If you desperately feel the need to read a spell book I suggest you go for the historical side and err on the side of the tried and true by this I mean something like the charms in the Carmina Gadelica or one of the series of books put out on Kindle by a publishing house called Albacraft. The paperbacks are around $21.00 and the Kindle versions are $1.59 which is a much better price break.
I still would never use these but you can get a better feel how spells were tradtionally used by the Gaels. There are many books in the series that contain folklore and stories that were collected from the people that used them everyday.
Hear my words, I’m calling from your heart
And calling from your mind
I am the spark that kindles the flame
And nurtures all mankind
For a jewel of light has been at every root
And lies within the soil’s clay
And it cradles the babe of our visions and dreams
And sends all creation into flight.
Take my hand, I’ll pull to free your stance
I pull only at first
And when you push on to make out a path
The waiting seed pods burst
There’s a fountain that flows and deep within the rock
And satisfies the thirst in all.
And it cools the brow when the hammer falls
And smooths the way for the birth.
So speak my name, I’ll come to any door
And come at any hour
And when you raise your voice and your heart
Your innocence is power
And the healing of love can sweeten bitter taste
And wash the poison from the wound
And it fills every sail to ride upon the sea
And guides every vessel homeward bound.
Brighid, the flowers of spring are appearing
Brighid, the lambs are being born
Brighid, blessings are in your flame
Brighid, there is healing in your flame.
Brighid, we come to you at your time of year.
We come with a flame in our hearts
We come to decorate the wells of our hearts
And to light the flames of our being
We walk with you as you walk the land
Our hands take hammer in hand to reform ourselves on your anvil
We take shape as tempered, stronger beings.
We sing your songs
We dance in the fire
We come to you, Brighid at your time
And we thank you for the help you have given us this year
We offer our hearts and hands to your work.
We light your flame
We light your flame
We light your flame.
Are You a True Scottish American; Celt or Gael?
Any of the first statements are automatic qualifiers.
- Like the taste of haggis and eat it willingly.
- Have red hair. This includes eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic hair and mustache. (ladies too.)
- Like and collect bagpipe music. Will willingly endure an indoor bagpipe concert. The sound of massed pipe bands make you cry and not from pain.
- Wear a kilt in public, no matter what your knees look like or whether the wind is blowing. (fishing weights can be wonderful things as well as bike shorts. Regimental can be chilly.
1. Accept that your ancestors as well as being royalty were also horse thieves, cattle rustlers, sheep thieves and murderers.. Be especially proud of the latter.
2. Realize that dessert will be shortbread, trifle, or have oats in it and be excessively sweet. Do Not Expect Chocolate. Unless it is that curious thing called a deep fried Mars bar.
3. Occasionally contemplate how well your enemies heads would look in wall niches.
4. Know the Gaelic word for Englishman. Use it as a cuss word frequently
5. Keep your sporran at the correct height, men, It was originally to protect your private parts. Although how much protection a bag of oats is a subject for discussion.
6. Realize that you are usually on the losing side of a war. That’s how your ancestors got to this country isn’t it? But you’ll fight anyway, it’s the fight that counts, right?
7. Realize the dour expression on the face of most Scots comes from wearing woolen underwear. It’s not polite to scratch.
8. Bathe regularly, remember the English hated us because we did. They couldn’t smell us coming but we could sure smell them.
9. Always play with your target before going in for the kill. There is a reason so many Scottish clans have cats on their clan badges.
10. Remember the old saying: The Irish drink as an avocation, the Scots do it as a profession. That’s why whisky has no “e” in it, so you can ask for it quicker.
11. Be able to identify your clan badge or tartan at 50 yards. Be able to identify your enemies at a 100 yards, especially Campbells.
12. Pick your most obvious and least favourite physical characteristic. You will spend the rest of your life named for it; i.e. Cross-eyed Mairi, Big Nose John, Cameron means crooked or broken nose and Campbell means crooked mouth in Gaelic.
13. Remember that this is also the country that invented Covenanters and Presbyterianism, Some of us are rabid teetotalers and no fun is allowed! (except for making sure no one else is having any either.)
14. Remember that the Scots take the saying: Never suffer a fool gladly, literally. Don’t be an idiot more than you need to be.
15. Remember, it is your nature to sulk, bear a grudge, take vengeance and switch sides. After all, the Highlanders are still mad at the Campbells after 300 years. The Scots have hated the English since at least 1200 A.D. Why should you be any different?
16. Remember that your little Scottish granny can still beat the crrrapp out of you. No matter how tall or old you are or how tall or old she is.
17. Believe in faeries and second sight if just to have an excuse for the results of a whole night spent a drink that started with Glen…. If you do have second sight be as vague as possible. The more vague the more famous you will be.
18. And last but not least, the Scots have no internal emotions. All emotions are external, at least in Gaelic. I love you; Tha gaol agam ort, translates I have love for me on you. Romantic, huh?
Do you still want to be a Celt/Gael?
Slainte’ mhath, slainte’ mhor
A h-uile latha
Chi’s naic fhaic.
Looks familiar as some one who is named dad’s father’s sister. Cam was named for Dad’s uncle and great grand pa and poor Alison was supposed to be a boy so she got pot luck but still a Scottish name. She was supposed to be twin boys, Alexander Cameron and Donald Campbell. Or AC DC Because grandpa was civil engineer and architect