• Featured Articles,  Poetry

    A Visit From Gwynn ap Nudd

    A Visit From Gwynn ap Nudd Or ‘Twas the Night Before Solstice by Natalie Reed Upon the sacred Tor I sit A fire of Oak, Ash, Thorn is lit I close my eyes, ask what I seek Wisdom is not for the meek Tales of mystic hero lore Memories from the days of yore Look to the sky, what do I see? A spectre looking back at me Wild dark hair and eyes of fire A countenance meant to inspire Antlers crowned His noble head ‘Twas Gwynn ap Nudd, Lord of the Dead! Upon a huge black horse He rode The stallions’ eyes a ghastly glow A pack of hounds…

  • Featured Articles,  Seasonal Editorials

    Welsh Winter Traditions: The Mari Lwyd

    By Jhenah Telyndru Two popular Welsh folk customs, the Mari Lwyd and the Hunting of the Wren, are part of winter calendar traditions which were celebrated on varying dates, depending on the time period and region, but encompassing the period of time stretching from Christmas through to Twelfth Night, and occasionally extending through to Candlemas on February 2nd. This season of festivities was one of great revelry in Wales despite, or perhaps because of, the relative isolation of individual households due to the weather. The conviviality of these festivities function to bring together an otherwise disconnected community, thereby reinforcing a sense of social collectivity in the face of winter’s forced…