It is 59 AD. Boudicca, flame-haired queen of the Inceni tribe, is on the warpath. Her husband ruled their ancient lands, but now he is dead. Hungry for power, the Romans want the land for themselves, and blood will be spilled. When Boudicca comes to her village, Tara (Little Flame) wonders who is more terrifying - the warriour queen or the Roman soldiers. Yet, young as she is, Little Flame proves her courage.
An illuminating study of the ancient Goddess of Celtic times, reflecting the change in social attitudes to women across the centuries.Claire French describes how the Goddess figure was transformed as the shift from egalitarian to patriarchal societies took place. She draws on the Welsh Mabinogion myths to trace the decline of the Great Queen of early British origins into the demonised witch/fairy of the Christian era.For millennia the tribes of Britain had worshipped the Triple Goddess: Virgin, Mother and Crone. She was the Earth and the Earth was sacred. The Year of the Lady was a continuous ritual in her honour, from her Sacred Marriage to the sacrificial death of her chosen hero, the Year King.From about the fifth century bc, the goddess was displaced by Druidism and their Celtic sky gods who vied for her possession as spouse. Land and queens became the property of kings, while priestesses were declared witches and exterminated. Finally, under Christianity, goddess worship was further condemned and degenerated into fairy belief and witchcraft.
Irish Goddesses from the Morrígan to Cathleen Ní Houlihan
Author: Rosalind Clark
Category: Goddesses, Irish
Although men dominated early Irish society, women dominated the supernatural. Goddesses of war, fertility and sovereignty ordered human destiny. Christian monks turned these pagan deities into saints, like St. Brigit, or into mortal queens like Medb of Connacht. The Morrigan, the Great Queen, war goddess, remained a figure of awe, but her pagan functions were glossed over and her role was obscured. Rosalind Clark juxtaposes early Irish texts with Anglo-Irish treatments of the same themes by Lady Gregory, James Stephens, and W. B. Yeats. She shows the fall in status of the pagan goddesses, first under medieval Christianity and then under Anglo-Irish culture, where the once-powerful goddess of the land evolved into a weak, melancholy victim, romanticized, unreal, and lacking sexual poweroor into a hag, the dispenser of death. The human loss only begins to be restored in Yeat's The Death of Cuchulain. Irish Literary Studies Series No. 34.
Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen
Author: Kristoffer Hughes
Pubpsher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Delve into the depths of a magical current that spans over two thousand years. The Book of Celtic Magic provides the unsurpassed power of practical magic and the transformative forces of ancient Celtica. Druid priest Kristoffer Hughes invites you to explore the pantheon, myths, and magic of his native Wales. Discover the magical allies, the gods and goddesses, and the spirits of place that form the foundation of this vibrant tradition. Practice rituals that draw you closer to the divine energy of the trees, plants, and animals that surround you. Work with spells, conjurations, invocations, and magical tools that have been developed and refined from genuine Celtic sources. Complete with exercises and a glossary of terms, this step-by-step guide is a definitive source of authentic Celtic magic.
An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.
Every girl, teenager, and woman is looking for that special someone who will treat her with dignity and respect. What they fail to realize is they have the power to change their own destinies. (Women's Issues)