What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore November and December Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore-Celtic Lunar Astrology
25th November to 23rd December13-elder-black-horse-druid-tree-celtic-zodiac-print

This is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  All of the new designs can be seen on my website www.magickmermaid.com

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

Dream Interpretation

An omen of what, exactly?

For those expecting an erudite treatise on the interpretation of dreams you will be disappointed. And wherever Dr Freud is, he will undoubtedly be shaking his head in confusion.

I recently had a very vivid dream about bacon.  Yes, that’s right, bacon.

In the dream I was seated at a table, not sure where exactly, and someone, I could not see who, approached the table bearing a sizable tray of baconSeveral crispy, crunchy slices of bacon, all mine!  It should be noted there were a few slices on the tray that were not properly cooked.  I never liked half-cooked bacon and was the bane of restaurant servers if the bacon arrived in such a deplorable state.   I would promptly ask for the half-cooked to be properly crisped.  But I digress.

                                                                      Perfect crisp bacon

What possible implications or hidden meanings are attached to such a dream?

Was I about to receive a gift, albeit with a small flaw?

Who was the unseen gift-giver?

Where was I?

Truth be told, I haven’t eaten real (i.e. pork) bacon in 15 years.  I even quit eating turkey bacon a few years ago due to the high salt content.  Alas, I loved sprinkling brown sugar on the bacon as it cooked for a sweet and salty treat.

Was I yearning for a forbidden experience?

Clues, anyone?  Signs and portents aside, maybe my usually outlandish dream life has become mundane.  Even my daily online horoscope had been the same  every day for more than a week!

Or perhaps, as the ubiquitous ‘they’ who know all say, “everything is better with bacon” (including dreams!).
Chocolate covered bacon-the best of two worlds! If anyone knows where I can buy this please let me know!

Maple brown sugar five spice bacon

Photos from Wikipedia

We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike

Human Family

by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

One comment I make frequently is that ‘we are more alike than we are different’.
Maya Angelou has eloquently expressed this more than I ever could.  The world is fraught with chaos.  If only we could all remember this.

Share Your World 2016 Week 46

Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World 2016 Week 46

Are you a traveler or a homebody?
A traveler!

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
A remake of Vitameatavegamin starring myself!  Although being a mermaid, I suppose I would have to call it Vitafishavegamin 😉
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Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.
Magickal!  (Although with all the horrible things going on world-wide, ‘morose’ might fit better on certain days.)

List some fun things for a rainy day.
Last year I recovered a second hand chair specifically for the purpose of reading. I love to read in a comfortable chair and drink hot cocoa.
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Another thing I do on rainy days is diminish the chaos and organise things. Baking is also fun on cold, rainy days.  So is watching documentaries and eating whatever I baked.  And of course, drawing!
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Leonard Cohen, Rest in Peace

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (21 September 1934 – 7 November 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”[4]

The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… while it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”[5]

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire“) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014) and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death.

Credits: photo (Leonard Cohen website), copy (Wikipedia)

Share Your World 2016 Week 45

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Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World 2016 Week 45

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less.
Hope springs eternal but I’m often wrong.

Where do you like to vacation?
Any place I’ve never been!

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?
Oh, the agony! Just one?!? 80% dark chocolate with raspberry filling.  (Seriously, just one?!?!)

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…
A silly pun or limerick!

The Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year

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Eight solar festivals derived from the ancient Celts and Norse commonly celebrated today.   (Northern Hemisphere)

WINTER SOLSTICE 20th, 21st or 22nd of December
Also known as Midwinter and Yule. The shortest day and the longest night.  The Holly King is the symbol of the waning year.  The Goddess gives birth to the new God, the Oak King.

IMBOLG 1st or 2nd of February
The Goddess is honoured as the bride of the returning Sun God.  Candles are lit to symbolize the return of the sun and warmth in anticipation of Spring.  Sheaves of wheat from the previous harvest are woven into grain dollies or crosses to symbolize the bride.

SPRING EQUINOX  20th, 21st, or 22nd of March
Also known as Ostara. Day and night are of equal length.  Anticipation of rebirth as the earth begins to awaken as days become longer.  The first crocus flowers emerge from the snow and new green leaves begin to adorn the trees.  The Goddess and God begin their courtship.

BELTAINE 1st of May
The Goddess and God are united in sacred marriage.  The Great Rite symbolizes the union of male and female, two halves of the Life Source which gives birth to all creation. New plant and animal life are celebrated.

SUMMER SOLSTICE 20th, 21st or 22nd of June
The longest day and the shortest night.  The earth is brimming with life.  Flowers are blooming as fruits and vegetables are ripening and almost ready for harvest.  The Goddess and God are at the peak of their power.

LUGHNASADH 1st or 2nd of August
The grain harvest festival named for the Sun God Lugh. The first of three harvest festivals. Late summer fruits and vegetable are also part of the feast.  The Goddess and God are celebrated as givers of abundance and prosperity.

AUTUMN EQUINOX 20th, 21st, or 22nd of September
Also known as Mabon, named for the Welsh God. Grapes and other vine fruits as well as apples are ready for harvest.  Apples symbolise the promise of life renewed. We honour the Goddess and God for a fruitful harvest.  The preserving and storing of food for the cold months begins.

SAMHAIN  31st of October
The third harvest festival.  In the dark of night the old God dies, awaiting rebirth at the Winter Solstice. The Crone Goddess mourns.  A time when the veil separating this world and the Otherworld is the thinnest. Ancestors are honoured. Food is offered to the spirits and candles lit to guide them on their way.