The Fox in Myth and Folklore

For today’s post I would like to take a look at foxes as they appear in folklore and fairytales.    This animals are known for their intelligence and ability to maneuver their way into and out of situations.   In the Celtic world foxes were seen as spirit guides, as were many of the forest…

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Five Welsh Celtic Goddesses

For today’s post I want to look at five of the most important Welsh Celtic goddesses.    This list contains five goddesses that appear in the Mabinogion.   I have mentioned all of them before, two of them I have written about more than once!    Today will be a countdown of these goddesses that…

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Celtic Knots

Triquetras and other Celtic knots are symbols that have many meanings and associations.  Celtic knots are intricate woven patterns utilized in many ways for centuries.    They were used in motifs in architecture, and on tombstones and other religious artifacts.   In ancient illuminated manuscripts they were painted in beautiful details by Celtic monks, and…

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Ancestral Mythology

The concept of ancestral mythology is a very intriguing one.   This is the mythology that our physical ancestors would have believed in.   We each have a deeper connection to the myths and folktales of our own ancestors than to those of other cultures.   This makes for an innate feeling of interest (for…

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Banshee

Banshees were the wailing women of Celtic belief.   These faery women had cries that could pierce the ears of the listeners, and served to herald death.   The goddess the Morrigan is considered the first banshee.   Many television series have been inspired by the story of the banshee.    In Ireland many families…

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Faeries as Fallen Angels

There was a common belief held into the early modern times (circa the turn of the 20th century) that the fae were actually fallen angels.   This particular belief was among many beliefs that were held onto by citizens of Ireland.    One version of the story goes that during the fall from grace angels…

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Blodeuwedd and Flower Brides

Blodeuwedd is a faerie bride, and Celtic goddess, who appeared in the fourth branch of the Welsh Mabinogion.   She was also known as “Flower Face” (the meaning of her name), “May Queen”, and “May Bride.”   Since I will soon be a May bride myself, I could not resist doing a post on this…

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Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva was a noblewoman in Coventry in the eleventh century.    She was famous for being fervently opposed to her husband’s taxation of the citizens.   Being a woman in her era meant that she was not likely to be heard by her husband in matters of state.    So she famously took extreme…

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Lucrezia Borgia

The Borgias were one of Renaissance Italy’s most notorious families.   Today they are seen as a precursor to the modern Mafia, or a proto-Mafia if you will.   Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia who would become Pope Alexander VI.    Lucrezia Borgia’s story is one filled with intrigue, poisoning, sex, and…

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