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Michael Cerulli Billingsley
United States
Current Residence: Vermont and Ireland
Favourite genre of music: full bore vocals - eclectic, intelligent metre
Favourite photographer: Bill Brandt, Joseph Sudek, Imogen Cunningham, Gertrude Kasabier
Favourite style of art: Unflinching insights, penetrating layers, dancing away unharmed
Operating System: OS 10.4 on dual G5, or PowerBook G4
MP3 player of choice: iTunes
Shell of choice: nope
Wallpaper of choice: nope
Skin of choice: nope
Favourite cartoon character: Les Triplettes de Belleville
Personal Quote: Water/Brighid - a Niagara moving through the barrel that is "your" skin. Are You even in
If you chance to stray into the Golden Vale of Ireland, you'll find soon that the gravity there is different, as are the cardinal directions. Over there in North Munster, things are a bit twisted 'round.

Not the least of it, is that the centre of it all is very particular lake, which encircled and sheltered an island - Knockadoon/Cnoc a Dúin - Hill of the People.  The lake is called Ghuir... "nurturing place" or "warm nest."  Lough Gur in what is now County Limerick.    

And holding it in place, to the extremes of view in the cardinal directions are four hills, the hills of Donn Fírinne (Truth/Lord of Death & Storms) - Lugh (the Multi-Skilled) - Grían (the Nurturing Sun) - and Áine (Leaper/Changer).

Áine - An or Anu (that is, of the Tuath Dé Danann... Tribe of the Children of An) and once heart-mother of the Danube River.  She is the shape-shifter, swift-mover, slider between the visible and invisible, seer of all things and blesser/healer bringing together diverse elements of magic and knowledge.  Libra-like energy... or perhaps Green Tara.

And Áine's Hill - Cnoc Áine - recorded by Westropp as the former ancient home of a pillared "temple of the law" is also annual site of the multi-millenia old Blessing of Cattle.   And here, also, the ancient North Munster kings came hoping to win a tryst with Áine - knowing that only those chosen by her could rule with authority in Ireland.   Here, indeed, it is rumoured that the Stone of Fál was first set... the stone which cried out in recognition when stepped upon by a true king.

Áine - Queen of May - blessing the cattle at Béltaine starting at dusk, walking anonymously out among the people and surreptiously choosing (often enough) a human mate.   Áine... lovely to behold, powerful to embrace, terrible to betray or take by force... embued with liveliness and the ability to slip between the worlds.

She can glamour you away, or invite you of your own free will.  Queen of May, Maker of Kings, Healer, Blesser, Truth-Seer, Leaper-Jumper.

  • Listening to: Julie Fowlis
  • Reading: The Rites of Brigid - Goddess and Saint
  • Watching: August Rush


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LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Artist
Thinking of you. Ireland is always in a secret chamber in my heart.
AvonArt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   General Artist
Thanks for the comment. So you heard some mp3s then? Ah... *oops* lol And you know Pamela? :) Are you into Nick's music then?

Are you anywhere else online like facebook or myspace?
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you for your wonderful emails and Celtic connections (links andsuch) I want to absorb everything.

Congrats for digging up so much Irish history, and willing to share it all with the world. :star: :hug:
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Professional Artist
Hey Mr. Bix~ I checked out your Straight Arrow Recordings website. Looks very professional. Absolute coolness. :nod:

:heart: :star: :hug: xx dee (LBC)
jjfanagh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Thanks Batchic - are you still doing "hardware" painting and putting it up on "bricks and mortar" walls... or are you totally moved over into the virtual gallery world? I'm askin' in part because while I build toward a more comprehensive Internet galleries here and elsewhere (such as YouTube, Flickr and Bebo) I also am getting very re-interested in figuring how to get my newer work into a real gallery space. Your work poses interesting challenges either way - for people to truely wrap their minds around what you're doing - so I'm curious about what you're making a priority.
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006  Professional Artist
yw -- I'll answer my reply in a deviantART note, jj. Check your mailbox and see! ;P xx dee
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional Artist
In dreams begins responsibility.
William Butler Yeats


Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
William Butler Yeats

:hug: :heart: xx dee
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006  Professional Artist
:: welcome to DA, dear jj. :: :hug:

:: life-a-glitter with :star: Bat-:pie:
jjfanagh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
Hey B - I'm going to look pretty naked without any emoticons, put I'll risk it. Thanks for the welcome.

As an experienced site user, please tell if this is true... to list with the printing service potentially linked to my gallery, I have to pay DeviantArt a monthly fee of $5-6... yes? If that's true, I'm not sure I'll be able to jump on board. Seems to me they could take the fee out of the printing cost AFTER someone committed to a purchase. Then we'd all be walking away with something valuable to all.

So, I'm curious about what you say.
LadyBatChic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006  Professional Artist
:: emoticon-naked? --> :nod: lol :heart: :star:

:: i am a mere humble member of DeviantArt, and not a subscriber. :: as a subscriber you are entitled to list with the printing services, and other extra features. . . i am content to be uploading my graphic work and poetry with DA gratis for the time being ~~ but i may get the inspiration at a later date to enter one of the contests that DA regularily posts -- (with the prize often awarded as a free subscription to DeviantArt.)

:: oh by the way -- i've added you to my friends' list, so i am now notified everytime you make a gallery upload or new journal entry. :: if you would like to do the same for me, go to my DA webpage --> click [link] and select the +deviantWatch icon (far right) from the icons listed as General, Gallery, Scraps, Journal, Activity, Send Note, and +deviantWatch

:: i find it is a great way to stay connected. :star:

:devart: :community: take care xx peace :earth: Lady Bat
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