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Sunday, July 29th, 2007
12:38 am
Gaol Naofa
A friend of mine and myself are starting a Celtic Reconstructionist Organization entitled "An Chuallacht Ghaol Naofa (CGN)" or "Gaol Naofa" for short. We currently are not accepting official membership. However there is a public forum which we are excepting members on. We would greatly appreciate anyone interested in Celtic Reconstructionism check out the forum. Thanks

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
11:55 pm
I need some advice
Okay so earlier tonight (during the Fireworks), I had a discussion with my Sister about why I became a Pagan. During this discussion came up the snowstorm that led to me becoming a Pagan. Also An Calliach came up in the discussion. I mentioned to my sister that An Calliach can be somewhat harsh (in the way a Snowstorm is harsh). Then I mentioned that An Calliach's other aspect is much gentler. My sister then was like "How can you worship a Goddess that is both harsh and gentle at the same time?", so I said to her to think of it as a form of multiple personality disorder... then she said "Your Goddess has a disorder?" So I think I need a better analogy for the relationship between An Calliach and An Brighid. So if anyone could help me out. Remember that I am speaking to a Christian, and one who really doesn't understand the concept of Polytheism, but who is trying to understand her brother.

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
6:59 pm
An Brighid Dhuit,
I wanted to poke my head in and say hello. I am a fairly new Celtic Reconstructionist who has felt the calling of Brighid for quite some time. I find it as a fairly important coincidence that I was born on February 6th, 4 days after the day of Imbolc. I would like to learn more about the tradition of being a Warrior-Protector of Brighid and her Flametenders. I am a male. But given the day I was born and the circumstances by which I came to discover Paganism (being stuck outside during a major Snowstorm contributed to my decision to become a Pagan) I have come to the conclusion that it is Brighid that is calling me more than any other Deity to be one of her oathbound (if you know what I mean?).

I thought I would clarify something while I was at it. I know men are forbidden from flametending in the sense of the 20 day cycle... but I wanted to have a candle and cauldron devoted to Brighid that I can light once a week. Would this be an acceptable form of devotion for Brighid, as it is not part of a formal flametending tradition?

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
4:44 am
gifts and service
I feel a little funny talking about this, which is why I've hesitated for awhile (okay, there was also the Mercury Retrograde). I guess it's because the internet sort of teaches us that it's okay to share bad stuff but not okay to share the good. It feels like bragging. After all if everyone else is complaining good news might make them feel bad. But then I can hardly use this to say my life has been blessed, those who know me know that there has been a huge amount of suck this year. And I'm not sure this is a blessing. I think really it's an assignment.

An Morrígan has set some stuff before me recently. I want to share partially because I feel it's required, really, to let others know that a gift has been received from one of Them. That's part of it. But also because I'm interested in others who might have felt this, that the God/dess(es) they serve interact in day to day life. In that which is "mundane." And to discuss the issue of things given with expectation.

I have been working for several years as a reporter, a job I had loved but was burned out on of late. It also doesn't pay well, not as a contract (or "stringer") worker on a weekly. It also took up much time and energy that I then couldn't give to two writing projects that I've had simmering since college (15 years!). With recent family events, I also found myself faced with the possibility of being homeless...well, at least without the home I have now. Land I am deeply bonded with.

The economy here sucks. No other word for it. So my mate and I were hunting for better jobs to no avail (his at least was full-time and paid somewhat better, but he's still looking for something better). Right at this time a nightwatch job opened up at a local residential educational camp for "troubled boys." One which I had done a story on about two months before.

Now, see I have this whole Outsider, in the Fianna sense, thing going on spiritually. Can anyone think of a job more evocative of the Fianna than this? Oh, maybe counselor here...but, still!

Much offering was made. To Her in particular. But it didn't look good. The interview seemed horrible and seemed focused on why the hells the reporter who did a story would want the job. And a lot of "we really got a lot of great applications." He never called back that week, not even the promised call to everyone to let us know either way.

Two weeks later, I was called and he asked if I was still interested. They had hired someone, but finally decided they needed to hire a second. Given how unlikely it seemed, the feeling that I am supposed to be here was really brought home.

More offerings, but not as many...frankly I am finding it harder to schedule us to do this sort of thing right now. But Samhuinn was pretty intense! Even though I came to work shortly after that night.

I do consider the job itself mostly quasi-warrior. I mean, this is the sort of job that wannabee cops get, you know. It could be embarrassing if I made too much of that aspect. The location is, however, back to that whole Outsider thing. Ironically enough, I am very much a professional fire-tender (not in a Brìde priestess flame-tender sense, but the sort of tribal ritual role I used to do before my married days and still do for our own hearth) too, at least for the next few months (this is a CAMP, these boys are in platform tents heated with wood all winter, someone has to keep those going at night).

And THIS job here means that I can write. MY stuff. Okay, that will go better once I totally quit the paper, which I'm working on (the problem of working for friends, "we have no one to do this and it won't be done if you don't and if we don't have it they'll be egg on our collective face").

I truly feel that She has much to do with why I'm here. Both because she is making it possible for me to finally do something that is path related. I also won't go into the health issues that are involved, up until a short time ago I couldn't have even dreamed about holding down a job like this, but that has changed over the past year...something that I feared would always keep me from working a job that was path related.

I also feel I have an assignment now. I have time to write. I am feeling compelled to work on the women warrior project that I had back burnered in favor of a CR one. But with the CR FAQ finished I feel that much of what I felt I needed to get that out there for is covered. And broader than I would have done. That will come, perhaps even more specific than it would have been, as CR grows.

This job also allows me to get my personal trainer certification back (I make enough money now, even if I choose not to take clients, which I can take a few once I do finally end things with the paper), which I feel also ties in with that role. And gives me an ability to cover things in this book that I can't otherwise. I also now have time and money to travel a bit to do some workshops on both the warrior path and CR. These things have also been falling into place. Again, with the workshops, when I really didn't expect it to actually come about.

And keeping the land is very close to feasible, although there is some work left to be done to secure that.

This isn't the first time, of course, that I felt things were put in front of me so that I could do something that I was supposed to do. The last time I know of involved that which led to the finding and rescue of my horse. Which I also think is leading somewhere eventually, but that this is all going to play part of it too. There is a tie-in with the land there too. The horse and returning to this land. The horse is a blood-bay with chrome (that is red, black and white), btw. hee!

So I'm sharing here, because She has done something to help me. I am interested in hearing how others' lives have been touched in such ways. How things come before you so that you can complete a task or follow a path.

My apolgies to those who are getting this several times as I have crossposed on Yahoo! on Foireann Mhorrighan as well as on LJ on out_hedge and paganacht to get this to those who are not on all of them. ~;)

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, November 10th, 2006
5:39 pm
Rites of Brigid by Sean o Duinn
Does anybody know if Rites of Brigid is any good? As Brighid is my Patron, I would enjoy reading a quality book about her mythology, both as a Goddess and a Saint. Of course, as Brighid is my Patron I would not enjoy a poorly written study! ;)

Alternatively, have you read anything by the author that may suggest the above book will be of high or low quality? Upon a little research, I found the author is a lecturer on Irish heritage and mythology at Universirty of Limerick. I had a look at a sumnmary of one of his lectures and nothing beat me over the head with alarm but as a third party intepretation of the lecture, it's a little ard to ascertain the true quality of his work.

I suppose this is just a long winded way of asking your opinion on the book/author and if you coud sugest some reliable sources of information on Brighid.

x-posted to cr_r
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
12:07 pm
Tha Project Poll again
Okay, hopefully this is the last time! I feel like I've become a spammer. Shit! I think I have!!!

But three's the charm right?

So, one more poll, for anyone here who took part. If you haven't in the others, please join in and go back and do them, they are linked on this too.

Thank you!!!!
Saturday, August 5th, 2006
4:09 pm
just to annoy you all more
Okay, I thought of more questions for the poll I posted last night. So, I hope those who stopped by for the first poll will stop by for this one. If you didn't do the first one, please do that one first. The new one is at http://saigh-allaidh.livejournal.com/176937.html

The first part is at http://saigh-allaidh.livejournal.com/176393.html

thank you!

Same annoying cross-posting
Friday, August 4th, 2006
8:20 pm
A request
I am considering taking up work on a back burnered project on Pagan women warrior training. To further this, I have put up a poll regarding this on my journal saigh_allaidh and invite anyone interested in voicing an opinion to take part. You do not need to be Pagan or female.

cross posted in womenofstrength, out_hedge and warrior_queens
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
12:47 pm
A new community
We realized that having two connected communities for Brighid was not going to work, these things must be in three after all! There was concern that this one was making those who did not connect with the Outsider path feel alienated and that it was probably too much to ask one community to serve to discuss both other ways to worship Brighid and the guardian and other warrior paths. It also complicated things in the case where we may wish to discuss particular thing in locked posts, which might not be of interest or suitable to those of these divergent interests. So this community was created to serve those of all genders, or none, who serve Brighid in various ways.


This community is, however, to support the belief that tending the eternal flame was forbidden to men and that this tradition is to be respected. Therefore we ask that no one who does not fully believe this to not join and membership to those we realize belong to any group or order which allows male flame-tenders will be rejected.

out_hedge will continue to also be a place for those who we do not know well to get to know us and us them.

This is cross-posted in out_hedge and my journal, a slightly different version as a welcome in brighiddevoted

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
12:55 am
Supporting Women's Space and Traditions
I would like to remind those applying to this community that one of the principles of this community is supporting women's space, and supporting traditional, women-only orders of flametenders.

If someone is posting elsewhere on the web that they don't think there's any reason for keeping the orders for women only, or implying that those who want to keep the office of flametender traditional are somehow fanatical or wrong, or who snark on those who hold these values, their application to join this community will be rejected.

I thought that was quite obvious, but apparently not to everyone. People really amaze me sometimes.

Current Mood: baffled and pissed off
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
6:55 pm
Morrígan never fought?
Okay, I'm not really up for the translating as much as I wish I was, although I've poked at the version of the story on CELT. Therefore I really have to rely on Elizabeth Gray's translation on what is actually said the Cath Maige Tuired. I was hoping that perhaps someone out there who might have the ability to really check or might have already noted this could answer for me....

Where in Cath Maige Tuired does it actually state, as so many have stated it does (including academic-types, but then again Miranda Green can't read the original either) that An Morrígan either doesn't fight in the battle OR fights only with magic?

I'm not seeing it. I'm seeing:
106. "And you, Morrigan," said Lug, "what power?" (‘Os tussa, a Morríghan,’ ol Lug, ‘cía cumang?’"

107. "Not hard to say," she said. "I have stood fast; I shall pursue what was watched; I will be able to kill; I will be able to destroy those who might be subdued." (‘Ní anse,’ ol sí, ‘ar-rosisor; dosifius do-sseladh; ar-roselus, aros-dibu nos-ríastais.’)

Okay, sorry, that rather sounds like I'm going to kill in this battle to me. But, as I said, I can only go by the translation.

There IS also:
137. Then the Morrigan the daughter of Ernmas came, and she was strengthening the Tuatha De to fight the battle resolutely and fiercely. She then chanted the following poem: (for which I can find no translation)

Now, I suppose this could show She did use magic and does show She was strengthening the fighters....but that She is JUST doing so? (edited for proper punctuation) At least not by what is translated.

Anyway...I'm just want to make sure that I'm not missing anything, that there is actually no place where is DOES implicitly say that She doesn't fight or only uses magic. I mean, this is something that has come into "common knowledge" (rather like the use of woad!) that before I really tackle some true ranting about this, I would like to get clued in if this is something I'm missing due to my inability to read the original fully.

Cross-posted in out_hedge, cr_r and my journal.

Current Mood: curious
Friday, April 21st, 2006
12:46 pm
Some thoughts on An Morrígan and other Deithe
I want to bring up some confusion I'm having about where folks are considering this community is going and all. This stems from a couple of responses to caitriona_nnc which basically came to "An Morrígan is unpredictable, I think Lugh is a better choice." This rather hit me the wrong way, for a few reasons.

First of all, when I joined I noted that while this is about Brìde as it's a support for a group of her priestesses that is forming, An Morrígan was also mentioned in the profile. I didn't see Lugh. However, there is no indication of "we all must worship only these two Goddesses" as most of us are pretty blatantly polytheistic anyway. Just that there is a certain leaning towards them in the work that might be done here. The hosts and myself have all had very specific SPG regarding a relationship between these two Goddesses and I believe that is something that they had the idea might be explored here. Of course, this doesn't mean they would be the only Deithe discussed.

Secondly, as far as I understand there is a connection between An Morrígan and similar Goddesses and the Outsider warrior bands. Perhaps wire_mother can fill in more. Or correct me if I'm wrong. Another aspect of this all that I'd like to explore.

Thirdly, what lore or UPG has those of you who have said this to say that She is unpredictable? I can't think of a thing in any of the stories connected to Her that point to that. And in my own UPG, well, I'd say She's often a bit too predictable. ~;)

Fourthly, what's so bad about unpredictable?

Current Mood: hungry
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
12:26 pm
Outsiders and Guardians
[Erg. Accidentally posted to my (paul_hamish) LJ rather than here so crossposted.]

I'm not really sure where to start here. Perhaps with a bit on my experiences as a "hedge keeper," although we were more likely to call it being a guardian back in those genero-pagan days.

I have acted as a boundary guardian for women's circles, keeping people from accidentally intruding on a ritual and allowing women who would have had to do this task to attend the ritual itself. Although this description sounds rather mild, it was a serious role to me, more akin to warrior work than a simple usher role. Although in these particular cases, trouble or deliberate interference was unlikely, I was always prepared to be a physical defender.

It's a point of honor for me to never eavesdrop on a ritual which might be within earshot and never let my conscious mind retain anything I did hear. To me, that was part of being a guardian, the ability to maintain trust by clearly focusing on the role.

In a less spiritual setting, I have also been a "peacekeeper" for Gay and Lesbian marches. In recent years, in large cities, the danger is rather minimal for people serving in this capacity. When I first did this in 1984(?) in Northhampton, MA, only a few hundred people participated in the march and there were at least fifteen or twenty rather aggressive hecklers. I was spat on and taunted by several of these young men. I had to be calm and alert yet be prepared for the very real possibility of violence.

So these are some initial thoughts on the role of hedge keeper.

Current Mood: embarrassed
9:25 am
supporting flametenders
I think it's really meaningful that this forum exists, because it seems to deepen the idea that flame-tenders really do serve on behalf of a community, which I think is important to the meaning of that kind of service -- although I know other people see it as more of a personal contemplative ritual. And I'm certainly not saying it can't be practiced that way, but as many people have mentioned, there is also that element of priestessing on behalf of the community hearthfire that seems integral and, well, requires a community.

So what I'm most interested in, I think, is what *kind* of community support we can offer to a group of dedicated priestesses who are keeping Brighid's flame on our behalf. Obviously we're not able to offer the physical support that service staff gives to convents and monasteries, since our flame-tenders are not full-time and living together in that kind of relationship. The idea of ritual guarding really interests me in general, but again at this time we're unlikely to be physically present for any or all of the flame-tenders in order to guard their rituals.

My mother participates in a group in her church that knits shawls for the hospitalized, in a mindful way that imbues the shawls with prayers for their health. Given Brighid's associations with crafting, maybe it would be nice to organize something similar -- something we can make for flame-tenders that would be invested with our support of their work and our own different kind of devotion to Brighid, so that when they wore or used it, it would help remind them that, even as they're sitting alone in their living rooms or whatever, there is a community out there that they've agreed to serve in this way.

Is this a project that anyone would be interested in? Or do people have other ideas, additionally or instead, on the subject of how to help flame-tenders operate as priestesses in a community rather than isolation?
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
6:20 pm
Here we go!
My ideas for this community are much less formed than my ideas for brighidwomen. Not surprising, as I've usually been in the rituals rather than outside, guarding them.

However, I have been active in recruiting people to guard rituals, and in training some of them (in magic more than in physical combat skills). And I've often had a liminal role - in the rituals, but also going outside to help guard.

Of course, this community will probably be about other things besides guarding, too. We will see.

Originally, I was just going to encourage paul_hamish and some of the other obvious suspects to start this community. They have more of a background in this area. But, why not, I'll start this one, too, just so it's here to get some discussion going. If it feels like I should turn it over to someone else later, I can do that.

It's up to members posting whether they want these discussions to be friends-locked (only visible to community members) or public. Commenting is allowed by members only.

I look forward to seeing what develops.

Current Mood: fierce
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