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  • 28 Nov 12

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    Traditional Scottish Toasts - Slainthe...!

    * Freedom and whisky gang thegither-Tak aff your dram!
    * Here's our noble sel's, weel met the day!
    * Here's tae us! Wha's like us? Deil the yin!
    * Here's to the heath, the hill and the heather, the bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather!
    * Here's to them that lo'es us, or lends us a lift!
    * Here's health, wealth, wit and meal!
    * May the honest heart ne'er feel distress!
    * May the winds o adversity ne'er blow open your door!
    * When we're gaun up a hill o fortune, may we ne'er meet a frien' comin' down!
    * A cosy but and a canty ben to couthie women and trusty men!
    * Mair frien's, and less need o them!
    * May ye ne'er want a frien', or a dram to gi'e him!
    * May the hinges o frien'ship ne'er rust, nor the wings o love lose a feather!
    * May the pleasures of the evening bear the reflections of the morning!
    * Guide nicht to ye, and tak your nappie: A willie-waught's a gude nicht-cappie.
    * To the King owre the water!
    * All absent friends, all ships at sea, and the auld pier o Leith!
    * "

  • 23 Nov 12

    "Aredvi Sura Anahita""
    Banu, 'the Lady
    as 'Anahid the Lady', 'Ardwisur the Lady' and 'Ardwisur the Lady of the waters
    as a representative of Aban ("the waters"), she is in effect the divinity towards whom the Yasna service – the primary act of worship – is directed. (see Ab-Zohr). "To this day reverence for water is deeply ingrained in Zoroastrians, and in orthodox communities offerings are regularly made to the household well or nearby stream" [45][ε]

    • Aredvi
    • Nahid
    • Ardəvī (a word otherwise unknown, perhaps with an original meaning "moist"

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  • 22 Nov 12

    "Aes sidhe = The Supernatural Folk, i.e. the Faerie Folk.
    Aicme = group of five Oghams.
    Airbe druad = "Hedge," a magickal barrier no one could pass through.
    Aisling = dream. Vision.
    Alban Arthuan = Winter Solstice.
    Alban Eiler = Spring Equinox.
    Alban Elved = Autumnal Equinox.
    Alban Heruin = Summer Solstice.
    An-da-shealladh = "two sights," the ability to see spirits.
    Anam = soul, indestructable self. One does not have but rather one is anam. It is seated in the head.
    Annwyn = the Under World.
    Ategenos = rebirth after death into the Other World.
    Awen = inspiration.
    Awenyddion = inspired ones.
    Beltane = Irish festival of May 1.
    Beo = living thing, life, livelihood, quick, alive, active, lively. One's physical body or true form. This can be shape-shifted into other true forms or be transformed by external magicks by others.
    Bith = this world: the manifest multi-verse.
    Blath = prosperity. The eastern realm among the Fifths.
    Breaca sith = "faerie marks," the livid spots that appear on the faces of the dying.
    Bricht = magick, the spoken spell.
    Buabhaill = drinking horn.
    Bua = victory, triumph, success, skill, talent, destiny. the earned power that can be shared. It is what develops from ritual, blessing, sanctification. One has an unlimited amount of Bua. See Bri.
    Bwa'r Crach = "hag's bow," the rainbow leading to the Other World.
    Caer = castle or fortress.
    Cath = conflict. The northern realm among the Fifths.
    Coelbreni = divination sticks.
    Coiced = a fifth, one of five provinces of the land or cosmos.
    Coirc= magick cauldron.
    Corp creidh = "clay body," used as a magick poppet or spelling doll.
    Craebh Ciuil = "the silver branch," or faerie shaman's magick wand.
    Crannchur = "casting the woods," or divining by oghams.
    Cwn Annwn = the hunting dogs of the faeries. Also called the hell hounds.
    Da/n = poem, art, hymn, skill, gift, destiny, fate, talent, vocation, calling, treasure. A gift or talent intrinsic to a person, given by the Gods, unchangeable, which may either be expressed or not.
    Deiseal = clockwise.
    Dicetla = spells.
    Dichetal do Chennaib = flash of inspiration.
    Dli = binding principle, law. That which connects and binds everything, and is found in everything.
    Dryw = wren, or druid.
    Duile = elements. Sometimes there are seven or nine duile in a Faerie Pagan's worldview. This list may include earth, water, stone, salt, sun, rain, cloud, stars and wind.
    Emania = "Land of the Moon," where the dead went.
    Eocra esci = "keys of knowledge," ogham sticks.
    Feth Fiada = spell of invisibility.
    Fey = faerie folk.
    Fid-nemith, or fid-neimid = sacred grove.
    Fidh, or Fiodh = "wood," or "tree." Used to denote the Oghamic characters and the Trees they represent.
    Fili (Filid pl.) = poet bards. This Irish term most closely fits the term "Druid."
    Fith-fath, or Fath-fith = a rhymed incantation to change ones shape. Fis = learning. the western realm among the Fifths. Glainnaider, or Glain-nan-Druidhe = "Druids glass," a magickal amulet.
    Imbas = fire in the head. source of poetic/magickal/divine inspiration.
    Imbas Forosnai = word of mouth wisdom.
    Immrama = voyage or journey of the spirit.
    Ingheaw Andagha = "Daughters of Fire," or the priestesses of the Goddess Brigit.
    Les = bag holding herbs carried by healers.
    Lion na mna sithe= "Lint of the Faerie Woman," a healing herb.
    Lorg = staff.
    Lughnassadh = festival of August 1.
    Miaran na mna sithe = "thimble of the faerie woman," or the foxglove.
    Midhe = the middle of the Fifths. Muince = a collar or torc.
    Muir = the sea.
    Nemetos = holy or sacred.
    Nenadmim = apple cider.
    Obaidh = incantation.
    Ogham = the magickal Celtic alphabet.
    On-lay = a spell placed on a home, or other area.
    Orth = spell.
    Rige = soverignty. The middle realm of the Fifths.
    Samhain = festival of October 31.
    Sean-sgeal = folk tale.
    Seis = harmony, or musical art. The southern realm among the Fifths.
    Si/dhe = the Realm of the Dead, or the "Faerie Realm," or the Under World in Faerie Lore.
    Sidhe = faeries or other world beings.
    Slat an draoichta "rod of druidism," or a magick wand.
    Taghairm = "spiritual echo," or calling up the dead.
    Tais, or Taidhbhse = ghosts, or spirits of the dead.
    Teinm Laida = understanding gained through the writing of poems.
    Tiene sith = "faerie fire."
    Tir-nan-og = "Land of the Young," or Faerie Land.
    Tuatha De Dannan = "Children of the Goddess Dana," or the ancient Faerie Gods and Goddesses.
    Tuathal = counter-clockwise.
    Uath = poetic art.
    Fifth = coiced. a province of the land or cosmos.
    Middle = midhe. The middle realm of the Fifths.
    Notch = the short lines or dots used to indicate the vowels of the Oghamic system.
    Score = the lines which cross the stemline to form the Oghamic Fews.
    Stemline = the straight line on which the notches and scores are cut to make Oghamic Fews.
    Under World = the "lower" realm(s).

    Credits
    1. Celtic Women by Peter Berresford Ellis
    2. Carmina Gadelica, by Alexander Carmichael
    3. Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions by James Bonwick
    4. The Folklore of the Scottish Highlands by Anne Ross "

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