Ancient Celtic Simbols.

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Celtic symbols were used as a protection tool, to infuse courage to warriors, to defeat their enemies, to gain love or to mark the way forward.

The Celts transmitted their knowledge through engravings, some of which have come down to us thanks to which they were carved from hard materials like stones, iron or bronze. Their geometric drawings hide centuries of beliefs, rituals and magical powers that few know.

Celtic symbols have been linked to the Druids and with them to nature. Here you will find the meaning of the most famous Celtic symbols:

The triquetra:

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-The triquetra or later also called triquel, is a symbol of Indo-European origin that alludes to the triple dimension of the female divinity. It also symbolizes life, death and rebirth (life, death and reincarnation for the Celts).

Also known as the Trinity Knot resembles the Ouroboros, an ancient infinity symbol. The triquetra is constructed of one continuous line interweaving around itself symbolizing no beginning or end, an eternal spiritual life.

The Celts believed that everything important in the world came in threes; three stages of life, three elements, three domains; earth, sea and sky, past, present and future. The triquetra is sometimes drawn weaving around a circle, symbolizing the unity of the three parts.

The Awen: Symbol Of Divine Illumination.

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  • Awen is Inspiration, is represented by three parallel lines or rays crowned by three circles and may or may not be surrounded by a global circle. … The Celtic symbol Awen is the one that allows us to be in harmony with the universe and the earth
  • .The Awen is a Neo-Druid symbol of balance. The sign appears in Charlotte Guest’s Mabinogion, a translation of old Welsh tales and folklore relating to legendary King Arthur.

Triskele: Symbol Of The Flow Of Nature

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-The Triskele is an ancient Irish symbol, over 5,000 years old that stands for unity of the three. In the case of Celts, this is the physical, mental and spiritual. It also symbolizes the eternal life, the flow of nature, and spiritual growth.

The Celts believed that everything happen in threes.  The symbol can be found kerbstones of Newgrange which date back to Neolithic times around 3200 BC. They also appear on coins and pottery from Ancient Greece. The triskele is the symbol of Sicily, which in ancient times, used to be a Greek colony.

The triskele is pre-Celtic in design, dating back to before the Celts settled in Ireland, but it was incorporated into Celtic culture and frequently appears in Celtic artwork. The symbol is thought to represent continuous movement or continuously moving forward.

The triskele es the most famous symbol of Celtic culture.

Spiral: eternal life

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-For the Celts, the spiral has no beginning or end but represents eternal life, like the sun that is born every morning, dies every night and reborn the next morning.

Claddagh.

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-A symbol used even today consists of three parts, each with its own meaning. The crown symbolizes loyalty, the heart represents love and the hands that hold it symbolize friendship. This symbol can be found in the rings that, according to legend, the ancient Celtic lovers carried as a symbol of commitment.

The Crann Bethadh or Tree of Life

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-It was a sacred symbol, representing the world of spirits, well-being and integrity of the villages. It reflects the connection of its branches, which touched the sky, with its roots, descending into the world of the dead. Each tree had a different meaning, from the protection of the birch to the imagination of the willow or the wisdom of the ash.

Wuivre.

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It is a Celtic symbol represented by two serpents intertwined with each other, symbolizing the strength of the earth. As they say, it gives love and power to whoever possesses it, provided it is not touched by seawater.

Lauburu

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-Channels the energies that make up the universe and the struggle of light in the face of darkness. It provided protection against strangers or devils who invaded stables or crops by spoiling them.

Perennial Knot.

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-Represents eternal love.

The Celtic knots mean in general the eternal union.

The secret alphabet of the templars

The Templars were great masters in the art of cryptography, a secret alphabet they were supposed to use in their mercantile transactions and secret documents. Although of course the use of the alphabet was restricted to high Templar positions and most Templars never knew of its existence.

According to some historians, when the Templars went beyond their primary function of providing the routes to the Holy Land, they became creditors to the princes of France, codification was crucial.

It was made approximately towards the XII century. It was known by the uninitiated Europeans already in the XIX century, and appears in works carried out mainly by the Masons, this could lead to suspicions of the lack of authenticity of this alphabet in the Templar field, however there are 3 documents using the alphabet dating from the XII century. The researcher Charles Maillart de Chambare proved the existence of three manuscripts that employ the alphabet; All three date from the nineteenth century. The same Probst-Biraben saw one of them, that is in the National Library of Paris.

The letters of credit in circulation on almost 10,000 parcels had to be encrypted. Thus was born the code of the Templars.
The alphabet was created from the cross that the Templars carried. Here’s a diagram:

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Each symbol is a piece of the Cross of the Order of the Temple.

The alphabet was created from the cross carried by the Templars hanging from a ribbon. This cross is the Cross of eight beatitudes (Cross of eight points).

Particularly striking is the presence of W that did not exist in the Latin alphabet, another reason to question the authenticity of the alphabet, it is labeled an Anglo-Saxon and post Order creation, but in one of the manuscripts of the twelfth century, the National Library in Paris is present this W. However it seems that there are documents from the twelfth century that use it and that the w can be a kind of password or a supplementary symbol. But the reason for the presence of the W for the Templars may be due to 2 causes Confusing a possible spy. – More probably: To be a password related to the commercial documents written in this Templar Alphabet The letters of this particular alphabet were represented in accordance with angles and points determined by the cross. The reading of this alphabet was done by means of a medallion in the form of a secret code, which the chosen knights had hung around their necks. If the cross of the eight beatitudes is placed within a square, gives rise to different shapes, angles and points. Each one is represented by a letter. In this secret alphabet, each letter had a different meaning, depending on the position it occupied. Inscribed the cross in a polygon, forms an octagon, base of many chapels and templar hermitages with octagonal plants.

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templar alphabet  

Litha: (Summer Solstice)

It’s abundance , the beauty of the earth and the power of light .

 

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Litha is known as the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, is celebrated during the summer solstice night,On the night of June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, and on the night of december 21 in the southern hemisphere.

 

Solstice derives from latin “solstitium”: “sun”(astrum), “stitium” (detention) And mark the day when the power of the sun begins to decrease . And the days become shorter until reaching the lowest point of its annual race on December 22, winter solstice: yule.

Litha means fire and represents the apogee of energy, the end of darkness, of  sterility, , the beginning of the most fertile time, where everything is renewed. It’s the abundance, the beauty of the earth  and  the power of light.

The celebration of the summer solstice is as old as the essence of mankind. Traditionally it was a moment of purification, where ancestral cultures  used to jump over the bonfire or the cauldron to achieve a goal; protection, fertility, health, a good harvest,etc… Or symbols were burned from which it was desired to purify

History

The celebration of the summer solstice as such dates from 5000 years before  Christ. The ancient Greeks defined this event concerning the sun as gateway  to another dimension. The sun diminished day by day because it penetrated in the dimension of the spirits of the men,first looked on the outside to later look inside. The spirit collects itself   The spirit collects itself to assimilate the living experiences that the inner sun illuminates. This imaginary door called The door of men . The winter solstice was called The door of the gods.

This belief is part of Greek mythology that expresses in a metaphorical language the relationship of man with the creator gods who live in the Olympus, in the home of light, which is what the luminous olympus means , man can only reach the light, To connect with the gods of Olympus through introspection, crossing the door of the unconscious. The Greeks also worshiped Apollo ,god of the sun, father of medicine, of the soul, they invoked it by lighting bonnets of purifying character. Through rituals the kouros or therapists subjected the patients to sleep analysis sessions through induction to an altered state of consciousness. In these sections the patient’s ailments were revealed. The Kouros were undoubtedly the first psychoanalysts in history. Later the Roman mythology referred  to the solar doors as the two faces of Jan, the guard of the doors, the god who simbolizes the transition from the past to the future, From life to death and rebirth .  Jan has the influence on the crops, on the light and the darkness.

Many other cultures have celebrated and continue to celebrate this cosmic phenomenon Because the sun is for all a party without a doubt, a principle of life, the continuity of existence, The first logo or divinity with which mankind was identified. Numerous legends also record the existence of invisible doors,Which are with the naked eye, for  physical eyes, But not for the most transcendent perception of the human being during this magical moment. They say that the purest spirits, the guides of the light also manage to light up our dimension during the celebration of the solstice to communicate with us.

In Celtic culture the druids celebrated the ritual Alban Heruin, consisted of lighting bonfires seeking the blessing for the lands and their fruits, so ass well as good omens for lovers, And fertility for women. The magic of the druids invoking the elementals, That is to say to the spirits of the elements of nature, The fire salamanders, The undines of water,  The sylphs, air elves and earth gnomes, they are part of the tradition that have left many legends and  many musical folklore.

In Mexico, The Aztec warriors devote many rituals to the solar cult for  “the renewal of the fires” help the earth and the human being respect the cycles and  to obtain good and abundant crops, so health also.

The Incas of Peru celebrate Inti-Raymi, the sun party. It is a spectacle see on the esplanade Sacsahuamán, very close to the cuzco, the blazing bonfires that invoke the star king before sunrise.

In the Hindu tradition the summer solstice is the way of the ancestors, lapitri-yana in the same way as for the Greeks a door that leads to the interior, Indras worship the primordial fire and  thet ensure that some shamans during the fire ritual can read the future in the flames. The ashes of the hgueras during the solstice are conserved all the year.

 

Happy Litha Southern hemisphere !!

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Within the different forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have different origins, despite sharing a same definition. Some Neopagan traditions celebrate it approaching the way in which they believe that the old pagan Germanic celebrated it, whereas other traditions prefer to celebrate said solstice with rituals selected from different sources, being the Germanic culture one of the many used. In Neodruidism, the term ALBAN HERUIN “is used as a synonym for the summer solstice. This name was invented at the end of the 18th century by the romantic author of Welsh origin called Iolo Morganwg.

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Rosa Parks and the bus seat that changed history

A first of December 61 years ago, (1955) Rosa Parks was returning from her work by bus in the city of Montgomery. She sat just behind the area of the ten seats reserved for the whites, towards the middle of the bus. But before long the front area was completely filled; The driver asked the four African Americans who were sitting just behind the reserved area to give up their seats to a new white passenger . Although the three other passengers followed the indications of the driver (racial segregation and this type of practices were collected by known laws “Jim Craw laws)  Rosa Parks, though she had obeyed many other times, refused to give up her seat. Tired by an arduous day of work, tired of being classified as a second class citizen, without rights. Tired of the segregation, of the exclusion, of the abusive looks aimed at her skin tone. Rose park, decided to stay there, immutable,   A spark of tiredness  appears by her spirit, spontaneously without perceiving it initiated an act of protest.

The small act of a 42-year-old seamstress who started the civil rights movement in the United States. Her determination was so strong that detention could not make her change her mind either. She would be convicted of violating segregation laws, although two of her friends, also activists, paid bail and was released the following afternoon.

rosa-parks“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free … so other people would be free.” Rosa Parks

 

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Rosa Parks arrested.

Remembering Bram stoker in his birthday

A day like today came to the world famous writer Bram Stoker best known for being the foreunner  of vampiric literature, he wrote his more famous work ,a classic book Dracula  inspired on Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia. 

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Born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook in legal administration, in 1879. Turning to fiction later in life, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula, in 1897. Deemed a classic horror novel not long after its release, Dracula has continued to garner acclaim for more than a century, inspiring the creation of hundreds of film, theatrical and literary adaptations. In addition to Dracula, Stoker published more than a dozen novels before his death in 1912.

 

Early Life

Bram Stoker was born Abraham Stoker on November 8, 1847, in Dublin, Ireland, to father Abraham Stoker and mother Charlotte Matilda Blake Thornley Stoker. He was one of seven children.

In 1864, Stoker enrolled at the University of Dublin—founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592—where he attended the university’s sole constituency, Trinity College. He graduated with honors from Trinity College in 1870, earning a mathematics degree. Not long after, he was hired as a civil servant at Dublin Castle, home to British royals in Ireland from the early 1800s to the early 1920s. (Stoker’s father had also worked as a civil servant at the castle, and helped his son land a position there.)

While working at the castle, Stoker began juggling another role: In the evenings, he worked as an unpaid writer for a local newspaper, the Dublin Evening Mail (later the Evening Mail), penning reviews of various theatrical productions in the City of Dublin.

 

Lyceum Theatre

After nearly 10 years in civil service, Stoker left his position at Dublin Castle. Around that same time, Stoker established a friendship and working relationship that would soon prove to be an pivotal step for his career, inspiring his literary prowess and, ultimately, his most acclaimed work. Stoker was introduced to famed English actor Sir Henry Irving after reviewing a production of the Shakespearean play Hamlet, in which Irving was cast. The two quickly became friends, and in the late 1870s, Irving offered Stoker a management position at his production company/venue in England, the still-famous Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End. His duties as manager included writing letters—sometimes up to 50 per day—for Irving, as well as traveling worldwide on Irving’s tours.

 

 

Bram Stoker Books

Newly inspired by his travels and exposure to the arts, in 1875, Stoker published his first horror story, The Primrose Path. He continued to publish writings while managing the successful Lyceum Theatre, including the story Under the Sunset (1882) and the novel The Snake’s Pass (1890), earning modest acclaim. More notably, he garnered public praise for his many roles dedicated to the arts.

In 1897, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula. While the book garnered success after its release, its popularity has continued to grow for more than a century. Deemed a classic horror novel today, Dracula has inspired the creation of numerous theatrical, literary and film adaptations. Among them are the 1931 film Dracula, starring actor Bela Lugosi, and F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu, starring Max Schreck.

Following the release of Dracula, Stoker quickly began work on new writings. He would publish 19 novels before the end of his life. Among Stoker’s later works are Miss Betty (1898), The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland1879, The Mystery of the Sea (1902), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1904) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911), which was later published under the title The Garden of Evil..

Final Years

Stoker served as Lyceum’s manager for nearly 30 years, until Irving’s death in 1905. Seven years later, on April 20, 1912, Stoker died in London, England.

 

Bram stoker with that mind full of darkness and mystery … that only the night could give us.
We remember him as the immortal genius of vampire prose as prevalent as the twilight of each day,

 

 

Stations

And then there are people hugging in the stations.

They are giants, giants are how much?

A lot.
They are monumental.
And every time I see them my heart to the mysterious beauty that take over surrenders,

you see them and you can not do anything but hear the shock wave.
Hugs are inscrutable, like the universe and seabed, you’ll never know what
There are in but you know that something there.
Goodbye, see you soon, hello, one you were lost me a us not lose sight of an “always will, a retained tear, a smile beyond his shoulder, a feeling that is born or something breaks.
People who embrace in the seasons are like watching fireworks from afar.

You can see but can not be felt, if power is perceived but can be exploited only if it really is, that fireworks.

Only if it is or if it is already prey,

That pair of arms.

They are proof that an explosion can guess that even without hearing, and so are sacred. Because beyond the senses of us humans

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Sunset

There you are, eruption of color, behind the high tops of trees

Banda of fire slowly disappearing

Purple explosion, covering the sky . Who dyed your incarnate radiance. Why do you turn away as if you wanted to stay?

Frond is reprising its greenness, the orange tint follow you meek disappearing with you; the lights go out and obedient nights comes,

Between two tall branches, generous, hovering your flash, getting smaller, like a heart that bleeds .

Until tomorrow… I hardly distinguish you.
My eyes fixed on the branches, and I expect the final

I cling to small point that still remain; my eyes refuse to stop looking at you
But inexorable you want get away, ant the night progresses.

Until tomorrow… You take the light and warmth. The point gives me the final farewell.
And I’m in the dark

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First day of spring

Today is the first day of spring,
the sun confuses me through the grass
forgetting that I am still alive
Today is the first day of spring,
and my soul is winter

Look around! Spring has forgotten of me
while feeding the world with love and hope.
flowers bloom, birds announce;
there is no fear,
winter is dead.

But my feet! my feet,they cannot move.
My face does not feel the heat.
My hands … I lost my hands in the winter.
Spring why you have forgotten of me?!
I’m afraid to die in the cold.

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Spanish version :

Hoy es el primer día de primavera
el sol me confunde entre el pasto
olvidando que aún estoy viva-
Hoy es el primer día de primavera
y mi alma es de invierno .

¡Mira alrededor! la primavera se ha olvidado de mi
mientras alimenta al mundo con amor y esperanza.
las flores florecen, las aves anuncian;
ya no hay miedo …
el invierno está muerto.

Pero … ¡mis pies! mis pies no pueden moverse.
mi rostro no siente el calor.
mis manos … mis manos las he perdido en el invierno.
¡¿primavera por qué te has olvidado de mi?
Tengo miedo de morir en el frío.

Just a soul

I tried to dismiss the world
And the world was not listening
Death comes to me
What silent dagger
Tears gush me
But do not put out my agony
Best turn out the light
And they’ll see tomorrow…
Or not
What does matters?
Nobody cares one just soul more.
One more soul
That goes off.

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Nude

She never will be free

Her veil is made of clouds and knots

She is a bride waiting alone

The power is made from creation

The ornament force the order

Only the sea can help her

To be herself

Naked!

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Spanish version

Ella nunca estará libre

Su velo está hecho de nubes y nudos

Ella es una novia esperando sola

El poder se hace desde la creación

El ornamento fuerza la orden.

Sólo el mar puede ayudarla

Para ser ella misma

¡Desnuda!

Woman wearing a hat

Everything changes in her head
Thoughts, images, words, colours…
The hat covers the wind
The wind sings inside the hat
Her face transforms illusions
Her glance calms the time
Her lips are closed and quiet
It is the moment of wearing secrets
As is the secret of the bird
Inside of the tree…
The nest is the cradle of thoughts
The woman watch the world,
The space, the stars, the flowers
And the flies the ideas
Saved in the classic stylus hat
The woman dreams and loves
With her pleasant identity.

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Spanish version

Mujer con un sombrero

Todo cambia en su cabeza
Pensamientos, imágenes, palabras, colores…
El sombrero cubre el viento
El viento canta al interior del sombrero
Su cara transforma ilusiones
Su mirada calma el tiempo
Sus labios están cerrados y tranquilos
Es el momento de llevar secretos
Como el secreto del pájaro
Dentro de un árbol…
El nido es la cuna de los pensamientos
La mujer ve al mundo,
El espacio, las estrellas y las flores
Y las moscas , las ideas
Guardando en el sombrero clásico …
La mujer sueña y ama
Con su agradable identidad.

The shadow

The shadow
It covers every movement
It rains…
But no drops.
It trembles
But no sound .
Deaf and intoxicated
I walk…
The fire
Burns and freezes
I have cold hands
And the face between the flames
The shadow,
Lives and breathes
It is among the trees
It is in the sky
It is in every step.
It is in singing children
It is within the sun
It in in the abyss
On the bridges
In the false smiles
And …
In the broken eyes.
It is impossible try to hide you
It is impossible …
I can not run away.

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La sombra
Cubre cada movimiento
Llueve…
Pero, no hay gotas.
Tiembla
Pero, no hay sonido
Sorda e intoxicada
Camino…
El fuego
Quema y congela
Tengo las manos frías
Y la cara entre las llamas
La sombra,
Vive y respira.
Está entre los árboles
Está en el cielo
Está en cada paso
Está en el canto de los niños
Está dentro del sol.
Está en el abismo.
Entre los puentes.
En las sonrisas falsas.
Y los ojos rotos
Es imposible intentar ocultarte.
No puedo escapar.

Shooting star noon

I saw her coming from afar with her face
Marked by fire
Thinkens and nameless
She was invisible like star lost

She was pure as crystal dew
Poppy
She was silent as autumn night

Cold and warm
But only her..
Invisible as rain wandering
Ignored, innocent and lost
Shooting star noon

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Spanish version:

La vi  venir de lejos con el rostro marcado por el fuego
Espesa y sin nombre
Era invisible como estrella pérdida.

Era pura como el rocío cristalino
De amapola
Era silenciosa como noche de otoño.

Fría y cálida;

Pero sólo ella,
Invisible como lluvia errante
Ignorada, inocente y pérdida…
Estrella fugaz de mediodía.