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Scáthach,
(Gaelic: the Shadowy One),
Island in the Shadows,
Alba
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Scáthach / Sgathaich, (Gaelic: “The Shadowy One"), was a legendary Gaelic warrior woman of Celtic mythology - a warrior queen, great sword warrior and instructor and initiator of young men in martial arts and the arts of sexuality, who in a number of ancient texts, including the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, is described as among the greatest of women warriors.
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The Ulster Cycle describe Scáthach's homeland as in Albannach (Scotland) - on an Isle between Western Scotland and Northern Ireland called 'the Island in the Shadows' - believed to be the Isle of Skye, where Scáthach lived in an impregnable fortress, guarded by her daughter Uathach, where today the ruins of Dun Sgathaich (Fortress of Shadows) stand, surrounded by sea on three sides.
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It was at this fortress that Scáthach trained numerous young Irish warriors how to harness the martial skills in combat. As it was almost impossible to reach Scáthach's island, anyone who did so was considered worthy of her training.
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Scáthach's young Irish warriors were initiated in the art of war and sexuality and all of her initiates became heroes of Celtic mythology, having gained from her great prowess. She taught them underwater combat, pole vaulting (to scale tall structures) and battle using a barbed harpoon called gáe bolg, a weapon of her own creation.
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Her most famous pupil was Cu Chulainn, the greatest of Irish warriors and legendary Ulster hero, who came to live with Scáthach in his youth to learn his craft, training with her for a year and a day in the arts of love and war. She taught him his famous battle leap and gave him her gáe bolg, 'the terrible spear'.
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Scáthach is a shadowy otherworldly figure, a strong, independent woman of action, of smithcraft and a fearsome expert of combat. All Irish heroes owed their prowess in combat to her and was highly respected and revered by the Celtic warrior society.
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Continues in comments
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Scáthach, (Gaelic: the Shadowy One), Island in the Shadows, Alba . . . _____ . Scáthach / Sgathaich, (Gaelic: “The Shadowy One"), was a legendary Gaelic warrior woman of Celtic mythology - a warrior queen, great sword warrior and instructor and initiator of young men in martial arts and the arts of sexuality, who in a number of ancient texts, including the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, is described as among the greatest of women warriors. . The Ulster Cycle describe Scáthach's homeland as in Albannach (Scotland) - on an Isle between Western Scotland and Northern Ireland called 'the Island in the Shadows' - believed to be the Isle of Skye, where Scáthach lived in an impregnable fortress, guarded by her daughter Uathach, where today the ruins of Dun Sgathaich (Fortress of Shadows) stand, surrounded by sea on three sides. . It was at this fortress that Scáthach trained numerous young Irish warriors how to harness the martial skills in combat. As it was almost impossible to reach Scáthach's island, anyone who did so was considered worthy of her training. . Scáthach's young Irish warriors were initiated in the art of war and sexuality and all of her initiates became heroes of Celtic mythology, having gained from her great prowess. She taught them underwater combat, pole vaulting (to scale tall structures) and battle using a barbed harpoon called gáe bolg, a weapon of her own creation. . Her most famous pupil was Cu Chulainn, the greatest of Irish warriors and legendary Ulster hero, who came to live with Scáthach in his youth to learn his craft, training with her for a year and a day in the arts of love and war. She taught him his famous battle leap and gave him her gáe bolg, 'the terrible spear'. . Scáthach is a shadowy otherworldly figure, a strong, independent woman of action, of smithcraft and a fearsome expert of combat. All Irish heroes owed their prowess in combat to her and was highly respected and revered by the Celtic warrior society. . . Continues in comments .
all golden,
radiant cells
in the ebb and flow,
the orphic isle
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The older we get, the deeper we dig into our childhoods,
Hoping to find the radiant cell
That washed us, and caused our lives
to glow in the dark like clock hands
Endlessly turning toward the future,
Tomorrow, day after tomorrow, the day after that, all golden, all in good  time.
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From 'Archaeology' by Charles Wright
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#orphic #redjasper
#golden #sea #isles #celtic_kingdom #seashore #celticmythology #welshmythology #islanders #intuitives #liminal #nature_wizards #soulfulwanderer #nature_seeker #fifty_shades_of_nature #archetypes #pagan #poetry #mysteriousbritain #mystical #consciousness #voyageoftimes #journeyoflife #treasures #alchemy #transformation #the_mirror_of_our_souls #timeandbeing
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all golden, radiant cells in the ebb and flow, the orphic isle . . . The older we get, the deeper we dig into our childhoods, Hoping to find the radiant cell That washed us, and caused our lives to glow in the dark like clock hands Endlessly turning toward the future, Tomorrow, day after tomorrow, the day after that, all golden, all in good time. . . From 'Archaeology' by Charles Wright . . . _____ #orphic  #redjasper  #golden  #sea  #isles  #celtic_kingdom  #seashore  #celticmythology  #welshmythology  #islanders  #intuitives  #liminal  #nature_wizards  #soulfulwanderer  #nature_seeker  #fifty_shades_of_nature  #archetypes  #pagan  #poetry  #mysteriousbritain  #mystical  #consciousness  #voyageoftimes  #journeyoflife  #treasures  #alchemy  #transformation  #the_mirror_of_our_souls  #timeandbeing  . . .
View from the sea cave,
Dál Riata
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The Ocean has its silent caves,

Deep, quiet, and alone;

Though there be fury on the waves,

Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep

Hold their communion there;

And there are those for whom we weep,

The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest

Beneath their own blue sea.

The ocean solitudes are blest,

For there is purity.
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From 'The Ocean' by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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#seablues #mystical #isles #ocean #rituals #seacave #sea #irishsea #islanders #mysteriousbritain #mystical #mythology #celticmythology #celtic_kingdom #celts #gaels #hebrides #healing #transformation #storytelling #pagan #poetry #nature_wizards #nature_seeker #momentsofmine #mermaid #intuitives #voyageoftimes #journeyoflife
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View from the sea cave, Dál Riata . . . The Ocean has its silent caves, Deep, quiet, and alone; Though there be fury on the waves, Beneath them there is none. The awful spirits of the deep Hold their communion there; And there are those for whom we weep, The young, the bright, the fair. Calmly the wearied seamen rest Beneath their own blue sea. The ocean solitudes are blest, For there is purity. . . . From 'The Ocean' by Nathaniel Hawthorne . . _____ #seablues  #mystical  #isles  #ocean  #rituals  #seacave  #sea  #irishsea  #islanders  #mysteriousbritain  #mystical  #mythology  #celticmythology  #celtic_kingdom  #celts  #gaels  #hebrides  #healing  #transformation  #storytelling  #pagan  #poetry  #nature_wizards  #nature_seeker  #momentsofmine  #mermaid  #intuitives  #voyageoftimes  #journeyoflife  . . .
luminous days,
the hard reverie of stone and sea,
Irish Sea
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You have a taste of tempest on your lips—But where did you wander
All day long in the hard reverie of stone and sea?
An eagle-bearing wind stripped the hills
Stripped your longing to the bone
And the pupils of your eyes received the message of chimera
Spotting memory with foam!
Where is the familiar slope of short September
On the red earth where you played, looking down
At the broad rows of the other girls
The corners where your friends left armfuls of rosemary.

But where did you wander
All night long in the hard reverie of stone and sea?
I told you to count in the naked water its luminous days
On your back to rejoice in the dawn of things
Or again to wander on yellow plains
With a clover of light on you breast, iambic heroine.

You have a taste of tempest on your lips
And a dress red as blood
Deep in the gold of summer
And the perfume of hyacinths—But where did you wander
Descending toward the shores, the pebbled bays?

There was cold salty seaweed there
But deeper a human feeling that bled
And you opened your arms in astonishment naming it
Climbing lightly to the clearness of the depths
Where your own starfish shone.
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From 'Miranda of the Rocks' by Odysseus Elytis,
translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
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#summer #rituals #enchanted #reverie  #waterelemental #celtic_kingdom #wanderlust #storytelling #sea #islanders #mystical #mythology #odyssey #celticmythology #irishsea #poetry #soulfulwanderer #ancients #archetypes #naturewhisperers#nature_wizards #nature_seeker #liminal #intuitivelife #mysteriousbritain #coast #cymru #paganism #voyageoftimes #journeyoflife #soulfulwanderer
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luminous days, the hard reverie of stone and sea, Irish Sea . . . You have a taste of tempest on your lips—But where did you wander All day long in the hard reverie of stone and sea? An eagle-bearing wind stripped the hills Stripped your longing to the bone And the pupils of your eyes received the message of chimera Spotting memory with foam! Where is the familiar slope of short September On the red earth where you played, looking down At the broad rows of the other girls The corners where your friends left armfuls of rosemary. But where did you wander All night long in the hard reverie of stone and sea? I told you to count in the naked water its luminous days On your back to rejoice in the dawn of things Or again to wander on yellow plains With a clover of light on you breast, iambic heroine. You have a taste of tempest on your lips And a dress red as blood Deep in the gold of summer And the perfume of hyacinths—But where did you wander Descending toward the shores, the pebbled bays? There was cold salty seaweed there But deeper a human feeling that bled And you opened your arms in astonishment naming it Climbing lightly to the clearness of the depths Where your own starfish shone. . . From 'Miranda of the Rocks' by Odysseus Elytis, translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard . . ______ #summer  #rituals  #enchanted  #reverie  #waterelemental  #celtic_kingdom  #wanderlust  #storytelling  #sea  #islanders  #mystical  #mythology  #odyssey  #celticmythology  #irishsea  #poetry  #soulfulwanderer  #ancients  #archetypes  #naturewhisperers #nature_wizards  #nature_seeker  #liminal  #intuitivelife  #mysteriousbritain  #coast  #cymru  #paganism  #voyageoftimes  #journeyoflife  #soulfulwanderer  . . . .
Suail
Place 'of the swell' / 'of the whale',
Inner Hebrides,
Alba
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Suail
still, the low isles glide,
stirring eyes pinked by thrift,
casting salt from their wedged cliffs
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#islanders #celts #gaels #gaelic #voyageoftimes #voyage #celticmythology #journeyoflife #wildandfree #we_are_ancient #wildflowers #poeticplaces #poetry #nature_wizards #poetsofinstagram #hebrides #seashore #sea #irishsea #seaflowers #scotland #dalriata #magick #mystical #the_mirror_of_our_souls #liminal #timeandbeing #coast #isles #seathrift
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Suail Place 'of the swell' / 'of the whale', Inner Hebrides, Alba . . ___ . ___ . ___ . . . Suail still, the low isles glide, stirring eyes pinked by thrift, casting salt from their wedged cliffs . . . . . ___ . #islanders  #celts  #gaels  #gaelic  #voyageoftimes  #voyage  #celticmythology  #journeyoflife  #wildandfree  #we_are_ancient  #wildflowers  #poeticplaces  #poetry  #nature_wizards  #poetsofinstagram  #hebrides  #seashore  #sea  #irishsea  #seaflowers  #scotland  #dalriata  #magick  #mystical  #the_mirror_of_our_souls  #liminal  #timeandbeing  #coast  #isles  #seathrift  . . .
Seaborne, at noon
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Salt off the sea whets
the blades of four winds.
They peel acres of locked rock,
pare down a rind of shrivelled ground;
bull-noses are chiselled on cliffs.

Islanders too are for sculpting.
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From 'Synge on the Aran' by Seamus Heaney
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#liminal #birthofinspiration #celticmythology #poets #creativity #jmsynge #seamusheaney #seacave #seashore #solitude #irishmythology #irishsea #journeyoflife #isles #cave #wales #ireland #celtic_kingdom #irishmythology #paganism #welshmythology #ancients #storytelling #magic_kingdom #mysteriousbritain #timeandbeing #naturewhispers #voyage #islanders #infp
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Seaborne, at noon . . . . . Salt off the sea whets the blades of four winds. They peel acres of locked rock, pare down a rind of shrivelled ground; bull-noses are chiselled on cliffs. Islanders too are for sculpting. . . ____ From 'Synge on the Aran' by Seamus Heaney . . . . . . . _____ #liminal  #birthofinspiration  #celticmythology  #poets  #creativity  #jmsynge  #seamusheaney  #seacave  #seashore  #solitude  #irishmythology  #irishsea  #journeyoflife  #isles  #cave  #wales  #ireland  #celtic_kingdom  #irishmythology  #paganism  #welshmythology  #ancients  #storytelling  #magic_kingdom  #mysteriousbritain  #timeandbeing  #naturewhispers  #voyage  #islanders  #infp  . .
In the ebb and flow.
Sea gifts,
Red jasper,
Rings of limpet shell,
Irish Sea
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A piece of witch-stone, jasper,
Red chalcedony
With a tidewash of grey quartz still ebbing
Back like the sea.
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I was given it, it has lain in my hearth
Nearly a year
To give peace by arbitrary charm
To fingerers here.

Each hand that stroked it, gave to and took
Power out of it:
Love warmed it with whitsun, it knew
Fire-tonguing wit.

It felt stillness in half-light, it learned
Like a wild foal
To stand calm in a crowdful of noise
In its deep quartz soul.
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Earth, water and fire! and a girl’s hand that gave it
Dearer to me
Than gold! – I send you this shard from the wheel
Of the Welsh sea.
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A piece of witch-stone, jasper,
Red chalcedony
With a tidewash of grey quartz still ebbing
Back to the sea.
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from 'Jasper' by Tony Conran
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#votives #wales
#rituals #celtic_kingdom #sea #celticmythology #irishmythology #welshmythology #we_are_ancient #healing #alchemy #witchery #transformation #magick #mystical #mysteriousbritain #redjasper #minerals #paganism #seashells #shellrings #treasure #liminal #coast #ireland #cerridwen #cymru #poetsofinstagram #poetry #healing #islanders
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In the ebb and flow. Sea gifts, Red jasper, Rings of limpet shell, Irish Sea . . . ____ . A piece of witch-stone, jasper, Red chalcedony With a tidewash of grey quartz still ebbing Back like the sea. . I was given it, it has lain in my hearth Nearly a year To give peace by arbitrary charm To fingerers here. Each hand that stroked it, gave to and took Power out of it: Love warmed it with whitsun, it knew Fire-tonguing wit. It felt stillness in half-light, it learned Like a wild foal To stand calm in a crowdful of noise In its deep quartz soul. . Earth, water and fire! and a girl’s hand that gave it Dearer to me Than gold! – I send you this shard from the wheel Of the Welsh sea. . A piece of witch-stone, jasper, Red chalcedony With a tidewash of grey quartz still ebbing Back to the sea. . . from 'Jasper' by Tony Conran . . _______ #votives  #wales  #rituals  #celtic_kingdom  #sea  #celticmythology  #irishmythology  #welshmythology  #we_are_ancient  #healing  #alchemy  #witchery  #transformation  #magick  #mystical  #mysteriousbritain  #redjasper  #minerals  #paganism  #seashells  #shellrings  #treasure  #liminal  #coast  #ireland  #cerridwen  #cymru  #poetsofinstagram  #poetry  #healing  #islanders  . .
Sea journeying,
Cerridwen's isles,
Irish Sea
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this midsummer tide is
amber,
and the sun's honeycombing
of the shallows brings warmed
treasures spilled
into enchanted fingers —
red jasper,
votives, turned by a golden
summer's
sea
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#enchanted #sea #rituals #jasper #irishsea #seashore #cerridwen #talisman #magick #celticmythology #celtic_kingdom #celticsea #cymru #liminal #intuitives #archetypes #mysteriousbritain #mythology #minerals #redjasper #poetsofinstagram #magic_kingdom #the_mirror_of_our_souls #paganism #welshmythology #transformation #storytelling #we_are_ancient #votives #alchemy
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Sea journeying, Cerridwen's isles, Irish Sea . . this midsummer tide is amber, and the sun's honeycombing of the shallows brings warmed treasures spilled into enchanted fingers — red jasper, votives, turned by a golden summer's sea . . . . ______ . #enchanted  #sea  #rituals  #jasper  #irishsea  #seashore  #cerridwen  #talisman  #magick  #celticmythology  #celtic_kingdom  #celticsea  #cymru  #liminal  #intuitives  #archetypes  #mysteriousbritain  #mythology  #minerals  #redjasper  #poetsofinstagram  #magic_kingdom  #the_mirror_of_our_souls  #paganism  #welshmythology  #transformation  #storytelling  #we_are_ancient  #votives  #alchemy  . .