Solstices & Equinoxes: The Mystical Meaning Throughout History

Solstices & Equinoxes: The Mystical Meaning Throughout History Solstices and equinoxes were not celebrated as purely physical events. They also held vast ritual and spiritual meaning in many cultures. The life cycle of the sun finds its parallel in the lives of solar deities and spiritual figures around the world and in the legends of…

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Spring; The Vernal Equinox, What Pleasure It Will Bring…

Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge…

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Who are the “Wee Folk” or Leprechauns of Ireland?

As part of Irish mythology and folklore the Leprechauns are part of Ireland’s faerie folk, called by some as the “wee folk”. As a cousin of the clurichaun they are known to have inhabited Ireland well before the arrival of the Celts. Small enough for one to sit comfortable on your shoulder they are very…

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A Tale of Ireland Sure to Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

This is a true personal account drawn from the memory of my dear British friend, Jackson Stones. We thank you, Jackson for your time, warmth and generous contribution. “It was a few years ago now, but I remember it well. Galway, is a tiny city in the far west of Ireland. A small university town…

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Shamrocks? 4-Leaf Clovers? There is a Difference!

According to St. Patrick’s Day lore, Patrick used the “three” leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today, St. Patrick’s Day revelers wear a shamrock out of tradition; the people of Ireland, here in the U.S and “across the pond,” wear an authentic shamrock for…

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Irish Soda Bread “American Style”

This is a sweeter, chewier, lighter and richer version of Traditional Irish Soda Bread. And, in my opinion and experience, seems to be more in harmony with the American taste. The conventional Irish Soda bread simply combines flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk; it’s not sweet and has a very dense, somewhat doughy crumb. Most…

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Do The Irish Wear Green on Saint Patrick’s Day? Think Again!

Do The Irish Wear Green on Saint Patrick’s Day? Think Again!  Corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Shepard’s pie, Colcannon, just to name a few of the upcoming traditional Irish recipes to be posted here in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. However, the question today is “do the Irish wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?”…

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