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.
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.
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.
Juli 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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Thanks, Tracy, for inviting me here to talk about Druid Warrior Prince.