Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Amy Interviews Dolores Whelan

Amy Panetta interview Dolores Whelan, educator, spiritual guide, and author of "Ever Ancient, Ever New: Celtic Spirituality in the 21st Century." They discuss her book, her work, The Brigid of Faughart festival she organizes, and Brigid herself. 

Amy is also offering an hour-long webinar in exchange for a donation.   Most proceeds will go towards The Solas Bhride Centre in Kildare where so many beautiful Brigid sites are located.  Back in Jan/Feb 2017, she taught a number of classes based on her Brigid work and she is excited that the class she was teaching is now online in this webinar!  She also teaches the song, "Gabhaim Molta Bhride" in Irish Gaelic.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Revisiting Brighid & Imbolc: A Year With The Gods Conference 26 January 2019

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Very soon we will be treated to a second online Brigit conference through Land, Sea, Sky Travel. I'm so excited! I will be presenting--my only presentation with them in the coming year--a deep dive into meditation on Brigit. There is so much more. Explore the various posts on their Facebook page and definitely consider one of the scholarships if they apply.

I love the group of people that Vyviane has gathered together. These conferences have had a huge impact on my practice and on my sense of connection with the wider community. They are accessible in every way, inspiring, friendly, and filled with new ideas and information and ways of looking at things. A real blessing.


Revisiting Brighid & Imbolc: A Year With The Gods Conference

 · Hosted by Land Sea Sky Travel

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~W.B. Yeats

Land, Sea, Sky Travel is pleased to announce we will be hosting a series of online conferences, A Year With Our Gods: An Online Polytheist Conference in 2019. Over the course of the year, we will be hosting an eight-part conference series. Each conference will hold a specific theme relevant to Irish, Welsh, Gallic, and Deovtional Polytheists. Our first conference is Revisiting Brighid & Imbolc and is meant to be a deeper dive into the work we stared last year with our very popular Brighid: A Fresh Perspective conference.

The conference will provide a balanced mix of hands-on, devotional, and experimental practice with academic and lore-based studies . In addition, a chat room will be provided to facilitate building friendships and meeting others interested in polytheism. Each conference will feature five presenters, a mix of well known faces and fresh voices.

The conference may be accessed from any phone, tablet, or computer.

To help make it accessible to all participants, especially those who cannot commit to attending the full eight hours, a recording of the entire conference is included with your registration ticket. Participants will also receive a digital welcome pack with exciting content from each of our presenters along with other offerings from polytheist groups and polytheist or pagan run small businesses. During the conference, we will be giving away items such as Kindle books, tickets to a future conference in this series, and other exciting surprises. If you own a pagan business and would like to be involved with our Welcome Packet or Give-Aways, please get in touch.

Full and partial scholarships will be offered for the conference along with group viewing party discounts. Registration will be offered for free to individuals under the age of twenty-one and over the age of seventy-one.

Twenty Day Brigid Devotion with Clann Dord Fiann (Starts Today!)

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I am very keen to participate in this shared-yet-solitary daily offering to Brigit as we move toward Imbolc. What a wonderful idea! We begin in less than an hour--8 PM Irish time, noon British Columbia time--but the devotion may be done any time during each twenty-four hour period. Whatever works best for you. I'll let Clann Dord Fiann explain.


For 2019 Clann Dord Fiann are working each evening from the 12th of January to the 31st with a 20 day devotional work with and to Brigid. As part of the extension of our work to have a public face, we invite others to join this activity if they wish. It is solitary and requires no other involvement.

Each day at 8pm (Irish time) we light a candle to Brigid and speak or sing the text of Gabhaim molta Bríghde/ I Give Praise to Brigid, a traditional Irish song and poem. This time is ideal, but need not be followed if not fitting with your life. This may be done at any time each day. We will post daily reminders at 7 daily for the 20 days. For those who would like to work with the text as gaeilge, but who do not speak the language, Gaol Naofa has a phonetic version. . For the first 19 days we light and extinguish the candle after speaking Gabhaim molta Bríghde and a period of reflection. On the 20th day, Brigids eve, reeds are gathered for crosses, and an effigy of Brigid is brought to the place of the candle, be it an image or a Brideóg. An accompanying verse may be desired of this arrival of Brigid. A historical example is:

Oiche Bhríde brichíneach
Bain an ceann den croiceanach,
Gabhaigí ar na glúnaí,
Déanaigí umhlú
Is ligigí isteach Bríd Bheannaithe.
‘Sé beatha, ‘sé beatha, sé beatha.

"On St Brigid’s night
Take the head off the rushes,
Go on your knees,
Make obeisance
And let St Brigid in.
You’re welcome, you’re welcome, your welcome."

The candle is lit in a safe container and allowed to burn out in the company of Brigid, for on the 20th day Brigid keeps the flame.

Gabhaim molta Bríghde Text (Gaeilge/ English)

Gabhaim molta Bríghde, iníon í le hÉireann
Iníon le gach tír í, molaimís go léir í.
Lóchrann geal na Laighneach, soils’ ar feadh na tíre
Ceann ar óigheacht Éireann, ceann na mban

Tig an Geimhreadh dian dubh, gearra lena géire
Ach ar lá le Bríghde, gar dúinn Earrach Éireann.
Iníon le gach tír í, molaimís go léir í.
Gabhaim molta Bríghde, iníon í le hÉireann

I give praise to Brigid, daughter of Ireland
Daughter of all lands, let us praise her.
The bright torch of Leinster, shining across the country
The leader of Ireland’s youth, leader of women.

The house of Winter is dark, cutting with its sharpness
But on Brigid’s Day, Spring in Ireland draws near to us.
I give praise to Brigid, daughter of Ireland
Daughter of all lands, let us praise her.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Brigantia #2: Funding Unsuccessful

Funding Unsuccessful
Posted by Chris Mole (Creator)
Hey everybody,
As you'll probably have seen, we've unfortunately failed to reach our funding target before the end of the campaign, which means that none of your pledges will be collected.
We're going to take some time over Christmas to go back to the drawing board and figure out what to do going forward - we still want to tell Brigantia's story, so we'll try and come up with a way of making that happen. As soon as we've got a plan, we'll let you know!
We're obviously disappointed that we couldn't reach the goal, but it's hard to be too upset - we've been bowled over by all of your support for the campaign and all the nice things you've been posting about the story and artwork.
Thank you all again for your time and support - we'll be in touch!
Chris & Mel

Saturday, December 01, 2018

An Dagda's First Books Have Launched!

Pagan Portals - the Dagda 

I'm excited. Two separate books on The Good God, An Dagda, father of the goddesses Brigit, are now available. In my time of devotion to Brigit I have come to know her parent somewhat and fallen in love with him. I am thrilled to have these two opportunities to know him more.

Until now, those interested in The Dagda have had to scrape together their information from widely dispersed sources. In late October Morgan Daimler's Pagan Portals book, The Dagda, was released. A slim volume, like all Pagan Portals titles, it is the first book entirely devoted to this important Irish god. I haven't read it yet, but it sits on the table awaiting my attention. I've read several of Morgan's books and have never been disappointed. 

Minutes ago, Morpheus Ravenna and Lora O'Brien launched their anthology Harp, Club, and Cauldron - A Harvest of Knowledge. Many respected (and beloved) writers and artists have contributed to the book: Isolde Carmody and Chris Thompson from Story Archaeology, Anthony Murphy, author of Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past, Segomâros Widugeni, author of Ancient Fire: An Introduction to Gaulish Celtic Polytheism, Valerie Herron, the artist responsible for the delightful works in Ravenna's book on the The Morrigan, The Book of the Great Queen, Morgan Daimler herself, and many others. (I have a poem in there, myself, speaking with Brigit about her father.) Having had a glimpse of the ebook, I am more than ever looking forward to having the book in my hands, .

Now is a great time to have the profile of the Dagda raised. A god of many abilities, protector of his people and linked to the health and balance of his land, he is a powerful ally in a world filled with disharmony and fear. His cauldron of plenty, his harp that can bring sorrow, laughter, or sleep to those who listen, his club which kills with one end and restores to life with the other, his great appetites and his ability to do what needs to be done under any circumstances--An Dagda's influence needs to be felt now more than ever.

It may take a few hours for the anthology to become available--the button is pushed, but Amazon sometimes takes a while to catch up. So if you get a "not currently available" note, fear not. It's on the way.

For those of you who have grown interested in or close with An Dagda, you might also want to join the Facebook group The Dagda's Hearth. I'll see you there, perhaps?

Original Fund-Raising Video for Harp, Club, and Cauldron:

Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: Brigantia #1 (Comic)

Brigantia #1, Chris Mole and Melissa Trender (2017):

Link to Kickstarter for #2

Brigantia #1, Chris Mole and Melissa Trender (2017):

I was surprised and thrilled when I saw Nimue Brown's retweet of Chris Mole's Kickstarter announcement for Brigantia #2. I had not known that #1 existed and I wanted to know more. A quick look at the Kickstarter page told me this was a comic I definitely wanted to read. A seven foot tall, red-haired goddess who fights to protect her people, who is hurled through time to our century, who is wonderfully drawn.

So here I am with #1. I love the liveliness and clarity of the art. A goddess and a god in mortal combat open the issue, followed by the abrupt arrival of Brigantia in the London Underground. The land still speaks to her, but it is strange and incomprehensible; her people, those who believe in her, are long gone. Yet when she was taken from them they were in desperate need of her protection.  

Now, one voice rises in prayer to her, her nemesis appears again, and the battle continues.

A fast-moving and enjoyable read based on the goddess of the Brigantes, Brigantia #1 combines the exhilaration of the superhero comic with a sensibility for the land and her people. It will appeal to Pagans and non-Pagans alike. 

Now! To raise the funds for #2! Just a few days left for the Kickstarter campaign. Donate as little as a £ to enable artist Melissa Trender to work full-time on the project and get it to us by May 2019. (Rewards abound, and I personally have my eye on paper copies of both issues.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Brigantia Comic on Kickstarter!

Oh, so terribly cool! I hadn't heard of this comic, completely missed issue one. Now issue two is seeking funds to support the artist and allow her to work on it full time, pay the letterer, and cover printing costs. Have a look at their fund-raising video and the gorgeous art at this address:

Brigantia Kickstarter

From their page:

Hurled forwards through time by a magical portal, Brigantia - a Pagan goddess - seeks to defeat the foe who deceived her and return to the world she calls home.
WelcomeThe purpose of this campaign is to raise the production and print funds (to pay for the cost of artwork, lettering and printing) of issue #2 of Brigantia, an independent comic book series by writer Chris Mole, artist Melissa Trender and letterer Aditya Bidikar.
Our goal is to create a full-colour, 36-page comic book (UK Standard size, 246x163mm) which continues the story of Brigantia, illustrated and lettered to a professional standard.
Issue #1 of the comic was released in September 2017 after a successful Kickstarter campaign and is now available online and on Comixology and Comichaus: