erynn: Gaelic merman image (Airmed)
Today's task was doing research and work on outlining the Airmed ritual for our visit to Heapstown Cairn. I reviewed several texts and looked at different websites where people talk about their particular takes on her, including a couple of rituals to/for her from different groups. So much hating on Dian Cécht over the whole thing, but it helps to remember that the incident with Miach replacing Nuadha's hand in the text of Second Battle of Mag Tuired occurs before the battle, and before Dian Cécht, Miach, Airmed and Octriuil are chanting around the Well of Sláine. Miach, though a surgeon, is a plant-god from whom all the healing herbs grow and so rises anew on a pretty frequent basis if one looks at it properly.

All the healing herbs of Ireland were brought to Lus Mag (the Plain of Herbs) by Dian Cécht and put into the Well of Sláine, so presumably they came from Miach's cairn and needed to be taken from there before the healing work could even begin. Time in myths is not nearly so linear, and deities die and reappear alive without any referent to actual human lifespans and life cycles. Is it so hard to believe that the story of Dian Cécht's "jealousy" might really be a setup for the creation of needed healing materials that could later be used by all of them? Or that it was unreasonable for Dian Cécht to keep the secrets of healing all ills from humans by scattering the herbs on Airmed's cloak? She, after all, did keep the secrets of these herbs. Though the text of the story says "the Holy Spirit" knows them, we can be certain it was Airmed -- who sorted through them in the first place -- who knows what they do.

Anyway, research was done and an outline produced and sent off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane. I also spent a few minutes doing a drabble for the weekly fic challenge in one of the communities I read, which was fun.

Tomorrow is a trip down to Seattle to do some clothes shopping for the pilgrimage with [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm, and to meet for a bit with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and [livejournal.com profile] neo_lux. If I have any spoons when I get home, I'll probably work on the incubation rituals. [livejournal.com profile] vyviane tells me we are way ahead of schedule, which helps slightly, but so much of my stuff really kind of has to be done before I leave. I'm glad her end of things is working so very smoothly! It gives me hope for the rest of the pilgrimage as well.

Sunday I'm doing a Skype chat with Jhenah to discuss ritual and other stuff. Things are proceeding apace.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (19 edad)
I took a trip down into Everett today to check out the co-op. Picked up a few things and asked about membership. They're in the middle of a system revision and are temporarily not taking members at the moment but once they're up and running again they will have a reciprocal agreement with PCC, so I can use my card from that co-op with them. After that I headed over to [livejournal.com profile] agatheringgrove for a chai and to sit and read for a while. The day had got a little sunnier after raining earlier in the afternoon. Work for the night. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
From [livejournal.com profile] hereatwitsend, a website that contains a downloadable PDF of Gaelic names of plants (Scottish and Irish) Collected and arranged in scientific order, with notes on their etymology, their uses, plant superstitions, etc., among the Celts, with copious Gaelic, English and scientific indices (1883) by John Cameron of Sunderland. It's out of copyright and available in full for all your planty research needs!

Thank you!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Airmed)
I am firmly convinced that "discipline" does not have to mean getting up at the crack of dawn. The only reason I should ever see the sunrise is because I'm getting ready to go to bed. )

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Dec. 1st, 2005 05:17 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (sff_corgi's red lion)
A few words about The Scots Herbal: The Plant Lore of Scotland by Tess Darwin.

I got this one recently, and in parts it's an excellent book. I would advise taking at least some of it with a grain of salt, though, as she does rather go on about the fictional Celtic Great Goddess and the Tree Calendar a bit. She seems to take all sources as equally valid, citing authors like Robert Graves, Mary Daly, and Kaledon Naddair along side authorities like F. Marian MacNeill and Anne Ross and more technical documents like pollen studies.

This said, she seems to be an excellent source for Gaelic names of plants, medicinal traditions in the Highlands and Islands, and material regarding fiber arts and dying. She falls down a bit where she goes with Gravesian and NeoPagan sources for spiritual information. I feel that this is definitely worth the money, but one should take certain of her assertions with some caution.

Enjoy!

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