I have been trying to think of a name for Celtic Reconstructionism for the local community I have started, such as others have done with names like Pàganachd or Fálachus. I have been thinking that Aes Tuath would be a good name, it means "tribal people" or "rural people". What do you think of the name?
I have found no evidence of one, some claim that the Fómhoir Elatha is a god of the moon. Others say that Caer Ibormeith or Niamh are lunar goddesses, but I have found no evidence of these. I have found very little information about Laír Báln, which was supposed to be the moon, translating into "white mare". I can't find any info or even a wiki on Láir Báln though and don't even know the mare's gender. Any thoughts?
Bíle sounds a lot like bile, as in bodily fluid, and I know it's ridiculous but it makes it hard to feel close to him. Partly because I'm confused about the pronunciation of the name (is it Bel, Beelya, Belya, Bilya, or Bili?) Is there an alternative spelling of the name that's still Irish? What are your thoughts?
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?
I was thinking about hospitality and both its importance in Irish culture and its centrality in GRP today. As such, I was interested if anyone has found any articles or could recommend any books which discusses hospitality.
I did find an article from the 1999 Celtica Journal, "Old Irish briugu `hospitaller' and connected words" by Gearóid Mac Eoin, and while interesting its main focus is on the etymological development of the term. Any information would be greatly appreciated.