Tag Archives: goddess

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

Posted in Alpine Customs and Lore | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Cernunnos

When I wrote my book “Mountain Magic”, which is about traces the Celts left behind in lore and traditions in the Alps, I ended up elaborating mainly about the Goddess. A lot. I did discuss the various forms in which … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alpen-Samhain

When we ask people from France, Spain, Southern Germany, some regions of the Czech Republic and Poland, Switzerland and Austria, what their ancient ancestry is, they might say “Celtic” with as much conviction as folks from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mercury Alert

For me, as for many other Druids, Mercury (the planet in this context) holds a particular fascination. We all know he’s there and know his role in the zodiac; but how often do we see him? Not that much. But … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sontga Margriata – The Raetho-Roman Song of St. Margaret

This article was published in the May 2015 edition of “Touchstone,” the monthly journal of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. In this edition of Touchstone, I would like to introduce you to what I consider a gem in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fasching – Carnival in the Alps

Next Tuesday, folk living in some areas of this our planet are going to celebrate what is known as Carnival. May that be in Rio de Janeiro, in Venice, New Orleans, or in the German city of Mainz, people will … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment