The Myth Maze

There is a lost myth on every street corner and in every children's nursery rhyme. This blog seeks to explore some of these with you.

APRIL FOOLS

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April has begun with the traditional fooling around that is April Fool’s day but why is April a good time to be foolish and play tricks on each other? We have passed the Spring Equinox and now the days are lengthening, day is winning the battle over night and summer is winning the battle over winter, Persephone has returned from the underworld and  it is a…

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LOVE HURTS

As the year enters the second week of the second month it seems that life is returning to the barren earth and our thoughts inevitably turn to birth, renewal and love. If you were asked to name the most famous lovers of history or literature, most of you would answer Romeo and Juliet . Shakespeare’s tragic lovers have inspired films, books, musicals and plays for generations, but where did Shakespeare’s […]

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Goodbye Persephone

  It is the time of the Autumn Equinox and our days and nights will be of equal length for a short period;  but very soon the night time hours will lengthen and days will be short as the time arrives for Persephone to descend the dark, dark steps into the underworld and join Hades for the long winter months. As she does so , her mother Demeter,  sorrows and […]

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Midsummer Magic

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Midsummer already, the longest day of the year  on 21st June  when daylight lasts well into the late evening and the air is languorous with hazy heat and the sweet smells of honeysuckle and  rose . The image most Britons  have  in their minds on this day is that of  the festivities at Stonehenge when the dawn lights the stone and the Druids perform their ancient…

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Icon of Sorrow

On Monday 26th April 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica  was subjected to an unprecedented barrage of horror as German and Italian planes  blanket- bombed the city for three hours , reducing it to a burning fireball. Afterwards  innocent civilians were indiscriminately mowed down   by machine gun fire   as they tried to escape the carnage by fleeing into the hills. Shock waves rippled round the world as  […]

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Pomp and Pantomime

On the 29th September a new lord Mayor of London will be elected by the Aldermen of the city and take office amidst  all the traditional  pomp and ceremony that London is so renowned for.  The Lord Mayoral office is an ancient role dating back to the reign of Richard the Lionheart and his brother bad King John.  It was  King John who in 1215 shortly after agreeing to  The […]

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Lughnasa ( or Lughnasadh) was a summer festival marking the beginning of the last quarter of the Celtic or more specifically the Irish year. The Irish year was divided into quarters, each marked by a festival, so we have the great feasts of Samhain ,  on November 1st , Imbolc on February 1st , Beltane on May 1st   and Lughnasa which  was celebrated around the 1st of August but the […]

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Saint Swithun and the pilgrims

St Swithun’s day on the 15th July is a day when we have to seriously keep our fingers crossed for fine weather otherwise the summer will be ruined. St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain, St Swithun’s day if thou be fair For forty days twill rain nae mare . How did this legend arise and what do we know of the man behind […]

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Midsummer Magic

Midsummer already, the longest day of the year  on 21st June  when daylight lasts well into the late evening and the air is languorous with hazy heat and the sweet smells of honeysuckle and  rose . The image most Britons  have  in their minds on this day is that of  the festivities at Stonehenge when the dawn lights the stone and the Druids perform their ancient rituals.A truly magical sight that we […]

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St. George and the Dragons

St. George , patron saint of England is celebrated on 23rd April. He seems a strange choice for English folk being of Syrian origin and born of a Greek father and a Syrian mother. He was a Roman soldier and was martyred for his Christianity in 303 AD at a time in the Roman world when Christians were being viciously persecuted. It was much later,  in the medieval period, that […]

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