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

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

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

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

Spiritual Saturday

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

Spiritual Saturday

I’m running a little late tonight, but it was a pretty good day (okay, started off a little rocky, but it turned out pretty awesome), so I hope you’ll forgive me for this last-minute posting.  I constantly struggle with what I should share with you – what I have to offer – on this day.  So instead of stepping forward and offering what I have, I hide it away as unworthy.  But lately in my life my big sister, Brighid, has sat just over my shoulder, reminding me that the words that spin through my mind – whether I take the time and initiative to write them out – are inspired by Her hand.  I have been doing better about following Her gentle demands, but that now means there are pieces and parts of poetry half-written laying all over my mind, heart, house, and even phone waiting to be the thread that is next plucked. Continue reading

Spiritual Saturday

Sometimes life is a pendulum.  Sometimes faith is, too.  Or maybe just mine is – spiraling out  and then back in again as I grow into my faith.  It’s why the spiral has always held such importance to me, because it’s ever spinning out into eternity and in to the core of self.  Out to the universal pan-Pagan view point that is more Wiccan than anything; in to traditional, tribal thinking and practice.  And then back out again to my own path and my own way of doing things.  But, man, it’s hard when you don’t have someone else showing you the way.  Sometimes, leading a spiritual life takes work.  Why couldn’t I just be a Christian, where the rituals and steps are all planned out for me?  Wait, nevermind.

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I meant to post yesterday…

I haven’t done an actual Spiritual Saturday in a while.  And yesterday I planned to do one, even had started working it up in my head.  And then yesterday afternoon, it all went out of my mind when our internet went out.  This has been an increasing problem with Charter (big surprise, right?) and it culminated in our internet being out until some time this morning.  I know that it was back early this morning because I was awake early this morning.  Because our air conditioner also went out last night.  It was only a million degrees and I couldn’t sleep.  So, needless to say, I didn’t get much of anything done yesterday.  Except trail mix.  YUM. Continue reading