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Ornate Brooch excavated at Hunterston in Scotland from the Mid 8th Century CE on display at the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh

It is thought to have been made at a Royal Site such as Dunadd, the Hillfort metioned in the Annals of Ulster and supposedly the capital of the Kingdom of the Dál Riata. The skill of the jeweller can be seen in the familiarity of the use of Anglo-Saxon, Irish and Irish-Scottish techniques in decorating the metalwork of silver and gold with amber and other precious metals.

It was most likely a gift from one ruler to another either as a sign of friendship or of peace perhaps. It is a sign of not only material culture being used to symbolise status and rank but also the importance of trained and skilled manufacturers in society.

Eire

I see a lot of Gaelic polytheists talking about pre-Christian Ireland and even neolithic Ireland. This is good, although difficult, because we are relying on archeology, not written record. All of our records come from after Christianization, a peaceful conversion that removed the taboo from putting such information into writing.


Ireland didn’t end at Christianization. Ireland as a nation, as a culture, and as a concept certainly did not end sometime in the fifth century CE. Ireland is a nation that survived almost a millennium of what seems like ever increasing suffering under brutal colonial power. 


We should remember that, as practitioners. We should remember their suffering. We shouldn’t discount them, their culture, their faith, or anything else simple because we are polytheists and they are Christians. Please, please, please, if you care about learning about pre-Christian Ireland, also care about colonial Ireland and about independent Ireland and respect that, too.

Ἑβδόμη Φθίνοντος/ Ἑβδόμη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIV day
From today’s sunset: twenty-fourth day of Metageitnion.
Since there are no other religious prescriptions for this day, apart from the daily ones, we honor Selene in Her sacred day.

(Sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion. Mid-2nd century CE. Naples, National Archaeological Museum.)

Τρίτη Ἱσταμένου- Τριτομηνίς, III day
From today’s sunset: third day of Metageitnion.
From today’s sunset, it is Τριτομηνίς, the third of the month and sacred to Athena, as the symbolic day of Her birthday. In this day, Athena Tritogeneia is also identified with Selene. A public festival was held each month during this day to honor the Goddess. It is sacred also to the Charites.

(Detail of Athena - Roman copy of a Greek herma (circle of Phidias). 49—25 CE. From Herculaneum - Naples, National Archaeological Museum.)