In Scotland folk festivals are not the thing of the past. We still celebrate the two major festivals of Bealtainn and Samhuinn with street performances in Edinburgh. But all over Scotland festivals of the folk calendar can still be found such as Up Helly YA in Shetland and the Burryman in South Queensferry and the Riding the Marches and so many many more examples. However, neopagan and nu-age thinking has corrupted some of the amazing poetry that these events have and its great to be able to have a space to reflect on their original meaning outside of any particular religious perceptions and look at the meaning these festivals held for the folk of Scotland.
In the season leaves should love, since it gives them leave to move through the wind, towards the ground they were watching while they hung, legend says there is a…
autumn equinoxFolk Festivals
The sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date, crossing almost at a right angle the Milky way as it stretches north to south, creating a…
Midsummer, the summer solstice, St Johns mass (the birth of St. John the Baptist), all these names recall a festival that is at counterpoint to Yul or Jul. Like the…
Its the first of May, Happy Bealltainn! One of the best days of the year in my humble opinion…its coming indicates its time to go out searching for wildcrafted herbs and fresh young shoots of plants. So what are your plans for today? Why not start it off by listening to this amazing traditional song by The Gloaming calling in the Summer (Samhradh means summer in Irish gaelic). I have provided a the lyrics and a translation after the video.
When the light of the sun of this day shines into the inner chamber of Sliabh na Calli (The Cailleach’s mound). By solar reckoning, the year is exactly half. Half…
Summer is coming, everyone is rushing around, readying for spring activity. Brid is coming. Must be busy. I find it exhausting at this time of year and in this climate…