Jan 31, 2019

St. Brigid

Feb. 1, Feast of St. Brigid

On the eve of St. Brigid's Day, in many areas of Ireland, children weave St. Brigid's crosses. A new one each year.

Spring comes sooner to Ireland than it does where I live. There are snowdrops popping up out of the ground. This winter many areas of Ireland are seeing snow, but the calendar clicks over Feb. 1, the traditional start of spring, lambing season, fishing season.

There are so many legends surrounding St. Brigid, but the one about the cross is that she wove it from rushes that were scattered on the floor while telling a dying pagan the story of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.

How to Weave the Cross

If you're already on the computer (and obviously you are!) probably the best way to learn is to watch someone. There are many videos you can find. I teach workshops. Here is a picture with one of my students.

And if you like directions...
Use 16 reeds.
Begin with one straight reed.
Fold another reed around it.
Work your way counter clockwise, each time folding a reed over the previous one.
When you are finished, tie off the ends and trim with scissors if needed.

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Jan 31, 2018

Still Active!


It might seem that this blog isn't updated very often anymore, and that's mostly true. I still send readers to many of the posts here. At one time I was blogging here a lot, and I still enjoying re-visiting the information here.

However, you'll find me somewhere else now. I hope you'll come over to Cindy's Writing.

If you choose to comment on any of the posts here at Celtic Voices, I will still be notified. It's still an active blog.


Jun 9, 2017

The Feast of Saint Columba

via flikr

His Other Names

I prefer the Irish Columcille, which means Dove of the Church. He was originally named Crimthann, which in Irish means Fox. However, once he was fostered in the church he gained this new name. It's said he had a temper, so perhaps this name was in jest. It came to fit him with time, however, because he was as devoted to the church as any saint, perhaps more so.

A Character in My New Novel

I am writing about Columcille, and Enya (Eithne) in my current work-in-progress. The idea about temperament how much is inherited and what one can do about it is something I'm contemplating as I write. Nurture vs Nature. Which is strongest? What can be overcome?

In the meantime, feel free to revisit this post I wrote on the saint, whose feast day is today.

Feb 15, 2017

The Celtic Love of Books

Treasured Books

I love telling the story of how St. Columcille (Columba) loved books. They were rare in the 6th century when he lived, and to have one and be able to make your own copy to keep and study was the greatest treasure to saints and scholars. Columcille, whose name means Dove of the Church, copied a copy of the Vulgate without permission. Making a copy lessened its value and a war was fought over this book. It was that important.

Pages of Ireland

The idea of how cherished books were in that time period inspired my novel, Pages of Ireland. My now published novel originally had another title. I wrote on this blog how the story was inspired by the Book of Durrow. I was fortunate enough to be able to see the Book of Durrow when I visited Trinity College a few weeks after I wrote this post.

Enya's Son

This is the title of the novel I'm currently working on, which will include the tale I've mentioned at the beginning of this post, but from the perspective of Columcille's mother.

If you haven't yet checked out series, let me introduce you.