Druidic and Celtic Symbols in Druid Warrior Prince

Learn how author Juli D. Revezzo blends Celtic symbols and mythology into her tales of a magical Ireland. Contributing to Brave Luck Books as a guest writer, Revezzo shares some insights about her newest novel DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE from the Celtic Stewards Chronicles.

Druid Warrior Prince

Druidic and Celtic Symbols in Druid Warrior Prince

by Juli D. Revezzo

The Celts have been of interest to modern man for centuries, despite the fact that we have very little in the way of firsthand accounts of them. What they left behind, however—their stories, their art—has fueled that interest and even some modern pagans. In Wicca, for instance, you’ll see an interest in Celtic gods, and if you visit a Wiccan festival, or even a Renaissance festival, you’ll no doubt run into Celtic spirals all over the place!

Spirals (the symbol of ebb and flow, leaving and returning), of course, aren’t the only symbol prevalent in Celtic mythology. The stories abound with symbols everywhere. A Cauldron isn’t just a cauldron, it’s a symbol for the entrance into the Otherworld, at other times, it’s a container for an inexhaustible supply of whatever food or drink one might need.

So when it came time to build the world in Celtic Stewards Chronicles (of which my novel, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, is the latest installment), I couldn’t resist adding a few of these interesting symbols into my “imagined Ireland”

Then there are the harbingers. These are Balor’s minions, a combination of mythological figures of the evil Fomorians — enemies of the Tuatha dé Danann and creatures of my own imagination.

fomorians

A depiction of the Fomorians by John Duncan.

They’re mythic yes, but also pure fantasy. Since the series runs backward from our time in the present to the past, I decided to make the harbingers able to adapt to their ecology. So in book one (Passion’s Sacred Dance), the heroine thinks they resemble alligators of which she’s used to from local Floridian zoos and habitats. By the latest installment in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, which takes place in Medieval Ireland, the problem arose that Ireland has no such creatures. So what do they do? Adapt the species to resemble the hideous creature of legend (Celtic and otherwise): dragons. So, yes, there be dragons (of a sort) here.

So there you are; a few of the symbols that show up in my latest fantasy romance novel, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE. I hope you will take a look and enjoy what resulted from my mixture of reality, fantasy and symbology.

If you’d like to know more about DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, here’s the synopsis:

Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn’t part of her plan.

DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback

Author Biography

JuliDRevezzo_black and white320Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

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Disney going hog wild with Star Wars

I’ve really been pleased so far with how Disney has developed the Star Wars universe. “Rogue One” was an outstanding movie. I cry every time I watch it, plus it has such bad ass Darth Vader scenes.

I’m very much looking forward to the “Han Solo” movies that have been planned. This news article said that production was just completed on the first movie. I wonder if they are at all based on the splendid novels written by Ann C. Crispin? I thought her “Han Solo Trilogy” books were excellent.

Disney announces new Star Wars film trilogy, TV series

Disney on Thursday announced plans for a new Star Wars film trilogy and a live-action TV series as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise. … recently wrapped on a film based on the story of Han Solo, who was played by actor Harrison Ford in the original trilogy as well as in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” according to Disney executives. ” SoloContinue reading

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Lord of the Rings TV series has great potential

Amazon wants to have a hit fantasy television series of its own. Envious of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” success, Amazon Studios has started negotiations with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the creation of a “Lord of the Rings” television show, according to a report in Variety. Jeff Bezos himself is said to be involved. No official deals have yet to emerge, but I certainly agree that the world of Middle Earth has almost limitless potential for great fantasy stories. You don’t have to stick to the stories. Just use the world.

I would make a television series that shows Aragorn’s younger days as a Ranger with the Dunedain. He and the rangers could fight monsters most episodes and have elf girlfriends whenever possible. The world can have that great idea for free, unless of course the Tolkien estate turns Bezos down. Then Amazon can pay me to write a thrilling alternative. If you want some free fantasy fiction, download one of my novels.

Can A ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series Measure Up To ‘Game Of Thrones’ Success?

Another epic fantasy series could soon find itself a television home, as Amazon is reportedly eyeing a television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series, “The Lord of the Rings.” According to Variety, Warner Bros. Continue reading

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Extinct human species inspire fantasy races and monsters

My whole life I’ve been fascinated by human ancestors or prehistoric members of the genus homo. Neanderthals are the most well known. Their disappearance from Europe at the same time that modern homo sapiens moved into the continent has held the attention of researchers for years. Many ideas have been presented about their downfall, but I’ve always suspected that humans hunting Neanderthals played a big role in their disappearance. I base this belief on what I know of recorded human history. Wiping out neighboring peoples and taking their lands have been standard operating procedures for thousands of years. Humans have been known to wipe out many species. Hunting is considered the major reason for the mass extinction of megafauna and the rise of agriculture. We killed all of the animals and had to figure out another way to get food.

Reading and writing fantasy literature usually includes humans warring with other races, usually nasty orcs that represent the unsightly other that must be killed and can be killed without regret. I believe that the races and monsters that make the fantasy genre so fun and interesting are derived from our deep body memory of battles fought in distant ages when we were not the only species making weapons. It’s not too far of a stretch to image a burly Neanderthal as a giant or troll.

The article below suggests that the steady influx of more humans into the continent of Europe gradually caused our species to prevail and the other to wither.

Neanderthals were doomed to fail, new study suggests

Neanderthals lived at the same time as early humans. They were strong, smart, and in many ways better than their counterparts. Yet humans endured, while Neanderthals went extinct (though in a way, we still carry them around through our DNA). Continue reading

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Archeology a constant source of inspiration for my fantasy writing

This article about a 1,000-year-old Viking sword found by a hunter in the Norwegian Mountains easily suggests a story to me. Unlike the speculation in the article that someone dropped the sword while lost in a blizzard, I like to imagine someone trekking up to 5,000 feet above sea level and hurling a magic sword into the snowy waste to escape its curse. It might explain why archeologists have not found any other artifacts or a body near the sword.

1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword Discovered In Norwegian Mountains

A reindeer hunter in the mountains of southern Norway stumbled upon a Viking sword that has survived exposure to the elements for more than 1,000 years. Einar Åmbakk found the sword because half … Continue reading

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Predators and Prey react to molecule in spilled blood

This article about the E2D molecule shows how the microscopic world influences the macro world. The process of fats breaking down in blood exposed to air creates the molecule. Scientists have concluded that E2D provokes interest and excitement in predators, like wolves, and bothers prey species, like bunny rabbits and humans.

While writing my werewolf novels, I’ve considered the olfactory sense quite a bit because the werewolves base many decisions on scent information. And my werewolf hero, Thal, is always deeply sensitive to bloodshed. It beckons his wolfish knowledge of feasting on a kill but worries his humanity.

Scientists find blood molecule that attracts wolves, repels humans

The faintest whiff of a molecule from mammal blood known as E2D sends some animals into a predatory frenzy but frightens others — including people — into retreat, scientists have discovered. Never before has the same molecule been known to provoke diametrically opposite behaviours in creatures ranging from horse flies to humans, hinting at deep evolutionary roots, they reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Continue reading

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Wolf attacks at Israeli campsites result from humans feeding them

Writing the Werewolves in the Renaissance series has included researching wolf history and behavior. This information guides the portrayal of my werewolf hero Thal. Because wolves have been cultural bad guys for centuries, I investigated just how dangerous wolves are to people. Recorded events showed that on rare occasions wolves target poorly attended children. Essentially, they don’t hunt us unless vulnerable young stray from safety or a parent, like Red Riding Hood’s mother, sends a girl alone into the woods with a basket of food.

The news below details the recent rash of wolf attacks against children at campgrounds in Israel. Although the headline raises the usual alarm about the big bad wolf, the article eventually reveals that people had been feeding wolves, which allowed them to lose their historic fear of interacting with humans. Now that they felt comfortable entering campgrounds, stray juicy children proved to be tempting targets. Fortunately, the families successfully defended their children from the wolf attacks.

Wolves in Israel are raiding campsites to try to snatch children, experts warn

There have been ten attacks by wolves on humans in the past four months in Israel, and in most cases the animals were trying to make off with infants or babies, the Haaretz daily reported on Tuesday. In what is becoming an increasingly common phenomenon, wolves are approaching campsites to try and snatch what they can… Continue reading

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Women driving in Saudi Arabia could let Genie out of the bottle

I was very happy to see the news that Saudi Arabia has ended its ban on women driving cars. I hope it is a tiny step forward for women in that country that will lead to additional destruction of the tyranny that imprisons them. The unreasonably strict patriarchy of that kingdom essentially makes all women criminals, subject to perpetual house arrest. My readings about the abuses suffered by women in that country have been a source of inspiration in my writings. As a fantasy writer, the civilizations I create are pre-industrial and modeled on patriarchy, which imposes tyranny on all people, men and women, so that a few can hold great power. The tyranny of the home upholds the tyranny of the state.

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

In a reversal of a longstanding rule, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will now allow women to drive. In a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the order said it will be effective immediately but the rollout will take months, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. A high level committee of ministers has… Continue reading

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Linda Hamilton to appear in 6th Terminator Film

If there’s one famous science fiction heroine that women like, even those who don’t call themselves sci fi fans, it’s Sarah Connor from The Terminator. I’m pleased to see in the news below that Linda Hamilton has joined the cast for the next Terminator movie, the 6th in the franchise. Her performance in the first movie, The Terminator, released in 1984, was crucial to the movie’s success.

She was just a young woman, living the life of most young women. A job. A roommate. A little freedom.

She wasn’t some corseted female trained to kill by the CIA that Hollywood loves to fling upon audiences. Her natural tenacity to survive and willingness to fight embodied the ancient ferocity of womanhood. Her upcoming appearance in the new film will round out her development of the character beautifully. In The Terminator, she was the maiden. In T2, the matron, and I’m sure that her next performance as the crone will be inspiring as well.

Linda Hamilton is back: Actress joins Schwarzenegger, Cameron on ‘Terminator’ franchise

Actress Linda Hamilton is ready to once again save the world as Sarah Connor. Science fiction fans have wondered whether producer James Cameron and star Arnold Schwarzenegger could convince the iconic female lead in the franchise’s first two films – 1984’s “The Terminator” and 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” – to join them for the franchise’s… Continue reading

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