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Beltane - meaning 'bright fire' in Gaelic - (or Beltaine)(Bealtaine - Modern Irish)(Bealltainn - Scottish Gaelic) is is a time for fertility magic. Couples dancing around the May Pole, with strong ale flowing, have long been a May Day tradition. http://www.cloudsonline.co.uk/horned-green-man-beltane-wall-plaque-815-p.asp

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from Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

What’s in a Name short story – ‘E’ For Elaine – Shining Brightly

The Greek and French meaning of the name Elaine is Shining Light or the Bright One. Agapanthus, the “Lily of the Nile” is native to South Africa. The variation 'Elaine' grows up to 36 inches and ha...

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As per religious beliefs of many tribes, a horse was a symbol of the Sun, the sun deity. The headdress of the Issyk warrior features an image of a horse- The findings in the mounds of the Pazyryk culture in Altai have similar meaning. There is no doubt that the Issyk horses had a double semantic meaning, being a symbol of the sun deity and a royal sign. On the whole, the prince of Issyk with his bright headpiece and magnifi­cent attire represented the real Ahura Mazda or Mitra

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Aine - Goddess of love, growth, cattle and light. The name of this Celtic Goddess means "bright" as she lights up the dark. Celebrations to this Goddess were held on Midsummer night.

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Perchta or Berchta was once known as a goddess in Southern Germanic paganism in the Alpine countries. Her name means "the bright one". Perchta was at first a benevolent spirit. In Germanic paganism, Perchta had the rank of a minor deity. That changed to an enchanted creature (spirit or elf) in Old High German - such as Grimm describes - but she was given a more malevolent character (sorceress or witch) in later ages.

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King of Wands, Shadowscapes Tarot: The King of Wands is charismatic. The force of his charm is irresistible, such that the very world seems to mold to his desires and bow to his will. He is a source of inspiration, and bears his mantle of authority with an ease as if he were born to it. It is his natural element, burning bright within him – blazing in his blood, and in his voice, and searing all that his gaze touches.

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Goddess Aine

Áine - "Aine (pronounced AW-neh) was one of the very ancient and powerful Goddesses of sovereignty in Ireland. She was a fertility Goddess in that She had control and command over crops and animals and encouraged human love. ”One of the great Goddesses of ancient Ireland survives in modern times as the queen of the fairies of south Munster, the southwest corner of the island, who is said to haunt Knockainy Hill there."

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