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Thursday, August 20th, 2009
1:06 pm
Celtic Hounds
Can someone provide a little history on the celtic hounds shown below.  I have seen this multiple places and I am not sure of it's origin, both the date of origin or culture, or the meaning behind it. 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Also - is ther a proper name for it?

Thank you!! 

Celtic Hounds Circle by yvern99.
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
8:26 pm
Upcoming Gatherings?
Any gatherings in the Greater Seattle area coming up?  I would love an opportunity to meet some CRs in person.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
11:03 pm
Event on Monday: The "Leprechaunification" of Irish (and Celtic) Culture

The "Leprechaunification" of Irish (and Celtic) Culture

by Rev. Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House

Monday, March 17, 2008
6:30-8:00 PM
Edge of the Circle Books
701 E. Pike Street (two blocks West of Broadway on Capitol Hill)
Seattle, WA

On this night, when everyone and their brother is Irish, before you go out and drink the green beer and say "Erin go bragh!" why not come and hear about the richness and diversity of Irish culture and religion at all periods, and some of why it has become so diluted (and deluded) in the eyes of much of the wider world.

Phillip A. Bernhardt-House holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizations from University College Cork (Ireland), as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Medieval Studies and Creative Writing. He has written several academic articles and reviews, and has contributed to many spirituality publications, and is active in the pagan community in both Celtic Reconstructionist and Ekklesia Antinoou involvements.

Attendance at this presentation will cost $5 (though lower prices can be negotiated for the unwaged and students).
Monday, August 21st, 2006
2:01 pm
Edge of the Circle potluck 5:30 to 7:30 Sunday August 27

Edge of the Circle is having it's first ever potluck from 5:30 to 7:30pm this Sunday August 27th.

We need someone to bring plates and cups and utensils. If you bring food please bring a list of ingredients so people know what is in the food. This includes things like meat, dairy, seafood and other animal products; soy; nuts; gluten.

This event is free. It's a great chance to meet other occultists and pagans and talk shop while chowing on good food in a nice environment.

Edge of the circle is located at 701 Pike St. Seattle

(found in the journal of lupagreenwolf. this should interest at least a few of us. i apologize if you also see it elsewhere.)
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
11:12 pm
Saturday, June 10th, 2006
6:27 pm
Upcoming Workshop

Celtic Storytelling: Beyond the Boundaries
An Interactive Workshop with Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House

Saturday, August 5, 2006, 12:30 PM-8:30 PM

Edge of the Circle Books
701 E. Pike Street (2 blocks west of Broadway)
Seattle, WA 98122

Celtic Storytelling: Beyond the Boundaries

This afternoon-and-evening workshop is not a storytelling presentation, nor a “how-to” workshop for those unfamiliar with the techniques of performance, but rather an informative and creative interactive event in which various principles of traditional Celtic (particularly Irish) literary technique will be employed to expand upon, challenge, and redefine the established canon of Celtic storytelling and the spaces left in it. While familiarity with Celtic culture, Insular Celtic literature (from which all the great “myths” of the Celts, as they are now known, originate) and traditional storytelling (which usually focuses on later, often imported, themes that may have mythic elements) would be helpful, they are not required for participation in this workshop. Bring your creativity and your willingness to speak and share, and imbas forosnai will take care of the rest!

While there is no “required reading list” for participation in this workshop, those unfamiliar with Insular Celtic narrative might become more familiar by reading some of the following, fairly-easy-to-acquire, texts:
The Tain, trans. Thomas Kinsella
Early Irish Myths and Sagas, trans. Jeffrey Gantz
The Celtic Heroic Age, ed. John T. Koch and John Carey
Ancient Irish Tales, ed. T. P. Cross and C. H. Slover
King of Mysteries, ed./trans. John Carey
The Mabinogi, translations by Patrick K. Ford, Gwyn and Thomas Jones, or Jeffrey Gantz are best; avoid Lady Charlotte Guest at all costs!
Hero-Tales of Ireland, Jeremiah Curtin
Carmina Gadelica, Alexander Carmichael

Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House has been a practicing pagan for 14 years, is a Quatremvir in the Ecclesia Antinoi, and recently finished a Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizations at University College Cork (Ireland), specializing in Celtic literature, religion, and mythology. Phillip has presented papers internationally at various conferences, including Celtic and medievalist gatherings, in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, Britain, and Scotland, and has published academic articles in Cosmos, Foilsiú, and Béascna, as well as nonacademic writings in The White Crane Journal and elsewhere.

Workshop Cost: $40 (student/unwaged rates can be negotiated in advance)
For any questions or to indicate intention to attend, please e-mail aediculaantinoi@hotmail.com

Workshop Timetable
12:30 PM Meet and Greet
1:00 PM SHARP!! Beginning of workshop, introductions
1:30 PM “Blarney”
2:30 PM “The Three Things Required of a Poet”
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM “Elaboration”
4:30 PM “Continuation”
5:30 PM Break for dinner
6:30 PM “Glossing and Senchas”
7:15 PM Shared Storytelling
8:30 PM Conclusion and Farewells

Monday, February 27th, 2006
4:28 pm
March get-together and salmon ruminations
Y'all up for a March get-together? I'd prefer a non-weekend date for this one, if possible, as I'll be out of town for the next three weekends. However, I bow to the scheduling needs of the masses.

Also, I was reading "Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest", and it occurred to me that the place that salmon holds in the local mythologies is more akin to the role of cattle in Irish myth than of salmon -- most of the legends that deal with salmon runs seem to be concerned with wealth of nourishment being provided or denied to the various tribes. There are a bunch of instances of Coyote stealing someone's salmon or making a dam, falls, or rapids in the rivers just downstream of tribes that had pissed him off. I find that to be interesting, but it doesn't really change the way that I work with it. I'm wondering if anyone else has other experiences or associations -- how much does local Native mythology affect your perceptions of the land you live on?

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
1:49 am
Middle Irish Lesbian Story
As some of you may be aware, one of my goals in life generally, but both academic and spiritual life in particular, is to increase the knowledge and popularity of a particular Irish narrative, found in as venerable a manuscript as the Book of Leinster, but also found in Liber Flavus Fergusiorum and in a later version in Leabhar Cloinne Aodha Buidhe, which is usually given the title "Niall Frossach" after the primary character concerned (an historical Irish king of the 7th century) who in the various annals has miraculous rains associated with his birth, and in the only other narrative concerning him (in the Fragmentary Annals) was portrayed as quite pious.

Therefore, behind the cut for the benefit of those who could care less, is the full text from the Book of Leinster version (I have not been able to see the LFF version), followed by David Greene's translation from the Swedish journal "Saga och Sed," from the year 1976.

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Friday, January 20th, 2006
12:13 am
Cath Muighe Tuireadh
Hey, does anyone in this area have a copy of the Brian O Cuiv "Cath Muighe Tuireadh," published by DIAS? I have the Elizabeth Gray/ITS one, but O Cuiv's is what is called CMT2(2) (with the second "2" in superscript), because it is an early modern verison of it as opposed to Old/Middle Irish version, which is Gray's). While DIAS sells it for very cheap, the funds are rather tight right now, and my credit card is maxed out pretty much, so it would be great to have a look at a few bits of it if someone local has a copy. (UW library doesn't have it--I already checked; for some reason, though, they use the spelling of the Early Modern Irish title for Elizabeth Gray's edition, which is not correct...odd.)
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
6:01 am
January CR meeting logistics and Seattle dindsenchas field trips
Now that the seasonal furor has died down a bit, we can perhaps reasonably talk about scheduling a local CR get-together. [grin] When is good for y'all? I've got a slight preference for this week, as it's the only week that I *know* I'll be in town, but let's pick a date that works reasonably well for as many people as possible. So:
  1. When?
  2. Where?

As to when, I offer up a tentative suggestion of this Sunday, Jan. 8th. (Are weekends easier for most people than a weeknight?)

As to where, I'm more than happy to play hostess if we decide that we'd rather a private setting than a restaurant -- I'm in an apartment in Cap Hill. If someone with more space wants to volunteer, I'm good with that, too. A third option is to choose a restaurant or cafe. I know last time people wanted a quieter setting than the B&O -- suggestions welcome. Do we want to meet up somewhere in Seattle as a reasonably central location, or venture elsewhere?

I know there was some discussion about doing Seattle dindsenchas field-trips, and I think we've got people in Seattle itself, on the peninsula, north in Everett, and really north in the islands. I'm interested in seeing where y'all go to connect with the land in all of these places, and I know I'm not the only one. Where do you locals think would be good locations for such outings? I suspect that these too would be easier to schedule on weekends. Ideally, we could have dinner together afterwards for everyone to compare their impressions and trade stories.

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, November 28th, 2005
3:00 am
Danu, Domnu, and Celtic creation myths
Slightly edited version cross-posted to cr_r.

I've been reading Peter Berresford Ellis's "Celtic Myths and Legends", which I only recently discovered. (I've read his more academic works, but I didn't know he also wrote fiction and did a book of collated folklore.) As a starter, he has a stab at reconstructing a possible Celtic creation myth. Normally this would cause me to roll my eyes, but Ellis has the scholarly chops to be taken seriously, frequently referencing source manuscripts. This book isn't an academic text so much as an attempt at mythically accurate storytelling, so not every reference is footnoted, but he does cite the sources from which he derived each story in the introduction.

Scholarly quibbling and creation mythologies -- Danu, Domnu, and their children...Collapse )

If y'all are still interested in doing a book group, "Celtic Myths and Legends" also seems like a pretty good candidate. There's so much material in there that I think we could spend six months on this one book alone, which is good for the fiscally conservative. [grin] There's six stories from each of the Celtic nations, and I have all these questions and ideas just from the first story from the Ireland section. Tons of stuff. What do you guys think? Would you want to start soon, or is it more convenient to wait until after the holiday madness is over? Would you prefer other books, or does this one sound good?

Current Mood: scholarly
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
5:08 am
Interest in an academic Celtic book group?
I've been trying to carve out more time to read some more academic books relevant to CR spirituality recently, and I'd love people to discuss them with. Would any of y'all be interesting in doing a Puget Sound CR book group, where we all pick one book per month or so that's germane to our mutual interests, read it over the course of the month, and then meet to discuss it? If so, I'd love people to read with. What would you like to read that you haven't read yet? What have you already read that you'd like to get others to read and discuss? (I'll suggest a few on my list in the comments, but I'd love to hear yours!) If people think a book a month is too much, we could section up the books and work more slowly; I'm just sort of fishing for interest here.

Current Mood: bibliophilic
Sunday, September 25th, 2005
5:05 pm
Seattle-area dindsenchas
(x-posted to cr_r and puget_sound_crs)
About six months ago, I moved from the Washington DC area to Seattle. My practice is pretty closely tied to the land, and so I wanted to get to know my new home in some detail, to adapt my work appropriately to my new locale. It's been a really interesting project, getting to know a new place and its feel. I do a lot of work with the crann ogham, so finding and learning the trees and forests of the Pacific Northwest has been a major part of it for me, but there's also been a lot of wandering through the wild places like a Fenian, trying to get to know the rivers, the Sound, the ocean. erynn999 and wire_mother have both been very helpful in this. On the lore side, I've been looking for Native stories about the places here, what they were called and how they got those names. I've been reading "Trees of Seattle", and slowly working my way through, finding those trees and getting to know them. And I've visited many of the local parks, city and more rural. (Tashkent Park, though tiny, remains a favorite. The sculpture in there reminds me of Peter Pan meeting the Children of Lir. [grin])

To the locals: Would anyone else like to collaborate with me on this project? I'd love to see what others have come up with on getting to know the land from a CR perspective, how this relates to the Native lore about the place, and comparing notes on specific places. Field trips are eminently possible and encouraged, perhaps with retiring somewhere quiet afterwards for discussion. This area reminds me a lot of the climate and countryside of Ireland -- very similar feel, from what I've seen of both regions. I want to respect Seattle for being herself, rather than trying to make her into Ireland-in-my-head. But at the same time, I do acknowledge a feeling of close cousinship, as it were. I'm trying to get to know the area from multiple perspectives -- eachtra, immram, aisling. That really helps, for me, seeing the same places from land and sea and above, if less colorfully and fantastically than given in the lore. [grin]

To everyone: How do you approach getting to know someplace new when you move, and getting to know the land there? Has anyone else done something like this for their hometown? I've drawn some inspiration from the invasions cycle, but I'm more wandering wild goose than colonizing Milesian -- for me, it's courting, not conquering. I still retain sort of home-lodestone feelings for both Ireland herself and for the place I was born (Mississippi), but it's really important for me to make here home, and to feel that the Puget Sound area loves me back. (Not hard; there are hawthorn trees outside my window, a high-arching brilliant autumn sky above, and the whole glory of the Sound below that. How can you not love this place?)

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
10:18 pm
It was so nice to get together with the folk who were able to make it to last night's gather. Hopefully we'll be able to make it a regular event.

Some suggestions for next time

  • We arrange for seating in the round.

  • A site with a little less ambient noise may work better.

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