Guest author: Paul Andruss – THE GOLDEN BOUGH


Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The third in a series of guest posts by author  Paul Andruss…

Mistletoe in FlowerMistletoe in Flower

It never struck me why the druids called mistletoe ‘The Golden Bough’ until I saw it in flower. The small insignificant flowers turn the whole plant dull gold in the low spring sunshine. It must have appeared magical growing from bare branches in the depth of winter suspended between earth and sky.

In popular folklore the mistletoe grows on the oak; the lightening tree – sacred to Zeus. The oak quite possibly gave the druids their name, which translates as oak-knower. But it may have come from the Celtic name for the Wren – an oracular bird revered as the Winter King- or the word ‘to see’, or indeed a combination of all three.

The ancients did not know what caused grain to ferment, i.e. the micro-organism called yeast. They believed the process was akin…

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Author: Cianaodh Óg - a.k.a. Troy Young

Cianaodh (Pronounced Key-Ah-Knee) is Old Irish and means Ancient Fire. Óg is also Old Irish and it means Young which is my surname in modern English. My given or legal name is James "Troy" Young but my chosen, Pagan name is Cianaodh Óg and most people who know me outside of my spiritual family know me by my middle name, Troy. I am the High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones in Arlington, Texas - Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition and variety blogger at Our Pantheons Way.

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