Lords of the Isles

United Kingdom is a country of islands. Each of these islands generates a particular energy as a result of the interaction of the land with the surrounding waters.

Celts believed that this particular feature of the islands, combined with their location, created the opportunity for the generation of the energy of the first man. According to Scottish mythology lake Loch Finlaggan was exactly this kind of place. Between 12th and 16th century the islands of this lake were inhabited by the MacDonalds clan – a clan whose representative were also called the Lords of the Isles. The fact that Loch Flannagan was inhabited since ancient times is a sign of its great significance. Once it was the meeting place of the Celtic chiefs and later – of the kings of France, Scotland and England.

Another interesting island connected with the process of initiation is the Isle of Law – Islay. This island gains special significance for each of its visitors. Its particular energy initiates the person by reinforcing his energy and psychological properties. According to one hypothesis the name of this place originates from the word I-laugh (Gaelic), meaning ‘the Island of Law’. Another version links it to the name of a Danish princess calledLula.

The island tells legends about the transformation that can be achieved here; for even the stones and the land here come in amazingly life-like shapes. Therefore, it is no surprise that the people of Firbourg, who came from Spain (Iberians) looking for a place suitable for various transformations related initiations, stopped at this particular island. The island of Islay was especially important also to the Fianna, who followed Filbourg and the people of Danu. These are, in fact, the first real people who inhabited the territories of contemporary Ireland and Scotland, and who appear in numerous wondrous stories. It is believed that in their quest for immortality these people lived their whole lives from the perspective of location and action. Moreover, the island of Islay was visited by the famous Fionn, son of Chumal.

You do not know who Fionn was? You haven’t’ heard of Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa, or Fingal’s ladder in Agrile, or Fingal's chair on the Isle of Skye? That's nothing! Anyone can gain the wisdom of Fionn by eating the sacred salmon. Are you surprised? That's the truth! And although the main events related to Fionn happened on the Isle of Skye, his knowledge Fionn acquired on the island of Islay.

Legend also tells that this was the island from which Fionn left the earth- or rather TirnanOg (Gaelic) - to go to the Earth of eternal youth, the passage to which lies in the same island. This area is believed to have lied close to what is today the Port Ellen distillery...

It would be interesting to know why places that are today locations of distilleries were in the past related to various saints. St. Lollaran is thus linked to Bruichladdich distillery, St. Marie – to the Lagavulin distillery, St. Naughton – to the Port Ellen distillery, Bowmore is the meeting place of all the saints, and there are at least a dozen more examples! Moreover, only one of these places is connected to a real biblical story about the saints! The key to this issue lies in two interesting legends.

The first legend is linked to an interesting discovery made in this area (i.e. the area around Port Ellen distillery): the Stone of Destiny, just like the one found in legendary Scone! Two hypotheses are possible here: this is either a fragment of the sacred Scottish stone, or several such sacred stones existed. This is perhaps also proof of the much deeper and more mystical reasons why the kings chose this particular island.

The second legend is linked to the whisky cave. It supports the theory that the Celts were familiar with the process of distillation long before it was discovered in Medieval Europe, and that they practiced distillation in special caves.

There’s a cave on the island linked to the original sound, the emergence of life and the creation of living water, i.e. whisky. According to the legend, an injured resident of the island found his way to the cave and while he was lying there, a strange liquid trickled into his mouth and miraculously cured him… How can you distill and alcohol without a distiller? Really? We need the help of wiki-meditation here, and until then…

Until then, following the magic square of the Celts, we must move on towards the islands Mull and Iona. These places appear in many mystical stories. They are inextricably linked to the name of St. Columba, the Iona order created actually by the Knights Templar, and many druid legends. The Isle of Mull was for a long time actually called the Island of the Druids. In addition to all of the above, it would also be interesting to understand who came up with the idea and the implementation of the amazing stained glass, which is so atypical for the tradition of the Christian theology. And also why exactly was this stained glass located in the Christian Kilmore Church on the Isle of Mull?

Another church – the Church of the Yew – exemplifies the notion of the special attitude towards the aroma of revival. Many stories link the Isle of Iona with fairies and elves. Certain hypotheses claim that Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ visited this island in their time. In general, the particular characteristic of this location is fixed not only in myths and legends but also in material evidence, which actually raises a lot of questions before humanity: who were the Celts, who were the Templars or the Christians in those days?

Generally, we can speak endlessly of the mystical characteristics of the islands Mull and Iona. They occupy the most important place in the mystical maze of Celtic knowledge, and once people acquire this knowledge they are open to the true vision of the Island of the Clairvoyants.

Actually, certain mythical and legendary characters are best understood on the island of Skye. This is a truly magical place. Skye is the Island of Clairvoyance. It has preserved many secrets ever since ancient times. This island is also home to three castles that are very important to the Celtic culture and tradition.

The first one is a real and very tangible castle: Dunvegan Castle, which is the interception point of fairy tales and stories about real crusaders. The second castle is the castle of the famous Celtic warrior woman Scathach where Cuchilainn acquired the knowledge of Celtic alchemy and received the all-piercing spear Gae-bolg.

The third castle is Talisker. This castle is hard to see immediately but it is still home to all the wondrous residents of the island, and not only the island.

Once the sun sets, miraculous events begin to occur on the island of Skye. The sacred stone starts to radiate energy. In ancient times this energy used to put the druids in a trance. By the way, all the stones on the island are unusual and they can be classified in two groups: stones of the rising sun and stones of the setting sun.

Whether you are willing to believe in all this or not is up to you. One very believable fact however is that this island is the home to bagpipes – numerous tales and legends link this musical instrument to the island of Skye.

Anyone may be lucky enough to end up on this island by going through a real Celtic alchemy initiation ceremony. You can wish for anything here, and what is really amazing is that your wish may come true, unless of course it is not a rather fantastic one.

In spite of its uniqueness and significance however this island is simply one of many. For everything happens in the center of the labyrinth, the meeting place of all the gods: Galanish.

Isle of Lewis is a kind of a crossroad. Just by being there, you become part of the laws and rituals of the ancient Celts, despite the fact that their history goes back to really ancient times. On the Isle of Lewis you come into contact with the great knowledge about the links hidden in the laws of visible and invisible change, in the laws of the development of space. This would be a suitable place to put and end to the scheme of the Scottish labyrinth (there’s also an Irish labyrinth, a Welsh one and a British one), if it wasn’t for Orkney - the Isle of Women…

Do not ignore this mysterious place related to the female energy. It is a place as if laid out by the hand of a woman. Time stands still here and the Heavens merge with the Earth. The path of the Isle of Women is truly mysterious, it seems as if covered with different garments from the wardrobe of the goddess Danu.

Yet, if you are looking for clues to the secret knowledge of the ancient women, you don’t have to come all the way to this island, you can simply use the fairy drink: heather ale. However, you need to have some knowledge of this land.

The Isle of Women is a mysterious place even today, a place of numerous secrets - like the underground labyrinth Mine Howe, for example (Mine Howe was created in the Neolithic period, i.e. 4 – 2.5 thousand years ago). This labyrinth is associated with the passage in the underworld. This is also the location of a grave-vault (dating also from the Neolithic times), which is a ritual place related to the transfer of the human spirit on the wings of the Eagle.

All of the above mentioned islands represent the idea of correspondence – correspondence to the spatial patterns whose general composition is subjected to the conditions of connecting, i.e. the already familiar brooch principle.

The Celts were the first to describe the brooch as a magical object. In the ancient language of the Druids and bards the word brooch (dun) has about a dozen different meanings whose common root is defined as ‘a condition that helps to maintain the existing or to generate something new’..

The stone structures, as well as the brooch, have a particular structure and connection, which allows them to perform the tasks of sacred buildings.

It is exactly the construction of these structures that allows the energy of space to ‘connect’ and ‘intertwine’, forming a particular ‘node’. Thus, each island, if the energy is converted in it, carries the idea of the brooch, the true lady of the islands.

 

 
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18 march 2014

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