The Celtic Wheel

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Mari Kennedy

The Celtic Wheel 20/21 is a year-long journey through the 8 Festivals. It is designed for women who want to activate their feminine wisdom and their sovereign power so they can live in more balance while in service to the new world emerging.

The Celtic wheel is the calendar handed down to us from our Celtic and pre-Celtic ancestors. Our Celtic ancestors were rooted in the rhythms of nature and the cosmos and the interconnectedness of all things. 

The world of strive-drive over-culture is collapsing around us. We as women are exhausted living that way. The Celtic Wheel is an ancient map that can help bring women back into balance and into our sovereignty,  so we can spin a new world into being.

Aidan Killian

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Aidan Killian is a spirited, charismatic and passionate storyteller and comedian who left a corporate banking job in 2008 to save the world, one endorphin at a time. He studied storytelling at Emerson College in 2009 and at the Mezrab Storytelling School in 2020.

Aidan’s impassioned and hilarious shows have been known to expose the hypocrisy and injustice in this world while leaving the audience in a state of joy. After a show, at Ireland’s largest festival (Electric Picnic) he was greeted with a giant group hug.

He is in demand internationally as an experienced, professional and truly global act, and has performed shows all over the world; A peace festival in the Middle East, Off Broadway in New York, The Amsterdam Storytelling Festival in 2019 and he did a storytelling tour of Ireland called The Sitting Room Bards.

He has performed his unique comedy style for 7 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and was a ‘highlight’ at Glastonbury Festival 2016 and 2017. In 2017 he was nominated for Best Comedian at The World Fringe and has been sharing laughter on stages all over the world since.

He is presently passionate about sharing the ancient wisdom from Irish Mythology and believes that peace can be gained from a well-told story, and shall keep telling stories until this is achieved. He is excited about his eighth one man show, the story of Ireland’s mythological saviour, Lugh.

Celtic School of Embodiment

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I’m Jen, a Feminine Embodiment Coach, Mythologist & Anthropologist.

I come from a maternal lineage of storytellers, raised on my grandmother, Frances O’Sullivan’s macabre tales of banshees, púcas, and changeling fairies. This fuelled my fascination with Irish myth and folklore, and eventually, a degree in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. 

I married my native teachings with a curiosity of other cultures, and pursued my studies as an anthropologist, spending the past 14 years working in global justice. My experiences of myth cross-culturally provided insights into how humans make meaning in the world.

Yet, story is bigger than any one culture. Story is as old as time. Story is every living being who has graced this planet. Story is our lifeforce. It courses through our veins. Story is what it means to be human. 

This is WHY we are here – to create our stories. 

My life story recently pulled me home to my roots. It created a holy longing to fuse my passion for Women’s Empowerment with Celtic mythology. And so, the Celtic School of Embodiment became a new chapter. This is my legacy; inherited from Frances, and for my wondrous sons, Joel and Barra. By being here you are part of my story. I hope to become part of yours. 

The Fading Year

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The Fading Year is an Irish Folklore Blog founded by Nev Swift in October 2015.

The Fading Year explores and creates content relating to Irish Calendar Customs and Seasonal Folklore as practiced and observed in Ireland during the nineteenth century – although, for context and to explore the development of Irish Customs, Traditions and Beliefs material from before and after this period is sometimes referred to.

Nev Swift studied Irish Folklore and History in University College Dublin and received a degree in these subjects in 2013. He continued his education in UCD completing a Masters in Archives and Records Management in 2014.

Nev Swift is currently working as an archivist in his native Dublin.

The Standing Stone

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Ireland has a rich and varied history, and this can be seen scattered across the land today. Every county has hundreds, if not thousands of places that point to its past. From ancient Neolithic tombs to modern fortified houses The Standing Stone brings you a closer look at the history that sits all around us. 
For over 11 years we have travelled around Ireland to look at these historical sites, and present them to you here. There are over four-hundred places listed on The Standing Stone, and more being uploaded regularly. 

In addition to our own posts we have several guest posts from a variety of archaeologists, historians, and professionals involved in Irish history and archaeology. There are also book reviews, and an extensive glossary. 

Subconsciously Conscious

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Peter Kelly is a Poet, Philosopher and overall Seeker of Truth. He brings his deep understanding of the psychological programs that form the layers we are here to unravel. An avid adept of the ancient mystery schools and ancient teachings, Peter works with the subconscious, identifying patterns and deciphering the symbolism contained within.

Through navigating the subconscious, Peter uses the wisdom he has learned throughout his life and through his own struggles and experiences to decipher the symbolism and patterns that communicate that true and Divine direction, that is in constant flow to us all. From his in depth knowledge on the ancient mystery schools, ancient wisdom, mythology, symbolism and esoteric teachings, Peter incorporates various methods in guiding you through your own personal patterns and symbols to allow you to find direction in your own path and in the way forward to honouring your true self.

Subconsciously Conscious is the approach to bring forth the realisation and being of our true selves, aligned to our spiritual centre and the freedom in the truth of our existence.

This approach takes the initiate through an understanding of their present perception and state of uncomfortable reality. This process will guide you to a clear understanding of how you have become this current version of yourself. The burning feeling of not fulfilling that deep internal calling and a clearer understanding of the true reality underlying all these negative constraints.

Following in the footsteps of the ancient mystery schools of Khemet, we take you deep into their ancient principle of “Man Know Thyself”, taking you on the steps as you navigate a deeper understanding of yourself.

With this deep personal understanding we help guide you back to your true self in liberating the true aspects of your nature; love, peace, compassion, joy and understanding and that true connection to source, your divine intuition and communicative line of personal truthful direction.

At Subconsciously Conscious, our mission is to guide you to the door, so that you can step forward and walk your own path to personal and spiritual freedom.

The Women of Ireland Project

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What influence has Ireland – its history, culture and society – had on the Women of Ireland, on who we are today and how we approach the world?

This is the question which has sparked this project.

I want to explore and better understand the experience of being a Woman of Ireland today and what has contributed to it. I am curious about how Ireland’s culture, history, social norms and social structures have influenced my worldviews, experiences and the way in which I approach the world as a woman. I want to explore this with other women who have grown up or lived in Ireland, experienced Irish culture or connect to Ireland in some way.

To answer this, this project has three main aims:

1. Research and Gather

Exploring women of Ireland in history by examining existing literature, academic research and historical texts on the role, experiences, treatment, activities and views of women of Ireland in the past. Gathering all of this information to better understand how Irish culture has influenced and been influenced by women.

2. Listen and Collect

Interview women of Ireland to collect their stories, perspectives, experiences, insights and opinions on what is like to be a woman of Ireland today.

3. Connect, Write and Share

Connect the findings of the interview study to the review of the historical literature to highlight areas were the women of Ireland today, may be impacted by the past. Write about these findings and share my experiences of doing this project with others so that more knowledge can be created and more stories can be told.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE BY SHARING YOUR PERSPECTIVES ON THE ‘WOMEN OF IRELAND’ OR YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A ‘WOMAN OF IRELAND’, PLEASE GO TO THE PARTICIPATE PAGE