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The Merry Month of May?

I once wandered into a pagan festival in Edinburgh by accident. A friend and I had curiously followed the crowds and sound of drumming, ending up at Calton Hill Beltane. People painted blue or red danced past by torchlight, then a group of women in white. A marriage-like ceremony between a white-clad woman and a...
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Hume’s Edinburgh mausoleum restored

History / Ancient History : The History Blog (3 years ago)

When Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume died in 1776, his friend, famous architect Robert Adam, designed a mausoleum for him in the Old Calton Burying Ground in Edinburgh in keeping with Hume’s last wishes. Shortly before... Read Post

Going Greek on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill

Travel / European Travel : Europe A La Carte (2 years ago)

A Greek style acropolis sits atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh. The 1829 National Monument which commemorates Scottish soldiers and sailors who died in the Napoleonic Wars, took its inspiration from the Parthenon in Athens. Many assumed... Read Post

Beltane Weekend Astrology

Lifestyle : Planet Waves (5 years ago)

Dear Friend and Reader: This is Beltane weekend; some Celtic folklore regards the entire month of May as Beltane, the festival of spring. Here is an article from a few years back that coves the subject well, and here is another that... Read Post

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