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By Antonio DA Silva
Alban Eiler Celebrates the Start of Spring ~~~
Alban Eiler, or the ‘Light of the Earth,’ is celebrated at the vernal equinox as the light of the Sun returns. It was a time for blessing the fields and for celebrating renewal and fertility - a time of balance and harmony.
On this occasion night and day are of equal length, but the days will increase from this day forward until the autumnal equinox - a moment of balance before a period of increase. In the celebration of renewed fertility/virility, both spiritual and carnal seeds would also planted for harvest later in the year.
The Anglo-Saxon’s Eostre, known to the Germans as Ostara, a Goddess of fertility, gives this holiday its more common name. The Celtic Cernunnos, as the representation of the Horned God was the male counterpart to Ostara, being the lord of the hunt and fertility. as he is associated strongly with the seasons and the cycles of life, death and rebirth, it is his rebirth aspect that is honoured…
“Druids were thought to have worn hooded robes and carry an oak staff. Some accounts say they shaved their foreheads from ear to ear. There was likely an air of mystery surrounding them and they were highly respected, venerated and even feared. It is said that they were not the image of the pious priest who abstained from sex and lust ” ~ Eckert
“See this bunch of Scotsmen, so strong a handsome built?
I wonder if it’s true what they don’t wear beneath the kilt”…
On 24 February, “Brave” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Kilted director Mark Andrews took to the stage wearing the Dunbroch tartan created for association with the film and thanked the Pixar team and Brenda Chapman (his co-director) whose daughter served as the inspiration for Merida, the story’s heroine…