For Rigantona at Calan Mai

Rigantona, the gates of your world are open As are the blossoms on the boughs Scenting the air with Summer As you ride across the land. Rigantona, you are radiant in the dawn As sunlight on the morning dew. You are radiant at the middle-day As the Sun climbs higher in the sky. Rigantona, the…

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…

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…

CALAN MAI

Calan Mai – the calends of May – or of Summer. What does it mean for us and how does it relate to the traditional festival of Beltane? As the cycle of the year turns through the six-point wheel of our seasonal observances, the first day of May is significant because we have arrived at…

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….