This Memorial Day, I honor the one soldier that I knew and loved the best, my Granddaddy, James Luther. He didn’t die at war. He didn’t give the ultimate sacrifice. And he’s been gone nearly 15 years. But he is who I remember and today he is who I honor.
“Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus
Welcome to May’s Gaelic Roundtable! If this is your first visit to my blog, then please make yourself at home. And if you’re returning – I’m glad as ever to have you. This month’s topic is – devotion.
Does your Worship include Devotional acts? If not, why not? If so, why? Who is the common object of these Devotionals- or who do you find yourself performing them for the most often? Do they have a structure, or is it whatever feels right? Do you record these devotionals? What acts do they usually include? How often do you practice them? Is it daily? Weekly? Whenever the fancy strikes?
Devotion tends to fall into that category with “worship” for me. I practice acts of devotion but because it doesn’t look like what I was raised with, I sometimes have trouble recognizing it as such. When I first read the prompt for this month, much like last month, my initial reaction was, “well, I don’t really do that.” Continue reading
Welcome back everyone for this month’s Roundtable! This month’s topic is one that is actually a little hard for me, for a variety of reasons – worship.
Which Gaelic Gods do you Worship? Do you worship your Ancestors or otherwise participate in Ancestor Veneration and related practices? What about the Gaelic Heroes? The Fae? How long have you Worshiped them? Who came first? Last? Second? How did you establish your relationships with them, and how important is that relationship to you? How integral is that relationship to your spirituality? Your religion? Your every day life?
This post has taken me all month to write. In fact, the first version of this was written on April 6th. Of all the things that I can talk about – at length – when it comes to my faith and my Gods, worship is one of the hardest for me. Worship was defined for me originally by the southern Baptist church and then by the eclectic, Wiccanite community I was part of in my late teens; and what I have now, the shape of my faith and my practice, looks nothing like those forms of worship. Continue reading
This blog celebrated its 7th birthday on Wednesday! That’s insane. What it is has changed many times over the years and has lain fallow for more than a little of that time. But it’s still here and I still intend for it to be in the future. To those who have been with me through this trip, thank you for sticking around. And to our newest readers, welcome and welcome! As always, my darling goobers, I’m so very glad you’re here.
I would like to welcome The Gaelic Roundtable and those who have found their way here! To those who put in the time and energy to get this together, thank you for including me.
This month’s topic is one that I love to talk about here, in many ways: journeys. The husband and I love to travel – to just get on the road and ride – and it fulfills us in very spiritual ways. I’ve traveled further with him than with anyone else in my life – and I literally flew across an ocean with my best friend. And I’m a traveler of a spiral path as an Irish polytheist, and it’s the spiritual journey that is the focus of our topic this month. Continue reading
One of the things I’ve tried to maintain on my blog is a Spiritual Saturday posting. And, unfortunately, that, like many things with my blog, has fallen aside. But I’ve been invited to join a new monthly roundtable discussion with The Gaelic Roundtable and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of that! This is just a short post today, but be looking for my post for March’s roundtable discussion on journeys.
It’s been little more than a month since Christians across this nation celebrated the birth of a Middle Eastern man who died, as they believe, for their sins.
So it’s been really quiet over here on the Spiral Charmed blog, but I promise we’re still here and we’re still chugging along. And 2017 is set to be an exciting year for Sir Joshimus and I. I’ve talked off and on about our ultimate goal – rural living in the mountains of North Carolina. When we first got to Alabama, we thought it would be a year or two before we made it up.
It’s been six years. Continue reading
Sir Joshimus Rex is at work this evening for the first time in nearly a week. The hardest part about having him all to myself for any stretch of time is making ourselves interact with other people and today. Because now he’s back at work and I’m at home without him. I know that work is important to pay our bills and all of that, but it’s hard to remember when I have to say goodbye to him again. Continue reading
Recently I was sitting with my best friend and we were having a discussion that led to her speaking about her beliefs. And they sounded so very familiar – something I used to believe, or at least used to espouse believing because it was what I thought I was supposed to say. But since Manannan, Brighid, and Lir have come into my life, my outlook on the Gods and the nature of Godhead has changed so drastically. Continue reading