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From Celtic folklore; the Leanan Sidhe. A type of human sized fairy, she is a muse. Creatively inclined men fall for her, want to paint her, sculpt her, or write tunes about her... And as they do, she drains them of their life, sucking out their "passion" leaving them dead. Cool. #celticfolklore #illustration #skull #drawing #art

Celtic folklore states "A Black Fox-brings bad luck". Oh, great....just what I need.
#blackfox #celticfolklore #badluck #folkloreschmolklore #hesbeautifulthough

What was my wish? An afternoon of Yeats and tea. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“š #wbyeats #celticfolklore

Expanding my knowledge today๐Ÿ˜ #morrigan #celticgoddess #celticfolklore #labyrinthwalking

TBT: Aren't we adorable?
##Throwback, #CelticFolk, #CelticFolkMusic, #CelticMusic, #FolkMusic, #Rapalje #celticfolklore

Excited to read my two new arrivals :) #celtic #celticshaman #shamamism #celticpaganism #celticfolklore

The valley this morning. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒค
Our little wooded valley turns out is iimportant in ancient Welsh folk law, as it is where Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, whilst on a hunting trip met Arawn, King of Annwn the Otherworld, with his pack of magnificent white hounds with red ears.
Pwyll then passes into the Otherworld (as the river tributary in the valley, Afon Barddu was a portal into that magical land).
Then after various adventures and battles Prince Pwyll becomes firm friends with King Annwn and his Queen.
Pwyll was also mentioned as part of King Arthur's court and his Otherworld faery wife Rhiannon, is also important in Welsh folk law and was very beautiful, clever and brave with her magic white horse.
The tale was written about in the Mabinogion which are the earliest prose stories in Britain. The stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12thโ€“13th centuries from earlier story telling traditions. The tale can be found the medieval Red Book of Hergest and White Book of Rhydde. ๐Ÿ’š #Wales #westwales #celticfolklore


Expanding my knowledge today๐Ÿ˜ #morrigan #celticgoddess #celticfolklore #labyrinthwalking

Forget not.

*Note* I plan to start making this kind of post weekly, as that seems to be what I was doing in practice. I had originally wanted to make a post like this every day, but that isn't terribly realistic and I would quickly begin assaulting everyone with repeated material. Anyway, moving onward!
Today's draw from the animal oracle is the seal, or Ron in Gaelic. The seal represent love, longing, and dilemma.
The seal features prominently in Celtic folklore in the story of the selkie. Selkies were creatures that could take the shape of either beautiful human women or of female seals, changing between the two shapes by taking on and off a magic seal skin. The story goes that once an Irish fisherman saw a groups of selkies in their human form dancing in the moonlight on the shore near his home. He was instantly in love with one of the selkie women, so he stole her seal skin while she was unaware. When the other selkies took their skins to change back into the seal form, the remaining selkie was approached by the fisherman. Eventually, the fisherman married the selkie woman and they even had children together. While the selkie proved to be a loving and devoted mother and wife, she was always somewhat absent, her true heart longing for the sea, her true home. One day, she found her seal skin hidden away, took it, and escaped back into the ocean, leaving her family behind. Some versions of the story say she would return regularly to her family, but all versions seem to say that she did continue to live in the ocearn from then on.
The seal card evokes many of these themes. It touches on the element of water in its most primal form. Drawing the seal should bring to mind those longings in your heart that are more powerful than logic or intellect. Often we fear those feelings because of how powerful they are, but the seal warns us to not let our heart be controlled by our head like the selkie controlled by the fisherman. One cannot contol the other. Learn to balance your head and your heart and be open to the messages you receive from all that the water implies: the Unsconscious, dreams, the Divine Feminine, the heart. #druidry #druid #ovate #divination #animals #animaloracle

The Scorpio Races by @maggie_stiefvater ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป Serious book hangover after reading this gem. Fell in love with both main characters, it also helps that itโ€™s based on Celtic folklore.
#waterhorse #scorpioraces #maggiestiefvater #goodreads #celticfolklore #bookhangover

Inktober compilation! Decided to hold off finishing this challenge for my own sanity; I'm happy with what I've done so far. Here's the finished illustrations in zine form!
#inktober2017 #inktober #zine #illustration #irishmythology #irishfolklore #celticfolklore #celticmythology #books

Here it is, photo of my latest work. I'm quite satisfied how it turned out, with autumnal atmosphere. It will be in my gallery from tomorrow with inspirational description, on my official website:) #painting #Celtic #celticmythology #celticfolklore #sidhe #daoinesidhe #otherworld #otherworldart #fairy #faeryart #faeries #celticpainting #traditional #art #autumn #forest #fantasyart

"Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose? That the luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who findsโ€ฆ true love?" -Bram Stoker, Dracula
The Morrigan and Vlad Tepes at the @wildecollection Masquerade Ball. Makeup by @creatures_and_paint. Image by moonweddingphotography.com

Begging went well this year! Thanks to everyone in #crouchend who made my monsters very happy tonight ๐Ÿ‘น

Samhain at the hook ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ–ค #oicheshamhna #celticfolklore #graveyardof1000ships

Day 25 - Selkie (not Irish but I couldn't resist drawing one) ---
#inktober #inktober2017 #irishmythology #irishfolklore #celticmythology #celticfolklore #scottishfolklore #selkie

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