Category Archives: Folk Tale

“O’ Coyote…

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We welcome you to our sacred space…

…We seek your help,

in bringing balance and harmony into the world of our younger cousins.

With your permission we will work with your spirit,

to enlighten and initiate our younger brethren into the deep mysteries of your tales.

We ask your blessing, guidance and participation in this endeavour…”

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‘An Imperious Impulse: Coyote Tales’, Stuart France and Sue Vincent

The Eye-Guy…

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SPOILS OF THE ABYSS

 When Pryderi, Lord of Underhill, was treated for the

 injury done to his arm by Tyrnonos, Thunder-of-Water,

 his leech, Nudd, found that he was unable to save the limb; so

 he hacked it down to a stump and put a silver hand on Pryderi which

 was so cunningly crafted that it had all the movement of a natural hand.

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Yet still Pryderi had no end of pain and trouble with the arm

and he was forever lying sick in his bed from the grief of it…

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“Not a particularly auspicious start, and no sign of our ‘Eye-Guy’.”

“Give it time.” …

“Did they have ‘bionic’ hands in those days then?”

“A ha… I don’t know, did they have ‘bionic’ hands in those days?”

“I think not.”

“We are dealing with the Crafty Folk here, remember?”

“I still think not.”

“So, to what can the silver hand or arm refer?”

“It would be useful to know which we are dealing with, actually.”

“Some sources specify hand, some specify arm, and this lack of precision may itself be the clue to our non literal interpretation. You’d think they’d know!”

“You would.”

“Let’s settle on limb, then. To what can the silver-limb refer?”

“If it’s silver it could have something to do with the moon?”

“I think that’s a very auspicious start.”

“Or a tree?”

“Even better, what sort of tree?”

“A birch tree.”

“Now, I know that is an incredibly auspicious start.”

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Tell Tale Signs V…

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A very early version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, perhaps, yet there is much more here than merely a cautionary tale.

Or is this the ‘first entrance’ of our much vaunted king Arthur?

Apple for Avalon and Yew for an ‘evergreen death’…

The emphasis on topography and the singularly macabre content mark this as a druidic teaching story.

Refreshing also to note the pivotal use of simulacra. Not only is this phenomenon recognised in the tale, it also appears to have been given a very specific meaning which is indisputably linked to the spirit. This is a very different concept to anything modern science teaches us.

The main thrust of the argument is concerned with division and unity which in this instance also appears to be linked to use of the Ogham script, ‘woods and trees’ and the ethics of the poetical endeavour more generally. Forests here, then, would not be concieved so much as catherdral’s, perhaps, but as universities, or still playing on our theme of wisdom… schools!

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan III…

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…Many years later, in the reign of Art-mac-Conn, at the festival of Samhuin, the Master Poets came to the feast, as was their custom, and they brought their tablets of poetry with them.

When king Art saw the tablets of Yew and Apple he asked for them and they were brought to him.

The king was holding the tablets in each hand, face to face, admiring their craftsmanship, when the two sprang together and would not from that time on be separated.

Like woodbine around a twig were they and so they were preserved with all the other wondrous jewels in the Treasury of Tara…

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