Monday, December 31, 2012

Entering a New Year and the Mari Lwyd

I want to wish anyone who might stumble upon the blog a most joyous and blessed 2013!

I have still not found my way on this, I fear I missed my chance to post on Eponalia, but I hope all had a good one or what ever Winter holiday you might celebrate.  I am also humbled by the following post so rather than share my own attempts about the Mari Lwyd I will send you along to this wonderful post by Kris Hughes:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Horse in Welsh Folk-Lore and Equestrian Fairies

 From: British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions by Wirt Sikes Chapter VIII: Fairy Rings

"The horse plays a very active part in Welsh fairy tales. Not only does his skeleton serve for Mary Lwyds [See Index] and the like, but his spirit flits. The Welsh fairies seem very fond of going horseback. An old woman in the Vale of Neath told Mrs. Williams, who told Thomas Keightley, that she had seen fairies to the number of hundreds, mounted on little white horses, not bigger than dogs, and riding four abreast. This was about dusk, and the fairy equestrians passed quite close to her, in fact less than a quarter of a mile away. Another old woman asserted that her father had often seen the fairies riding in the air on little white horses; but he never saw them come to the ground. He heard their music sounding in the air as they galloped by. There is a tradition among the Glamorgan peasantry of a fairy battle fought on the mountain between Merthyr and Aberdare, in which the pigmy combatants were on horseback. There appeared to be two armies, one of which was mounted on milk-white steeds, and the other on horses of jet-black. They rode at each other with the utmost fury, and their swords could be seen flashing in the air like so many penknife blades. The army on the white horses won the day, and drove the black-mounted force from the field. The whole scene then disappeared in a light mist."

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dark Goddess Musings: Lughnasadh

 (I am questioning why I am trying to blog, when there are many who are more capable than I am that they leave me feeling I have nothing to say. Like the lovely poem to Macha in the link below.)

Dark Goddess Musings: Lughnasadh:    In honor of Lughnasadh here is an invocation calling upon Macha, who most likely raced against the kings horses on this festival.  Macha...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Heathens and Pagans for the Horses: Horse racing at Lughnasadh

 I'm sharing this as this is something that has been on my mind lately too as we approach the holiday. Please go to the link below and read about why going to horse races is not a good way to celebrate Lughnasadh today!  We have our own "horse races" and I will likely go to a horse show, even though I normally avoid them, about that time because Spring Hill Horse Rescue will be doing fundraising there.

Heathens and Pagans for the Horses: Horse racing at Lughnasadh: As we approach the Gaelic holiday of Lughnasadh or L├╣nasdal, one of the things that comes up is the association of the holiday with horse ra...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Repost: Horse Magic, Folklore and Legends

Horse Magic, Folklore and Legends By Patti Wigington 

The Magic of the Horse:
Over the course of time, many animals have developed a great deal of magical symbolism. The horse in particular has been found in folklore and legend in a variety of cultures – from the horse gods of the Celtic lands to the pale horse found in Biblical prophecy, the horse features prominently in many myths and legends. How can you capture the magical energy of horses, and incorporate it into your magical workings?

A Celtic Goddess:
Epona was a goddess of horses honored by the Celtic tribe known as the Gauls. (Go read the rest!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Horse Boy

This has long amazed me, it reminds me of what I want to accomplish. Not everyone is able to go to Mongolia to find it, not everyone doing various horse therapies is going all that deep with it. We can create this healing anywhere there are horses. And we can heal horses while we're at it.

The Horse Boy Movie   The Horse Boy Foundation

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A link and a search

I am working on inspiration to write something here. I guess that part of my problem is that there are a lot of things out there already that I think are better than what I might offer. Yes, I have self-esteem issues. Perhaps this will just be a place to share things I like.

Or things I'm looking for. In case someone who isn't one of my friends stumbles upon this humble little blog, perhaps you know where I might actually find a statue such as this? If you do, please leave me a comment!

I suppose I can offer a link to the lovely Horse Goddess site I found this on as it's one of those pages which leaves me wondering if I have anything as good to offer. 

Rhiannon, Epona, Macha, and Etain