Thor’s-day with Ravens, Celts, and Druids

by O Society

The word “Thursday” comes from Thor of Norse mythology. Today, we are meditating in the aviary with Odin’s ravens, Ukrainian karchatas, and a clouded mystic’s dream of a bird in flight.

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Algir Tognatale

Ravn flyg i himmelhjul,
i skogen gjestar gamal Tul.

Algir!

Stien kovnar,
togna talar.

Algir.

English translation:

The raven flies in a wheel on the sky
in the forest, the old wise lives.

Algir!

The tracks disappear,
the tongue speaks.

Algir.

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Karchata (Ukrainian folk song)

Yaryna Kvitka has said about the song: “We have not found the correct definition of “karchata”. But there is a suggestion that these are birds (in some Ukrainanian dialect), as the song begins with the words “Oh, karchatas are on the mountain and the girls are in the valley.”

Hints of birds & apples, poison &  jealousy…

A tale of love, murder and ghosts…

Here, then, is Folknery performing Karchata:

Oy, na hori karchata, a v dolyni divchata,

Sichy-rubay derevo, kudy hlyanesh, zeleno, karchata. Des’ uzyavsya Ivanko, des’ uzyavsya Ivanko, Sichy-rubay derevo, kudy hlyanesh, zeleno, Ivanko. Vsich divchat vin rozihnav, lysh Mariyku sobi vzyav, Sichy-rubay derevo, kudy hlyanesh, zeleno, sobi vzyav. Poviv yiyi u sadok, narvav yiyi yahidok, Sichy-rubay derevo, kudy hlyanesh, zeleno, yahidok. Yiz, Mariyko, yahidky, zabuvaysya za divky, Sichy-rubay derevo, kudy hlyanesh, zeleno, za divky.

English

There are karchata on the mountains and girls in the valley,
Chop, fell trees, wherever you look – greenery, karchata.

Ivanko appeared out of nowhere, Ivanko appeared out of nowhere,
Chop, fell trees, wherever you look – greenery, Ivanko.

He drove away all the girls, and took Mariyka for himself,
Chop, fell trees, wherever you look – greenery, took for himself.

He took her to the garden, picked some berries for her,
Chop, fell trees, wherever you look – greenery, berries.

Eat, Mariyka, berries, forget about the girls,
Chop, fell trees, wherever you look – greenery, about girls.

Karchata is a mysterious story of two female ghosts, who during their lifetime were friends who fell in love with the same boy…During a tea party in the apple orchard, the girls poison each other. Every day, for many years, they relive the same day: a table with a tea set, two friends sitting across from each other.

They serve tea together, the steam rising from the cups, but the girls do not dare to take even a sip of tea.

Finally one of the girls takes the first sip and feels something strange – she realizes she has just taken a poison and gets up from her chair The other girl also rises. The friends chase each other around the garden, passing through the branches of old apple trees, bushes.

In the distance they see the silhouette of a man; they hold hands and go to him.Their ghosts remain living in that garden. Every day, for many years, they have been re-living the same day.”

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The Breathing of Times: Baroque Witch-hunt

Mystic’s Dream

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
where the heart moves the stones
there that my heart is longing for
All for, for the love of you
A painting hangs on an ivy wall
Nestled in the emerald moss
The eyes declare a truce of trust
then it draws me far away
deep in the desert twilight
Sand melts in pools of the sky
darkness lays her crimson cloak
lamps will call, call me home
And so it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
now I feel, feel you move
And every breath, breath is full
So it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
Even the distance feels so near
All for, for the love of you
A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
there that my heart is longing for
All for, for the love of you

~ Loreena McKennitt

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