Because we know that places in nature  were used as places of worship, healing, and  divination in pre-Christian Europe, and we also  know that the Church made a concerted effort to  transition pagan holy places into Christian ones,  many scholars and folklorists took it as a natural  assumption that holy wells were formerly pagan  sacred sites. That assumption has been countered  by some, however. From the recurring column "The Archivist's Corner" by Carolyn Emerick,  in our June 2014…

Because we know that places in nature were used as places of worship, healing, and divination in pre-Christian Europe, and we also know that the Church made a concerted effort to transition pagan holy places into Christian ones, many scholars and folklorists took it as a natural assumption that holy wells were formerly pagan sacred sites. That assumption has been countered by some, however. From the recurring column "The Archivist's Corner" by Carolyn Emerick, in our June 2014…

Scáthach was the daughter of Árd-Greimne  of Lethra. She was believed to have lived on the  Isle of Skye, and her fortress was called Dún  Scáith, Castle of Shadows.  Excerpt from Victoria Robert's article in our May 2014 issue. You can read the full issue for free at www.CelticGuide.com

Scáthach was the daughter of Árd-Greimne of Lethra. She was believed to have lived on the Isle of Skye, and her fortress was called Dún Scáith, Castle of Shadows. Excerpt from Victoria Robert's article in our May 2014 issue. You can read the full issue for free at www.CelticGuide.com

Before arriving at the woods that bring you  to the waterfall there is a holy well dedicated to  St. Piran. For those who don’t know, the flag of  Cornwall is called St. Piran’s flag.  Cornwall has been referred to as the land  of the saints and a large number of places are  named after saints. There are also tons of holy  wells dotting the landscape.  Read more about Shane's adventure and see more of his photos in our June 2014 issue.

Before arriving at the woods that bring you to the waterfall there is a holy well dedicated to St. Piran. For those who don’t know, the flag of Cornwall is called St. Piran’s flag. Cornwall has been referred to as the land of the saints and a large number of places are named after saints. There are also tons of holy wells dotting the landscape. Read more about Shane's adventure and see more of his photos in our June 2014 issue.

St Kenelm's Well, near Romsley, Clent Hills, Worcestershire, England. From http://pollyannajones.hubpages.com/hub/The-Legend-of-Saint-Kenelm#

Saint Kenelm's Holy Well

St Kenelm's Well, near Romsley, Clent Hills, Worcestershire, England. From http://pollyannajones.hubpages.com/hub/The-Legend-of-Saint-Kenelm#

Countryside view of County Sligo, Ireland. Photo by Brian Herrity. From William Butler Yeats, Irish Patriot, by Carolyn Emerick. Read the full article at www.CarolynEmerick.com

Countryside view of County Sligo, Ireland. Photo by Brian Herrity. From William Butler Yeats, Irish Patriot, by Carolyn Emerick. Read the full article at www.CarolynEmerick.com

The Glastonbury Chalice Well's rich history makes it clear that over thousands of years, people have found the life enhancing waters of the Well flowing uninterrupted for as long as we know. The waters still have a steady flow throughout the seasons and the temperature of it never changes. Excerpt from "The Modern Celt & The Chalice Well" by Karin Schlüter Lonegren, Trustee of The Chalice Well and Gardens - Glastonbury, England Read more in our March 2015 issue. FREE at www.CelticGuide.com.

The Glastonbury Chalice Well's rich history makes it clear that over thousands of years, people have found the life enhancing waters of the Well flowing uninterrupted for as long as we know. The waters still have a steady flow throughout the seasons and the temperature of it never changes. Excerpt from "The Modern Celt & The Chalice Well" by Karin Schlüter Lonegren, Trustee of The Chalice Well and Gardens - Glastonbury, England Read more in our March 2015 issue. FREE at www.CelticGuide.com.

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