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…

Notions of Devotion by Potia

Dictionary definitions of “Devotion” will say things like: “strong attachment (to) or affection (for a cause, person, etc) marked by dedicated loyalty” “religious zeal; piety” “religious observance or prayers” “profound dedication; consecration.” (All from dictionary.com) According to the source information on dictionary.com the origins of the word go back to the ancient Latin giving meanings…

MAPONOS

Matrona Gaul goddess alt Matrona with Child

Gogyfarch Vabon o arall vro
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Call upon Mabon from the Other Realm

(Book of Taliesin : 38)

The Lord of the Waters III: *Neptonos

That asterisk stands out in the title. It is a philological notation to denote when a word, or in this case a name, is reconstructed. It means the word is not known from engravings or written sources, but that it is a theoretical word derived from the careful following of a breadcrumb trail back through…

Devotion to Belisama

Riga Belisama Most Shining Queen Most Mighty Queen know you are honoured when the sun shines on the water bringing river-light to our sacred valleys You can read more about Belisama, goddess of the river Ribble in Lancashire, HERE

The Making of the World

In the spirit of Lorna’s recent post about giants, a repost from our website of a Brythonic creation myth…   Before men and gods, before birds and fish, before beasts and trees and before the world itself; there was nothing. There was only a cold vastness of immeasurable size, blacker than the deepest of caves….

The Giants With Us

‘Brutus! There lies beyond the Gallic bounds An island which the Western sea surrounds, By giants once possessed, now few remain To bar thy entrance or obstruct thy reign’ Geoffrey of Monmouth Giants appear in many world myths. In Indo-European mythology we find a common theme: they are primordial beings who are killed or restrained,…