The Celtic God Lugh, the “Shining One”

This is a reblog of a post about the The Celtic God Lugh by Justin McCarthy.

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The following is an except from my book Saint Brigid, the Celts & the Early Irish Church:

The god Lugh was praised by the Celts as a warrior, a poet, and a craftsman. His name (pronounced loo) means “the shining one” and his status throughout the Celtic world is shown by the number of cities and counties that bear some variation of his name. These include Lyon in France, Louth County in Ireland, and Leiden in Holland. London is a Latinized version of the original name Lugdunum which meant Fortress of Lugh.

He fought with weapons that were both indestructible and unstoppable—a sword named Fragarach (“the answer”) and a spear called Areadbhair (“the slaughterer”).

He was accompanied by his ferocious hound, Failinis. The dog is described in the Book of Lismore as “That hound of mightiest deeds, Which was irresistible in hardness of combat.”[1] We’re also…

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The Spirits of Ancient Rome

This is a reblog of the article entitled THE SPIRITS OF ANCIENT ROME
Posted on July 5, 2022 by neptunesdolphins. It is an interesting overview of what the Roman believed were spirits in their world.

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For the Romans, the world was full of spirits. Because they lived in a numinous world, Numina (spirits) could be found in growing crops or in the act of traveling. Moreover, places and things had their native spirit. In addition, the Romans regarded values such as “victory” as being numinous.

The Spirits of the Place were the Genius Loci. The Lares Compitales presided over crossroads, while the Lares Viales guarded the roads. Where the roads met, Roman erected altars to these Lares. Altars found alongside the road were for their offerings requesting safe travels.

In the home, the Lares Familiaris (Spirits of the Family) guarded the family. Meanwhile, everyone had a Genius (Juno for women) who was their guardian spirit. (The Genius of the Paterfamilias (Head of the Household) took the form of a snake in the home.) The Penates watched over the food stores of the home.

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Summer Solstice, Reincarnation & The Sun card

This is a reblog of a post entitled, “Summer Solstice, Reincarnation & The Sun card” by Author Katie-Ellen which I found of interest.

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We are coming ‘home’ again, entering the zodiac sign of Cancer the Crab on Tuesday 21 June, the day of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest day in the southern hemisphere.

The word ‘sol –stice’ is from the Latin ‘solstitium’ and means the ‘sun stands still.’

The month of June has got a lot going on, calendar-wise. We have got:-

-The meteorological start of summer (1 June)

-The astronomical start of summer, the solstice (20, 21 or 22 June)

-Midsummers Day (24 June.)

Meteorological or Astronomical Summer?

What does it mean?

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Themeteorological calendar is a more recent invention based on seasonal temperatures, separating the year into four groups of three months, based on the observation that summer is the warmest time of year and winter is the coldest, with…

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I’m delighted to welcome Linnea Tanner to the blog, with Apollo’s Raven, Book 1 in Curse of Clansmen and Kings

It is my pleasure to share the Day 8 post by Author M J Porter who graciously hosted Apollo’s Raven as part of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour. I greatly appreciate the opportunity she offered to share how the story of Apollo’s Raven evolved and the series expanded. Be sure to follow her fabulous website!

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Your book,Apollo’s Raven, sounds fascinating. Can you share with me what the first idea was that made you decide to write this story? It might be very different from how the story ended up being, but I am curious, if you don’t mind sharing. And, if the story is very different, would you mind sharing the process by which you ended up with your current novel?

Thank you for featuring me as an author ofApollo’s Raven(Book 1Curse of Clansmen and Kings) in the blog tour. You pose an interesting question, because the evolution of the characters and storyline has been a lifelong journey. Since childhood, the characters of a female warrior and her Roman lover have lived in my head, in part, as a way for me to deal with challenges in my own life. Both characters are bigger than life, but I never…

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Apollo’s Raven

It is my pleasure to reblog the Day 8 Post that includes my interview with Author Paul Walker as part of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour.

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Welcome Linnea Tanner on Blog Tour with her book Apollo’s Raven

Apollo’s Raven

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1)

By Linnea Tanner

2020 / 394 Pages

A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her people.

AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s…

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Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1) by Linnea Tanner and Meet the Author  @linneatanner @maryanneyarde #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #AncientRome

It is my pleasure to reblog the post for Day 6 of the Coffee Pot Blog Tour hosted by Viviana MacKade.

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Apollo’s Raven(Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1)byLinnea Tanner releases in January 2020 in the Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction genre.

A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her people.

AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus, and loyalty to her people…

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From the Archives: Artio, Celtic Goddess of Wild Life, Transformation and Abundance by Judith Shaw

The following article is a reblog of Artio, Celtic Goddess of Wild Life, Transformation, and Abundance that is written by Judith Shaw. It is interesting how this goddess evolved over time. Artio is frequently depicted as a bear. Her name comes from the old Celtic word for bear, arth(e), which the Romans Latinized to artos.

This blog was originally posted August 26, 2015. You can read the original comments here.

Artio, Celtic Goddess of Wild Life, Transformation, and Abundance, is one of the more obscure goddesses in the Celtic pantheon. She is often shown with baskets of plenty and surrounded by animals. Artio is frequently depicted as a bear. Her name comes from the old Celtic word for bear, arth(e), which the Romans Latinized to artos.

Artio arrived in western Europe with the Helvetii a Celtic tribe who migrated to Switzerland around 450 BC. They worshiped Her as the “She-Bear”.

But Her origins could be even older than that. Some feel that the bear is the oldest European deity as bones and skulls of bears have been found lovingly arranged on niches found in caves across Europe. In 1840 in Ireland, during the restoration of Armagh Cathedral, ancient, small stone carvings of bears were found.

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Apollo’s Raven

It is my pleasure to share Day 3 of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour for APOLLO’S RAVEN that was hosted by Historical Fiction You can follows the Reviews.Tour Schedule Page by clicking on: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/01/blog-tour-apollos-raven-curse-of.html

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(Curse of Clansmen and Kings #1)

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Linnea Tanner

Book Title: Apollo’s Raven

Series: (Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 1)

Author: Linnea Tanner

Publication Date: 20th January 2020 (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC

Page Length: 394 Pages

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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Instagram Handles: @linneatanner @coffeepotbookclub

Hashtags: #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #AncientRome #AncientBritannia #ApollosRaven #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

Tour Schedule Page: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/01/blog-tour-apollos-raven-curse-of.html

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A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her people.

AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin…

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Dante’s Divine Comedy–A Post For The U.L.S., The Underground Library Society, by Robbie Cheadle

The following is a reblog of a post entitled DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY–A POST FOR THE U.L.S., THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY SOCIETY, BY ROBBIE CHEADLE. This article provides an overview of “Dante’s Divine Comedy” which I found compelling.

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Thank you to Robbie Cheadle, a long time member of the U. L. S. The Underground Library Society!

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Dante’s Divine Comedy

Background

Divine Comedy is a narrative poem, written in Italian and translated to English. Dante Alighieri spent twelve years writing this poem which was completed in 1320. The poem is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

The poem starts with Dante, the protagonist of the poem, finding himself in a dark and wild forest at night. The road towards the sunshine on the other side of a hill is guarded by three beasts which Dante cannot pass. He is in despair when Virgil, a pagan soul from the first circle of Hell, appears and tells him that the beautiful and good Beatrice, a woman who died young and was an object of admiration and desire by Dante, had arrange for him to journey through Hell, Purgatory, and…

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Roman Gods of the Month: April

The following is a reblog of the article entitled, ROMAN GODS OF THE MONTH: APRIL, that was published on the website: NEPTUNE’S DOLPHINS. It is an interesting overview of Festivals celetrated in Rome during the month of April.

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April for Romans is the time of opening buds. Flowers appear, trees come into leaf, and new crops are coming up. At this time, most of the festivals are centered on honoring the fertility of the land and protecting the crops. The Gods honored are either female or ambiguous. Of the various festivals that I follow are:

VENUS VERTICORDIA and FORTUNA VIRILIS
On April 1, the Veneralia is held. During this festival, women would go where the men are. While they would pray to Venus Verticordia (Venus, the Changer of Hearts) and Fortuna Virilis (Fortune the Bold) for support in their love lives. Later the festival included everyone, married and single, male and female asking these two Goddesses for help in matters of the heart. (Venus is considered the tutelary God of April.)

CERES and TELLUS
From the 12th to the 19th, the Cerialia is held to honor Ceres, Goddess…

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