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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

Labyrinths & Labyrinthing

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 17th January, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Labyrinths & Labyrinthing including ancient labyrinth origins, labyrinth stories symbolism, and their use today Labyrinths have been created and used by humans for, it seems, at least 15,000 years. Ever since humans learned the craft of converting calibrations into maths and geometry. This seems to have a Babylonian origin. But why were humans motivated to create them? During this Sunday Session we will explore the wonder of these ancient labyrinths. This includes exploring the symbolism of the best known labyrinth, with the Minotaur in Knossos, Crete. Also included will be the origin of the Labyrinth names, which is something very different to those spiral of circles. I will also question why water and milk pouring on small stone labyrinths became tradition. Of course, I will introduce you to our Labyrinth Gardens h

Divination, with focus on hydromancy, divination through water

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Next Sunday Sessions Live - Sunday 10th January, at 2pm Irish Time Watch here Live! ... or watch the archive later (click pic to set reminder) Divination, with focus on hydromancy, divination through water Divination seems to be our attempts to gain clearer insight to the pathways created by our questions. A kind of trying to find 'the spoilers' to display where our life's story is going. Some diviners may say this 'craft' is actually our wise mapping out of our story unravelling. We usually use Divination as a tool for problem solving and decision making. It seems to be a popular thing many of us do through January alongside our dieting, operation transformations, habit controlling, getting our second garden seed order in, and assessing our garden and DIY tools.   So through this Sunday Session we will explore some stories of oracles and seers, omens and geomancy, astrology and tarot, throwing sticks, cards and dice to see how they land and