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Alban Elfed – Lament for the End of Summer

In the Alps, particularly in Austria, farmers still keep their livestock high up on mountain pastures called Almen (singular: Alm) over the summer months. There, cattle and other grazing farm animals are held rather loosely to regenerate from the winter … Continue reading

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Finding Ethical Guidance in Lore

Let me begin this blog entry with thanking all the folks who read the previous blog entry about Lughnasad Magic of the Alpine Corn-Cutters, and for their “likes” in the various apps of social media. For this piece, I would … Continue reading

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Lughnasadh Magic – The Alpine Crops Cutters

As many of you know, one of my major interests is finding traces of Celtic tradition and lore in the Alpine region, home to the Hallstatt Celts and their successors. Since there are no written sources telling us that such … Continue reading

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Knowing the Unknown Unknowns

A couple of days ago, I had a pretty good idea who I am when I woke up that morning. Going to bed later that day was a different matter. Much – and nothing – has changed. How so? Well, … Continue reading

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Imbolc – Let’s Bring The Light Back!

Imbolc is a festival of light in many – if not all – regions of the Celtic lands. In the Alps, whence these ancient peoples came, and in the German speaking lands in general, the concept of light is even in … Continue reading

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Mom’s Home!

We are writing the two thousand and sixteenth year of the Common Era now. One thousand and sixteen y ears after the last Germanic tribe held their last Thing, and even a few centuries more than that since Christianity has first taken … Continue reading

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Smoking The House Clean

Now that even the calendar that is based on the Romans’ reckoning of the year has let us know that a new year is upon us (Celts and others may have celebrated that already at the Winter Solstice), we are … Continue reading

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