Ice and snow cover the Earth,
Nature says, ‘stay at home
By the fire of the hearth
Now is not the time to roam.’
So on this frosty Yuletide eve,
We burn the Cailleach Nollaig*
And song and laughter we weave
In the light of the Christmas Hag.
We feast and drink sweet mead,
As we relish on the sacrificed Earth
Whose now in death but we know will seed
Once awakened into rebirth.
Under Druid blessed mistletoe
We kiss as the Sun begins to grow,
Because on the deepest, darkest night
We celebrate the rebirth of light!
*The burning of the Cailleach was the ceremonial burning of the Winter Solstice. A piece of wood was carved roughly into the shape of an Old Crone to represent the Spirit of Winter. This was then placed into a fire to burn. As people gathered to watch they would be mindful of the symbolism, that was the ending of all the bad things that had happened the previous year and a fresh start for the next one. “Nollaig” in Scottish is used to refer to Christmas. In Irish it means “December”. “Cailleach” refers to the prototypical Crone figure and thus the old wise woman in Gaelic.
This comes with thanks to David Cummins who has nominated me for the ‘Seven Things About Me Award’. My reaction to this was feeling flattered and pleasant surprise. I figured rather than writing seven things directly about myself that I would list seven books which have without doubt influenced my life or way of thinking from the time of reading them. If you are interested to know in what way they influenced me then I suggest that you read them yourself! So in no particular order, apart from separating fiction and non-fiction are seven books.
Celtic Myths and Legends (particularly Irish and Welsh)
Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (fiction)
The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (fiction)
Living Druidry by Emma Restall Orr (non-fiction)
Wolf Within by Shaun Ellis (non-fiction)
Further Along the Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck (non-fiction)
Metaphors We Live by Lakoff and Johnson (non-fiction)
And so, with no further ado are my nominees for the ‘Seven Things About Me Award’: