In several countries throughout Europe, winter spurs a string of Pagan rituals and carnivalesque festivities that — since before the dawn of Christianity, in some cases — have served as means for humans to converse with mother nature and celebrate spring’s upcoming rebirth. Many of these otherworldly traditions, strange as they may seem, are still being practiced today.
The 1960′s and early 70′s Pagan culture was born of ecofeminism, British Traditional Wicca, and the counter-culture hippie movement. The Goddess (or God) within was explored and nature in all its beauty was celebrated as more conservative ideology was abandoned. An outward manifestation of these new ideals was often expressed though nudity. Nudity was seen as a statement of freedom from conventional structures and a way to worship the divine in all its forms. The Charge of the Goddess specifically said, “And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in Her praise.“ – See more at:
Dude! Ogham beer! You can’t possibly go wrong with that.
You can’t go wrong with a beer from the Celt Experience’s core range, always solid and dependable, and one or more of their beers should sit in your cupboard waiting for any number of occasions. Dependable isn’t always exciting of course, and so the Celt brewery of Caerphilly have launched the Ogham series of beers, representing their push into ‘craft’ beer territory.
Ogham refers to an ancient script, of old runes scribed onto rock by Celtic druids in times of yore. The bottle label is minimalist and simple, allowing the Ogham rune to take centre-stage; meanwhile, beneath it, Celt Brewery list some of the ingredients used and even the IBU of each beer. Definitely craft beer territory now, as who but a beer geek would care about the type of yeast used and the bitterness measurement?
There are three expressions Willow, Ash, and Oak, each of them exaggerated expressions of…
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The Ogham alphabet. Image by de: Benutzer: Filid (German Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Chances are you’ve heard that the Celts passed all of their knowledge on orally, which is one of the reasons why we know so little for certain about their beliefs. This is true, but the Celts did have a system of written language, called Ogham.
The earliest inscriptions we have in this language date to somewhere in the 4th century, mostly in Ireland, Wales and Southern Britain. But some historians and archeologists believe it dates back much further than that – even as far back as the Sycthians, who may have been the Gaelic Celts’ ancestors dating to about 1300 BC (Laing 22). Ogham is mentioned often in ancient Irish myth, where it is said to be used for poetry, Druidic spells and even political challenges (Ellis 164-165). There is also evidence that Druidic books existed before Christianity, although we…
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Darts with the kids, a Guinness in my hand and Flogging Molly on the stereo. Life is good! 🙂
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