I've been having some trouble with my monitor, so I've been away a while.
It's still screwed, so I have a small window of opportunity here to answer
some mail. Looks like Celtic-L has been its usual prolific self, over 400
emails in my box. Also looks like some flaming has been going on and a
little confusion over what constitutes freedom of speech and what is
opression; well said Sharon.
Anyhow, to the matter at hand. I have often heard it said that birthmarks
represent the place where one was wounded in a past life. Now, whether or
not this is an Irish tradition or not, I cannot prove.
There is a tradition within paganism, whereby witches can be identified by a
birthmark, this was used as ammunition during the Burning Times. (I'm not
telling where mine is.)
Moleosophy is a method of divination by moles on the body. Different
meanings were attached to size, shape, colour and location of the mole. It
is only a brief blurb in my source, and your earlobe is not covered, Mic. I
also have a recollection of the Druids using this as a method of divination,
but once again, am without sources to verify.
Hope this was of some use.
> Now, here's something I've been meaning to ask the scholars for weeks now.
> Do birthmarks have especial significance in Irish culture? I was born with
>one on the lobe of my ear, and my grandmother (who was from the old country)
>used to say it had a meaning. I was just wondering if she picked that up
>here, or there?
>(I used to know a guy named Lance Lugh...does that help that Continental
>Celtic topic any? Hmmm...didn't think so.)