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Proverbs of the Moment
Gaelic Proverbs come primarily from the western Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and they have a distinctly rural or agricultural flavor which reflects
the society from which they were gathered. It is to be expected that many of them pertain to the weather, to the planting of crops, and to country life
in general. Others reflect the Gaelic love of company and hospitality, fear of poverty and laziness.
Gabh duine air fhacal agus each air aghartas.
Judge a man by his word and a horse on its going.
Few countries have a greater number of proverbs than has Scotland. Even today, everyday speech in Scotland is
sprinkled with them. Scots are wonderfully given to this way of speaking, and the lovely Scots tongue loses much
of its flavor when forced to translate their unqiue language. Those that appear in English have been preserved
that way for at least 200 years!
Envy is the rack of the soul, and torture of the body.
Posted on: 23-Apr-2016, 06:04 PM
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Hello to all!
We are going into our 10th year of running messageboard and mailing lists about Scottish history and culture and would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who is interested in Scottish, Celtic and medieval history and culture (serious discussion ranging from beginner to advanced) to join us - for free - at our fully interactive forums.
I'm a medieval historian and writer, and we have other talented writers and contributers on these forums. We welcome all who are interested in learning more about Scotland, Ireland, Wales, ancient Celts and even England (!) with some Viking medieval history thrown in for balance. We are looking for members who won't just lurk but who will participate. Ask questions; get involved in history and culture discussions or just use the general forums for great and friendly chat. We are a nice group, never allowing flaming or irritating people. Almost like a friends and family atmosphere, not an academic one.
So, if you are a history buff, or just enjoy reading and talking about Scotland, Celtic history and related topics, please accept this invitation to join us. To do this, just use the link below, register at the board (using the link at the top right), log in and join us in all the history and culture of our great heritage.
Hope to read you there. :)
Robert M. Gunn, MA
Editor, ScotWeb history
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The Willow symbolizes the female and rhythms of the circle. This tree was sacred to the Moon and, in Celtic lore, the Universe was hatched from two crimson serpent eggs (which contained the Sun and the Earth) hidden among the boughs of the Willow. Hens' eggs were later substituted for those of the serpent and symbolically eaten as part of the Beltane feasting. This ritual was eventually transferred to the celebration of Easter in the Christian calendar with the eggs becoming Easter eggs. Staves cut from this tree were often used for fencing, roofing house and lunar wands. Along with Sandalwood, Willow bark aided in the conjuring of spirits forth from the Otherword. It was also said to help soothe those who felt bitter or jealous and proved to be an effective medicine in the cure of worms and dysentery. Both Willow bark (containing Salicin) and the Primrose (the plant associated with the Willow) were once used as analgesics, particularly in the treatment of arthritic diseases. Pregnant women would lay cloths beneath the tree in order to catch the leaves, which were believed to assure an easy birthing process. Always known as a "tree of enchantment," the Willow is reported to have bestowed the mystic gift of eloquence upon Orpheus when he visited the sacred grove of Persephone at the Temple of Delphi in Greece. The Celts associated the Willow with poets and young suitors would commonly wear a sprig of Willow to acknowledge the power and status of the old "wise one" (the Cailleach of Celtic myth who was the Crone aspect of the triple goddess and to whom this tree was sacred). ........ more
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