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Samhain: 13 Facts About Halloween’s Celtic Roots

Christopher Conway Gaelic Seasonal Festivals Samhain

Samhain: 13 Facts About Halloween’s Celtic Roots

Over the years, the popularity of Halloween has grown exponentially. It has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry which includes movies, costumes, trick-or-treat candy and haunted attractions, yet few of its passionate celebrants understand the holiday’s ancient origin. Here are 13 facts about its Celtic roots to keep you up at night.

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Summer Solstice: 23.5 Degrees of Separation

Colleen Berry Conway

Summer Solstice: 23.5 Degrees of Separation

June 21st. One out of 365 days yet so many universal connections. Summer solstice, midsummer, St. John’s Day, Litha. No matter what you call it, the Earth’s tilted axis brings us together in solar celebration. As humans, we understandably venerate that big ball of plasma in the sky. It provides us with the warmth and energy needed to sustain life on this planet. We rely on it to tell us when to plant, when to rest, when to harvest and when to shed layers. We schedule our civil and social methodologies by how long it takes for the Earth to...

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Spring Equinox: A Time of Rebirth

Colleen Berry Conway Ostara Spring Vernal Equinox

Spring Equinox: A Time of Rebirth

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." – Rainer Maria Rilke When we think of Spring, we are flooded with images of blooming crocus, warming temperatures and nurturing rains. The emergence of green life is encouraging and rewards us for tolerating another winter of long nights and chilled days. The power of the Spring equinox itself takes on many forms beyond the basic longing for more sunlight and the welcoming of new life. This geological and astronomical event is celebrated by individuals and cultures throughout the Northern Hemisphere. In each observance, the focus revolves around...

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Harping On: A Wee History of Ireland's National Symbol

Christopher Conway

Harping On: A Wee History of Ireland's National Symbol

Second only to the shamrock, the harp is one of the most recognized symbols of Ireland. Referred to as the Celtic harp, Gaelic harp or cláirseach in Gaeilge, the native Irish tongue, the emblem of the nation is found on flags, coats of arms, passports, currency and even the packaging of various forms of libation.  What is the history behind this stringed instrument holding such significance for a people revered around the world for their rich traditions of music, literature and eloquence? Like most things Irish, there is disagreement on how the harp found its way to the Emerald Isle....

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“Myself I must remake.”

Colleen Berry Conway

“Myself I must remake.”

Designing and launching a new website reminds me how much I prefer being the artist of Ogham Art rather than the administrator.  That being said, it's been a dream for a while to completely customize exactly what we want you to see when you visit OghamArt.com.  

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