The Crow and Minerva

This is a reblog of the post entitled, “The Crow and Minerva,” that was posted on the website: Myth of the Web. This is the first time that I heard that Minerva also punished the crow, besides Apollo.. It is a tale of caution on why Minerva punished the raven and demoted it to a lower status while the night owl took over the position as Minerva’s attendant.

Myth on the Web

Figure 1: Nikias. Mixing Bowl, Ceramics, Terracotta, 14 ¾ x 16 1/8 in., Greece, Greek/Roman and Hellenistic Galleries, 400 BC. Accessed online at:

When comparing the version Ovid tells to the webpage article, “Changing Stories: Ovid’s Metamorphoses on canvas,” it goes into more detail about the myth explaining why Erichthonius was born, why the crow was punished for gossiping, and Apollo’s part in the story. It does not cite where they received their information, so to confirm whether they are correct or not, primary and secondary sources were utilized. After further investigation, the webpage does appear to have all their information to be similar to the most commonly told versions of the story and it does all its analysis on a painting from the renaissance depicting the Cecrop sisters uncovering Erichthonius. Other sources were found to verify the information on the webpage and to include information that may be…

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#MondayMotivation – #Meditation – #TarotReading – #AngelOracleCard

The following is a reblog of #MondayMotivation – #Meditation – #TarotReading – #AngelOracleCard by author Jan Sikes who shares her thoughts each Monday. I was particularly moved by the quote by Jimi Hendrix: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” What a wonderful remembrance of a talented musician who tragically died young.

Writing and Music

As we launch into another week on our journey, I hope each reader finds something uplifting in today’s post. This quote from Jimi Hendrix blew me away. It is SO profound.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix
Created in Canva

This meditation is one of the most beautiful I’ve found in a while. Really sink into it and feel it!

I love the lighthearted tone of the tarot reading this week.

Photo by Jan Sikes

I want to take a moment to clarify the card positions in a three-card reading, as it is different from the typical past, present, and future layout. The card on the left represents what you need to know. The middle is giving you a new perspective and the last is action to take For these weekly readings, this makes more sense to me. Thoughts on that?

The King of Swords represents intellectual ambition and leadership. It also indicates mental clarity about…

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Some Breton Love Spells

The following is a reblog of a post entitled, “Some Breton Love Spells,” that was published on 4 Feb 2023 by Bonjour From Brittany. Throughout history, people looking for love often turned to rituals, love potions and spells to obtain the affections of one you desire.

Bonjour From Brittany

Spells to attract that most elusive of treasure, true love, have been noted in disparate cultures across the world since the earliest times. It is therefore no surprise that in the Brittany of yesterday, spells and charms to inspire romantic desire were also once quite widespread.

Consumed with hard work from before dawn to after dusk, opportunities for young people to meet and mix with folk outside their immediate neighbourhood were largely limited to communal events such as weddings, fairs, saints’ pardons and church services. If one was fortunate enough to have found someone that quickened their heart, the challenge then lay in trusting in their sincerity and the depth of their devotion.

Love Spells - Brittany

In Brittany, pins, coins, bread and even broken pottery were used at sacred springs in the quest to find true love. Different sites had their own rituals but people traditionally took an omen from the behaviour…

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The Myth of Lycaon

The following is a reblog of a post entitled,The Myth of Lycaon, at the website: Myth on the Web. It is fascinating tale of what happens when a human opposes and attempts to kill a god. It involves the idea of lycanthropy (a transformation into a wolf) and is told within Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Myth on the Web

The myth of Lycaon is a classic story of what happens when a human opposes and attempts to kill a god. It involves the idea of lycanthropy (a transformation into a wolf) and is told within Ovid’sMetamorphoses.

The story involves a murderous, impious king who defies the gods and refuses to worship them; this individual described isLycaon, the king of Arcadia. While many different sources list that he is the son of Pelasgus, his mother varies between three different ones; Meliboia, Kyllene, or Deianeira. The god Lycaon opposes in the myth is Jupiter, the narrator of the story, and is the Roman version of the Greek god Zeus, who is associated with lightning. Lycaon shows his characterization as he attempts to trick Jupiter into eating a captive he slaughtered, intending to kill Jupiter after serving him a dish made from the hostage’s flesh. Jupiter is not…

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The Fairies of the Swells

I’m pleased to share the article entitled, The Fairies of the Swells,” at that was published by the website Bonjour From Brittany on 14 Jan 2023.

Bonjour From Brittany

According to Breton tradition, the fairies abandoned Brittany all at once and over the course of a single night. Local legends differ as to when that time was but at the end of the 19th century it was usually said to have been when one’s grandparents were very young or even during the turmoil of the Revolution; dates so distant that nothing then resembled what exists here today.

The travellers and ethnographers that visited the region in the mid to late 19th century noted many beliefs surrounding the little folk of Brittany. As you might expect, the names given to these diminutive supernatural beings often differed from community to community but there appears to have been fairly broad agreement about the characteristics exhibited by certain beings seemingly based on their habitat.

Fairies of the Swells - Brittany - Sea Fairy

The fairies of north-east Brittany and along an associated coastal strip about 130km (80 miles) long…

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Skull’s Vengeance Book Tour

It is a pleasure to share a post about the blog tour of Skull’s Vengeance, which was published on January 13,2023 at the ilovebooksandstuffblog website.


Skull’s Vengeance

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4)

byLinnea Tanner

GENRE:Historical Fantasy



A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.

AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorialgames. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop him and has charged his deadliest assassin to bring back Catrin’s head.

To have the slightest chance of beating Marrock, Catrin must…

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Interview with Linnea Tanner

It is my pleasure to share my interview with Joanne Guidoccio which was posted on January 9, 2023, in conjunction with the blog tour of “Skull’s Vengeace.”

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome award-winning author Linnea Tanner. Today, Linnea shares her creative journey and new release, Skull’s Vengenance.


What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

I went on a riverboard cruise on the Mississippi River with my elderly mother and sister. My mother tired easily so we arranged a wheelchair for her to get around. She knew I had my eye on a white casual jacket as we browsed the gift shop on board. After lunch, she would rest in her room while my sister and I did other activities. One afternoon, I was alarmed not to find my mother in the cabin when I returned. After searching about thirty minutes, I finally found her with a big smile as she shuffled down the corridor, carrying the white jacket in her arms.

Two months later, she had a stroke and could not travel afterward…

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Mythologies of celtic/irish people

This is a fantastic post that provides an overview of
MYTHOLOGIES OF CELTIC/IRISH PEOPLE along with references to other articles of interview. Hope you enjoy!

Indigenous Peoples Literature

Irelandis a country with countless tales of myth and folklore. But none are more often repeated than the tales ofleprechauns, selkies and the banshees.


TheLeprechaunis perhaps the most famous of all Irish legends. Said to be a type of fairy, the Leprechaun is a cobbler, making the shoes of all other fairy folk. Usually depicted as an old and bearded man, Leprechauns are never female. Legend tells that when the Danes invadedIreland, the fairies hid all there treasure from the marauding hordes. The Leprechauns were given the task of guarding the treasure. Unfortunately, the rainbow always points to the location of the leprechauns treasure, so he must constantly be moving the trove.

Legends of Celtic Mythology

What is the Real Celtic Creation Myth?

What Is Irish Mythology?

Celtic Mythology

Gaelic Mytholog

Irish Gods | Celtic myth, Celtic gods, Celtic…

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Skull’s Vengeance: The Coffee Pot Book Blog Tour

It is my pleasure to reblog Day 10 of the blog tour hosted by Pam Lecky’s Official Blog.

Pam Lecky Books

Today on the blog, I am delighted to share an excerpt from Linnea Tanner’s Skull’s Vengeance, book four in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series.

You can find out more about the blog tour here:

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I’m delighted to welcome Linnea Tanner back to the blog with her new book, Skull’s Vengeance #blogtour

This is a reblog of a post by M. J. Porter who is graciously hosting my blog tour of Skull’s Vengeance. Please see my interview with her which includes some photos of Dover Castle and Dover Cliffs. Also, check out her website for exciting historical fiction books that she has authored.

M J Porter

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to grill Linnea Tanner about her new book, Skull’s Vengeance.

Thank you, MJ, for hosting my blog tour ofSkull’s Vengeance(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 4) and for giving me the opportunity to discuss some of the resources I used to research the history and mythology of Celts in Roman Britain.

  1. Is there a book that first inspired your passion for the era of Roman Britain?

Although the setting of the book is toward the end of the era of Roman Britain, I was first inspired about the time period with Marion Zimmer Bradley’s novel,The Mists of Avalon. The novel explored pagan beliefs and rituals of the Celts which were being replaced by the Christian religion. This novel introduced me to the concept of a “sovereignty goddess” who confers sovereignty on a mortal king in a ritual union…

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