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…

Last Days of Harvest and Gwyn’s Feast

The Autumn Equinox forms a gateway between the light and dark halves of the year. Balance is always tentative and fragile. A pendulum must swing, the days process, at this time marching from light into darkness, like the summer fay will soon. Beneath the Harvest Moon sloes, damsons, blackberries and apples have ripened. Unlike the…

Bards who Sing … Bards who Praise

  ‘It is the bards of the world who judge men of valour’ – Gododdin So says Aneirin in the oldest surviving text in the Welsh language. Aneirin was one of the bards mentioned in the 9th century Historia Brittonum (1) as having been active in the 6th century: Talhaern Tat Aguen was then renowned…

‘Two Giantesses: Moll and Melangell’ by Gwenno

They say that Britain was once inhabited by giants . They were supposed to have gone away somewhere before people settled here. But I think they are still here. Sometimes there are stories about them as ogres or in the Mabinogion stories they are characters with names like Bran who has a brother and sister…

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…

Dreams in Brythonic Tradition

Animistic and shamanistic cultures from around the world place a high value on dreams, which many believe to contain messages from the otherworld and influence individual and tribal destiny. Carvings in caves at Creswell Crag in Derbyshire (11-13BC) and Cathole Cave on Gower (12,500BC), and antler headdresses from Star Carr in Yorkshire (8,700BC) suggest the…

Guest Post – ‘Brigantia: Tribal Goddess by Sheena McGrath’

The Brigantian federation stretched over most of northern England, and their queen, Cartimandua, is one of the few female rulers known to history. But the fame of their goddess, Brigantia, comes from a Roman statue. Statue of Brigantia – Pinterest. This sandstone image, with an inscription naming Amandus, an engineer, as the man who ordered…

Inclusivity in Brythonic Polytheism

We live in frightening times. On June 12th, 49 people were shot dead in a gay club in Orlando. On June 16th, Labour politician Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death by a man influenced by the far-right. Since Brexit a multitude of hate-crimes have been committed against immigrants in Britain by nationalists who…

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…

Maponos and Midsummer

This will be an exploration matching personal revelation with historical research. That is, it sketches part of the process that a polytheist working in a particular tradition must be involved in to match present experience with what can be recovered from a remote time when the tradition was vibrant : finding the old way of…

Guest Post: The Sleeping Giant of Cribarth by Rod

This summer I went to visit some sites in the upper Tawe Valley in South Wales. I was interested in following up some hints left by a druid about the Valley of the Ancients – “the most holy pagan site in Wales” [1]. The valley entrance is guarded by the rather amazing sleeping giant of…