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Bare Root Tree Planting

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 7th March, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) 'Tis the season that most people may be planting trees The tree planting season is traditionally Samhain to Imbolc, early November to early February, in the Northern Hemisphere. This is known as the 'dormant season' during the tree cycle. But, us humans are usually last minute with things, and the bulk of the seasonal tree planted gets done late February and through March. Ireland's Tree Week starts 21st March this year and though that will be celebrated online this year, a lot of outdoor planting will be happening.  Bare Root Tree Planting means buying and planting trees without being supplied in soil and pots. Its a lot less cheaper to buy tree plants that way, and a lot less cumbersome. Commercial tree planting is done with bare root plants known as 'whips'. This Sunday Sessions is the first of fo

Ogham, The Tree Language Story

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 28th February, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Exploring our forgotten connections to ancient arboreal founded languages One thing you will notice with Ogham symbols, if you try to draw them, the immediate difference to our English scribing, that unfolds our thoughts from left to right, is that Ogham is written and read from the ground up. Its like starting from the roots and climbing up the trunk and drawing branches to say something.  During this Sunday Sessions we will look at fragments of tree language folklore that somehow interpreted happenings and conditions affecting human living and the human crafting of symbols connected to trees that were strung together and organically created a community learned language. Also looked at are possible other ancient languages that could have started with tree wisdom. And also, considering what would a tree language look lik

Dowsing

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 21st February, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Dowsing from water-witching with hazel to doodlebugging with copper rods Dowsing is divination employed to locate underground ground water, our main topic during this session, but also dowsing tools used to locate and understand earth vibrations in specific spaces. Other uses will probably be talked about too. We will look at various dowsing tools from Y shaped twigs to swinging metal rods, adapted metal coat hangers, and the sophisticated looking Lecher Antenna.   A craft  that has been with humans for 1000s of years and has saved lives through water discoveries, and maybe through compatible space discoveries. Even so, there has been no real scientific evidence, so dowsing is known as a 'pseudoscience'. Homeopathy is also regarded as a 'pseudoscience' too, but many of us claim how that craft has saved liv

Water Dragons, Serpents, & Snakes

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 14th February, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Water Dragons, Serpents, & Snakes, especially the water serpents of Ireland in almost every river Not exactly a Valentine's Day subject, or is it? Serpents are strongly related to fertility, both the fire and water kind. But maybe they are not romantic, yet sometimes romanticised in story. Chinese New Year is on 12th February this year, also celebrated across the Indo-Chinese countries too, and the symbol of water dragons and fertility is a strong part of these celebrations.  In Ireland too, there are water serpent stories for Imbolc and around this time of year. There's probably some kind of serpent story with every river and lough here. Again, more connected to fertility, though over the centuries storytellers have perhaps turned them into horror stories, fairy stories, and even hero stories.  This nicely f

Imbolc Traditions - celebrating the earth womb, water bearers, and births of spring

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 7th February, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Imbolc Traditions Celebrating the earth womb, water bearers, and births of spring Last Sunday was the birth, travels and tales of the woman who became St. Brighid. This Sunday Sessions focuses on the goddess traditions that are said to have inspired the life, crafts and teachings of Brighid of the Eternal Flame. Many people interpret this as the Earth Goddess called Bhride, Bride, Brighid, and other similar names.  During this Sunday Sessions we will focus mainly on water, the earth goddess springs, the so called holy wells, water bearing, births, and the overall Rites of Spring Birth. Where I live, there is usually snow fallen on St. Brighid's Day, at least on the hills and low mountains around Carrowcrory. By the sidereal timed point of Imbolc, a few days later, this snow is melting, going down the geological swallo

Brighid Tales & Traditions, flame, hearth, oaks & Brighid's journey to Cill Dara

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 31st January, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Brighid Tales & Traditions flame, hearth, oaks & Brighid's journey to Cill Dara During the modern setting of the Gregorian Calender Brighid's Eve & Day, 31st January & 1st February, thoughts, prayers, intentions, ceremony, ritual, and storytelling focuses both on St. Brighid of Kildare and Bride the Goddess that inspired Brighid's name.  Here at Sunday Sessions we are dedicating two online Sunday Sessions to the Bride-Brighid-Imbolc traditions and stories. With this first one, on 31st January, our focus is on St. Brighid ,founder of the Cille Dara monastery and culture, her life that guided her there, her trinity of her skills of healing, smithing, and poetry, traditions of oak, flame, and hearth associated with her, and a wee bit on her cows and milk. Of course a bit on Brighid Crosses and Bri

Ogham, The Iona Scribes Story

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 24th January, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Ogham, The Iona Scribes Story when the ghaels met the picts, and the scribes used their language. My first connection with Ogham symbols was during the 50s before I was a teen, and as a 60s teen dabbled with Ogham Divination as a 'toy. It was not until I met my stone mason boss on Iona, Attie McKechnie, during the 70s, that I learned a deeper story of the Ogham language and have been passionate about it since. Attie was a mason's apprentice during the 1930s when Iona Abbey was being restored. He was a very fluent Gàidhlig speaker and extremely passionate about the language and it's origins. Attie aslo had a huge passionate interest in the way early medieval scribes used and change the old Scottish language. Through him I learned the tree language connections and how that found a system of scribing. Quite amazi