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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Fairy Cat of Iona

 Travel the Two Realms: Iona, Scotland

Part One

Many see only the human realm.To them the second realm, inhabited by fairies and mythical beasts, goddesses and gods, sorceresses and wizards, is invisible. But if you steady your gaze on liminal spaces at just the right time, you'll discover the Two Realms coexist. One such place is Iona.

Iona, a small Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides, inspired I-shona (the sacred isle) in The Viking Mist. I confess, Iona's overwhelming association with Saint Columba and Celtic Christianity placed it low on my Must See list during my second research trip to Scotland. But how could I ignore a small island that was the also the target of Viking raids and the final resting place of Scottish and Viking kings?

Scot AnSgeulaiche

Modern-day bard Scot AnSgeulaiche led our Celtic Spirit Journey. Scot and a few others from our small group were ahead of me the day we hiked to Iona's fairy mound. A cat crossed the path as one woman asked, "Do you think we will see any fairies?"

Scot pointed to the cat. "There's one."

Right. Being allergic to cats, I paid scant attention to the tabby. My daughter, however, stopped to pet the cat.

After we spent some time on the grassy fairy mound, the sun grew low in the sky, signaling the onset of dusk (gloaming), a liminal "between" time. The air chilled. Descending the mound,  we again encountered the cat, which appeared to have been waiting for us. The fairy mound must have gifted me with the Sight, because now I noticed the cat's eyes were abnormally large and round, not at all as they had initially appeared. The cat's bright eyes now swirled with colors, magic, and mischief. Seeing my shock, the fairy feline grinned.

The encounter fostered within me a new understanding of the Fairy realm. It also gave birth to a new Two Realms character, Muirgen, a shape-shifting fairy cat. You will first meet Muirgen in The Viking Mist.

The coves and caves near Iona proved equally surprising and magical. I will tell you about them in next Tuesday's Travel The Two Realms, when a sailing adventure led to a scary paranormal discovery.

Until then, be kind and magical.
Copyright March 2022 Ariella Moon

Thursday, March 10, 2022

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March's Dark Moon: New Beginnings and an Exciting New Book!


New Moons mark new beginnings, making the March 2nd dark moon the ideal time to launch The Viking Mist. Besides, I could not resist the magical correspondences linked to this Pisces New Moon—casting a glamour, shape-shifting, and water magic—all vital elements in The Viking Mist, sequel to The Beltane Escape and The Amber Elixir, a Two Realms Arthurian companion novella .

At its core, The Viking Mist, is a time bending tale about fate, second chances, and healing old wounds. Halfling Talfryn has five days to navigate the world of lethal Cold Iron, locate the human mother he has never known, and recover a stolen elixir that could mask a murderer — a quest he cannot survive without Fenella’s aid. Will the Thaness of Thorburn honor their alliance, knowing the venture will jeopardize her freedom and second chance at love? 

In this sequel to The Beltane Escape and The Amber Elixirsecrets abound, fates interweave, friendships fray, and no one is safe.

The Viking Mist Available Now

This ebook was so anxious to sail, it arrived a day early on AMAZON and Rakuten Kobo