And leave a man undone to his fate – Ye Jacobites by name – part two – Sing Out!

It is easy to write about violence, the causes of it, the effects of it, in the abstract. Glib, throwaway statements are profoundly easy to produce. My aim in writing this second part of this week’s Murder Ballad Monday blog is to try my best to reach across to the opposite side of this position. Trying not to be glib, tacky and easy when writing about violence is something I believe Robert Burns achieved.


Neem Oil for Psoriasis

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The Neem tree -Azadirachta Indica – is an evergreen, native to South India, that grows up to 60 ft high. It is found in the tropical dry deciduous/evergreen and thorny forests and drier parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. It has been planted and naturalized throughout Africa and grows in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, Japan and tropical regions of Australia and America. Ancient Indian texts refer to Neem as Sarva Roga Nivarini, “the curer of all ailments.”

The medicinal properties of Neem have been described in ancient Indian medical texts (4000 B.C.) such as the Atharva Veda, Ghrhyasutras, and the Sutragranthas. The Sanskrit name, nimba, is a derivative of the term nimbati syasthyamdadati-meaning ‘to give good health’.

Literally, every part of the tree has a use. The leaf and bark are used in teas, cosmetics, skin care, pet care…

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Culann’s Hound 21: Son of Lugh

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Cúchulainn’s famous spear, the gáe bolg or “spear of mortal pain,” was made from the bone of a sea monster, Coinchenn, which perished in combat with another leviathan of the deep, Curruid. Some sources have it the other way around, however:

Curruid fell in the furious fight
By the noble, fierce Coinchenn,
Upon the boisterous, proud red sea
On the ridge of the cool and deep abyss.

(-from a poem collected in the early 18th century, cited in On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish, by Eugene Curry, 1873)

Illustration of a sperm whale and squid. An actual battle has never been witnessed, since they take place in the deep sea. Click for source.

When I read about this epic battle of sea monsters, I couldn’t help thinking of the Colossal Squid and its antagonist, the Sperm Whale. The whales are known to prey on squid, while the squid…

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Ephemera: Imbolc, Candlemas, St Brigit’s Day: In Brief [1/3]

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20170125-imbolc1-ephemeraThe circle is turning, and Imbolc is coming ever closer.

The Winter solstice, when the sun was at its lowest point denoting mid-winter is behind us.  The  Spring equinox, that is mid-spring is still some weeks ahead of us and  denotes the ‘height’ of that season. But, in between is Imbolc, a moving into the season of Spring, and metaphorically, a knocking on Spring’s door and walking through it, and waving goodbye to Winter. It’s the start of something new!

‘It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.’ Rainer Maria Rilke

What follows, today, is an outline of the meaning of Imbolc; followed by an article imbolc1tomorrow highlighting some great ideas for a meal (for yourself and/or friends and family) to celebrate the event, followed by another article day latter of some suggested Imbolc liturgy and ritual for you to try/

Yes, it’s time to…

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Brighid Playlist

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

Brighid’s Kiss – La Lugh
Brighid of the Sacred Flame – Angela Little
Imbolc – Lisa Thiel
Holy Water, Sacred Flame – Anne Hill
Song to Brighid – Lisa Thiel
Brighid – Kelliana
Saint Brigid’s Prayer – Norin Ni Riain
Invocation to Brigid – Ruth Barrett
Brighid’s Flame – Jon Richards
Brighid – Damh the Bard
Bridget – Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith
Mary of the Gael – Maire Brennan
Ode to Bridget – Noirin Ni Riain
On St Brighid’s Day – Ha’Penny Bridge
Brighid’s Blessing – David Davidson
Invocation of Bridhid – Grayhawk
Brighid Three – Andrew Steed
Song to Bridget – Mary McLaughlin
Danns’ nam Ban/Bhride! Bhride! – Distant Oaks
Bride Ban-Chobhair – Distant Oaks

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