Hi there!

You can call me Echtrai or Rai, and this is my religious blog. This is where I talk about my personal religious practice interspersed with research and ramblings. I am a Gaelic Reconstructionist Polytheist.

I also maintain a digital shrine for Lugh and help out with one for Brighid
Tairis is down (for now)

heelancoo:

I’ve already posted about this on my blogspot, but seeing as I’ve been getting some concerned messages from folks about the Tairis site here, I might as well do an announcement here too…

Unfortunately Tairis is currently offline while it’s undergoing some essential maintenance. It’s a bit of a pain, but I’m hoping that it won’t be offline for too long. In the meantime you can access it via The Wayback Machine at archive.org.

Seeing as Lùnastal is almost upon us (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), you can find the articles on it here:

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, you may be interested in:
And for a brief introduction to the subject, you might want to watch Gaol Naofa’s video (more coming soon).
There’s also a brief overview of the festivals at the Gaol Naofa site, and some practical ideas on what to do in our Ritual within Gaelic Polytheism. Our article on Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism will also be useful too (even if you don’t have kids, honest!). The festivals section starts on page 32.
Posted on July 24 with 9 notes at 12:46 am
moyaofthemist:

moyaofthemist:


Born to the vivid heat and unyielding sunlight of Phoenix, Ray dives into her pool and surfaces in a cold lake. 
There is no sun in Qol. She has no family. Ray has never existed—only Laenyn. Or so the mad scientist claims. But her younger sister, older and yet smaller than she ought to be, seems to remember their life rather differently… 

Now available for free!

Fallacy is now available for free on a number of different platforms! 

Amazon
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This is a really great book I think a lot of you would enjoy.

moyaofthemist:

moyaofthemist:

Born to the vivid heat and unyielding sunlight of Phoenix, Ray dives into her pool and surfaces in a cold lake. 

There is no sun in Qol. She has no family. Ray has never existed—only Laenyn. 

Or so the mad scientist claims. But her younger sister, older and yet smaller than she ought to be, seems to remember their life rather differently… 

Now available for free!

Fallacy is now available for free on a number of different platforms! 

This is a really great book I think a lot of you would enjoy.

Posted on July 21 with 37 notes at 12:08 pm

adventures-in-asexuality:

echtrai:

The first song I properly learn on my tin whistle and perform for Lugh is going to be from a video game. 

VERY SUPER SERIOUS POLYTHEIST OVER HERE

SUCH HISTORY

VERY RECONSTRUCTIOn

but it’s this one it’s so pretty and slow and easy to learn. 

I expected you to say it was going to be the Pokemon theme song. >_>

Gahahahahaha  MY NEXT PROJECT EMERGES

Posted on July 20 with 15 notes at 7:11 pm

The first song I properly learn on my tin whistle and perform for Lugh is going to be from a video game. 

VERY SUPER SERIOUS POLYTHEIST OVER HERE

SUCH HISTORY

VERY RECONSTRUCTIOn

but it’s this one it’s so pretty and slow and easy to learn. 

Posted on July 20 with 15 notes at 6:49 pm
Anonymous
Hi! I was wondering if you knew of a book of traditional songs and prayers like the Scottish Carmina Gadelica for Ireland?

Unfortunately no, the study Alexander Carmichael did in Scotland wasn’t replicated in Ireland. There are certainly traditional prayers and customs to be found, but not in a convenient volume, alas!

Osborn Bergin’s Irish Bardic Poetry is recommended but I have yet to get my hands on a copy.

Religious Songs of Connacht would be another thing to look at, volume 1 volume 2

Posted on July 18 with 5 notes at 4:15 pm

Alright guys, I’m starting to pack up some of the things that I DO use frequently now, like my books. I’ll be putting a couple in my suitcase (The Year in Ireland, Gods and Heroes of the Celts) but the vast majority are going in the box. So if you have any last minute questions before I do, the next few days is when to send them! After that, I won’t see my books again for …. a few months. cries

Posted on July 16 with 2 notes at 7:36 am
I know we talk about how this land really belonged to the Celts and neither the Saxons nor Romans, and we want the end of English rule, but let’s face it, this land always has, and always will, belong to sheep.
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John (via cuimhnigh-i-gconai)

Relevant.

(via fuckyeahcelticstudies)

Posted on July 16 with 137 notes at 7:27 am

heelancoo:

spiritualbrainstorms:

polyteleology:

Yeah, I’m pretty much watching their new videos all day today:

  • Lá Fhéile Bríde – Detailing the lore and traditions associated with the festival that marks the first flourish of Spring
  • Là na Caillich – The Day of the Cailleach in Scotland, which falls on March 25th and marks the beginning of the Cailleach’s rest period, until she reawakens in winter
  • Bealtaine – Focusing on the traditions and customs of the festival of Summer
  • Midsummer: Áine and Grian – Introducing the Midsummer traditions in Ireland, and the issue of solar deities in Gaelic tradition
  • Midsummer: Manannán mac Lir – Taking a look at the Midsummer tradition of “paying the rent to Manannán mac Lir, which originates on the Isle of Man

These videos are so lovely to watch and listen to… And I’m learning new things, like about Áine and Ogma~

I’m glad you like them!

There are more to come (in time…) so we can finish the whole year. After that I’m sure we’ll find some other things to talk about :p 

Posted on July 7 with 47 notes at 9:58 pm
lebornaciar:

she who intoxicates — if he were cowardly, we’d be ill-matched, for i am powerful in warfare, fight and fray. it would be a disgrace if i were more forcible than him, but no disgrace if both of us are forcible. nor would it do for my husband to be jealous: i never had one man without another waiting in his shadow. [a mix for queen medb.]

01. black sheep — gin wigmore 02. no church in the wild — kanye west & jay-z feat. frank ocean 03.if i had a heart — fever ray 04. sex — the 1975 05. glory and gore — lorde 06. girl with one eye — florence + the machine 07. walk all over me — aaron pritchett 08. boss ass bitch — nicki minaj feat. ptaf 09. eat raw meat = blood drool — editors 10. devil’s dance floor — flogging molly 11. diamond on a landmine — billy talent 12. trouble — natalia kills 13. beg for mercy — adam lambert 14. nice guys finish last — cobra starship 15. power & control — marina and the diamonds 16. killer queen — queen 17. gold trans am — ke$ha 18. top of the world — the cataracs feat. dev

[listen.]

lebornaciar:

she who intoxicatesif he were cowardly, we’d be ill-matched, for i am powerful in warfare, fight and fray. it would be a disgrace if i were more forcible than him, but no disgrace if both of us are forcible. nor would it do for my husband to be jealous: i never had one man without another waiting in his shadow. [a mix for queen medb.]

01. black sheep — gin wigmore 02. no church in the wild — kanye west & jay-z feat. frank ocean 03.if i had a heart — fever ray 04. sex — the 1975 05. glory and gore — lorde 06. girl with one eye — florence + the machine 07. walk all over me — aaron pritchett 08. boss ass bitch — nicki minaj feat. ptaf 09. eat raw meat = blood drool — editors 10. devil’s dance floor — flogging molly 11. diamond on a landmine — billy talent 12. trouble — natalia kills 13. beg for mercy — adam lambert 14. nice guys finish last — cobra starship 15. power & control — marina and the diamonds 16. killer queen — queen 17. gold trans am — ke$ha 18. top of the world — the cataracs feat. dev

[listen.]

Posted on July 6 with 109 notes at 10:41 pm
That about sums that up...
Zach: )o( I love the Kelts, I like that they were pacifists.
Jared: I'm going to stab you
Posted on July 5 with 21 notes at 10:25 pm