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Ancient Celtic Religion: Apollo, God of Sun

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Throughout the inhabited world, in all times and under every circumstance, myths of man have flourished; and they have been the living inspiration of whatever else may have appeared out of the activities of the human body and mind…the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth—Joseph Campbell Ancient […]

Celtic Druid History: Magic

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Memories of animal envoys still must sleep, somehow, within us; for they wake a little and stir when we venture into the wilderness. They wake in terror to thunder. And again they wake, with a sense of recognition, when we enter any one of those great painted caves. Whatever the inward darkness may have been […]

Celtic Druid History: Legacy and Influence

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Tweet “One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” – Joseph Campbell. Celtic Druid History: Legacy and Influence Previous posts […]

Celtic Heroines: Last Stand of Boudica

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Tweet “I thank thee, Andraste, and call upon thee as woman speaking to woman. I pray thee for victory, preservation of life, and liberty against men insolent, unjust, insatiable, and impious.”– Boudica’s prayer for victory to the goddess of war Introduction In 60-61 AD, one of the greatest Celtic heroines, Boudica, reportedly led between 130,000 […]

Celtic Heroines: Boudica Revolt Against Romans

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Tweet “Behold the proud display of warlike spirits, and consider the motives for which we draw the avenging sword. On this spot we must either conquer, or die with glory. There is no alternative. Though a woman, my resolution is fixed; the men, if they please, may survive with infamy, and live in bondage.”–Boudica’s speech […]

Celtic Heroines: Backdrop for Boudica’s Revolt

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Tweet “You have learned by actual experience how different freedom is from slavery…how much better is poverty with no master than wealth with slavery.”–Boudica’s Speech to Followers, as recorded by Cassius Dio Introduction Although the highest political authority for the Celtic Society was often vested in males, women occasionally became ruling queens and military leaders. […]

Celtic Heroines: Golden Age of Warriors and Queens

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“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly know. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path…And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all of the world.”—Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth […]

Golden Age of Celts: Status Built by Battle or Feast

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Tweet The whole race [Celts] is made for war. High-spirited and quick to battle. — Strabo, Greek Historian GOLDEN AGE OF CELTS Status-Building in Battle During the Golden Age of the Celts (Le Tène Period), cattle thievery, slave raiding, and vendettas between clans and tribes formed the basis of low-intensity warfare that permeated the Celtic […]

Celtic Warrior Nobility—Hierarchical Society

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Tweet We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with […]

Celtic Warrior: Greek and Roman Accounts

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      Their [Celtic warriors] songs as they go into battle, their yells and leaping, and the dreadful noise of arms as they beat their shields in some ancestral custom, all this is done with one purpose: to terrify their enemies — Livy, Roman Historian Age of the Warriors As discussed in a previous post […]