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…

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…

Bel and Belisama

The name ‘Bel’ means ‘Bright’, ‘Shining’ or ‘Mighty’ and is attested across Celtic speaking countries from northern Italy and Austria to Gaul and Britain in many variants: Bel, Belenus, Belenos, Belinos, Belinu, and Bellinus. Here in Lancashire I know him as Bel and suspect he gives his name to Belthorn and Belgrave. ‘Belisama’ means ‘Most…

Brython Calendar

Our six-fold calendar is based around two pivotal points in the year within Brythonic tradition: Calan Mai and Nos Galan Gaeaf, the four seasons, and festivals for individual deities. This post provides an outline. The celebrations listed have been developed by Brython members with a relationship with the named deities over a number of years….