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”

Healing the Land

Watching the Environmental Restoration group work on the field across the street this week has brought up an interesting line of thought for me; it’s posed some interesting questions about how I view the Fae in relation to the land, and interactions with them- questions I want to pose to the rest of you. Continue reading “Healing the Land”

Resurrecting the Irish Gods: Fliadhais

As an Irish Polytheist, whenever I try to learn about my Gods I tend to look towards the lore before anything else. On another hand, however, it is impossible for me to separate the Gods from both my heritage and the landscape around me. As a result, not only am I exploring Lore and reading their stories in order to understand them… But I am also exploring my state and imagining how the Irish would have seen their Gods in our Landscapes had their native Polytheistic faith survived and made the journey with them.

I have shared some of these discoveries on Tumblr when I was still active, but now I want to take a deeper dive into it and really hash it out- starting with Fliadhais, a figure who has been bothering me quite a bit as of late.

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What it means to say “Historically Oriented”

I noticed that the lovely voice behind The Modern Southern Polytheist here on WordPress, tonight, reblogged a post which called for practitioners of Gaelic Polytheism. His reblog included a response that I had made a while back when I initially reblogged it myself, wherein I had referred to myself as a “Historically Oriented Irish Polytheist”. And in Johnathan’s own response to that post, he said that [he’s] “totally gonna have to steal that leading btw”- which I can only assume references the Historically Oriented aspect of that identifier of mine.

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My Journey to Irish Polytheism [Revisited]

I’m excited to be a part of The Gaelic Roundtable both as a contributor and as one of the people behind it. The lovely Radha, a good friend of mine, brought up the idea last year during a private discussion on how to encourage community building and growth among Gaelic Polytheists, and we’re happy to announce that it officially launched on the 1st of this month- kicking off with the Topic of Journeys. Continue reading “My Journey to Irish Polytheism [Revisited]”

Rearranging the Irish Holidays: Fuarán

For those not in the know, I don’t celebrate the Irish Holidays despite being an Irish Polytheist… Or, at least, I don’t quite celebrate them like everyone else. So while the rest of the community was celebrating Imbolq or Lá Fhéile Bríde last month, I was patiently waiting for March 1st to roll around… And here it is, finally! What a better way to celebrate that than a post dedicated to it? Continue reading “Rearranging the Irish Holidays: Fuarán”

Muddy Waters and Muddier Bloodlines: Fosterage in Early Ireland

Like most Irish Polytheists, I have a hard time keeping the relations of the Tuatha Dé straight at times. In all honesty, it’s really not all that far off the mark to say that if even one thing is consistent about the surviving Irish Lore… It’s that Irish Lore is incredibly inconsistent. This is particularly true when it comes to Bloodlines; while the family unit was arguably an important part of Irish society, the fact of the matter is that Irish Bloodlines in Lore are often murkier than a freshly stepped in puddle- if not far, far murkier than that. Continue reading “Muddy Waters and Muddier Bloodlines: Fosterage in Early Ireland”

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”