We Justly Take By Force: Macha and Vengeance

While playing Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited with a friend yesterday, I came across a rather poignant bit of dialogue during a quest. It smacked of Na Morrígna, and a conversation I stumbled across on Tumblr a while back- during the course of which an assertion was made that some of these figures (most notably The Morrigan herself, and Macha) were not only Warrior Deities, but were Goddesses of Justice. Continue reading “We Justly Take By Force: Macha and Vengeance”

What it Really Means to be Ladylike

Ever since I began researching Beauty (and later Febas), and its role as a spiritual Virtue in Irish Polytheism, I’ve become sort of entranced by the idea of ladyship; I’ve given it a lot of thought over the last year, and I’ve come to several conclusions about it. Most notable among these conclusions, is that the concept of ladyship that we subscribe to today is about as far removed from its historical employment as a tree is from a frog. Continue reading “What it Really Means to be Ladylike”

The Demands of Piety

Piety and Devotion… Devout, Reverent, Respectful… I see these words thrown a lot in certain Polytheist spheres- often as a sort of buzzword; something to be slung at people to the point that they’ve practically lost all meaning in today’s religious climate. And quite frankly? When I see someone spouting off about how pious or devout they are, I’m more inclined to believe that they’re not really as pious and devout as they claim to be. Continue reading “The Demands of Piety”

In Defense of Beauty Part 5; Practicing Beauty in Irish Polytheism

As an Irish Polytheist, I follow the Irish Spiritual / Cultural Virtues as I interpret themwhich includes Beauty. However, in a modern context, I interpret beauty in two main ways. Continue reading “In Defense of Beauty Part 5; Practicing Beauty in Irish Polytheism”

In Defense of Beauty Part 4; Health, Wellness, and Hygiene as Beauty

The Early Irish did place sometimes extreme emphasis on bodily wholeness alongside concepts like “Beauty of Form” and “Beauty of Face”… And that, to me, is quite possibly the most important puzzle piece when it comes to modernizing Beauty as a Spiritual Virtue. Continue reading “In Defense of Beauty Part 4; Health, Wellness, and Hygiene as Beauty”

In Defense of Beauty Part 3; Redefining and Modernizing Beauty

We as modern people aren’t the early Irish. Instead, we have a minuscule amount of information to truly work with, and no more than that due to history being what it is. As a result of that, there is no genuine way to truly know what the early Irish meant by certain things. Yet in my opinion it is at least easy to garner a rough idea when enough information has been recorded about several aspects of their Culture. Continue reading “In Defense of Beauty Part 3; Redefining and Modernizing Beauty”

In Defense of Beauty Part 2; Why Physical Beauty Specifically?

But why physical Beauty? Why keep such a spiritual Virtue around- let alone continue allowing it to focus on our physical appearance? Why not redefine it as a more abstract concept of beauty instead? Continue reading “In Defense of Beauty Part 2; Why Physical Beauty Specifically?”

In Defense of Beauty Part 1; Why Beauty Matters

Beauty is ultimately a touchy, touchy subject with most… A lesson I learned the hardest way possible last year after I asked the Celtic Polytheist community on Tumblr about a trend that I had noticed in the stories and in my research.  Continue reading “In Defense of Beauty Part 1; Why Beauty Matters”

Febas and the Housewife Part 3; Defining the Behaviors and Actions

Behavior ultimately means “the way in which you act- especially towards others”. To me, though, it also includes the traits and manners that one cultivates which are connected to this- as well as basic daily actions which require a certain level of responsibility, productivity, and skill. Continue reading “Febas and the Housewife Part 3; Defining the Behaviors and Actions”

Febas and the Housewife Part 2; Traits of a Good Wife

In the first post of this series, I talked about what the general traits of a good Woman were according to the Early Irish. But one implication in the sources was also the traits of a good Wife. Continue reading “Febas and the Housewife Part 2; Traits of a Good Wife”