Wonderful Plants. “Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly…”

As a Celtic, Druid, Pagan, Christian or other faith, it is wonderful to talk about Lavender. Lavender can be used by sacred events, used at home, used by the kitchen, and in the garden (or balcony in a city). I love lavender. They’re ancient English plants, are good herbs, are good for sacred wonders, are greatly fragrantly etc, and the 1849 lyrics by James Halliwell was used when I was (about 1961) a primary school boy, and song was, “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green; When am I king, dilly, dilly; you shall be queen…” etc. Though some parts of the lyrics weren’t ‘completed’ used.

However, the Lavender (Angustifolia Hidcote) is doing well now by me, and it is loved by the bees. My front of the garden has a lovely Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), and grass, and ivy). If you’re able to buy lavender or anything similar, please do what you can to suggest for bees – they need it.

Do use Lavender it at other sacred (isn’t everything so) events, and use it at home, in your garden (how about buying one this week) or at a city balcony. 

  • Botanical name: Lavender angustifolia
  • Temperate Zones: 5-8
  • Blooming times: June to August
  • Height: 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90cm)
  • Flower colours: Lavender in deep blue-purple, light pink, or white.

For working for the kitchen, Lavender buds, it is said, are best when harvested right before they fully open (if you know when this is), and

  • Immerse some dried lavender buds in a jar of sugar, and you may sugar for baking and in desserts.
  • Add some flower buds to preserves or fruit compotes.
  • Chop fresh buds and add to add them as a cake batter or sweet pastry dough.
  • Use some fresh lavender to infuse teas and other beverages.
  • Sprinkle bits of fresh lavender on a salad as a part of a garnish.
  • Use chopped lavender buds and leaves to flavour roast lamb, chicken, or rabbit etc.

Some believe, spiritually, that lavender as an unction promotes peace, cleanliness, and love.

Poem From Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’

And now you ask in your heart,

“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?” 

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, 

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. 

For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, 

And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, 

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. 

People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.

Conclusion: There is a wonderful fragrance from Lavenders at this time of the year. And, if you haven’t got a Lavender, my suggestion buy one plant of it this summer. I love Lavender, and have about thirty of of them in the front garden. Yes, I love them.

Mythological Creatures: Celtic & Welsh #2 Word Search

Do you know now the ceffryl dwr? How ‘Lord of the Lord’ used them in their story? Do you know the difference between a dragon and a wyvern? Which is good, and which is annoying?

There are two reasons I thought that it might be good for many of you like Welsh, Celtic, Druidic, mythological creatures to know about. At the end of the article there is a brief idea of some wonderful Welsh mythological creatures you might like.

But, first all, you might also like to use the fun, and try to fill in the words in the of search word. It’s a way to find ways of way, but also find about Welsh traditions

Word Search Puzzle #2: Mythological Creatures: Celtic & DruidEnglish & Welsh
Okay, here’s some word searches you need to find in the squares, and the words, below, add the Welsh here, and the English words.

adarllwchgwi
griffin 

bwg
boggart

ceffyldwr
waterhorse

coblynau
knockers

gwyber
wyvern

tylwythteg 
fairfolk

yddraig
dragon

A Brief Of Welsh Mythological: Celtic & Druid Etc
Here’s an outline of some of the mythological creatures used above, herOkay, here’s some word searches you found in the squares, or you might check the words – creatures that you might have come above at other times, or they may not have be known before your known.

But, I’d like for any similar creatures by you locally, please. Here’s the creatures meant by the word search, here.

Adar Llwch Gwin (means: dust, lake, bird) pronounced ‘Adar-hlich-gwin’) or Griffin. A fantastical bird.

Bwg (pronounced ‘bog’) or boggart. It is said that everyone has a boggart in their house. If you’ve every wondered how things have been left on another room etc, then it’s probably your boggart has moved things. They are all right, and especially it’s for you give them some attention.

Ceffyl dwr (pronounced ‘keff-all door’) and is called a water horse. Apparently, it is said that water horses try to encourage men and women use sit themselves by water, to their death.

Coblynau (pronounced ‘kobb-lee-noe’), called the knockers or tommy-knockers. They are gnome-like men and women, and are used under deep mines in Wales, Cornwall and in America, and other places.

Gwyber (pronounced ‘gwy-berr’) and also came that in the English as the gwyber. Some believe (and I believe so, too) that the gwyber is the wyvern. Wyverns are similar to dragons, but are different. Wyverns tend to be angry and nasty, and they have four limbs. They have two feet, and two arms, but their wings are joined together as their arms!

Tylwyth Teg (pronounced ‘ter-loo-ith tehg’). It means the fair folk, and is sometimes they care called the faeries, fey or fae. Enchanted, magical and lovely.

Y Ddraig (pronounced ee-dray-g). The dragon, usually working well men and women, gave humankind fire and communication, and it is different to the wyvern. See the word for the s wyvern above. local for wyverns. Dragons have six limbs: two feet, feet arms, and two wings. Absolutely wonderful creatures.

Word Search Puzzle: Celtic & Welsh #1

I thought a word search – with you and I finding the up or down or diagonal words from Celtic or Druid words – might be fun of the twelve words on the right list from Druid to Alban Hefin for the summer solstice, or bandraoi as the female Druid, or dorchau pen (head wreath) etc.

Word Search Puzzle #1: Celtic & Druid: English & Welsh
I’ve fondly looked of word searches over the last six months, and I think using them can be useful for all/most of us, as well as them being fun, and doubly for me because of aphasia by my myself.

So, do let me know if you like the word search, please. Maybe you can find out how many minutes and seconds if might be take you to see twelve ‘competitions’ it might take you (to yourself) or letter an email to me so we’re not competitive.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Saille Or Willow

Here is some information for the Saille or Willow, the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the willows spirituality and mythology – as there was about the Fearn/Alder in last week. So, here’s more about the Saille or Willow.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Saille or Willow.
  • Alphabet for our S
  • Ogham as four ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

I sat beneath a willow tree,

Where water falls and calls;

While fancies upon fancies solaced me,

Some true, and some were false.

Who set their heart upon a hope

That never comes to pass,

Droop in the end like fading heliotrope

The sun’s wan looking-glass.

(Poem part: In The Willow Shade by Christina Rossetti)

The Saille or Willow month or moon is: 15 April – 12 May:

As well as the month or moon for ancient tribes eg it’s the Poeny moon by many Chinese people, the growing moon by many Celtics, or the next Saille moon or Willow moon (on 26 April in 2021).

Medicine

In Willow Flower Essence, part of Bach Remedies is used as a remedy for floor people with bitterness and resentment; for people who are stuck in a position of blaming others etc.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

A circlet can be woven of Willow to wear during any of the spring celebrations and Lunar rituals. Fresh flowers, or silk if you prefer, can be inserted in this crown, ribbons be woven throughout the circlet.

In some Druid stories, it is said, the universe and all mankind was hatched from two scarlet eggs hidden within the willow tree. One egg formed the sun and the other the Earth.

In Hebrew culture the willow tree is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles. There shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition which still followed in Jerusalem today, mainly.

The tree details:

The Willow is a aromatic tree and is often found most near lakes, pond and other waterways throughout temperate areas.

The bark is of the willow is grey, rough, and with furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are yellow to brown, and are flexible and droopy. It’s flowers are in the forms of catkins, and are about 1 to 2 inches in length, and with yellow, hairy scales at the end of short. Catkins appear in early spring. The fruit matures in late spring to early summer.

Conclusion

Here is for the previous Fearn or Aldrer, and it’s Ogham details for you: https://tadhgtalks.me/2021/04/14/ogham-alphabets-and-more-fearn-alder/

Many blessings, Tadhg.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Fearn/Alder

Ogham alphabets were found in ancient Ireland and Western Wales, and here is one alphabet. each letter is associated with a tree or plant.

Its twenty letters, called feda (ie ‘trees’), and it has a group into four aicme (ie ‘family, tribe’) of five letters each. Each letter is a cluster of one to five straight lines to each ‘staff’.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Fearn or Alder
  • Alphabet for our V or L
  • Ogham as three ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

The Fearn or Alder month or moon is: March 18 – April 14.

The detail about the month’s name and moon name is seen by some as ‘newish’, and less classically authentic. However, I love the use Celtic/Ogham trees eg with the Fearn or Alder – especially as we have months called with many Roman emperor’s names and use their names with no real reasons.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

In Irish mythology it is said that the first human man was made from the alder tree, and the tree is considered of the fairies, and it is protected by the water fairy-folk. It said it represents both fire and earth.

The tree details:

The Fearn or Alder tree is rather special because of it has the ability to develop well and prevent rot when in water. When dipped in water it has a very long time, and so become extremely strong. With a only a few exceptions, alders are deciduous and the leaves are alternated, simple, and serrated. The flowers are catkins (see the top photo) with elongate male catkins and there are on the same plant as shorter female catkins. The tree is visited by bees, too.

Conclusion

At the next ogham, we’ll look at the Willow and the Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12, in the next few days.

Meanwhile, blessings to you, Tadhg.

Twenty-first Century Cosmic Navigators (2): Awareness Of Clouds

It’s always good to look at clouds, as a later Celt or Druid etc, but it’s good to see ourselves as a twenty-first century cosmic‘ navigator’, and aware of nature.So, here’s a few ways that we can consider and look about clouds. The ancients, as well as scientific ways can lead after a few clouds.

“A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.” ( J. K. Rowling
)

Since the dawn of time, when our first ancestors were capable of craning their necks and looking at nature in awe, the sky has mesmerised humankind. The blue sky, insects buzzing and birds flying, the stars in the night sky forming a myriad of patterns in which to form their mythology and track the course of time, enthralled the ancients. And clouds. Clouds, too, caught the imagination of those giants of old.

He answered them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky…’ (Matthew 16:2-3a, The Book)

As I lay on a picnic blanket in Richmond Park, west London, as a child with my mother beside me, we played that game of looking up at the clouds and imagining what the various cloud shapes looked like. ‘It looks like a television’, my mother said. As the high winds slowly changed the cloud’s shape, I waited, laughed and then exclaimed loudly, ‘It now looks more like a whale.’ And, so it went on.

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. (Ruth Bernhard)

Ofcourse, years later, I learned more about clouds, was even more fascinated by it, and now I’d like to suggest how you can also love what each cloud means. Such as:

Low clouds

Stratus clouds are small, light, diffuse clouds. They are the kind of widespread cloud that uniformly blanket the whole sky, and which can be seen especially, but not only around mountains and coastal areas. Look out for light drizzle.

Stratocumulus clouds, about 7000 feet above us, are thick, but usually patchy clouds, with ‘gaps’ that allow you to see the blue sky occasionally, or if its near dawn or dusk allow the suns rays to shine through in several shafts of light. This effect is called crepuscular rays, God’s rays, Buddha rays or Jacob’s ladder.

The thickest and lowest clouds are cumulus clouds (see photo above). They’re usually fast, floating around, with puffy clouds with flat bases. Generally their upper parts often resemble cauliflowers, and they are not the harbingers of rain. But, it may be these that are the ‘shape-shifting’ clouds that, in my boyhood, resembled animals and inanimate objects.

Middle clouds

Nimbostratus are usually middle (perhaps middle to low) clouds and can look grey, diffuse clouds and they can be seen as the harbinger of rain, (and depending on the seasons) they can hair or snow). See photo below.

Above these clouds are altocumulus clouds. They can be a multitude of rounded ‘clumps’ of cloud, almond shape, and resemble fish scales – hence it may be called a ‘mackerel’ sky.

Altostratus clouds are usually thin, featureless grey clouds. Usually thin enough to reveal the position of the sun, and sometimes the moon at night, and because these diffuse clouds may contain ice crystals you might also see a halo, a coloured ‘corona’ around the sun or moon in the clouds.

High clouds

‘High-Flyer’s’ are cirrostratus clouds, ‘floating’ above 20000 feet, and could often be referred to as ‘the clouds that aren’t really there’, as they can cover hundreds of square miles, but can be so ‘thin’, so high and so subtle that they’re often overlooked by earth-bound observers.

“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.” ( Mark Twain)

Cirrus clouds, also known as ‘mares’ tails’ are fast-moving clouds, and are usually buffeted by high winds – think of aircraft turbulence; but because they can be so high, as anything far away, the ‘illusion’ is that they are slow moving. But, this isn’t the case. See photo below.

If there are to be any clouds about on a summer’s day, then the lofty cirrocumulus clouds are the ones that will delight. These clouds are high and are really tiny ‘cloudlets’, regularly spaced, and maybe with a ‘rippled’ effect. Cirrocumulus clouds tend to reflect the red and yellow colours during a sunset and sunrise, and so they have often been referred to as “one of the most beautiful clouds”. This occurs because they reflect the unscattered rays of light from the early morning or evening sun.

Conclusion: Next time you see a cloud (and it’s safe to do so), why not pause, and when you can, let me know what you ‘saw’, and if it had a deeper meaning to you. Perhaps the cloud shows your what science tells you about the weather etc, or perhaps the cloud has some kind of imaginative sky ‘drawn’ is for you,, or perhaps it is a ‘message’ from the Great Cloud-Giver? Happy cloud-spotting!

Seasons, Turn, Turn, Turn: EightFold Wheel Of The Year Workshop: Invitation

20200715 SEASONS INVITE

Your are personally invited by Tadhg to a free workshop about the Celtic/Druidic ‘Eightfold Wheel Of The Year (and other notable dates), which will enhance your understanding of them,  and benefit you in your daily life, solo or group ceremonies and rituals, and enhance your appreciation of the changing seasons

To view that FaceBook livestreaming workshop you will need to ‘friend’ Tadhg unless you already are a friend; otherwise details/links about that are below.

Workshop Details

Friday, 17 July 2020, at 8pm UK Time
Tadhg’s Facebook Live-Streaming Workshop: Free Invitation

SEASONS: TURN, TURN, TURN
The Eightfold Wheel Of The Year & Other Notable Dates

grab a coffee, pen and paper for notes

Using accurate, brief information, music and stories. Tadhg will outline the benefits to you of marking the seasons to make life even more interesting.

Live-Streaming Video: To view this live-streaming video, you need to be a FaceBook friend of Tadhg’s as that FaceBook page is where the ‘broadcast’ can/will be seen. So: If you’re already a friend, or you’re been able to see many of his morning ‘Thought For The Day’ broadcasts via my Facebook site then you’re good to go.

If you’re new, not on his FaceBook friend’s list or are not sure, do check here. If don’t see many previous videos there, or if you can’t gain full access to read that Facebook webpage then you’ll need to become a Facebook friend. To become a Facebook friend: press the ‘friends’ link on that very Facebook site – that link above. I’ll accept as soon as I can, and, when I do, please try the link again to see if you can gain access, in readiness for the ‘broadcast’.

If you still can’t get access, or if there’s any ‘challenges’, or you would like further details please email me, at: tadhgtemp@googlemail.com.