Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leprechaun Legends and Fairy Wishes


Rainbows are seen by the eye when there is moisture in the air, usually after a rainfall.

Isaac Newton split light by putting a glass prism in front of a narrow beam of sunlight proving that sunlight is broken into seven colors by a prism.

Raindrops also act like a prism by separating sun light into a group of colors called the color spectrum which contains red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

Therefore rainbows are displays of the seven colors as seen through millions of tiny raindrops in the distant atmosphere. Have you ever seen two rainbows together? They are called secondary rainbows and are caused by light reflecting twice within a raindrop compared with once for a single rainbow. The difference with a secondary rainbow is that the colors are in reverse order of the primary rainbow, so red is on the inside of the bow while violet is on the outside.

Bridges of Light...

Rainbows are a vision of wonderful multi-colored bridges of light, and even though they can be scientifically explained it doesn't prevent us from telling magical, mystical tales about them. Remember the magical favorite “The Wizard of Oz” which was a film that invites us to believe in the amazing world that lies somewhere over the rainbow. In fact, if we look back throughout our own childhood and others within different cultures, we can recount many stories about rainbows. Pots of gold buried for centuries from little Irish Leprechaun, colors in the sky that came to compromise and unity within the native American legend and seeing fairies dancing around rainbows believed to bring us true happiness are the most memorable of the many rainbow tales told.

Even when we’re all grown up, the fantastic images, and thoughts, that the rainbow allows us to conjure stays with us. When we see a rainbow in the sky we smile, remembering those tales told to us once upon a time ago.

Perfect Conditions...

The most popular rainbow legend told is the one originating from Ireland. The perfect weather conditions to find rainbows can often be found in Ireland so maybe this is why the Leprechaun chose Ireland as their home.

Leprechauns love color hence why they frequently work near by rainbows. This is where the legend that says you can find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow comes from. Of course it is also well known that the crafty little Leprechaun will out-smart you. For the closer you get to the rainbow, the more it will elude you. Stories say that if we make a wish each time we see a rainbow the wish will come true if we truly believe. So next time you see a rainbow you should make a wish as you can be sure the leprechaun are busy spreading their magic.

Make a wish...

Make sure it is a truly special wish, because if you are a believer your wish will come true according the Leprechaun Legend.

JoAnne says...

I know why I wished for a rainbow this morning. Rainbows remind me of hope and new beginnings. As I'm still waiting (Yes. I understand completely that editors are very busy people and I am not complaining. I am not! I am just biting my nails and pulling my hair out.) to hear back about my manuscript, I guess the idea of seeing a rainbow would be a sign. A sign I am on the right path.

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