Monthly Archives: October 2020
- Oct 30 2020Historians believe Celtic clans first settled in Germany and Austria from near 1,200BC. The clans were a society of agriculturalists and soldiers. It is believed around the time of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, the Celts migrated south across France and to the Iberian Peninsula. It was around 500BC when the Celts first arrived in Britain and Ireland.
- Did you know that Ireland, the beautiful emerald isle, was one of the very first countries to adopt the use of surnames or better yet Irish surnames? Many the Irish surnames of come from the reign of Brian Boru and the clans of that time. Brian Boru was the High King of Ireland who was defeated protecting Ireland from a Vikings invasion.
- Oct 14 2020
The Celts celebrated Halloween as Samhain, "All Hallowtide"– the ‘Feast of the Dead’, when the dead revisited the mortal world. The celebration marked the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months. During the eighth century the Catholic Church designated the first day of November as "All Saints Day"("All Hallows") a day of commemoration for those Saints that did not have a specific day of remembrance. The night before was known as "All Hallows Eve" which, over time, became known as Halloween.
A birthstone chart and list of birthstones by month will help you understand what each birthstone means and why they make thoughtful and beautiful gifts.
History tells us birthstones have been used since the first century as a way to give good luck on one's birthday. Gemstones are associated with each month and each precious stone has designated qualities associated with it.
- In Celtic mythology, the Cat is a beast that is both adored and despised. Those in search of otherworldly abilities sought him, but not in a kind or compassionate way. For those who were fearful of supernatural forces believed to exist outside of the church, the cat was a sign that the devil's hand was close at hand. This idea would eventually grow so widespread that merely possessing a cat would be seen as extremely hazardous.
The Claddagh ring meaning is all about the strength of eternal love. Â
Steeped in tradition, the meaning of the Claddagh ring has varied throughout the years for the wearer. The ring can be worn on different fingers or hands, depending on oneâ€™s relationship status.