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.

Festivals

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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APRIL FOOLS

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 time of resurrection and renewal as […]

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