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Thank you!

Cuckoo flower

Its just over a month since I started posting again on this blog and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me Likes/followings and great comments.

Thank you, you have helped lift me so much!!!!

Here are some Irish Cuckoo flowers for your St Patricks weekend

Have a great one!!!

Nigel


Galway bay

Fishing boats on galway bay

The old fishing village, Teach mor, County Galway
Fuji X100, Iso 200, 35mm lens

The Area around Teach mor, Galway bay in County Galway is one of the most beautiful in Europe in my own opinion.

I took this shot while we walked our way along the coast road, you can see an old abandoned fishing village on the far shoreline. We had the place to ourselves all afternoon and Molly got to swim with the seals as they came close in just to work out who she was.

I think they got a bit of a shock when she went in with them…


Happy, St Patrick day.

ST Patrick

St Patricks day

For anyone who has been viewing my posts (Many thanks!) you will have noticed that I don’t have a big belief in the Christian story.

This is a personal choice and not one I have always been able to make, in my younger days I do remember being very taken by the stories I heard in church. This stage of my life lasted into my mid teens then slowly faded as I started to travel more .

But anyway, I really do wish everyone a happy St Patrick’s day.

I found this to be a very balanced and interesting article, make your own mind up!

St Patrick and the snakes of ireland


Air

Pagan beliefs Air

Fujifilm X100

The pagan elements :

Air

Air is one of the four classical elements, and is often invoked in Wiccan ritual. Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. Air is associated with the colors yellow and white. Interestingly, in some cultures a triangle sitting on its base like this is considered masculine, and is connected to the element of Fire rather than Air.

In some traditions of Wicca, Air is represented not by the triangle, but by either a circle with a point in the center, or by a feather or leaf-like image. In other traditions, the triangle is used to mark the association of degrees or initiation rank — typically first degree, but not necessarily. In alchemy, this symbol is sometimes show with the horizontal line extending beyond the sides of the triangle.

In rituals, when the element of Air is called for, you can use this triangular symbol, or use a feather, incense, or a fan. Air is associated with communication, wisdom or the power of the mind. Do an outdoors working on a windy day, and allow the powers of air to aid you. Visualize air currents carrying away your troubles, blowing away strife, and carrying positive thoughts to those who are far away. Embrace the wind, and let its energy fill you and help you achieve your goals.

In many magical traditions, air is associated with various spirits and elemental beings. Entities known as sylphs are typically connected with the air and the wind – these winged creatures are often related to powers of wisdom and intuition. In some belief systems, angels and devas are associated with air. It should be noted that the term “deva” in New Age and metaphysical studies is not the same as the Buddhist class of beings known as devas.

Read more about the magic, mythology, and folklore of air and the wind: Air and Wind Folklore.

Air

The first element of the alchemical tradition.
Air is the essence of intuition and learning, the element of the nature of the mind.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Represented by: Feathers, Birds, incense, fans, flags, flowing garments and sheer material.
Season: Winter
Color: White
Chakra: Crown

Celtic gods and goddess:

Arianrhod

“The Silver Wheel”, “High Fruitful Mother”. Celtic (Welsh) Goddess, the sister of Gwydion and wife of Donn. Deity of element of Air, reincarnation, full moons, time, karma, retribution. The palace of this sky Goddess was Caer Arianrhold (Aurora Borealis). Keeper of the Silver Wheel of Stars, a symbol of time and karma. Her ship, Oar Wheel, carried dead warriors to Emania (Moon-land).

Arianrhod

Arianrhod (Welsh pronunciation: [arˈjanr̥ɔd]) is a figure in Welsh mythology who plays her most important role in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi. She is the daughter of Dôn and the sister of Gwydion and Gilfaethwy; the Welsh Triads give her father as Beli Mawr.[1] In the Mabinogi her uncle Math ap Mathonwy is the King of Gwynedd, and during the course of the story she gives birth to two sons, Dylan Ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, through magical means.