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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.

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:

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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)

All this Brighid talk leads me to ask. How approachable is she? long story short: I've serached for MONTHS on who my patron deity is and I've decided I most likely don't have one whose been with me all my life. But I've decided to go back where I started. Brighid is the first goddess I ever prayed to when starting my pagan path. I think because of that she was the one who helped me in my time of need. So I want to ask what do I do next and how do i approach this?
polyteleology polyteleology Said:

heelancoo:

It’s really not necessary to have a patron - some people do, some people don’t (I don’t; I honour a number of deities who have some sort of presence in my life, but I’m not really dedicated to any of them. Brigid is one of them, though).

Most people find that Brigid is very approachable. Speaking with other Gaelic Polytheists, it seems like Brigid is one of those deities that a lot of folks start out with when they start exploring GP. Like any deity she doesn’t really fuck around and she won’t coddle people, but she has a reputation for being a bit gentler than some. A little sincerity and consideration goes a long way in approaching any deity, so I think you’re on the right track. 

I had an ask a while ago about how to get started in Gaelic Polytheism, and they were feeling pulled towards Brigid too, so you might find that answer helpful. There are some links to some further reading there, along with more practical advice, but the TL;DR version is I’d suggest starting with an offering to her. The links in the previous ask I just linked to will give you an idea of how to go about making offerings, if you’re not sure about that, and you can accompany the offering with a prayer of praise to her if you like (some examples of prayers to Brigid can be found here, or else come up with your own - that’s fine too). If she’s helped you out in the past then it might be good to say a few words from the heart as well, acknowledging and thanking her for her help. You could also say something about where you’d like to go from here, or something to that effect. 

The Carmina Gadelica has a number of versions of a prayer called The Genealogy of Brigid (another version or two can be found in volume three, which you can find on archive.org), and it’s said that those who say it daily will receive Brigid’s blessing and protection. You might find it a good exercise to adapt the prayer for your own purposes (hunting up the genealogy of the goddess, rather than saint - which is kind of murky and often conflicting, so just go with whatever seems right to you. It’s said that she’s the daughter of the Dagda, so try starting there), and it can become a devotional act that forms a part of your daily routine. A lot of people find making their own prayers like this is helpful; it helps you focus and concentrate, and it helps you learn about them. As you learn more about her, and figure things out, you might start to feel her presence, and feel a bit more certain about where you’re going with all this. 

I hope that helps! If you have any more questions or need anything clarified then my inbox is always open.

150. Dagda, that is dag dé ‘fire of god’. He was a beautiful god of the heathens, for the Tuatha Dé Dananu worshipped him: for he was an earth-god to them because of the greatness of his (magical) power.
151. Eochaid Oll-athair, that is, greater (uilliu) was he than his father (athair). Or Oll-athair, a great (oll) father (athair) to the Tuatha Dé Danann was he.

pavigetslaid:

Part of: Irish mythology
Result: Decisive Tuatha Dé Danann victory, retreat of the Fomorians
Belligerents: Tuatha Dé Danann
Led by: Nuada, Lugh
Versus: Fomorians, led by Balor, Bres

The Second Battle of Mag Tuiredoccurred due to a dispute over the kingship of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The major factions in the battle were the Tuatha Dé Danann, led by the reinstated Nuada, and the Fomorians, led by the deposed Bres.

Background

In the aftermath of the First Battle of Mag Tuired, Bres, half-Fomorian (on his father’s side) and half-Tuatha Dé Danann (on his mother’s side), was elected High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann because the previous king Nuada had lost his hand during the battle and only an “unblemished” man could rule as High King.

However, Bres favoured his Fomorian kin and neglected his duties, forcing the Tuatha Dé Danann to work for the Fomorians. Duan Cecht, the physician god, replaced Nuada’s hand and the Tuatha Dé Danann exiled Bres, re-electing Nuada.

Bres went to his father Elatha for aid but was denied. He then went to Balor of the Evil Eye, another Fomorian leader, and successful in gaining aid, planned to lead the Fomorians against the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Lugh, half-Fomorian and half-Tuatha Dé Danann (and grandson of Balor), arrived at the court of Nuada, and proving his talent, was given command of the Tuatha Dé Danann army.

Battle and Aftermath

Balor used his eye to destroy the armies of the Tuatha Dé Danann, killing Nuada, but Lugh used a sling to knock the eye into the back of Balor’s head, thus wreaking havoc on the Fomorian army. The Tuatha Dé Danann turned the tide and caused the Fomorians to flee, abandoning Bres, who having been found on the field by Lugh, was spared in order to teach the Tuatha Dé Danann about farming. Thus, the Tuatha Dé Danann cemented their rule over Ireland and freed themselves from Fomorian oppression.

twoeuros:

IRISH MYTHOLOGY IS FUCKING FAILING ME RIGHT NOW, YOU MUST HAVE A MESSENGER GOD OR SOMETHING

Not everyone set up their pantheons like the Greeks did.  But there are gods and goddesses who move between the worlds.  They’re not messengers, but they are liminal:

  • Manannán mac Lir led all of the Tuatha De Danaan under the hills (sidhe) in The Book of Invasions (Lebor Gabála Érenn) and is generally regarded by his worshippers as a psychopomp.
  • My beloved goddess Brighid is sometimes seen as able to move from one plane to the other, due to her association with high places, flames, and wells.

Gaelic polytheists, anyone else I should add?