Celtic Birth Charms: 15 - Hop Tu Naa
The Celts settled in Europe from 800 B.C. to 900 A.D. and their civilization has been based on the belief in a magically animated earth and its relation to the own clan or tribe. In regard to this they were early conservationists, because they strongly believed that every part of the scenery holds its own life and should be considered as holy.
In their magic system the darkness of night brought the Celts closer to the mysterious Otherworld, where gods, goddesses, fairies and the dead exist. The cycle of agriculture was vital for their culture too and the festivals which were celebrated during the year were especially important to those who were born shortly before a certain festive day because they took a leading role in this particular festival. The natural attributes being inherent in a certain season, were respected by the Celts just as much as they observed which plants, animals and weather conditions were connected with a certain period because in that way they defined the special abilities of newborn children and predicted the future. Birthdays in general had a very important meaning because many Celtic legends referred to the birth of deities and heroes and the Celts were convinced that they shared the supernatural powers of these mythological beings if they had the luck to be born on their birthday.
Magic birth pendants were worn by the Celts to influence destiny and to emphasize personal traits, just as astrological jewelry is used by a lot of people today. And that's why the Celtic birth charms of this collection can either be worn to stress your own Celtic birthday, or if another pendant is chosen, to manifest its spirit within you.
Hop Tu Naa: People whose birthday falls between the 17th of November and the 9th of December are born under the Celtic sign of the cross-eyed witch. They set ambitious goals for themselves, which they adamantly pursue, and often have a sense for the supernatural. On the Isle of Man New Year's Day fell in this time and was celebrated together with the Hop Tu Naa festival - even today children are singing on this special day: "Jimmy, the cross eyed witch, jumps over the house Hop Tu Naa, Hop Tu Naa" The power of this cross-eyed witch was stored in the mystic form of the magic pentagram and witches and evil ghosts were expelled during this festival.
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