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The Gillie Dubh

  One of the most well-known of the Scottish fairies, the Gillie Dubh is solitary being who is generally reclusive but unlike many solitary fairies is good natured and helpful to humans. The Gillie Dubh is unique in some respects because of how focused his folklore originally was to a very specific area, and how […]

 

Being a Priestess of the Daoine Uaisle

  This month has been one of contemplation for me, as I look at how the last year has gone since Ireland. I’ve written about it, probably more than some people care to read about, because it’s a big thing for me and because it’s probably the overriding thing in my life this month. No […]

 

What Comes in Dreams: a Healing Charm

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I sometimes am given things in dreams. Sometimes these things relate to herbal knowledge and sometimes they are more complex, such as when I was told how to make Cáca Síofra. I can’t always share these things, but when I can I do try to, not only so […]

 

Bodach

The name bodach, like elf and goblin, is used for specific fairy beings and is also a generic term for a type of a fairy. Bodachs are found in Scottish folklore where they are usually seen as a type of frightening nighttime fairy that may lead people astray or attack people; in some localized folklore […]

 

The Cailleach

This article originally appeared in Air n-Aithesc, vol III, issue II, August 2016 The Cailleach “Ebb-tide has come to me as to the sea; old age makes me yellow; though I may grieve thereat, it approaches its food joyfully…. I am Buí, the Cailleach of Beare; I used to wear a smock that was ever-renewed…” –          […]

 

That Time I Unseelied a Tree, and Why You Should Too

So first a story. I have a fairy tree in my yard and I had the idea at one point to start tying ribbons on it, in the spirit of the rag tree tradition. Now usually a rag tree is by a healing well and the ribbons or bits of cloth tied on it represent […]

 

Fairy Trees

 Fairies and trees have had a long connection in mythology and folklore. Today I’d like to take a brief look at a selection of trees and the main fairylore associated with them. I would note that this folklore can be convoluted as the trees themselves were often reputed to have spirits, much like we might […]

 

In Service: Ireland a Year Later

 This Samhain has been an interesting and intense one for me on several levels. It has been busy in purely mundane ways and it has been just as busy in spiritual ways. But more than anything I find myself reflecting whenever my mind isn’t set on anything else on being in Ireland this time last […]

 

The Dearg Due

 With Samhain approaching I decided to write about the Dearg Due, the closest to a classic vampire that can be found in Irish folklore. Almost immediately though I ran into a slight problem, in that I can’t find any references to this being in actual books on folklore. The only sources in which I could […]

 

Athirne Ailgessach ocus Mider Bri Leith

Athirne Áilgessach & Mider Brí Léith  Athirne Ailgessach mac Ferchertne. is e is doichlechu ro boi i nHerind. Dochoid co Mider Brí Léith co tuc corra diultada & doichle úad fora thech .i. ar dibe & ar dochill. Arna taidled fer do feraib Herend a thechsom do aigidecht l^ foigde. Na tair. na tair ar in chetchorr. Eirgg ass […]

 

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