In Wales the celebration of May Day derived from traditions that most people are familiar with as Beltane on the other side of the Irish Sea, but has roots in its own Celtic culture stretching back into olden times.  In Wales this is the celebration of Calan Mai or sometimesContinue Reading

The famous Triskele.  Part of a thesis I wrote was on Chakras but the thrust was that the idea was not from India originally.  Instead, it may have actually been originally Celtic thought.  Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel and comes from Vedic writings.  There are thought to beContinue Reading

In Cornwall there is a church on the cliffs above the sea in Penwith.  There is a story about the church and it goes like this.  One Sunday morning at the beginning of the service a woman entered and she was noted as being unearthly beautiful.  She had pale skinContinue Reading

Humans upon arriving at the island, would find a most wonderful garden. A garden filled with flowers of brilliant colours. Flowers that defied description and with intoxicating scents. Birds singing, a very peaceful place that many would say would be akin to heaven.  The Fair Folk would present their humanContinue Reading

            I just have tried my very first Welsh whiskey.  Before I get the actual review of Penderyn Celt let me put a little background in.  In the UK, the temperance movement gained strength and in 1823 a law was passed that more or less banned small scale stills.  TheContinue Reading

Over in Cornwall is one of the best-preserved ancient villages in SW England. This is known as Carn Euny from the Cornish Karn Uni. It is located near the village of Sancreed. The earliest houses here appear to have been built around 500 to 400BCE as Iron Age round houses.Continue Reading

Back on the Isle of Man outside Castletown is a very interesting ancient monument called Balladoole. Sometime in 1945, a team consisting of a German refugee along with a team from the internment camp based on the island was put to work looking at an Iron Age hill fort inContinue Reading

Will ‘o the Wisp by Arian Niwl   Now Tom was a fine man oh so rare Handsome of features with ginger hair And a big heart that was friendly and fair   Now each maiden from young to old From one’s so shy, to those so bold Raven hairedContinue Reading

The pwca, or in Ireland the púca, and other names across the Celtic world, are spirits that can be either beneficial or malevolent. Púca are noted for taking on the shape of animals – primarily a horse – and then taking the rider for the nasty ride of their life.Continue Reading

Ring of Brogdar

Have you ever gotten that tug of place? That is that draw to a certain place that seems to resonate within you and seems to call you back even if it has been years? That has happened to me lately, and the monument is not the more familiar Henge butContinue Reading

Raven Queen of Battle

Goddess of Battle Fate By Arian Niwl   Men struggle with curses and shouts Ground soaked with flowing life’s blood The battle rages without any doubts Warrior’s fall into the red soaked mud   I watch with dark raven sharp eyes A spectacle and scene that is a play WearingContinue Reading

Kult of Athena Broze-Era Celtic Sword Horizontal

Swords!  Oh, my goodness, while spears and arrows certainly were good weapons, there has always been something mystical and special about what is essentially a big long knife.  Yes, I know some will disagree with that assessment, but that is basically where swords came from. However, swords have had aContinue Reading

Jade Espirit Edouard Absinthe

Ah, Absinthe!  What mysteries are associated with this drink?  The myths and legends of driving people to madness prompted a near world-wide ban on the drink. Now some might ask what does absinthe have to do with the Celtic world.  Well the use of worm wood was well known andContinue Reading