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Workshops and Educational Services

Celtic Pagan Stone Carving
Workshops and Dates

The earliest known works of representational art are stone carvings. Often marks carved into rock or petroglyphs will survive where painted work will not. Prehistoric Venus figurines such as the Venus of Berekhat Ram may be as old as 250,000 years.

Our ancestors knew the power of carving motifs, effigies or letters into stone, the stone had importance due to its appearance, where it came from and its make up. The act of carving the piece had the spiritual significance to them due to the energy of the craftsperson passed onto the piece through their concentration and effort.

The same is true today.

Our possessions take on our energy and we take on theirs. For most everyday objects, the flow is mainly from the living to the inanimate. Some objects though, have very strong affecting energies which can be positive or negative to us and others around us. These may be called magical items. 

 

The power of an object is greatly magnified for us personally when it has been created by us with particular intent and with the use of some traditional techniques and skills. Linked with the symbology of the design and the type and origin of the stone used, a very potent magical object can be made for a particular purpose or as a general talisman.

Below are a series of Celtic Pagan / Wicca festival celebration workshops but your altar piece, offering, talisman etc. can be carved at any of our monthly general carving workshops.

Imbolc

Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Saint Brigid's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde; Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde; Manx: Laa'l Breeshey), is a Gaelic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians it is the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland's patroness saint. It is held on 1 February, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, its traditions were widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Traditionally, Imbolc was a time for visiting holy water; a spring or a well, to both purify us and bring fertility to our dreams.

This year we will celebrate with a three-day workshop starting on the 18th of January 2023 and a one-day workshop on the 28th of January 2012 to carve a stone waterspout maybe in the form of a water deity or sprite,