Practical Pagans

Paganism…with Common Sense

Fairy Taboos – #4 Food

Fairy taboos around food are complicated and layered, and each aspect tends to have its own rules and repercussions. For this blog we will break the prohibitions around food down into three categories and try to summarize each one as concisely as possible. 1 – Eating Food from Fairy.      The most well known […]

Fairy Rings

  One particular bit of folklore that is still especially relevant today is that of fairy rings, also called fairy circles, elf rings, or elf circles. In Welsh they may be known as cylch y Tylwyth Teg [literally ‘circle of the Fair Family’]. The concept of these rings can be found throughout the different Celtic […]

When Dedication Ends

There’s a good amount of discussion out there about honoring deities (or spirits) and about dedication to a deity. What I want to talk about today is something I don’t see being discussed much – when dedication ends. An image of the German Woden When I began my pagan path I really wasn’t aware of […]

Exorcism for a Leannán Sí

Recently in my wanderings through source material I ran across  particularly interesting folk charm in the 1854 ‘Transactions of the Ossianic Society’. The entry was first in Irish and then translated into English, with some notable variances from the Irish, and dealt with a spoken charm used by a Catholic priest to expel a Leannan […]

Irish/English Glossary of Common Terms

This post is meant to offer a selection of the common terms I use in Irish with their English translations, to help readers of my blog who may not have any Irish or who may find the use of Irish placenames, euphemisms for the Good Neighbours, and other miscellaneous words confusing. Hopefully this will offer […]

Discerning Good Source Material

One thing that’s important for anyone who relies, to any degree, on sources outside themselves for spirituality – or anything else – is being able to judge a good source from a bad one. So today I want to just run down a quick list of ways to vett sources of any type to decide […]

Chains n Things

Most of us living in this modern age consider ourselves free. Freedom is a “given”, enshrined in law in many countries, drilled into us through education, political rhetoric, television, even religion. And yet we remain chained, imprisoned in cages of … Continue reading →

The Universe – a perspective

There seems to be a commonly held belief that fate/destiny/karma/etc are the domain of the universe (or it’s creator in some cases). One often hears such phrases as “the universe has plans for you”, or “the universe will balance itself … Continue reading →

Imram Brian Meic Ferbail

One of the Imramma, or ‘Voyage’ stories, dating to possibly the 8th century. I can only find a small portion of the text in Irish to translate but it is an interesting section and offers insight into how far back the concept existed that to live on one of the Otherworldly islands meant to be […]

The Morrigan and Morgen le Fay

One source of much confusion is the connection – or lack thereof – between the Irish goddess the Morrigan and the Welsh Arthurian figure Morgen le Fay*. I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while but have hesitated because I am admittedly weak on the Welsh end of things and didn’t want to […]

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