September's Blood Moon was the time when
animals were butchered and stored as food
for the long winter. The month of the Blood
Moon is also the time when Liffey Rivers
finds herself back in Ireland, seeking the
woman who wears a diamond 'M' on the
Mountain of the Moon, while trying to elude
a terrifying black horse and its rider.
This is a huge pile of small rocks marking a grave (called a cairn)
which is located right on the top of the mountain KNOCKNAREA.
The summit of the mountain is pretty much flat so the cairn can be
seen from great distances. The legendary QUEEN MAEVE is said
to be buried under it but THE SECRET OF THE MOUNTAIN OF
THE MOON suggests otherwise....
by Rita Stynes
THE SECRET OF THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON
IS THE THIRD BOOK IN THE LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCER MYSTERY SERIES.
The Celts believed that people were
affected by the cycles of the moon and
that the moon can be linked to intuition
and has real power over moods and
actions. Their daily prayer to the
pagan moon goddess was: "Leave us
sound and whole."
The ancient Celts gave their
moons symbolic names such as
the Wort Moon or the Moon of
Claiming, the Corn Moon & the
In the third Liffey Rivers book, Liffey
Rivers and the Secret of the Mountain of
the Moon, Liffey experiences the tug of
the Celtic Blood Moon when, after
dancing at her first feis in Ireland, she
observes an extraordinary phenomenon
directly above Queen Maeve’s cairn on
the summit of Knocknarea, the Mountain
of the Moon, in County Sligo.