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aparisianweirdo-deactivated2016  asked:

Hi! Do you have some books or web sites talking about celtic paganism? I'm very interested in the Celtic religion (ancestors you know haha). I ordered a book of the celtic traditions that looks like a calendar, I'm just waiting for it. :3

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30 Days of Deity Devotion: Day 4: Favorite Myths of this Deity

Cailleach Bheur

One of my favorite legends concerning the Cailleach is actually of Scottish origin and came into existence during the modern era. In a book titled “The Days of Deer Stalking” (published 1883) by William Scrope, he relates a story from a pair of deer hunters that he had collected. From some research on this book itself, this story may actually have origins in the 1770s, which is distinctly late in the terms of stories concerning pre-Christian Gaelic deities.

The story relates the tale of two men who were out in search of red deer, during their outward journey, a snowstorm from the north blew in on them but eventually cleared and they continued on their way. Eventually they managed to locate the hunted deer, shot and wounded a hind (female) and were tracking her by the blood trail she was leaving. Another storm, worse than the first, blew in on them again. Survival outweighed the success of a hunt, so they hunkered down in the rocks with their provisions to wait it out for the night. Things had not improved by the next morning and they knew that they needed to return home.

Since the storm had blown in from the north, they used the wind as their marker because the storm offered low visibility and they needed to go south for home. Eventually this wind changed slightly and started pushing them east. As night began to fall again, they came across an old shieling (a small hut, usually used by herders during the summer months while livestock were out to graze) and this seemed a much better option than sleeping in the rocks again. They completely expected it to be empty and were shocked to find a wild looking old woman in the open door who told them that she’d been expecting them and that they were welcome in her home for the night.

She warmed them and gave them a hot meal, all the while crooning and chanting a language they couldn’t understand. Being of the land themselves, the men recognized something fell immediately and were reluctant to accept her hospitality; at which she explained that the storms were her doing and that she was the power in the north. She shows them a knotted rope and explains:

‘If I lowse the first [knot], there shall blaw a fair wind, such as the deer stalker may wish; if I lowse the second, a stronger blast shall sweep o’er the hills; and if I lowse the third, sic a storm will brak out, as neither man nor beast can thole; and the blast shall yowl down the corries and the glens, and the pines shall faw crashin into the torrents, and this bare arm shall guide the course o the storm, as I sit on my throne of Cairn-Gower, on the tap o Ben-y-Gloe. Weel did ye ken my pouer the day, when the wind was cauld and dedly, and all was dimmed in snaw - and ye see that ye was expectit here, and ye hae brought nae venison; but if ye mean to thrive, ye maun place a fat hart, or a yeld [barren] hind in the braes o’ Atholl, by Fraser’s cairn, at midnight, the first Monday in every month, while the season lasts. If ye neglect this my biddin, foul will befaw ye, and the fate of Walter o Rhuairm shall owertak ye; ye shall surely perish in the waste; the raven shall croak yer dirge; and yer bones shall be pickit by the eagle.’ (William Scrope)

The hunters promise to follow her advice, go to sleep and wake up the next morning to a cold day but with no sign of the storm or the old woman and they made their way home.

There are many old legends about the Hag either tricking, giving advice to or warning hunters for doing wrong in her lands or to her Wilds, but this is significantly recent and very much one of my personal favorites.

anonymous asked:

How should someone set up an altar to the Celtic gods in a recon way?

Here’s the thing about that: you don’t. Historically speaking, the closest thing a person would have to an altar or a shrine would be the hearth. There was no set place in the home where one would go to honor the gods.

To approach the issue from a different angle, (although it’s one that, to my knowledge, applies only to Irish polytheism, specifically), the nature of the relationship between the gods and the people was not one where the humans and the gods are on seperate planes or in seperate realms; the gods were manifold and everywhere, and the nature of the people’s worship was not one of subjection, but of contractual obligation. The gods, who were defeated in battle by humans, moved under the sidhe—the fairy-mounds, as it were—and agreed to let the crops grow and the livestock live in return for offerings of food and milk and things of that nature. Offerings of food, milk, grain, fruit, etc., would be left outside in the woods, or burned, or buried. Weapons and armor and sometimes entire chariots were sunk in lakes and rivers.

However, that is not always adequate in the context of a modern practitioner of the religion. It’s not always practical, and the concept of the contract between humans and gods is inapplicable, especially if you don’t live in Ireland, at least in my opinion. The nature of the relationship between the practitioner and the gods is fudamentally different than it should be if one were truly reconstructing the practice. One of the results of that paradigm shift is that many Celtic polytheists, require some kind of workspace for our practice. I take it you’re in a similar place, hence the question. In that light, what you do for an altar is almost entirely up to you, so long as you don’t do anything that’s blatantly in conflict with the way the Irish gods have been worked with historically. It should be a tool for the revitalization of the religion, not a reinventing of the religion. So that means that if, for example, you make an offering of buttered bread and milk to a Celtic deity, (which is always a good offering to start out with, by the way, at least with Gaelic deities), and now it’s been a few hours, or overnight, or however long you see fit to leave it there, you wouldn’t eat it yourself, because that would be disrespectful and, according to legend, very unhealthy. You’d also want to avoid throwing it away, but that’s less important and more difficult depending on your situation. Things of that nature still apply.

Bolded the important bits.
I hope I actually answered your question somewhere in that throng of tangents.

— Korrigan

earthbabi  asked:

Do you have advice for working with Brighid? What's she like?

In my experience and work with her, she feels like a loving but strict mother; she’s rather no-nonsense and incredibly solid, but also gentle and kind, if that makes sense? In the same way she forges her weapons as a goddess of blacksmiths, she made it very clear from day one that she would shape me into a stronger, kinder person, and also made it clear it wouldn’t be a stroll in the park. However, when I needed comfort and safety I felt her comforting presence very strongly: serene, warm and understanding.

Now this is just my own experience, but every time I tried to do a more formal/fancier sort of ritual in her honour, I managed to mess things up spectacularly. One time I broke an offering dish, the other times the candles refused to burn, etc. At first I took this as a sign that Brighid flat out didn’t want to work with me, but about a year later I felt a very strong urge, seemingly out of the blue, to try to rekindle my connection with her. After a period of trial-and-error evolution, I realized she preferred it when I did smaller, more casual offerings and rituals (dedicating my cooking or chores/study time to her, prayers, music and especially poetry or art written by me). I also set up a small altar for her based on conventional and UPG associations and gave her daily offerings of water, as wells and water are also associated with her.

Before anything else, though, I made sure to research a lot about her lore and cultural background, of course. These are only a few to start off, and there are better resources out there - I had lots more on my bookmarks, but I accidentally deleted them ; A ;

If you’d like to contact Brighid, my suggestion would be lighting a candle in her name and leaving out an offering of honeyed milk, and if you feel inspired you could also write a couple of heartfelt verses dedicated to her; after all, besides being the goddess of healers and blacksmiths, Brighid is also the patroness of poets!

(I might post some of my own poem-prayers to her in the future, too.)

Not being “Recon Enough” or How I stopped worrying and learnt to love my practice

I see a lot of newbies worrying about not being “recon enough”, or not wanting to label themselves as this or that type of polytheist because they don’t feel they do the right things. Well, I’m going to come out and say it: It’s ok. 

We all have to adapt practices to suit our lives. We don’t have temples we can go to, mystery cults we can join, or widely celebrated festivities we can attend. We do not live in the cultures whose practices we are trying to replicate, and that’s not a bad thing. I like living in modern day Britain (minus the current government but that’s not really relevant here). I don’t really want to live in ancient Hellas, where I probably wouldn’t be able to express my gender identity, sexuality, and disability in the way I want to, if I hadn’t already died from any number of illnesses. I like living in a society where I have the internet, where we don’t have slavery, and where women can vote and work and can be in the same room as a man without issue.

But you know that, reader, of course you do, you’re reading this on the internet so chances are you’re pretty happy combining the old with the new. You probably read a lot of post by other like-minded people, and if you’re anything like me, you compare them to yourself. Well do as I say and not as I do, my friend: Just because your practice isn’t exactly like another recon’s doesn’t make yours invalid. If you don’t have the space for a pretty altar or extravagant offerings, it’s ok. If you don’t have time to celebrate festivals with lengthy rituals because you’ve just got back from work and you’re on the early shift tomorrow, it’s ok. If you don’t have the spoons to cleanse, pray, or whatever, it’s ok. The gods will still love you. They understand that you’re doing all you can.

It’s ok if you cut corners sometimes. Me? I keep my khernips in a spray bottle and I read prayers in my head or at a whisper because I have a morbid fear of disturbing my housemates. I celebrate festivals days late because that’s when I can. I try to incorporate as much as I can from the ancient world, of course, but we all have our limits. 

Do I look at people who have a shrine for each of the 12 olympians and for the Cthonic deities and the heroes and… I don’t know… a Grecian folly in their back garden, and think “ooh boy, I would love to have that set up some day”? Of course I do. But remember that xenia is still xenia if you can’t give much. If we look at the Odyssey (or the bumper handbook of xenia as I like to think of it) it’s tempting to look at the gifts given by Nestor or the time and effort that Nausicaa spends on her guests and think “this is what I need to aim for”, but remember Eumaeus the swineherd? The guy who lives in a hut with four dogs and spends his days looking after pigs on the hills of Ithaca? He can only give his guest a seat by the fire and a simple meal, no fancy cups or offers of baths, but he’s still one of the most virtuous and generally good characters in the whole damn epic.

Be like Eumaeus. Do what you can. Don’t fret about what you can’t. 

anonymous asked:

hi! i was wondering if you knew of any good resources for celtic reconstructionism? particularly ones relating to Scotland since thats where im from. thank you x

These are the links that I have on hand for Celtic stuff. I don’t know how accurate or useful they’ll be, but feel free to flip through them:

If any of our readers has suggestions for this anon, feel free to chime in!

-Devo 

Some of these may be repeats of the ones above, but:

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30 Days of Deity Devotion: Day 3: Symbols and Icons of this Deity

Cailleach Bheur

Cthonic in nature, the Hag has very little associated with her that would be found outside of nature. Actions taken in her name generally are done in reaction to her environments and protection then of it. These things then associated with her are based on her legends, as well as a few of my personal associations.

Deer: deer are the Hag’s “cattle” after a fashion, she milks them and herds them, protecting them in the wilds and sometimes showing favor to hunters in order to help them bring down a meal. Though be wary to bless what you hunt in a manner that pleases her, lest she takes the gift back.

Standing Stones, Natural Monuments: As she strode across the land, carrying her basket of stones, she dropped or threw them, creating monoliths and standing stones, natural features and barrows. These dark wild places are her domains and places to leave her an offering. I personally think that Connemara marble is one of her personal favorites, I believe.

Wolves: These were another of her personal favorites, sometimes riding on the back of a giant wolf across the plains of snow during the dead of winter. My personal gnosis also leads wolves to be directly associated to her in one of her epithets: The Mother of Wolves.

Grain: The Hag taught man how to harvest their wheat and grain, showing them the best times to plant and the best times to collect it. Bread, wheat dolls, oatmeals and other such products or meals are strongly associated with her.

Holly: Native Irish holly is a four season plant, hardy and looking very different from the “classic” Christmas holly, though it does have the same effects as a poisonous plant the same winter associations.

Owls: The Hag is said to take the form of a large bird sometimes to make her way around the land, I personally consider this to be an owl given some mythological context in the Carmina Gadelica.

Winter: All of those things of the cold dark, ice and snow, frozen rivers dead trees and the bones of creatures fallen to hunger or hunt. In a way, winter is analagous to death and while the Hag is not a psychopomp, her creatrix role and her role in the Wilds connects her intrinsically to the cycle of life and death.

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The Coming of Jalessa. She was chosen by Hecate to rule over all of magic… and to piss us off. Truly the epitome of all delusions of grandeur, save for a specific demographic that we’ll get to later. She’s a fluffy Wicca fanatic that had conspiracy theories regarding Lucifer and Loki and Satan and whatever.

And then right before the year ended, she appeared yet another time.

The Catholic Rosary Crusade. When Americans learned yet again that other countries do exist, that Protestants and Catholics still have a distaste for eachother, that Catholicism is a closed religion (requires inititation), and that Christianity is in fact oppressed in other countries. Ground breaking, I know. Other countries exist and oppression is varied and changes within various frames of reference.

The Great War of the Tumblr Elite Witches. Khal, in anger and despair, left to the shadows for all eternity, never to return. Never was about three weeks. Then, due to the battle in the Spring over who was who’s best friend forever, she left for the rest of eternity to tend to her own life. Eternity was about a month. THEN SUDDENLY, she disappeared mysteriously, and blame was thrown to all her old enemies… only to return a few weeks later.

Her Prodigal Student’s relationship with Loki and her numerous magical babies was perhaps too much. She has disappeared into the winds after her and her mentor “broke up” last we all checked. The war between the Tumblr Elite Witches caused many changes in the politics of the tags, particularly due to the loss (though later resurrection, I see you there) of various individuals.

NeoWiccans, Naming, and You. Are NeoWiccans really all that Neo? Can Solitary Wiccans mean something beyond just initiated Wiccans who hate covens? The world will never know.

The Bullshit Inc. Era., and the subsequent wars among it versus the UPG heavy pagans, the Otherkin community with all it’s politics, and pedophiles. It was an era of great darkness and enlightenment; no stone was unturned, no belief unquestioned, no sub-group left un-offended. Need I say more? 

BS, Inc. had fallen prey to the Tumblr staff guillotine due to the hivemind complaints of the otherkin community and the pagan community. It was all a bit like Marie Antionette.

SURPRISE FOR EVERYONE! IT’S A SOLSTICE MIRACLE. BULLSHIT INCORPORATED HAD RETURNED WITH ALL NEW MODS JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, but with new rules. No more “pagan shit” it seems, and they’ll focus only on their usual -isms, pedophiles, Tulpas, and otherkin. Here, here.

Though let’s be honest, with witches traveling through one’s internet connection and seeing eachother in their third eye or something, it’s hard for them to stay away.

Ode-in to the Nazis. What would the Heathens do without various monthly incidents with white supremacy and NeoNazis? The Black Sun of Hitler’s inner order of sketchy ass magical practice exists to this day, and apparently on Tumblr.

OTO, we’re not in the 20th century anymore! Fill me? Kill me? Preferrably the latter because Thelemites still have not heard the end of outrage and arguments over the Ordo Templi Orientis’ decision to change the Book of The Law. Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Migraine should be employed, oy vey.

The Percy Jackson Fandom vs. The Tumblr Pagans, spearheaded by our ever present Soloontherocks. We invaded their tags, they invaded our tags, and at the end of the day nothing was concluded except a bit of a reality check to a lot of the fandom.

Godkin everywhere. Lilith, wife of Samael, Queen of Hell, and apparently Tumblr blogger. Though she wasn’t the only Godkin to appear this year and parade and overlord of their faith until they were shot down by everyone. There was Dianakin, Hermeskin, Babalonkin, Lokikin, Luciferkin, Samaelkin, Satankin, I could go on, but I’d rather not. Similar to the Godkin trend this year was the Special Snowflake UPG, where people’s experiences with Gods put them on this magnificent pedestal on top of a horse on top of an altar.

The Easter/Ostara/Passover War, where Ishtar is apparently pronounced Easter and just what is life.

The Halloween/Dia de los Muertos/All Saint’s Day/Samhain War, where Latino Catholic traditions are actually Pagan and just life.

The currently ongoing Christmas/Saturnalia/Yule War, where Santa is Odin, Rudolf is Slepnir, and Christmas trees are Yggrasil.

The three aforementioned wars are an annual recurring special event in the tags that comprises the Wheel of the Year specials on All My Pagans. It happens every year, and there’s no way around it. It will always happen. They day it doesn’t happen is because Tumblr has shut down.

Austism? Surely you mean Crystal Ingido Children Starseeds, right?! Yes, this was a thing in the tags for a few days, with some Crystal Indigo Children Starseeds getting all huffy about our refusal to accept their snowflake theory.

Corrections of anything have no place in the Pagan tag. Because correcting people comes from a place of privilege because you know more shit and therefore you shouldn’t or you’re oppressive. Or something.

Rede Thumping! Because all pagans are Wiccans. Or even if you’re not pagan but pratice magic(k) you’re Wiccan. Or even if you don’t practice magic(k) at all nor are you pagan, you’re still Wiccan. Right? Sub-drama of this was “curse shaming”, where if every act of magick you do doesn’t better you or someone else, YOU’RE A BAD PERSON AND NOT A REAL *insert everything here*.

Pop Culture Pagans. This came in two wars. First war was Pop Culture Pagans vs. the already existent Chaos Magicians on Tumblr. Second war was Hard Recon/Poly Pagans vs Pop Culture Pagans on the nature of the Gods. Both wars were bloody and many casualties were had, but only if you believe there were.

Real Witches/Magicians do _______. This was a recurring theme this year in particular all over Magicdom both within and outside of Tumblr. Most notable was REAL WITCHES CAN ASTRAL TRAVEL INTO THE MAGICAL LANDS OF *insert some weird shit here* and the drama accross all the ceremonial magic communities regarding how apparently we’re all supposed to be wealthy or else we suck at being magicians, among other shit.

The 100% Fruit Juice is the Lifeblood, or something like that. So the internet is a pretty big place, and people on various mediums do in fact speak to eachother, or at least have legions of cronnies that spy on each other. Blogspot!Kemetics believe fervently in the value of “proper sacrifice”, while as we all know Tumblr!Pagans are all about dat economy extreme coupon life. Discussions on sacrifice quickly degenerated into attacks on Desh’s person via mental illness remarks. Classy. That being said, we must also remember that, well, Tumblr is a microcosm, and sometimes as below is not as above, and as within is very, VERY different than as without. Threatening to curse may for some reason unfathomable to me work on Tumblr, but shit don’t fly in the rest of the word and honestly it’s ridiculous. Act with prudence. Resist the urge to stroke your epeen.

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Prayer (Welsh)

My first audio post and it sounds like I’m standing in a wind tunnel. 

Glaw a garreg,
halwyn a wynt.

Glaw a garreg, 
halwyn a wynt.

Awenydd o gCamulos dw i 
Cenau o Artio dw i
Prentis o Llug dw i
Gwyn o’r Arglwydd Fawr dw i

Glaw a garreg, 
halwyn a wynt.

Glaw a garreg, 
halwyn a wynt.

Dw i wedi fy newidiad ond
Dw i ddim wedi fy diweddiad

Rain and stone,
salt and wind.

I am a poet of Camulos
I am a pup of Artio
I am apprenticed of Lug
I am blessed of the Great Lady

I have changed but
I am not done growing.

anonymous asked:

I'm recently getting back into doing research on my path and different deities. I seem to be constantly drawn to the Egyptian or Celtic (Irish) pantheons. However, when I look at transitioning those into practice, I only find things on reconstructionism. Would it be "wrong" to worship one of these pantheons without going for the full cultural reconstruction? Thank you in advance!

Not necessarily, no.  The most important thing is always going to be respect for the original culture and the gods themselves, which doesn’t require hard reconstructionism so much as just educating yourself to make informed decisions.

I can only speak as an Irish polytheist and recon, not Kemetic, but as long as you move ahead respectfully and with educated understanding (Lugh is not a sun god and Brighid is not a Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype), you don’t need to have a degree in Irish studies.  Once you build a rapport with a deity/deities, your relationship may develop a different understanding anyway.  Irish deities are not as straightforward as other pantheons: they are much more human-like and do not have domains in the way other gods, like the Greek, do.

Echtrai is a Gaelic recon and made a list of other Celtic polytheists.  These Celtic recon/Celtic reconstructionism tags are full of awesomeness, but beware of Romantic sources like Yeats and Lady Gregory, both of whom have their own value but also changed older source material for their own purposes.

(On a side note, remember that while Irish polytheism is an open practice, much of the mythology and folklore we have today was saved from extinction in the early 20th century in an attempt to rebuild an Irish identity after centuries of oppression.  There’s an added dimension here of cultural preservation for a still-living people and, on a practical level, should be treated as such.)

Does anyone else know the Kemetic view of things?

- Mountain Hound