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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!
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"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" [ε]
Ardəvī (a word otherwise unknown, perhaps with an original meaning "moist"
Banu, 'the Lady'
'Anahid the Lady', 'Ardwisur the Lady' and 'Ardwisur the Lady of the waters
Achaemenids' devotion to this goddess evidently survived their conversion to Zoroastrianism, and they appear to have used royal influence to have her adopted into the Zoroastrian pantheon
Aredvi Sura Anahita is not only a divinity, but also the source of the world river and the (name of the) world river itself.
All the waters of the world created by Ahura Mazda originate from the source Aredvi Sura Anahita, the life-increasing, herd-increasing, fold-increasing, who makes prosperity for all countries. This source is at the top of the world mountain Hara Berezaiti, "High Hara", around which the sky revolves and that is at the center of Airyanem Vaejah, the first of the lands created by Mazda.
he water, warm and clear, flows through a hundred thousand golden channels towards Mount Hugar, "the Lofty", one of the daughter-peaks of Hara Berezaiti. On the summit of that mountain is Lake Urvis, "the Turmoil", into which the waters flow, becoming quite purified and exiting through another golden channel. Through that channel, which is at the height of a thousand men, one portion of the great spring Aredvi Sura Anahita drizzles in moisture upon the whole earth, where it dispels the dryness of the air and all the creatures of Mazda acquire health from it. Another portion runs down to Vourukasha, the great sea upon which the earth rests, and from which it flows to the seas and oceans of the world and purifies them.
Ardwisur as the representative of waters, and Anahid identified with the planet Venus: The water of the all lakes and seas have their origin with Ardwisur
(10.2, 10.5), and in contrast, in a section dealing with the creation of the stars and planets (5.4),
In the Aban Yasht, the river yazata is described as "the great spring Ardvi Sura Anahita is the life-increasing, the herd-increasing, the fold-increasing who makes prosperity for all countries" (5.1). She is "wide flowing and healing", "efficacious against the daevas", "devoted to Ahura's lore" (5.1). She is associated with fertility, purifying the seed of men (5.1), purifying the wombs of women (5.1), encouraging the flow of milk for newborns (5.2). As a river divinity, she is responsible for the fertility of the soil and for the growth of crops that nurture both man and beast (5.3). She is a beautiful, strong maiden, wearing beaver skins (5.3,7,20,129).
water and wisdom
royally attired with a golden embroidered robe, wearing a golden crown, necklace and earrings, golden breast-ornament, and gold-laced ankle-boots (5.123, 5.126-8). Aredvi Sura Anahita is bountiful to those who please her, stern to those who do not, and she resides in 'stately places' (5.101).
Artaxerxes II's devotion to Anahita is most apparent in his inscriptions, where her name appears directly after that of Ahura Mazda and before that of Mithra. Artaxerxes' inscription at Susa reads: "By the will of Ahura Mazda, Anahita, and Mithra I built this palace. May Ahura Mazda, Anahita, and Mithra protect me from all evil" (A²Hc 15–10). This is a remarkable break with tradition; no Achaemenid king before him had invoked any but Ahura Mazda alone.
he temple "had the columns round it still gilded and a number of silver tiles were piled up in it, while a few gold bricks and a considerable quantity of silver ones remained."
The Armenian cult of Anahit, as well as the pre-Christian Armenian religion in general, was very closely connected to Persian Zoroastrianism
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"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).
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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