|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on August 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM||comments (2)|
Last weekend I attended the marvelous Many Gods West polytheist conference in Olympia, WA (right here in Cascadia!), organized by Niki Whiting, Rhyd Wildermuth, and PVSL. It was fascinating and exciting to spend a few days soaking in the theology and ritual of devotional polytheism, meeting new people, and getting to chat with personalities I'd only met or known by repute online. I especially enjoyed the workshop talks by druids John Beckett of a CUUPS chapter in Texas, who spoke ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on August 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
It is fashionable today in many pagan circles to treat Lughnasadh's Harvest theme as a metaphor, or an abstracrtion removed from its literal meaning. This is often claimed as an updated way to engage with the holiday, more apt for urban dwellers of the 21st century than rural dwellers of the ancient past, or even the recent past of the past couple centuries. I understand the inclination, especially with the popularity of Jungian archetypes in pagan religions, as it lends itself to...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on April 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM||comments (1)|
In Irish myth, a Pact was made between the first Gaels, also called the Milesians, and the Tuatha de Danann, the beings who lived in Ireland when the Milesians arrived. This Pact formed the basis of their mutually-respectful and -beneficial relationship, and can stand as a model to us today in such living.
After the Milesians and the Tuatha de Danann battled for control of the island of Ireland, the two parties agreed to share it- the Milesians would live on the land, and ...
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on March 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
It has been fashionable in some polytheistic and pagan circles today to claim that contemporary personal relationships with the gods is influenced by Protestant Christian culture prevalent in western civilization today, and that this would not have been traditionally observed by our ancestors historically, which therefore makes such relationships corrupt, suspect, or both.
My thought on this notion today is that, as relationships are living things, when maintained, what they...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on May 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
As I spend time in the online spheres of contemporary polytheists, and read about contemporary polytheist worldviews and practices, I understand that these practitioners primarily relate with their polytheism as 'religion,' and that they understand religion to be a discrete entity in and of itself, to be selected, rejected, or changed at will. I have come to learn that I don't relate with this mindset.
While I can appreicate the mod...Read Full Post »
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We have traversed the circle of the Celtic Cross sunwise from West to South; now we must follow the spoke inward to the Center, where the four points meet, where the four directionally oriented provinces meet in the central province that is Míde, or Meath, the political and spiritual center of mythic Ireland, encompassing both hills of Tara and Uisneach. The center itself is also sacred, being where holy spirit fire is kindled, and so all actions taken from this sacr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on April 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Traveling sunwise a final turn around the circle of the Celtic Cross, to its bottom leg, we come to the direction of South. The name for south in Irish corresponds with positive attributes associated with the right hand, which is what faces the southerly direction when one stands facing east towards the rising sun. As such, the qualities of the South have to do with what is pleasing and enjoyable, in contrast to the qualities of the North, of the sinister left hand,...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Erin nighean Brėghde on April 11, 2014 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
Traveling sunwise again, we arrive in the direction of East, where the sun rises, most beneficient of all the directions in Irish lore. The names of the cardinal directions in Irish are all oriented towards the sun, so that the word for East means, before me, as in, facing the sunrise, while west means, behind me, as in, where the sun sets. The Sun is the source of all life and blessings, from where all goodness comes, meaning, that which supports our physical needs...Read Full Post »