How Did the Shamrock Become the National Emblem of Ireland?

TheCelticPrinceCoverGOLDAside from the violet, which was embraced by Athens, the shamrock is the oldest national flower… well, kind of. It’s not a flower but anyway, how was that decided? The story is told that Saint Patrick used it as an example of how the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) could also be one (God). The legend is that he was trying to teach his Christian beliefs to pagans, so he picked a spray of shamrock that was blooming on the ground and had them observe that three leaves are united on one stalk, representing his belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit make up the one God.

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Ireland, Scotland… What’s the Difference?

There are many stories about the origins of the Celtic Irish, including the story that Eastern European Celts went through Egypt and Spain before arriving in Ireland. During their travels, one of the Celtic chieftains fell in love with the Egyptian princess Scotia. Therefore, for centuries, the Celtic Irish were Scots and their island was called Scotia. Some Scots settled in Caledonia so part of it became Scotland (or Scotia). Therefore, Ireland ceased using the name Scotia. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Where the Hippies Got Their “Bright” Ideas

As I read through the history books I’m surprised to see things young people during the 1960’s imitated. I was especially surprised when I read about the spirituality, vegetarianism, occultism and nature-worshipping that was in vogue and still is, during the 1930’s, that inspired Hitler. Hitler inspired? Don’t even go there. I suppose I was just as surprised when I read about Joan of Arc and how she may have enjoyed magic mushrooms and she was probably a member of the oak cult, the Druids. According to an article a friend sent me (she knows I love all things oak and acorn) Joan was a Pagan. When she was on trail for witchcraft her inquisitioners asked her about an oak tree and she admitted to hanging mistletoe on it in Druid tradition. But hey… everyone was doing it. Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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The Six-Inch Tall Humanoid… Heard Any More About It?

I heard about it from more than one news source, the story about the six-inch humanoid that was found, was it in Africa? Last I heard, a Stanford researcher said it was definitely humanoid and they knew little else about its origins. If I remember this story correctly, this little humanoid lived for a number of years. I don’t believe everything I hear or read but I am open-minded. When I heard that the ancient remains of a six-inch human had been discovered, my first thought was of the oral histories of the Irish… their stories of fairies and elves… maybe they were telling it like it was, long, long, long ago and over the years added their own fables to the story. After all, many years ago, horses were the size of a fox. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Ancient History: Why Was Mistletoe Sacred to the Druids?

Mistletoe is a part of the Christmas celebration. It’s a carry-over from the ancient Druids who lived in sacred oak groves. What was so special about it? I really don’t know. All I know is when I see mistletoe hanging over the door I’m very careful who I’m standing with as tradition has it you’re suppossed to kiss the person you find yourself standing under it with. My favorite herb book, “back to eden” by Jethro Kloss, has the medicinal properties of mistletoe listed as “narcotic, antispasmodic, emetic, tonic, nervine.” It’s also stated to be “effective in epilepsy, convulsions, hysteria, delirium, nervous debility, and heart troubles.” Honestly, I thought it was poisonous. I’d look into it a little more before I consumed it. It is worth looking into. Perhaps the wise Druids were onto something a bit more than an occasional holiday smooch.

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Ancient History: The Celts Stood Up to Caesar’s 20,000 Strong Army

The first time Caesar landed on the island he called Britannia, he had about 9,000 men with him. He didn’t stay long and he didn’t make it very far onto the island. A year later, Caesar invaded again but with many more troops, including 2,000 cavalry. This second time he made his way north to about where London is today. But the Celtic Britons had horse-drawn chariots. Their horses were small but they moved quickly. Imagine this, onto the wheels of the chariots, the Britons attached sharp knives. The Romans weren’t too happy about that.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Ancient History: The Druids and Their Sacred Oaks

Fifty years before the Christian Era, when England was a maze of massive oaks with tree trunks so large they were used as building foundations, a class of wise men called Druids lived in sacred oak groves separated from the rest of their tribe. Let’s see, long-haired men with beards, worshipping nature and living seculded in the woods. I think I can picture that.

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