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25 March 2010 @ 03:42 pm
Latha na Cailliche shona duibh!  
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the spring. Here the hags were most active during A’ Chailleach, at the beginning of the month. We had some very high windstorms, resulting in multiple days of song, prayer and offerings. And more than a bit of exhilaration tinged with fear. But we came through it safely!

I know a few people who had trees come down during those storms (some of you are reading this), but thankfully no damage to people or structures.

As my daily practice has become such a solid part of my life over the years, I really think that the set, calendar days for festivals have more to do with being able to plan for community gatherings than with deep, personal religious practice. Both are important, but they are different. With daily practice, and household practice, we tend to respond to windstorms, flowers blooming, first fruits or first frost with spontaneous offerings, songs and prayers. As the years go by I find myself caring less and less about organizing big, heavily-structured rites for strangers and thriving more on these deep, ongoing ways of life.

I saw something odd on a listserve recently, where someone was trying to compare "CR Ritual" to that of ADF and other polytheistic groups. Odd. I think she was using the Tara ritual from a few years ago as a model. Thing is, that was *one* ritual. For *one* purpose. And it was a public one at that: purposely patterned on materials that are already public, both to make it accessible and so as to not violate any private materials. But that is not what all of our, or all of my, rituals and ceremonies are like.

Anyway, hope all are well. How is the season going for you?
Current Location: Taigh na h-Aibhne
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: happy when it rains - jesus and mary chain
Teresa (Chrissy): Sea from Co. Kerry (photo by enzo/morgueeireannoir on March 26th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
The Cailleachan were extremely active today. Luckily the worst parts of the storms avoided us. But the season is just beginning here. We are due some mighty hefty blows at the dawning of April and a bit of a cold spell for tomorrow, with it only reaching 52°. This is the first year I've really worked with the Cailleachan so I'm still trying to figure out what works best and such there.
Kathryn of Nigheanan nan Cailleach: Coirebhreacain Shoilleircaitriona_nnc on March 26th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm always curious to see if they like the same offerings in different bioregions, or if regional variations apply.

Teresa (Chrissy): Sea from Co. Kerry (photo by enzo/morgueeireannoir on March 26th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely let you know how it goes for me down here.