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…

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….

A Call for Submissions

This coming year we want to focus on building up a body of devotional material focusing on the Brythonic Polytheist Traditions. We want to develop and enhance the existing devotional material , and enhance it with hymns to the Gods and Goddesses, chants, hymns and poetry to mark the changing year and the deities and…

The Wheel Turns

Just over a year ago a number of us had the idea to create a blog to get a better online presence and audience for Brythonic Polytheism. We aimed to do fortnightly posting (we just about managed it!) and to focus initially on the seasonal festivals; putting something out there into the world regarding those…

Brigantica

Bride of our hearth Bless this place With warmth With shelter With fire that burns for us. Bride of our streams Of wells and water courses Asperge our land With rain With dew. Bride of the candles Lit for your remembrance Bright be your blessings As the Sun climbs higher In his Winter rising. Bride…

On the First Day of Christmas, the Dead brought back to me…

The Twelve Days of Christmas; thronged with birds, rings and courtesans as gifts. It’s what we remember, it is what we recall when we see those five words. We don’t think about the dead. We don’t think about wilderness imitations. We don’t think about the hot blood of a sacrificed dog and we certainly don’t…

Midwinter Traditions

Midwinter, unlike all of the other seasonal festivals was and still is, less of a singular time or event and more of a season of celebration. Within traditional polytheistic practices, a whole cluster of festivities are marked at this point and even with the much more secular Christmas festivities, the festive period stretches over the…

Ritual Spaces: Gwyn’s Feast

Gwyn ap Nudd; King under the hill, Stag masked runner in the woodland, Lord beyond the wall; I offer you this meat as it is proper for me to do so I offer you this drink as it is right for me to do so.  

The Lord of the Waters II: Nodens

If we were to stand at the water’s edge 2000 years ago, our prayers would be addressed to Nodens, not Nudd or Lludd. We may have cast offerings of gold  or tablets of lead in exchange for blessings given or asking for a foe to be struck down. We may have gone to one of…

The Sickle and the Shining Spear

The beginning of August has many names within pagan and polytheist traditions; Lammas, Lughnasadh, Gwyl Awst. All share a common theme of harvest.  Now is the time to gather in the grain harvest, the first of the lands harvests, and begin reaping the rewards of the union of land and sky. Rather than view it…

The Lord of the Waters I: Lludd, Nudd and Nodens

People have been on this island before it was an island, when it was a peninsula. They knew of the gods that formed the landscape they lived on, they knew their names and gave them masks of a sort to clothe themselves in. The masks were passed on from generation to generation, the gods who…