Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World 14 August 2017
When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?
As my dad always said,”We don’t have stock in the electric company. Close the lights when you leave the room.” One of the few rules I’ve ever followed.
What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500?
Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…
Nothing. I don’t have one!
What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
My friend’s poetry!
The King’s Wish
The King closed the door to his bedchamber and wandered to the open window. A soft breeze fragranced by roses wafted in. He knew he should be happy. The crops and animals were flourishing and promised a fruitful harvest in autumn. His people would not be hungry during the dark and cold days of winter. He had successfully negotiated treaties with the allied kingdoms to combat the trolls and brigands that still roamed the countryside. His coffers were filled with gold and silver.
Yet, he did not have what he truly desired; a queen to share his life. He had met several lovely ladies from his and neighbouring kingdoms but not one had captured his heart. As he gazed out the window he suddenly remembered a most unusual experience he had when he first became king. A dream of a beautiful woman that seemed so real he still could not be sure if he had actually been asleep. He had even written a poem about the vision and searched amongst his belongings until he found it. He unrolled the parchment, brought a candle to the window, and read it aloud.
Oh red fairy,
where did you get to?
Come visit me, won’t you,
at my window tonight?
Like you did before,
back in the age of possibilities.
Slip the green foreboding gaze,
of the fairy queen,
defy her jaundiced law.
Slip in between,
the hornbeam trees,
come flutter on spring-loaded breeze
to see your mortal lover once more.
Come via the old familiar path,
over the crooked stile,
along the brook a winding sunken mile.
I’ll mark the way,
with tea lights in jars,
draped from groaning oaks,
and sleeping beeches,
tied with golden ribbons you left,
and strands of fairy hair I stole.
Follow the fuzzy bunting,
through the boundary gate,
and around the dry stone wall,
past the pacing caged old mare grunting.
past the hanging tree …
but look away for me …
Mistress come to your master,
I need to believe in fairy magick again tonight,
to bring me back from the brink,
before I sink too low,
before I let this last ponderous tangle
of strands of childhood wonder go,
in exchange for those that twang in off-key tones,
which bode no good for battered bones,
before the book of fairies closes,
for the long bedtime.*
As he finished reading, a light appeared in the distance. As it drew closer, it assumed the shape of the woman from his vision. Golden and sparkling with stars, she extended her hand to meet his. He was not dreaming; she was real.
*A Kiss Before Bedtime ©Doubtpuppet 2017
The King’s Wish, A Faerie Tale ©Morgaine du Mer 2017
I was inspired to create this illustration after reading “A Kiss Before Bedtime”. Many thanks to my friend, Doubtpuppet, for allowing me to incorporate his beautiful poem in my short story.
Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
5th August to 1st September
Above is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs! They can be personalised with your name or the recipient’s name. Below is the 8 inch x 10 inch Zodiac sign.
All of the designs can be seen on my website 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 at MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).
Summer has passed its zenith and although temperatures are still quite warm (in the Northern Hemisphere), the sun sets a bit earlier each day. Some crops are ready to harvest and preserve for the coming cold months. Lughnasadh, named for the Irish Sun God Lugh, is celebrated on the first or second day of August. It is the first of three harvest festivals. This festival celebrates the grain harvest as well as fruits and vegetables that ripen in late Summer. A perfect time to try a new bread recipe!
Besides giving thanks for the abundance of the first harvest, this is a good time to reflect on the goals and projects you began earlier in the year. Have they come to fruition as you planned? Or do they still need more work to develop into what you envisioned? There is still time to edit and revise before the next harvest!
photo credit: Pezibear