BRIGANTICA – A Seasonal Prayer

Brigid, Bríg, Bride, Brigantia; Birch, beith, bedw, betula – Bright boles break the dark of winter Buds swell on branches of pubescens and pendula. Deep wells springing with rising waters, Sunlight growing as snowlight falters, Swift streams tumbling over mountain boulders Swelling through valleys to meet wide rivers. So fills the cup that she will…

Eponalia: Prayer for Epona-Rigantona by Potia

Patterns and practices of devotion often change as practice deepens or varies over time. The first version of this prayer was written in May 2015 and published in the devotional anthology “The Grey Mare on the Hill”. I have continued to used this prayer in my own devotions and the third verse in particular has…

‘Tis the Season by Potia

It’s December. Shops everywhere have displays of Christmas foods and assorted gift ideas. Children are getting increasingly excited while parents get increasingly stressed. Schools put on Christmas fairs, nativity plays, school concerts and often arrange other additional seasonal activities. Councils decorate streets with lights, canned Christmas music is played almost everywhere. Yep, ’tis the season!…

FAERY

“I come from Cymru, sir, and my home is in the waste; and my lineage is elf-lineage … “Where, then, is this waste situate,” “it lies between Salop and Radnor. It lies also between life and death. It is betwixt and between all things.” “Is it in Doom Book?” “Nay my lord, for it is…

Gwyn’s Hunt

For Nos Galan Gaeaf: An article on soul hunting and soul flight in the Brythonic tradition of Gwyn’s Hunt on this night of deep magic as the borders between thisworld and Annwn, life and death, and the laws that govern time and space break down.

The Missing Gods by Jonathon Woolley

-I- Seven years ago, I was standing on a hillside, not far from the borders of the Wyre Forest in Shropshire. I was looking downhill, into the valley below, where a little river was plashing noisily along the bottom. There, before me, silhouetted in the moonlight and starlight, was a vast oak tree, his broad…

Gwyn’s Feast

For 29th of September an introduction to Gwyn’s feast, its abolition, and how it can be reclaimed. ‘Join us by holding a feast for Gwyn, performing a ritual, making an offering, reading a poem, raising a glass, or simply speaking his name.’

Taranis: Celtic Thunder by Sheena McGrath

It seems strange, if you look at Irish or Welsh mythology, that there doesn’t seem to be any thunder-god like Thor. However, among the Celtic peoples of continental Europe, we find the god Taranis, whose name means “thunder” and who sometimes wields a thunderbolt.1 Three altars dedicated to him come from France (Thauron, Orgon and Tours),…

ROSMERTA

Rosmerta, from a relief in Gloucester You bring to us The Cup of Plenty For the Harvest The Vat , the Dish The Mixing Bowl The Vessel from the Well Shaft Drawing sweet water from the Earth Bringing for us the Waters of Life Bringing before us the Mirror Pool of Vision So you are…

Lleu Llaw Gyffes …. is that Lugus?

The character Lleu Llaw Gyffes in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi tales, has been associated with the Irish god Lugh and therefore the pan-Celtic god Lugus. Linguistically the name ‘Lleu’ cannot have developed from the Irish ‘Lug(h)’ and can only have developed from Brythonic ‘Lugus’, so if we can indeed associate Lleu with Lugus,…

Devotional Poetry

Devotional poetry is defined by the Oxford Reference Library as ‘poetry expressing religious worship or prayer’. Whereas the mainstream religions possess many centuries of continuous material, within Brythonic polytheism we have no ancient devotional poetry. This is because the Druids and Bards who maintained the religious traditions of Britain and their predecessors did not write…