Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Druids

I stumbled across a review of the Stuart Piggot book, entitled "The Druids", which consisted of seven words, ending with "very little information."  The reviewer gave the book one star and I had to wonder if they had missed the point of the book.  

I have not finished it (as yet), but the author starts by saying what evidence there is in regard to this particular caste of early European society is fragmentary and scarce.  From what I can understand, most of what is known by the general populace is based on supposition and romantic notions fostered in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Archaeology reveals very little, and the Greek and Roman writers might have engaged in a bit of spin-doctoring, stirring up fear by over-stating the barbaric nature of a society which they intended to invade, and overpower, so that they were no longer a threat to their idea of a civilised society.   [Sound familiar?]  It is often asserted that not all of the classical writers might have had direct contact with the druids, but are merely quoting or paraphrasing earlier writers.  Though all this, too, is supposition, as there really is very little information on the societies in which druids thrived. 

It struck me, reading the review of "The Druids", that although I am vastly ignorant, I am not completely so.  At least I am aware of the fact that little is known about the druids, and I don't require authors to "pad out" information in order to satisfy my thirst for knowledge.  Hope for me yet?

Monday, 21 December 2009

Winter Solstice Blessing

I send you heartfelt solstice charms,
to keep you safe from ills and harms,
to last throughout the coming year,
to ward off doubt and dismiss fear,
and welcome joy with open arms.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Spellcraft Magazine - New Editor Wanted

The "The Only Magickal Magazine in the Southern Hemisphere" is seeking someone to take over the helm. I haven't seen it advertised, except on their Spellcraft in a small section in the top left hand corner, though they have put together a two page description of the type of person they hope to find to fill the shoes of She D'Montford, who held the position for the first twelve issues.

So, if you know of anyone that might be interested in getting involved in publishing a pagan magazine that sells in newsagents across Australia, send them along to the Spellcraft website, to read the job description.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

The Ballinderry River Sings!

I listen to the Coast and Country podcast and on last week's episode "Ripples of the Ballinderry River", Helen Marks explored the Ballinderry River in Northern Ireland.

For me, the most interesting report related to a sound engineer, Professor Paul Moore, who has recorded the sound of Ballinderry River, using sensors floating on top of the water, and converted these recordings to a song, or music, in order to give the river a voice - "a soundscape, as well as a landscape". It is startling: the usual gurgling sounds, but with a haunting backdrop, almost like whale song, which Professor Moore referred to as the Ban Sidhe of the river. It certainly got my attention; I was in awe.

I wish I could get a copy of some of the recordings, but, alas, I have to make do with the snippet broadcast on the podcast. They are endeavouring to expand their recordings to other rivers, and recording the individual songs.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009



A fountain pen?
Now there's a thing to win.

What to write?
If only I wasn't so dim.

Some inspiration?
Now that's what I need.

And ideas?
But my mind has gone to seed.

© Ancestral Celt 2009

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Yule Poetry Competition

The PPP is delighted to announce that thanks to the success of the Poetry Anthology we have an excellent prize fund for our Yule Competition and thus some great prizes to be won.

First Prize will be this beautiful Fountain Pen:

(if not available at time of winning, we will get a fountain pen of similar value and style) PLUS a £20 Amazon Gift Voucher!

Second and third prize consist of £10 gift Amazon vouchers.

The competition is open to everyone. The closing date for entries is December 24th and the winners will be announced in January.

You may submit as many entries as you like. All entries will be considered for the Competition Edition in January as well as for the Competition itself.

RULES: View the following images:

Using either as your inspiration write a poem. Submit the poem, clearly indicating to which image your work refers. You can submit by either emailing the editors (at) paganpoetrypages (dot) com or, if you are a member of the PPPages by submitting a private message to to Beirn.

For further information, see the Pagan Poetry Pages.