Thursday, 1 November 2012

An Tulca Mhór - The Great Flood

The Great Flood
And lo the flood brings forth empty waters;
And woe to those who would swim:
For as we drown the waters do not rise;
And as we sink our feet are firmly footed:
Yet we will all die submerged;
Overwhelmed by the flood:
And lo the flood brings forth empty waters;
And woe to those that would swim.
                                                                       Seán Thomas-Gallobhaí

Monday, 22 October 2012

Charles Darwin: Secret Emo

Bhain mé sont as an alt seo! Ta Darwin i gcosúil le deagóir dúr cantalach. Iontach greannmhar.

I was sent a link to this article by Robert Krulwich:


It's amazing, I thought I had to share it!

Monday, 15 October 2012

3.14159 2653589793238462643383279....

Here is a great idea, very simple yet ingenious!
Using a 10 note scale translate the numbers of π into musical notes and then harmonise:

Tá cheol an fís eile seo bunaithe ar 'tau', τ. Tá an fonn seo níos deise I mo thuraim.
Cad a cheapann tú?
π or  τ, which do you prefer?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

What in the world!?

    I recently discovered that our current system of cartography completely distorts the size of countries.
When we look at the map and judge countries upon their size we are most likely wrong.
Here is the map we are all familiar with:

Here is the Gall-Peters map in which all countries are portrayed with appropriate size relations to each other:

Tá difríocht sontasach idir na dhá mapaí seo. Tá an leathsféar Thuaidh i bhfad níos mó den leathsféar Theas.  Amharc ar an difríocht is mó!:

Is Mapa iontach conspoide é mapa Gall-Peters, agus caithimid a bí ag smaoineadh ar an fath a cuirtear faoi chois é. Déan cíoradh ar an Aifric?! 

Could there be a political reason behind the suppression of this 'more accurate' map?
Or is This map indeed more accurate?

Comments welcome.

Fódla: Explanitory Article

  • Fódla (FOE-LA), whose name means ‘Sod of Earth’, is the daughter of Ernmas (the mother Goddess of Ireland) and the wife of Mac Cecht, a leader of the Tuatha de Dannan

  • She is a Goddess of War attributed to protection, sovereignty and leadership.
  • She is a warrior charged with the protection of the Island.
  • She was reigning Queen at the time of the Milesian invasion.
  • The Tuatha de Dannan finally succumbed to the Milesians but three separate deals were struck with Amairgin so that the newly conquered lands would be named after the three daughters of Ernmas (Banbha at Slieve Mis, Fódla at Slieve Felim and Éiriu at Sleieve Uisneach) so that the Tuatha de Dannan might live on in name.
  • Fódla was killed by Eadán at the battle of Tailtiu which marked the defeat of the Tuatha de Dannan
Fódla, Fodhla, Fotla, Fothla, Fóla

In the image Fódla is in Celtic war regalia; holding a spear and with a resting shield. 
She is in a yogic pose and her base and body chackras are awakened.
The doves, bees and willow leaf in her left hand, are all celtic symbols of health
Here the illumination (white light) is central denoting use of the whole brain.

Protection, sovereignty and leadership in times of war require that your health fitness and strength be at optimal levels.
Here Fódla will represent your body, the protective house of the mind and soul.

In this blog I will be sharing links and articles related to:

  • Exercise: Effective and efficient ways of exercising to build muscle and lose weight.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Benefits and hazards of certain food types along-side healthy recipes and a breakdown of what foods affect what aspects of the body.
  • Supplementation: Breakdown of what certain supplements do and how they affect your body/ailments. Recommendations for certain conditions.
  • Toxins: A breakdown of the ubiquitous toxins that surround us on a daily basis and ways of counteracting/avoiding them.
  • Yoga and Meditation: A breakdown of how Yogic traditions can actually attune your body while simultaneously cleansing your mind and chackras. Bikram, Hatha and Kundalini yogas and various techniques of meditation.
  • Healing: Through foods, beverages, herbs, suppliments, chrystals, orgone energy, yoga and meditation we will explore alternate healing to see if there is any credence to their claims.
          under the heading: 'Fódla: followed by title'

Comments welcome,

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Acoustic Levitator

    This is another curious video I came across! Its pretty amazing though!
I'll have some proper posts up once I get the graphics and write ups finished for the blog

   Tá séo dochreite!! Tá mé i gconaí ag obair ar na gneithe bunúasach an bhlog séo beidh phostanna níos arbarthach agam i dtamaillín.

Ainu Language, Possible Similarities?

    Léis na físeanna séo tá mé ag iarraidh na cosúlachta idir na teangaí proto-ceilteach agus an teanga Ainu a fiosrú da bhrí raiteas diamhar go raibh gaol idir na teangaí. Is chultúr seanda oileánach é chultúr na hAinu agus ag, an am séo, níl aon gaol ar bith idir an teanga Ainu agus teanga ar bith eile.
    Eist leis an bhlás ar an fís 'Ainu' seo, bfheidir go bhfuil eolach ar?

    Here's a little linguistic curiosity for all you familiar with the Irish language. The Ainu, or the 'hairy Ainu', are an ancient insular indigenous race inhabiting the northern islands of Japan. Ainu has no accepted genealogical relationship to any other language family, yet, I just heard an off-hand remark about how their language was unique to the area but seemed to share a lot in common with proto-celtic languages. That would be a head-scratcher as they are an ancient people on the other side of the globe!
    I'm not sure how true this is as the researcher gave no reference for this particular talking point but have a listen see if you can hear a 'blás':


Ainu (skip to 0:30)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Gustav Kilmt Artistic Method

Ionspoiráid Dearfach:

Tá an íomha de 'Banbha' ins an phost deirneach bunaithe ar ealaíon Gustav Klimt. Ins an fís séo leirítear an modh a bhfuil sé abalta mothucain an domhain a cuir in iúl dúinn mar gheall ar a stíl linte a sceitseal sé.


A Little Positive Inspiration:
The painting of 'Banbha' in the last post was emulating the work of Gustave Kilmt. Here is a video illustrating how he can almost perfectly express the human condition through his use of line-work.

Banbha: Explanatory Article

  • Banbha (BAN-VA), whose name means 'fallow land', is the Daughter of Ernmas (the mother Goddess of Ireland) and the wife of  Mac Cuil, a leader of the Tuatha de Dannan. 
  • She is a Goddess of the soil attributed to protection, sovereignty and leadership.
  • She was a skilled magician and was charged with the protection of the Island. 
  • She was the first woman to set foot on the Island of Ireland after the primordial flood and was first to meet the Milesian Celt invaders. 
  • The Tuatha de Dannan eventually succumbed to the Milesians but three seperate deals were struck with Amairgin so that the newly conquered land be named after the three daughters of Ermas (Banbha in Sleive Mis, Fódla in Sleive Felim & Éiriu in Slieve Uisneach) so that the Tuatha de Dannan might live on in name.   
  • Banbha was killed by Suirge at the battle of Tailtiu which marked the defeat of the Tuatha de Dannan.
Other Variations:
Banbha: Banba

In the image Banbha stands elegantly facing the illumination (white light) of the left. This is a representation of left brain intelligence. 
She is surrounded by earth and water. 
The Salmon, Hawk and hazel wood are Celtic symbols which represent wisdom and knowledge

  Protection, Leadership and Sovereignty over the mind, soil from which all things grow, must begin with the sharper mind, the prepared mind. 
Here Banbha will represent the mind itself; charged with the protection of your body and soul. 
In this blog I will be sharing links and articles relating to: 

  • Psychology: understanding who you are and how others manipulate you.
  • Psychopathy: realising who is or is not and understanding the consequences of interactions.
  • IQ and Neuroplasticity: brain-training, trivia, IQ boosting and critical thinking when confronted with information.
  • Memory: mneumonic devices, reading recall, Neurological disorders
  • Creativity: where does it come from? how can we be more creative?
  • Depression: Help, reference, understanding and an examination of causes
  • Music: Interest, Healing power, psychological power, expressiveness and enjoyment.
  • Art: Interest, Healing power, psychological power, expressiveness and enjoyment.  
          under the heading 'Banbha: followed by title'

     I believe that a basic understanding of these areas will benefit us greatly in our understanding of the world.

Comments welcome

Banbha: Alt Mínitheach

  • Díorthaíonn an ainm Banbha ón focail 'bán' maidir le feirmeoireacht no 'fallow land' i mbéarla. 
  • Is iníon Ernmas í Banbha (Tá Ernmas ina ard-bandia i nÉirinn) agus is bhean chéile MacCumhaile í fósta (Bhí MacCumhaile ina cheannaire an Tuatha de Dannan ag an am sin.)
  • Is bhandia cosaint, ceannasacht agus ceannasaíocht í i miteolaíocht Éireannach.
  • Bhí sí ina asarlaí agus bhi orthi an Oileán a chosaint.
  • Tar éis an tulca mhór dhomhanda, bhí Banbha an chead bhean a shúil ar irthir Eirinn. Bhí sí an chead duine a bhuailadh le na 'Míl Espáine' fósta.
  • Núair a chloígh na Míl Espáine an Tuatha de Dannan, thanaig siad ar comhreiteach na hainmí Banbh, Fódla agus Éiriu a cuir ar an Oilean chun uirriu a thabhairt don Tuatha de Dannan.

     Is doiche go dtosaíonn cosaint, ceannaslacht agus ceannasaíocht le intinn cliste agus sásta.
Anseo is í Bhanbha meafar an intinn agus caitheann sí do chuid corp agus anam a cosaint.
Ins an bhlog seo roinnfaidh mé altanna no físeanna maidir le:

  • Síceolaíocht: do intinn fhéin a dtuigint agus na meáin a thug faoi déara amanna  núair a bhfuil duine eigin ag iarraidh thú a mí-ionramháil.
  • Síceapaite: na daoine tocsaineach a aithniú agus modhanna iad a láimhsaigh, no a seacháint.
  • IQ: ceachtanna fo chóinne do chuid intinn agus intleacht.
  • Meabhair: ceachtanna fó choinne do chuid meabhair, athchuimhne agus galair néareolaíoch.
  • Cruthaíocht: cad as a dtagann cruthaíocht? Cad iad na modhanna is fearr i a rochtaint?
  • Dúlagar: cabhair, tagairt, tuiscint agus scrúdaith eagsúla ar na cásanna.
  • Céol: súim, cneasú, mothactala síceolaíochta, mothúcan agus cráic
  • Éalaíon: súim, cneasú, mothactala síceolaíochta, mothúcan agus cráic.   
    Toseoidh na haltanna faoi na habhar séo leis an tidéal 'Banbha: ainm an alt'.

    Credim muna bhfuil doirnín bheag ar eolas agat ar achan abhar ata anseo, beidh tuiscint níos fear againn leis na daoine, an timpeallact agus an domhain ins an aimsire atá ann inniú.


Monday, 8 October 2012

What is Banbha Fódla Éiriu?

    In Irish mythology, Banbha, Fódla & Éiriu are three sister Goddesses of the 'Tuatha de Dannan' whose names were given to the land of Ireland. Today Ireland is predominantly referred to as 'Éire' whereas the others are seldom used, unless as aesthetic or poetic terms.
    This Trinity, to me, is an excellent representation of 'Mind, Body and Soul' with regards to Irish, or Celtic, identity and beliefs.
     I hope to keep a regular blog discussing and sharing my findings with regards to where we find ourselves today:

A time where we collectively appear frustrated, depressed, spiritually bereft, materialistic, apathetic to the suffering of others and disconnected from the lives and values of our peers and ancestors.
A time of unforeseen technological and intellectual advances but of psychological and educational regression.
A time of unrelenting dominance of the Ego and left brain; resulting in the corruption of major systems such as economics, finance, government, healthcare and education.
An age which, through its complacency, apathy and distractions, allows these corrupted entities to be dominated by the psychopath, the faceless, the corporate; in which national, and personal, identity, sovereignty and consciousness are under threat as a result.
An age in which we are bombarded by substances, devices and dogma that are detrimental to our health, spirit and the continuity of our surrounding eco-systems.

    I will explore and share problems, solutions, criticisms, important texts and/or anything I may find, that might ease the burden of modern life with regards to your:

Mind (Banbha): Psychology, Psychopathy, Memory, Depression, Creativity, Music, Art etc.
Body (Fódla): Exercise, Nutrition, Toxins, Supplementation, Healing, Yoga, etc.
Soul (Éiriu): Spirituality, Consciousness, Respect, Consideration, Reality, Meditation, Religion, Philosophy and Natural Sciences, Environment etc.

    I believe that if we all explore these three aspects of ourselves, we begin to address the crises of our time and can take conscious and positive steps to tackling them.
    'We' are the state of the planet. For if every individual is to know and understand oneself, and the challenges to oneself, we may collectively know and understand each other, nature and the heavens.
    Hopefully this can become a two-way conversation eventually and you might share your thoughts or findings.
    Finally, why the Celtic theme? Being Irish, and having an interest in Celtic studies, mythology and mysticism, It was fitting that the trinity of the Goddesses of Ireland should be used to represent the three realms I wish to explore. Éiriu, the spiritual aspect, will have a particularly Celtic flavour for the most part. (To clarify my stance on this, I consider myself Christian with tendencies towards eastern spiritual practices, such as Yoga and meditation, but also enjoy reading and researching into world religions, the occult, freemasonry, druidry, mysticism and world shamanism.)
    This is only a theme and a personal interest; the main function however will be for a general uplifting of all men and women by means of nurturing and understanding the mind, body and soul, Banbha Fódla agus Éiriu.
     All future posts will be bi-lingual.

Séan Thomás Gallobhaí.