Tales of the tuatha chapter 26 of the keep it sweet and short tales

Niamh left her tears on the forest floor and set out with renewed purpose.  At last all was understood. The young selkie on the crossing to the island had been Bran.  Mischievous Bran was the raven thief.  He was the butterfly! Bran had watched over her and he had led her here. Though he was  no longer visible in any incarnation, she knew he remained inside the root of her own being which was ever changing.

Where Niamh is renewed

Now she was alone but she was no longer afraid. She gave herself over to the wind, and to the water that flowed from the spring down to the sea. She gave herself over to the fierce tree guardians, and to the dreams of swans and bereft father kings. The journey had grown as she had grown. She was leaving childhood behind.  As she went further inland her heart grew stronger.  She saw forest flowers  growing everywhere. She saw the shadow spirits trying unsuccessfully to quench the streams of light that flowed from the dancing mane of Aine’s mare who climbed the eastern sky.*   Niamh knew the sacred spring was close and she still held the 7th dream in her hand.

rosy spring
The waiting spring

Background: *The Goddess Aine was sometimes represented as a red mare or the sun. She was the goddess of harvest and summer.

The 3 leaf shamrock was sacred to the Druids. The number 3 was a mystical number as seen in the triple spiral of the old religion. St. Patrick turned the shamrock into an example of the Holy Trinity.  The sun disc which was another sacred symbol to the ancient Celts became incorporated into  the Celtic cross. Thus the old became part of the new.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Peter Nena says:

    Usually short and delightful. Loved.

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    1. thank you Peter!! I have loved telling it! When will we hear from you!!

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        I have something already. I’m doing the final proofreading. Thanks for asking, Cybele. Lovely weekend to you, my dear.

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  2. Beautiful words and beautiful photos, as always, I always think I love a particular photo best (the flowers), until I look more closely at the others – Niamh’s tears and the clover. Wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea!! I did like the light in those two!! I’m so glad you enjoy the stories!

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  3. Maria F. says:

    I love Niamh’s tears also.

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  4. Maria F. says:

    I love how you use the “chiaroscuro” effect in your photography. The flowers are amazing.

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  5. FeyGirl says:

    Pure magic — I love the images and the story you weave so adeptly. I’m sending along to my Celtic kin!

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    1. thank you FeyGirl!! I am so glad you feel the magic!!

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  6. lauramacky says:

    Such a beautiful part of the story as it goes on. Her heart grows as she goes deeper inland…I love that! Beautiful images and light Hanna. LOVE!

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    1. I’m thrilled to read your comments Laura!! Thank you!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome!

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  7. O Cybelle … precious words in Niamh story, thank you very much. And beautiful photo too, both are fantastic. Wish you good weekend, have fun!

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    1. thanks so much for another lovely comment Della! Enjoy your weekend too!!

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  8. So beautiful, Cybele. Your writing and photos do have such a magical quality! 🙂

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    1. thank you Linda!! I’m happy you are enjoying the tale!!

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  9. I love that idea of giving herself over to the wind and water and the other things you mention. In life, I think it’s good to give oneself over to nature but, from my own memories of this, it’s something that children are better at doing than adults — maybe because we become more cynical and hold less “dreams” in our hands.

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    1. so true Sarah!! We lose dreams along the way and this is part of life and aging too. Yet, it’s sad to lose “the magic.” There is a great quote from Lucy Maud Montgomery who wrote Anne of Green Gables books. Hope it’s not too long! “There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”

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      1. That’s such a lovely quote. Reading it, made me go all tingly and moist-eyed. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Amy says:

    I agree with Mark. Great lighting, impressive!

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    1. I’m glad you like that one!! Thanks Amy!!

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  11. The story is maturing and “growing”, as Niamh is!

    I like the way you finish each piece. This time, the very powerful image of holding a dream in one’s hand, “Niamh knew the sacred spring was close and she still held the 7th dream in her hand”, is good evidence that you have found stable ground in the plot! Great job!

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    1. I appreciate your feedback Lizzie. As I said the story seems always changing and evolving. Thanks so much my friend!!

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  12. I can’t say it enough – magical!!!

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  13. Mark Simms says:

    I love the garden shots, beautiful and creative use of light 😊

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    1. I liked how that turned out and there was a lot of shadow!! Thank you Mark!!

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