Tag Archives: Myths & Legends

Cat of a Different Stripe

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  “Mythical Prejudice” – Poetry and Flash Fiction with Magaly For today’s challenge, I invite you to write a 3-stanza poem or a very short story (313 words or fewer) that explores prejudice from … Continue reading

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Fairies

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1010, Fairies A fairy (also fay, fae, fair folk; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, … Continue reading

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Ogham (Celtic Tree Alphabet)

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1008, Ogham With the Ogham alphabet the druids carved secret messages on sticks of Yew, as we read earlier. It was important that those messages were only seen and read by those it concerned. The Ogham … Continue reading

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Yew

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1007 Yew The Yew is considered to be the most potent tree for protection against evil, a means of connecting to your ancestors, a bringer of dreams and otherworld journeys and a symbol of the old … Continue reading

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Heather

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1005 – Heather The symbolism of the heather plant is rich and steeped in history. Growing on the windy hills of Scotland, the white wild heather has come to symbolize protection. Early in the history of Scotland, … Continue reading

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Gorse

Carpe Diem #1004 Gorse Gorse is often associated with love and fertility. It was for this reason that a sprig of gorse was traditionally added to a bride’s bouquet and gorse torches were ritually burned around livestock to protect against … Continue reading

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Fir

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1003 Fir Fir is a very tall slender tree that grows in mountainous regions on the upper slopes. Fir cones respond to rain by closing and the sun by opening. Fir can see over great distance … Continue reading

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Reeds

Written for:  Carpe Diem’s Post 1000 – Reed Reed was used for many purposes by the Celts. Specifically, they would weave Reeds together to make thatched roofs on their homes. This is where the Reed obtains its symbolism of protection. It … Continue reading

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Hazel

Written for:  Carpe Diem #996, Hazel The hazel might be said to be the quintessential Celtic tree because of its legendary position at the heart of the Otherworld. Here, nine magic hazel-trees hang over the Well of Wisdom and drop … Continue reading

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Holly

Written for:  Carpe Diem #995, Holly The ancient Celts would bring holly into their homes for their bright, cheerful disposition. They were also considered a symbol of good luck. Just as the oak attracts lightning, holly repels lightning. It was … Continue reading

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