celtic neopaganism

The cross that granted Brigid’s protection was, in Ireland, referred to as the cros-Bríde, or Brigid’s Cross. It was usually made from weaved rushes, straw, cord, sedge, or vine, and could take on a variety of shapes. It was a symbol of the perpetual cycle of the seasons, of the certainty that light and summer would always return, and its four arms represented the four-sided structure of the Celtic year. 

To Remove Bad Luck From All Areas Of Your Life

You will need:

  • A piece of paper
  • A blue pen and a red pen
  • A small plastic recyclable lidded container

Timing:

Right at the end of the waning moon cycle

The spell:

Write in blue all over both sides of the paper, in all directions, vertically, horizontally, and diagonally so that the words overlap, BAD LUCK BE GONE FOREVER, RETURN TO ME NEVER.

Draw a big red diagonal cross through both sides, saying:  “You are banned from my life, you troubled and strife, forever; return to me never.”

Fold the paper as small as possible and place it in the container, saying all the spell words. Add water and close the lid firmly.

Keep it in the freezer for a month.

After a month, dispose of it well away from your home in a recycling bin.


- “1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells For Every Purpose,” by Cassandra Eason

Airmid:

She was a healing goddess in ancient Irish mythology. Her father, Dian Cecht, along with Airmid and her brother, Miach, were the healers for the Tuatha de Danann. Their incantations sung over the well of Slaine could even raise the dead. Miach was more accomplished than his father, however. Dian Cecht flew into a jealous rage and killed his son. The tears Airmid shed on her brother’s grave turned to all the healing herbs of the world. She gathered these herbs into her cloak according to their properties, but her father lashed out once more, scattering them all around the world. Because of this, no one other than Airmid can know all the secrets of herbalism.

Stupid questions for Pagans

I know there’s a lot of different types of paganism but I hope anyone can answer some general questions that I’ve always been confused about.

Have there been any contemporary sightings of the Gods? (I KNOW this is the most stupid question but honestly I’m just so curious)

In Christianity your relationship with God is so personal usually, you can pray and ask for help/things in your life etc. Can pagans do this with their Gods too? Do you chose a specific God? Can you have a personal relationship with them?

What is your relationship with the Gods like? As a Christian my relationship with God is very loving and I guess I don’t imagine the idea of Gods as the same.

Does sin exist in paganism? In what way?

How do you worship the Gods in your life? Are your prayers usually answered?

I know this will vary depending on what type of pagan you are but how does your religion view things such as the creation of the world/humans/good/evil/the end of the world?

Pagan: an umbrella term for many religions, most of which share…..

  •  respect toward nature and celebrations based on seasons/solstices/etc.
  • Animism, the belief that non human things carry spiritual essence 
  • Polytheism, the belief in more than one god, usually within a pantheon corresponding to the culture, the exception being an eclectic pagan, who forms their own beliefs by taking bits and pieces from various religions. 

Happy Lughnasadh!

Lughnasadh usually occurs between the Summer solstice and Autumn equinox, for the Northern Hemisphere it’s usually July 31st - August 1st and it signifies the beginning of harvest season. Lughnasadh has Gaelic and Celtic roots and is generally celebrated today by Irish, Scottish and Manx people, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans. 

These three paintings of Manannán mac Lir, the Irish/Manx god of the sea, were commissioned as a tribute around the time his statue in Northern Ireland was vandalized. The leftmost painting features the god with his boat, Scuabtuinne (Wave-Sweeper) and the sword Fragarach (answerer). The center image shows him with the golden apple branch he used to tempt Cormac mac Airt, and the final piece shows him Enbarr, the horse that could travel over both land and sea. Manannán is associated with storms at sea, the Isle of Man, and prosperity (especially from the sea). He can also be considered a trickster god and was associated with the fairy Otherworld. (Click through to see the images full size).

My boyfriend got me an icicle for this full moon.

While I was lighting my flames for Brigid inside at my altar, the icicle slid off the table and broke into 3 large pieces and a few smaller ones.

The 3 large ones I brought outside to guide my triquerta offering circle to Brigid.

The smaller pieces I mixed with lavender salt and am allowing to melt down on my altar in doors.

One of the most pervasive modern views of the Morrigan is that she is a Dark Goddess. (…) The term dark in this case indicates an association between the deity and the aspects of life or the world that people tend to fear. (…) What I have come to realize is that the entire idea of Dark Gods is, in many ways, an illusion. It is based in a focus on the deities associated with things that we, as modern people, fear because we usually are disconnected from them. (…) My point here is that the Gods are all complex beings that can never be defined in such broad strokes or absolutes. There is also the risk with this view of missing important nuances of a deity by focusing exclusively on one narrow aspect of what that God relased to.
—  Pagan Portals - The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens, by Morgan Daimler

The Morrighan:

Also called Morrigu, she is an Irish goddess associated with fate and death in battle. In the Ulster Cycle, she foretells the hero Cuchulain’s doom by appearing at a ford, washing his bloody clothing.  The Morrighan is also connected with sovereignty, however, and with wealth in the form of cattle. She has been depicted both alone and as a triune goddess, with her other names being Badb and Macha, or Macha and Anand. She often appears as an attractive woman, but she can also take the form of carrion crows, a young heifer, or an old woman.  

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