Samhain was this past Wednesday and it was a lovely evening. We cooked and set aside a plate for our ancestors and we feasted. We drank a little more than we normally do (which isn’t saying a lot, we don’t drink much) and it was a festive mood, even if it was only the two of us. We talked about family who have passed, telling stories and laughing. It was nice. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
It’s Samhain night and we have a drunken chicken on the grill (filled with Sam Adams Boston Larger) with an acorn squash. We’ve got candy in case we get trick-or-treaters, but I’m not expecting them since we didn’t get any last year. We’ll have a plate for the ancestors when we sit to eat.
Tonight this blog is dedicated to my Gods and my ancestors – familial and spiritual.
After my mild rant last week, I find myself relieved to tell you that there is in the works within the Sinnsreachd community to codify their beliefs and way of life. I’ve read the document and find that it does, as I had hoped, fit well with my own beliefs. It’s a very basic set of codes, but it tells me that others have been led the direction I’ve been pulled – though they are much further along the path than I am! Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
This week is the last of the five-part series on my Gods and this week I’m going to talk about Lir. I saved Him for last not because He’s least – none of my Gods are “least” in my mind or heart – but in part because He was the last one that came to me and because He is the most difficult to find information about. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
Today is part four of my five-part series on my Gods and today I want to talk to you of Manannán mac Lyr. Now, I’ve found that Manannán to be one of the more popular Irish Gods in this day and age and it doesn’t surprise me. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
Today is post three of my five-part series. Today I’m starting on my new Gods with Brighid (pronounced Bree-id, She has requested), as She has come through the loudest and clearest. I’m still learning quite a bit about my newest Goddess, but the thing I know through my personal experience with Her is the brightness of Her heart. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
Today is the second part in the five-part series I’m doing on my Gods. Today I want to share with you my laughing God, the(An) Dagda.
As I have said before, when I left Christianity, it was Danu who gathered me in, She who I was able to connect with. But it was Dagda that showed me a loving God and helped me to understand how a warrior God could be a God of joy. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
Okay, so I totally didn’t start working on this last night. I got sidetracked. But I’m here now, so that’s what counts! ^__^
As promised, today I want to talk to you about Danu, my mother Goddess, and the first to come to me. Please note, this is not a “definitive” piece on Danu, this is simply who She has shown Herself to be to me. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
Almost missed it! My sleep schedule has gotten a little off again, which means my 7-ish hours of sleep today were between 11am and 6pm. Guh. But I’m here!
So, I’ve only been moving down this new section of my path for about a week and I’m surprised to tell you that I find myself not with a single new Deity calling me to Them, but three. Seriously. I’ve spent the last 12 years worshiping one God and one Goddess, and suddenly I find myself being taken in by a Goddess and two Gods. It’s nuts! But it’s also completely amazing. Continue reading “Spiritual Saturday”
As promised the other day, I’m sitting down to put into words a lesson that came through loud and clear the other night during my fever dreams.
For the last 13 (nearly 14, now) years, I have acknowledged other Gods, but focused myself on my patron and patroness, Danu and the Dagda. This walk has served me well, and – I like to hope – I have done my best to serve them well. I have striven to live honorably, to speak truthfully, to help those I could, and to defend those within my “tribe” when they needed defending. I have striven to live a life more aware of what I take and to try to give back more.
And, as I said, I believe I have done well to do all this, while honoring Danu and the Dagda, and still continued to learn. But I have hit a bit of a plateau. I came into my walk by way of Wicca – a necessity, I believe, to aid my transition from monotheism into polytheism. Because I do consider myself a polytheist, though my focus of worship has always fallen to my patrons – the other Gods were there, just distant from me. But the further down my path I’ve walked, the closer they have come, the more clearly I can see them. And last week, I dream-walked with Danu and the Dagda and they told me that it is time I get to know the others better. I need to bring them into my life – which will, of course, require honoring them when appropriate. This is new to me – true polytheism, as some would see it – and I worry about making close connections without losing my close connection to Danu and the Dagda. Of course, both have assured me that I will never lose them, as they are my patrons and they have told me that connecting will expand my world, so I won’t lose what I already have – though obviously it will need to change.
Though, odd as it may seem, Gods from other paths/pantheons have become harder and harder for me to see. I am still an universalist, believing that all Deities are part of the same divine power and that all paths will lead to the same eternal truth; but my connection to these others as individuals seems nearly non-existent. This frightens me, as a woman who is married to a Christian (-ish, see my Magickal Monday post on Danni’s blog) and as a Pagan who hopes to facilitate a community for spiritualists to come together and worship together. I have to believe that it will all work itself out, because the calling to create this community place – physically, emotionally, and intellectually – is still upon my heart. And my Gods have yet to ask something of me that is impossible, though it has seemed like it at the time.
It’s a frightening new world that I have had open up for me; and a thrilling one. I have begun my research and am currently seeking – tentatively – an online community to help me explore where my path is now taking me. I specify tentatively, because I have seen too many out there claiming to be the “true” Irish Recon/Trad, all offering often conflicting ideals. What I do know is that I must continue to live my life by the principles given to me and open myself to whomever will come to me first. Not to worry, I will definitely keep you inform! ^__^
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I didn’t save a post of such spiritual discovery for Spiritual Saturdays – well, tune in tomorrow for my discourse on why I, as an Irish Pagan, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Until then,