Category Archives: Celtic Legends

Scottish Lore, Folklore and Superstitions!

 

With the re-release of THE QUEST, I was reminded how much I love anything to do with Scottish Highlanders. So much so, that I have started to write the sequel to THE INSCRIPTION about my clan of immortal highlanders. (Yes, I was a HUGE fan of the Highlander TV series with Adrian Paul).

A sequel means research. And where better to start than with Scottish lore, folklore and superstitions.

Because the Scots lived close to the land, many of their stories were based on nature. The rowan tree (mountain ash) was considered a good luck charm. Most Highland huts had one growing by the door to protect everyone living inside. No boat set sail without a sprig of it to guard against storms.

Crows were associated with death and disaster. If you heard a raven call before you set off on a journey that foretold misfortune on the way. The eagle was a symbol of strength, its feathers thought to possess magic that insured longevity. (This magic feather fits perfectly into my sequel as my main characters are immortals).

We’ve all heard that cats are the familiars of witches, but Highlanders considered toads and hares a witch’s familiar as well. You could kill a witch with a silver bullet when she shifted into a hare. A dog howling at night was a bad sign, but if a strange one entered the house it meant a new friendship would soon follow.

There were stories about the days of the week. Sunday was considered a lucky day on to be born or get married. It was unlucky to kill hogs on Monday, but a lucky day for visions. Tuesday was the day when you were most likely to feel unsettled. It was unlucky to travel on a Wednesday. Thursday was a day for work, Friday the day for lust, love and pleasure and Saturday a day for planting. All these rules confirmed the belief that the Scots were very organized. They had a day for everything.How does research lead to story ideas? If you haven’t come up with any so far, I’ve included a few writing prompts to help jump start your inspiration.

  • What happens when your hero shoots a hare with a silver bullet only to discover it is a beautiful witch?
  • What happens when your main characters believe they don’t need to bring along a spring of a rowan tree when they set sail on a long journey?
  • What happens when your heroine only gets visions on a Tuesday?

Have fun!
Pam

Summer Solstice

“On the Summer Solstice …
Whatever is dreamed on this night,
will come to pass.”
—William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
First the boring definition: “Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet’s semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, or Yule, as it is known in Celtic celebrations has taken on new importance this year.   But is December 21, the end of the world, as some speculate, or the dawn of a new age of awareness, inspiration and kindness?
Before answering that question, lets explore the meaning of Winter

August Eve

August Eve or Lughnassandh is one of the three main Celtic Festivals: Samhain, in the Fall, Bealtaine in Spring and Lughnassadh, in summer.  Lughnassadh is celebrated when the harvest is over, and the fruits and grains are stored and ready for use during the long months ahead.
Lughnassadh is also named for the Irish

Bridget – Goddess of Inspiration

 
A word is more lasting,
 than all the riches of the world.
                 From a Connacht Love Song
Bridget, often called the “Flame of Ireland,” was born at sunrise and her birth celebrated with fire. Her father was know as the Dagda, who the Celts believed was an earth god responsible for life and death.

Mother’s Day

Originally, Mother’s Day was created as a way to help mend the pain caused by the Civil War.
Although not quite a Celtic Legend, Mother’s Day, was inspired by those countries that celebrated Goddesses and respected the important role of mothers. In ancient times, the Egyptians celebrated the mother deity, Isis, who was

Celtic Legends – Bealtaine

Bealtaine – May 1st.
If not a bowl of thy sweet cream,
Then a cup to bring me cheer,
For who knows when we shall meet again
To go Maying another year.  Cornish Folk Song
Happy May 1st. Bealtaine is perhaps one of the most long-lived and adaptive festivals. Many claim it was celebrated in

Welcome to PamBinder.com

Welcome to the launch of my blog and website. As you can see from my website, I have a love of all things Celtic. In fact, the first person to guess where the magic is hidden in the banner will receive one of my books. (Your choice)
My blog will be divided into the following

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