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
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
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
The night was dark and the wind was high,
And away in the distance rose a roaring,
Of some beautiful nightmare lullaby. Continue reading
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
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 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
I’ve been quiet of late because I’ve been reflective of late. I did something that scared me very much recently. I sent my father a letter. It was a confrontation letter, and it was a line in the sand. And even though he hasn’t put his hands on me in fifteen years, I was still sick with terror until days after I knew he had received it. Continue reading
Hello, lovelies, and welcome to the first post of 2015. I’ve spent much of the last four months (five months?) not doing anything around here, or around my house to be honest. But I’m ready for that to end. And it seems an auspicious time to begin. You see, tomorrow is Imbolc, the holy day of my Goddess, Brighid, and the beginning of our movement into spring. It isn’t the time of first planting – though we’ve had some beautiful weather this past week that has been teasing me with hints of a beautiful spring far too early. Continue reading