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Welcome. This blog is to document my religious, magical, and spiritual journey.

I am devoted to the goddess Brighid and to her surrounding mythology. However, I work with other gods, as well as with the Ancestors and the Spirits of Nature.

Relationships are the backbone of polytheism, of Paganism, and anything that perpetuates rape culture or abusive language is anathema to it.
Our religious reality is about overlapping relationships: with gods, with spirits, with our ancestors, with our family, and with our wider religious community. Those relationships encompass every expression of gender, race, orientation, and ethnicity. It has to, or else we end up denying some piece of what we call sacred. I don’t have to like everything all of the time, I’m not endorsing some sort of false utopia of harmony, but I cannot forget that any time I break or poison a relationship my actions ripple out into a larger world, often in ways I could not anticipate. Further, hospitality is a common value many of our communities share, and we should bring that ethos to the Internet and social media in a real way. A chat window on Facebook may not feel like “home” but in a very real way we entering and exiting other people’s personal spaces and should ever be mindful of that. Lastly, as a family of faiths that encompass beings we call goddesses, the perpetuation of toxic patriarchal memes or sentiments degrades our mission of cultural shift.

Jason Pitzl-Waters, in Editorial: Addressing Outings, Conflict, and Community | The Wild Hunt. Specifically, this is about the recent actions a prominent Salem, Masschusetts member of the Pagan community took regarding a person that he had outed.

The Wild Hunt is widely-read enough, so I rarely feel the need to regurgitate it here. But that sound you hear is Pitzl-Waters banging that nail right on the head.

And if it’s required, I will keep reblogging this until you are sick of seeing it on my page. There is no excuse for this behavior in our community, and it is our responsibility to call it out and condemn it when it does happen.

The grave of Bress, gifted with excellences, master of love-spells, the son of comely Elatha, the brave ancestor of our gathering…

Bress, a kindly friend was he, noble he was and fortunate, ornament of the host, with visage never woeful, of the Tuath De he was the flower.

Part 40, “Carn Hui Neit”,of The Metrical Dindshenchas.  In Cath Maige Tuired and Lebor Gabála Érenn, Bres (whose name means “beautiful”) is the king of Ireland, the consort of Brighid, and of Formorian as well as Tuatha De Danann parentage.

asksecularwitch:

If you need a regular reminder, spirits lie.

Everyone needs to be reminded of this, regularly.
That said, humanity doesn’t have much of a high ground on lying.

(via kingcitywitch)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello! Would you happen to have a list of authors to avoid? :)
polyteleology polyteleology Said:

asksecularwitch:

walkinginthemoonlightpath:

thepaganstudygrouppage:

Here’s the thing I want everyone to keep in mind for authors to avoid: we’re almost never telling you to completely ignore the works. Even some of the worst authors have some useful information in their books. So when I say you should avoid these authors, what I really mean is, you should avoid these authors until you have a solid-enough grasp of witchcraft that you’re able to pick out problematic behavior for yourself.

A lot of new witches pick these problematic books up and because they’re not really familiar with what’s wrong and what isn’t, they tend to absorb the problematic behavior like a sponge. I don’t fault them for this, but it can be very hard to base your craft around misinformation, only to find out later that it’s wrong and have to rework your whole practice and unlearn a lot of toxic stuff the authors promote.

That being said, I would absolutely 100% avoid these authors if you’re relatively new to witchcraft:

  • Silver Ravenwolf
  • Raymond Buckland
  • Ann Moura
  • Roc Marten
  • Kate West
  • Seth Cardorra*
  • Amber K
  • Christopher Penczak
  • Jason Miller
  • Sarah Lyddon Morrison
  • Edain McCoy

The reason these authors should be avoided by new witches is because they present a lot of horribly toxic and problematic ideas. Most of these authors perpetuate anything from racism, sexism, ableism, body shaming, cultural appropriation, classism, victim blaming, cissexism,  to false comparison of wicca=witchcraft, to not giving proper warnings on harmful substances, the list goes on and on. Once you’ve got your foot in the door you’re welcome to read through these and gather whatever useful information you can find, but if you’re just starting out these authors will only mess you up.

I have a book reviewing blog where I’m currently reviewing Christopher Penczak’s Inner Temple of Witchcraft if anyone is confused as to why he made this list (I’ll probably do Jason Miller next),  and consecsuallyreading has reviews for a lot of the other authors on this list.

*This author is an utter piece of shit and should not be supported in any way. If you absolutely must read his books try to find a free PDF file and keep in mind he’s a little shit.

~Wanderings

Why amber k? I’ve personally never read her ,but people always seem to suggest her books

It may have to deal with my review of this author here:

http://consecsuallyreading.tumblr.com/post/58374484111/true-magick-by-amber-k-i-guess-id-like-to

Is it bad that these reviews make me laugh?  Because they do— not in a bad way, in a “It’s funny ‘cause it’s true!” way.

Also, I love your bingo card.  I’m going to keep that on hand.

diefantasie:

Red Maple by Selena Ulyana

(A World of Fantasy)

The artist’s original post on deviantART is here.  She even has a Tumblr, here.

Please, folks, cite your images.  The artist should get credit for this beautiful work.

(via ladymantheniel)

polyteleology:

Last journey* I went on, I was told by my Animal Guide to return to a place, because “someone is waiting for you.”  When she said this, I remembered someone I had seen earlier— a handsome man of indeterminate age, wearing a boar’s skin as a hood.  I wondered if he was Lugh, but I don’t want to say that with certainty.

Now, I’m preparing for a journey tonight…and, truth be told, I’m a little scared.  I’m not sure if I want to be right or not.

Here goes.

It…was him.  And he gave me advice, some good advice: “You need to trust your instincts much more.”  He seemed to find the fact that he had to say that incredibly amusing.

Brighid was also there, but I’m still working through that and want to keep it to myself.  If you’d like to know, just ask.

pomegranateandivy:

Attention Ladies!!

cannibalcoalition:

goddess29:

ravenousnightwind:

pvwitch:

charlottesarahscrivener:

hhwwxx:

charlottesarahscrivener:

brownies-and-booze:

If you consider yourself a witch, or practice anything that could be considered witchcraft, please reblog this. I want to see how many witches there are because I feel alone in this. 

Neo-druidic/Gaelic polytheist devoted to Brighid, so a lot of my magic is based on Gaelic folk and fairy traditions.  I also do spirit travel (i.e., Harner’s Core Shamanism).

Last journey* I went on, I was told by my Animal Guide to return to a place, because “someone is waiting for you.”  When she said this, I remembered someone I had seen earlier— a handsome man of indeterminate age, wearing a boar’s skin as a hood.  I wondered if he was Lugh, but I don’t want to say that with certainty.

Now, I’m preparing for a journey tonight…and, truth be told, I’m a little scared.  I’m not sure if I want to be right or not.

Here goes.

*I do a rough version of Core Shamanism, after Michael Harner and Tom Cowan (who specifically focused on Gaelic pantheons), though, no, I don’t call myself a shaman.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm not sure how to handle those who think I'm just playing a game with wicca. What approach do I take? I'm flabbergasted.
polyteleology polyteleology Said:

thepaganstudygrouppage:

Does it matter that they think you’re playing a game? Haters gonna hate. Tell them to get lost and leave you alone?

If they are close to you then explain that you’re serious and it’s important to you, if they care about you they’ll either accept it or at least leave it alone. If they aren’t close to you then at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what they think, so long as they don’t go after you with pitchforks so to speak.

-Delffin

Long ago, my father told me something I have taken to heart: You do not need to defend yourself verbally.

With this comes a caveat of my own creation: You do not need to justify yourself to others.  If people attack you for your religious beliefs, your lifestyle, your dress, your whatever, why do you want to waste your time sharing with them when they are not interested in hearing?  Save the beauty and wonder in your life for those who will appreciate it.  Sure, keep it handy in case your relatives change their minds one day.  But they may not— after all, it’s their prerogative.

dark-vowelled:

I can have Dylan Thomas homages in my Hellenic religious poetry if I by damn want to

(I grumble a lot during the editing process)