rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy

~clan mothers~

thank you all for your enthusiastic comments about the start of my new tattooing journey and welcome mad madame mel to my little 'roundhouse'!
dubgirl, i am not really sure how it is going to evolve, i don't think it will be a sleeve in the usual sense, you will have to watch this space!
today it is all much better but surrounded by a yellow bruise.


the dear soul that is robyn asked more about the 'seven daughters of eve' and 'clan mothers' so i will provide some more information here taken from 'britain bc' by archaeologist francis pryor (who by the way discovered the bronze age site of flag fenn).


we are all descended from the first cro-magnon people-women-from africa and the professor of human genetics at oxford university, brian sykes, named the first african mother of the homo sapiens 'mitochondrial eve'.
mitochondrial dna is passed directly through the female line and so professor sykes team was able to trace a pattern of inheritance and found that almost the whole indigenous population of of europe derived from seven women, 'clan mothers', who lived 45-10,000 years ago, who sykes named 'the seven daughters of eve'.

one of these clan mothers has been named ursula and she began her clan in greece 45,000 years ago  and her direct maternal descendants are found across europe, but mainly in scandinavia and western britain.
dna tests on 'chedder man', one of two bodies found in goughs cave in chedder gorge, somerset revealed he was a direct descendant of ursula and a man local to chedder gorge recently had his dna tested and found that he was a direct descendant to 'chedder man'

now doesn't that just blow your mind?!

so you can see why the ancestors are so important to me~we all have very real links to the peoples of the past, not just over hundreds of years but tens of thousands.


we are off again in pretty pagan tomorrow for the first new forest moot of the stonewylde tribe (if you go to the community news section you will see a teeny image of me and flynt!)
for once we do not have a long journey, instead we are travelling a mere five miles from home to a wonderful local campsite that has views across the solent to the isle of wight and that allows camp fires~so friday and saturday night will see me sitting by a fire and sipping mead.



Rose said...

I have gotten a bit behind recently.... Lovely to see your doings. The tattoo looks ace! I love the history of it too. I didn't know about the seven clan mothers, but this is all fascinating to me. Wouldn't it be lovely to have our DNA looked at and see where we fit? Maybe we are distant cousins? *grin*

I am sorry it hurt so much though...

Kath said...

Wow! I never knew that about Cheddar man. I can see Cheddar gorge from my window.
Have a lovely camping trip and enjoy the company of the Stonewylde folks.

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Mad Madame Mel said...

thankyou for the welcome :)

I didn't know about the clan mothers, thats really interesting,may have to look into this more, looks like i'm off on another time consuming internet research thing heehee

Miss Robyn said...

I wonder what clan mother I am from? - gee, a whole can of worms! one of my relatives in England who is writing the book was thinking of having DNA testing done to see.. and that means, I would find out. I must see if she has done it yet.
I want to join the Stonywylde Tribe!! I cannot wait to get our motor home. only another month or so! love you xoxo

Miss Robyn said...

mead? recipe? xo

Bridget said...

Just found your blog through Twitter. I love the layout, artwork and of course the blog itself is great.

laoi gaul~williams said...

robyn i have found a small book that gives instructions on making mead and all kinds of other interesting wines~i am wondering if i should give it a go :) i adore mead and have a bottle that Calv kindly gave me~i am so lucky!

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France