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,…

Rhiannon’s Child by Robin Herne

From Robin Herne: ‘The story below is the tale of Rhiannon’s child. She is described as a magical queen in the Mabinogion, but some historians and many pagans believe that she is the euhemerised form of an ancient British horse deity, Rigantona. She certainly has a presence in ritual.’ This story was first published on…

Shrewsbury Meetup

On Saturday 22nd April we held our annual Brython meetup. Members present were Greg, Lee, and myself. We chose Shrewsbury because of its location on a trainline in the midlands for accessibility, because it is on the Severn, and because Gerald of Wales claims that Shrewsbury was the centre of the Brythonic kingdom of Pengwern….

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…

The Gods : Nature or Culture?

In Nature they are presences; In Culture they have form. —*— Though we re-construct their past mystery They are ever-present, never history. We may sense a god in the landscape, in a woodland, along a river; perhaps even catch a voice on the wind. But how will we know who (s)he is? Is there a…

Brythonic Polytheism in the Lancashire Landscape

An inspirited landscape. A landscape alive with spirits. Many cultures inhabit, and have inhabited, my locality of Penwortham, Lancashire, in North West England, and given names to its landmarks and deities. Whilst the predominant culture is English, there are strong traces of an earlier Brythonic culture and the Brythonic deities are still here. Brythonic Culture…

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…

Cares y Bwlch

They say I ate the flesh of men, cursed me although they eat the flesh of my land. Although they grind its bones to make their bread, they denied and cursed my millstones. They were so terrified of disappearing into the gap of my mouth they stopped riding through the pass and called for a…

Guest Post: ‘Gwynn’s Guest’by Robin Herne

Written in Tawddgyrch cadwynog metre, this poem is a response to the story in the Life of St Collen, wherein the saint received an invite from Gwynn app Nudd to visit him in his royal residence atop Glastonbury Tor. After much persuasion, the saint attended the feast and violated guest law by hurling holy water…

Calan Gaeaf : Traditional Customs for the Calend of Winter

    Many of the seasonal customs recorded in rural communities have their roots in stories and folklore well established for generations before they took the shapes identified in those recording them. Some may go back to even older observances with mythological origins. The coming of winter, or Calan Gaeaf, is resonant with tales and…