Irish finger labyrinth. According to Irish and English ancient legends the fairies danced on labyrinth spirals in the moonlight; in accordance to Norwegian popular beliefs stone rows made by ice-giants; by Swedish tales labyrinths mark the enters into underground palaces. Most of modern researches consider labyrinths as religious structures.
It is one of the greatest mysteries of the Isle of Avalon that two different healing springs, one touched red with iron, the other white with calcite, should rise within a few feet of each other from the caverns beneath Glastonbury Tor. Both have healing in their flow, and the one depicted is called the Glastonbury White Spring.
Danu is the great mother of the gods, of Ireland and the divine creator who birthed all things into being. She is also an earth goddess. She is connected to the Fairy Hills and has associations with Dolmens also known as a portal tomb, or portal graves. She is the Mother of The Tuatha De Danann, the Irish Gods, which literally means the Children of Danu.
Fairy Glen. Isle of Skye, Scotland. This is a truly magical place. Not easy to find but as our host explained: "you will know you're in the right place when you get there". You really do know. It's amazing. Panorama assembled from sequence shots taken September 2015 by yours truly.
Carrigogunnell Castle, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The land was granted to Donchad Cairbreach O'Brien by King John in 1209. In the 15th Century it was 50 ft high with five stories and a spiral staircase but was destroyed by the English during the Seige of Limerick in 1691. Legend has it that beneath the castle a company of fairies on horseback wait for the day they are needed. Photo Jim Dempsey & Deb Snelson.