from ancient Greek myths can be considered as fairies and they existed as early as the time of Homer writing the Iliad and the Odyssey. Even the river gods in Greek myths can be classified as fairies. These are spirits or minor deities of nature or of the natural phenomena.

And then, there are household or guardian spirits that can be found in Roman religion and mythology, such as the penates, lares and genii.

A portrait of a fairy, by Sophie Anderson (1869). The title of the painting is Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things - purportedly from a poem by Charles Ede.

A portrait of a fairy, by Sophie Anderson (1869). The title of the painting is Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things – purportedly from a poem by Charles Ede.

The Norse versions of the fairies are the wide variety of elves and the dísir that exist in the Teutonic traditions. The Valkyries could also be classified as fairies. Continue reading

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An Ode to St Patrick’s Day

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
- Edmund Burke

St Patrick; From Slave to Saint.. This historical journey begins ‘lightly’, with the Shamrock, and is Dedicated to my Father, having passed away early last year and was originally from Ireland.

One traditional symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock. (See more symbols at the end of this article..)

“Shamrock” is the common name for several different kinds of three-leafed clovers native to Ireland.

The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons.

The Shamrock ~ Three Leafed Clover

The Shamrock ~ Three Leafed Clover

The Irish have considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck.

Legend (dating to 1726, according to the (Oxford English Dictionary) credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.[65] For this reason, shamrocks are a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day.

The shamrock had been seen as sacred in the pre-Christian days in Ireland. Due to its green color and overall shape, many viewed it as representing rebirth and eternal life. Three was a sacred number in the pagan religion and there were a number of “Triple Goddesses” in ancient Ireland, including BrigidÉriu, and the Morrigan.

The Four Leaf Clover by {Ziggy} on Flickr

The Four Leaf Clover by {Ziggy} on Flickr

 Excerpt from the Down Cathedral:  Tradition has it that Saint Patrick brought the Faith to the country in the early part of the fifth century. Patrick was a North Briton who was captured by a party of raiding Irishmen and brought to Ireland as a slave. During his years of captivity, he spent much time in prayer and would say as many as one hundred in a day, as he tells us in his Confession. Continue reading

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Heaven

 

Will you recognize me in the flashing lights?
I try to keep my heart beat, but I can’t get it right
Will you recognize me, when I’m lying on my back
Somethings gone inside me, and I can’t get it back

Artist H. Arriaga

Artist H. Arriaga

Chorus:
Oh heaven, oh heaven, I wake with good intentions,
But the day it always lasts too long
Then I’m gone!
Oh heaven, oh heaven, I wake with good intentions,
But the day it always lasts too long
Then I’m gone, then I’m gone, then I’m gone, then I’m gone
Then I’m gone, then I’m gone, then I’m gone, then I’m gone

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Shamrockin’ Cocktails

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Irish Quotes, proverbs, blessings and epigrams have fans throughout the world, and not just people with roots on the Emerald Isle. The Irish have always been known for their keen wit and sense irony, as well as literary abilities.

Sayings from Ireland are especially in demand during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, which takes place each year on March 17. However, people enjoy Irish quotes year round as a source of inspiration and enjoyment. So keep tuned for more Irish Poetry and Quotes soon, meanwhile I hope you check my post on St Patrick’s Day ~ history etc, and check out a few Irish Blessings at the end of that article… Meanwhile enjoy these Cocktail Recipes… (27 photos + recipes, see the link at the end of Article for all 27 Drinks)

St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail [RECIPE]
Sparkling Clover Charm [RECIPE]
Crème de Menthe Cocktail [RECIPE]

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Sea Similie

 

… as a little breeze
Following still Night,
Ripples the spirit’s cold, deep seas
Into delight;
But, in a while,
The immeasurable smile
Is broke by fresher airs to flashes blent
With darkling discontent;
And all the subtle zephyr hurries gay,
And all the heaving ocean heaves one way,

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T’ward the void sky-line and an unguess’d weal;
Until the vanward billows feel
The agitating shallows, and divine the goal,
And to foam roll,
And spread and stray
And traverse wildly, like delighted hands,
The fair and fleckless sands;
And so the whole
Unfathomable and immense
Triumphing tide comes at the last to reach
And burst in wind-kiss’d splendours on the
deaf’ning beach,
Where forms of children in first innocence

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Laugh and fling pebbles on the rainbow’d crest
Of its untired unrest.

Coventry Patmore, 1877