Northern Ireland Approves First Pagan Priest in Modern Times

GLENGORMLEY, NORTHERN IRELAND — It took a combination of patience, paperwork, and publicity, but Patrick Carberry has been approved by the Northern Ireland government as a Pagan priest. His is the first person to be so designated in this country and, by some reports, the first “since the time of Saint Patrick.” Carberry is the sovereign of the Order of the Golden River, which he founded in 2009. Now he will be able to perform weddings and otherwise function as a member of the clergy for that group.


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Bryn Celli Ddu: Ancient Stone Circle and Passage Tomb Was for the Living and the Dead

Stonehenge is arguably one of the most iconic prehistoric monuments in the UK. Nevertheless, this ancient structure is just one of many henges found across the country. The fame gained by Stonehenge has eclipsed many of the other stone circles found in the UK, sites largely unknown to most people. Nevertheless, these lesser known structures are interesting and impressive in their own right, and deserve attention. Bryn Celli Ddu, on the island of Anglesy in Wales, is one such ancient monument that was not only a stone circle, but also functioned as a ‘passage tomb’. It was a place to pay respects to, and protect the remains of ancestors.

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Inside Iceland’s pagan revival – As Iceland begins construction of its first pagan temple in over 1,000 years, we speak to the high priest of the country’s fastest growing spiritual movement

That Icelanders wear their spirituality proudly on their sleeves is nothing new. The country’s vigorous creative scene has for decades produced music that seems permeated with an almost palpable connection to its mystical volcanic landscapes. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the fastest-growing spiritual community in Iceland is the neo-pagan association of Ásatrú, a polytheistic religion committed to honouring not only ancient Icelandic faith and culture, but also the country’s natural heritage. This month the movement’s rapid expansion is being manifested in a truly epic way, as the Ásatrú Association begins building a new temple for worshipping the Old Norse gods – the first of its kind to be raised on Icelandic soil since Christianity replaced paganism over 1,000 years ago.

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Awens to All,

Yesterday, I told a Lady friend about the Health as well as Herbal Benefits of Pineapple and I am about to send her some Information about Pineapple.

ImageHere is my Analysis of Pineapple.

In 1493, Columbus came across the Pineapple (Ananas comosos) on the island of Guadeloupe. The natives who cultivated these fruits called them Ananas and believed that they had been brought from the Amazon many generations earlier by the warlike Caribs. A few Explorers had observed that Indians used Pineapple Poultices to Reduce Inflammation in Wounds and other Skin Injuries. Native people also Drank the Juice to Aid Digestion and to Cure Stomach ache. In 1891 an Enzyme that broke down Proteins (Bromelain) was isolated from the flesh of the Pineapple, accounting for many of the Pineapple’s Healing Properties. It has been found that Bromelain can also break down Blood Clots, which consist mainly of Protein. This Enzyme may well play a major part in Heart Attack Treatment in the Near Future, as well as in the treatment of Burned Tissue, Abscesses, and Ulcers.

Pineapple contains Nutrients that Believed to protect against cancer and these Nutrients also Help to Break up Blood Clots and is Beneficial to the Heart.

Ripe Pineapple has some Diuretic Properties helping to Remove Toxic Elements from the Body. Pineapple Juice also Helps to Kill Intestinal Worms. It also Relieves Intestinal Disorders Stimulates the Kidneys and Soothes the Bile.

Pineapple contains a mixture of Enzymes called Bromelain which helps to Prevent Inflammation. To help Reduce Inflammation, Eat Pineapple in between Meals. If Eaten during or after Meals, the Enzymes will be utilized for Digesting Food. The Root and Fruit are either Eaten or Applied Topically.

There are claimed therapeutic benefits for Bromelain in the following conditions: Angina, Arthritis, Athletic and Musculoskeletal Injuries, Bacterial Infections, Bronchitis, Cellulitis, Staphylococcus Infection, Inflammation, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, and Surgical Traumas.

Tests have shown that Pineapple helps Reduce Swelling brought about by Arthritis, Gout, Sore Throat and Acute Sinusitis. This also helps Accelerate the Healing of Wounds due to Injury or Surgery.


The Lavender You Didn’t Know

The year is 1910.  René-Maurice Gattefossé is a French perfumer; a chemist in the employ of a perfume company, to create new fragrances.  This fateful day, René burns his hand rather badly.  So the legend goes, he accidentally douses his hand in lavender oil and marvels as the pain goes away.  17 years later, he publishes Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales and, it is said, fathers contemporary aromatherapy.

From that point, Lavender Essential Oil has remained a popular aromatherapy selection for over a century.  So popular, in fact, that it is cultivated globally for its essential oil.  Thanks to a booming industry, products from soaps to candles to air fresheners can be easily found with the real essential oil.  However, even as possibly the most famous aromatherapy fragrance, the plant itself retains some anonymity.

There are, in fact, many species of Lavender.  The species best preferred for its oil quality is Lavandula angustifolia.  The oil’s sweet scent with earthy notes is widely recognized, even when the name is not.  Known by the common name of English Lavender, this pleasant shrub has a long history of medicinal use.

Despite the name, English Lavender does not come from England.  It is actually native to the mountainous western regions of the Mediterranean Basin, such as the Pyrenees Mountains and Provence.  It is a sun-loving shrub in the Mint family that prefers well-draining soils and thrives with infrequent watering.  While beautifully aromatic when it flowers in the summer, the thin, woolly leaves also release a sweet fragrance when rubbed or crushed.  It is an excellent pick for xeroscaping and herbal gardens.

prod000476_lgWhile well known for fighting irritation and anxiety, herbals through the centuries point out other uses for this truly remarkable plant.  The essential oil itself is actually more than just a stress reliever.   Massages involving the essential oil are said to have additional benefits to the skin, muscles and nerves.   It is known to be a calming, effective antiseptic for the treatment of skin irritations, burns, and even abrasions.

When using the fresh or dried herb, teas and tinctures are common.  Both are said to make an excellent mouthwash, probably owing to its antiseptic qualities in fighting halitosis and gum infections.  Such extractions may also be good remedies for various digestive ailments, as well as nerve-related complaints.  Along with Lavender floral waters, the tea can also be used as a freshening spray for linens to repel fleas.  Even the dried plant itself makes delightful, sweet and earthy incense.

This brief look has hinted at the lofty history of English Lavender, and its scenic, warm native climes.  We even took a look at its wonderful medicinal and therapeutic value.  Any way you look at it, English Lavender is a great ornamental, medicinal, and low maintenance herb.

Disclaimer: It is highly recommended to consult a Naturalist or Aromatherapist before starting an herbal treatment.  Essential oils, as a rule, are not for internal consumption.  When working with essential oils and raw herbs, check for allergies before a reaction can occur.