Forms of Devotion

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

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Worship, Honor, Reverence, Remembrance

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

Journeys and greetings

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

Spiritual Saturday

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

When to shoulder and when to set aside

I’ve talked before about the differences between my faith and Christianity.  It is a way of verbalizing not only the differences between the two, but to explain the struggle I have carried in moving from a Christian worldview into one that speaks to me more deeply.  Dealing with the burdens of stress and life-changing decisions is one of those things I’ve struggled with; and as this year comes to a close and our focus and attentions turn to gearing up for a move, it is a struggle that I am currently wrestling with. Continue reading

Spiritual Saturday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Spiritual Saturday post, but there was a conversation recently in one of the Facebook communities I’m a member of that prompted me to put my own thoughts together.  The question was asked (after a rather snarky post by several other members in relation) if we believed that the Gods reached out and actively sought relationships with humans.  The general consensus within that community was that the Gods do not seek out relationships with humans and couldn’t care less if humans sought them out. Continue reading

The year is winding down

The official start of fall is a little more than a week away and we can use the relief.  We only had a few weeks with temps in the 90s this year – and that’s a relief from back home where there were several weeks of temps above 100.  Have I mentioned that there is no way I’m moving further south ever again?  Anyway, importantly, the cooling trend has begun here with us expecting our first day with highs in the 70s this weekend.  Can you hear my relief?  Because it’s there.  And with the end of summer come the end of the year and Samhain. Continue reading

♪♫Musical Monday♫♪

“Down in the River to Pray” – southern spiritual, as sung by Apollo’s Fire

For my Holy Mother, Danu.  I realize that this is a Christian spiritual, just as I realize the river referred to in the lyrics is a physical river.  But this song always makes me think of Her.  Yesterday, as I was spending time getting to know two of my new Gods, I stumbled across this song (though a different version) and just like that, She was with me and all was Hers.  She, along with an’Dagda, will always be first in my heart and is never far from my thoughts.  So this song is offered up to the Celestial River of Life, as She has revealed Herself to me.

 

 

Spirituality in my mind

I was supposed to attend a potluck today with the Pagans of central Alabama, but unfortunately, we’re still a week away from getting the front tire replaced on Buttercup and Miss Becca ended up having to work today.  Since the potluck is down around Prattville (or near Montgomery, for those of you unfamiliar with central Alabama), it’s just too far for us to risk it until the tire is replaced.  Part of my heart weeps, because I was extremely excited about finally meeting some of the wonderful people I’ve been talking to recently on Facebook.  But part of me is okay.  You see, I’ve spent the better part of the last week reading.  Blog hopping, actually. Continue reading