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Subject: Re: Celtic Crosses
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 16:46:05 PST
Gee, Tony, thanks for the post. For myself I often
think of Skellig off of Kerry -- what a wonderfully
peaceful place. SOmetimes I wish I could be there.
Or...Rathlin Island with a cheap internet connection
(I hear they don't exist in the UK....).
However, where's William Dalrymple's family from??
My grannie was a Dalrymple from Stirling -- Falkirk.
Always on the lookout for potential relations.
I myself much like the pagan stuff and was raised in
a home full of fairies, ghosts, banshees, reincarnation,
and a number of strange customs.
My sister was once in hospital, very ill, and had a dream
in which a cemetery appeared with all our grandparents
and great grandparents sitting on their graves. Our
grandmother, who was Irish -- Eva Kelly -- and her
mother in law Susan Black -- Ulster Scots -- led my
sister back into the forest, up a path to a hill. The
hill was covered in Celtic crosses. The grandmother and
great grandmother told her these were her ancestors crosses.
They told her to never touch the "black" crosses at
the bottom of the hill, and showed her how to touch
the others. As she did so, she was healed. She "woke
up" in the dream with her head cradled by Jesus. And
when she really did wake up -- she was healed.
The experience was both pagan and Christian, I suppose.
And is representative of the "melding" that occurs with
Celts. May we all have such a dream!