Bho Bòrd na Gàidhlig air Facebook.
Please, please read this.
Wings Over Scotland published a really stupid article today, and a really good article. Well, technically it was the same article, but both halves of the article were very interesting for different reasons. So, while I’ll only discuss the disagreements briefly, I’ve been percolating a post about Scottish Gaelic for a while, and this provides an excellent prompt.
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Species: A tawny owl (Strix aluco) and magpie (Pica pica) have a battle of wits and it gets UGLY. An ambiguous grey bird is the judge.
Source: ‘Dàn mu Chonaltradh’ (English title: The Colloquy of the Birds).
Date: Modern! First published 1798, and written a few years before.
Highlights: Once upon a time, long ago, birds could speak Gaelic. Here’s the most famous example.
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So, I’ll be honest: I started learning Gàidhlig by mistake. (Who else could possibly say they learnt a language by mistake #linguistproblems). Thinking back to my childhood, I had learnt some Irish in school, mere vocabulary words, which I recited for my aunt and her Irish family (from Ireland). And so, one day, I took to YouTube and I searched for Gaelic (mistake #1) and I came upon a program called “Speaking Our Language“. I binge-watched anything I could for the day and decided to start learning (Scottish [not Irish] Gaelic/Gàidhlig. I fell in love with the phonology and all its complexities.
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The above is a nice review of a tarot deck created by a friend of mine.
Here’s a gem I stumbled across on EBay a few weeks ago. It’s a self-published deck from England, and very probably the single most pagan Tarot deck I have seen. While it’s based on the Rider-Waite, there are significant changes to many of the cards. I wish I could show you the whole deck, but copyright prevents this. While the art is not always sophisticated (some of the figures, particularly on the court cards) seem somewhat flat, there are others that really stand out.
One thing I love is the cards are borderless, and large. The card stock seems good, far less flimsy that certain commercial publishers’ decks. They’re not slick, so handling them is more sure and they’re not likely to simply slip as you shuffle them. They are large, roughly 97mmx148mm (just over 3 6/8″ x 5 7/8″) so those with smaller hands might find them a challenge…
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