Practical Pagans

Paganism…with Common Sense

Táin Bó Cúalnge

Series: Irish Texts Society Volume XLIX Editor: Cecile O’Rahilly Publisher: The Irish Texts Society and Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies Published: First Published 1967, this copy 1984. Pages: 357 includes the original text, translation, notes to the text and introduction and Index + Introduction. **Notes from Celtic Scholar: This short review is not about the […]

Fairy Taboo – #3 Names

Another taboo that we see among many of the Good People relates to names. Names have power and we find in many cases both an aversion to saying the names of certain types of the Daoine Maithe as well as an avoidance of personal names. Even nicknames have power and when we look at anecdotal […]

The Morrigan is not my Sex Goddess

I want to start off by acknowledging that we all see the Gods differently and I know that sometimes a person can relate to a deity in a way that is unusual (comparatively) or unique to them; maybe this is how they need to see that deity for personal reasons. What I want to address […]

Fairy Taboos – #2 Privacy

 Having looked at the common (but not ubiquitous) prohibition of the fairies against humans saying thank you to them, now let’s turn to another even more prevalent fairy taboo, that of secrecy. The idea with this one is that the Good People do not like to find out they have been seen, unless they are […]

Spirituality and Modern Sacred Prohibitions

I’ve talked before about the way that spirituality can sometimes end up affecting the way we live our lives in a blog called ‘Reshaped Living’ and I think it’s important to understand the way that personal gnosis can directly influence us. Another way that spirituality can influence our lives is with the taking on of […]

Selling Your Soul to the Fairies

Most of us are familiar with the idea of classical witches selling their souls to the Devil, but there is another concept we see as well in folkloric sources: a person selling their soul to the fairies. The implication in the wider narrative is that the soul is being pledged to the Queen of Fairy […]

Altar Placement

Blessings Darlings! So, we moved again – now close to the house we first lived in in this area, only right on the cattle farm instead of it being  ‘across the street, and behind the house on the other side of the street’ from us.  Moving is always hard when you’re old and have ‘stuff’, […]

Fairy Taboos – # 1 Saying Thank You

I’d like to do a series focusing on specific geasa, or taboos, that relate to how humans interact with fairies. These are things that you either should do or should never do when dealing with the fey folk. I’m hoping that doing this as a series of shorter posts might be more engaging for readers […]

The Gods are not your bitches.

Blessings Darlings! Would you walk up to a random stranger on the street and ask them to give you stuff?  Like, “Hey – you don’t know me at all, and I don’t know you.  But …” Continue reading…

Embracing Joy in Spirituality

I talk often, I know, about the work that goes into my spirituality – and I think that’s fair enough because it is work and we shouldn’t underestimate that. But there’s joy in what we do as well, or their should be, its just easier often times to focus on the effort instead of the […]

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