erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
This year, the city of Auburn (which holds apparently the largest veterans day parade west of the Mississippi) had decided that even though they were going to allow a Corvette club and a daffodil festival float into the veterans day parade, they didn't want Veterans For Peace marching, because that would be in conflict with the purpose of the parade.

From the ACLU Washington website, The Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace has participated in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade since 2006. Yet the city denied the veterans group’s application to march in the 2012 parade, claiming that the city chose only those applicants which most closely meet the purpose and goals of the parade. At the same time, the city has approved applications from a motorcycle club, a Corvette club, the Optimists and Kiwanis International, the Sons of Italy, and a Daffodil Festival float. The US District court ruled in favor of the VFP, and today I went down to march with the group. This necessitated getting up way early, despite having barely been able to close my eyes last night. I'm hoping to actually sleep tonight to maybe make up for some of it.

The Seattle Times reported on our participation. I saw reporters from KING 5 and KIRO 7 (I talked to the KIRO people while we were marching), and was told that Q13 was also there covering our participation. KING 5 has a short segment up on their website from this evening's broadcast. I can be seen in the first few seconds of film and the two photos in the gallery, off at the far right of the column, just behind the peace flags, carrying a VFP flag. I haven't seen the KIRO broadcast yet, so I don't know if any of the interview with me was used.

Our reception was almost entirely very positive. There were a couple of people who booed when we went by, but we were thanked for coming by quite a few people along the route. At one point, four guys who were standing next to some Civil War reenactors turned their backs to us, but I didn't see that as being any big deal.

The reporter asked me if I was bothered by that and I said not particularly. She asked what I thought about it and I said, well, it's their right. And, of course, that's exactly what we were doing in the parade today - expressing our first amendment rights and offering a challenge to the extreme militarization of American society. Four guys turning their backs on us along a parade route isn't even a pimple on the backside of the flotilla of grey whales that comprise "things in this world that disturb me." Nobody was violent, nobody was shouting slurs, nobody was trying to prevent us from walking along the street like every other group. I don't see what the harm could possibly be, and my feelings just aren't that delicate, thank you.

There were maybe about 40 of us in the VFP contingent. I had some lovely conversations with people both before and after the parade. We stood around for about an hour at the staging area, then marched a mile or mile and a half down the parade route, which I then had to walk back to the car. We all met up at a BBQ place for lunch afterwards but, with all the closed off roads in Auburn, finding it was kind of like running a maze. Thankfully, both a little paper map and my phone's map app allowed me to get there in a reasonable amount of time. I think there were about 34 or so of us at the restaurant.

I talked with several people about my trip to Europe this summer, as they were planning their own trips to various places for next year at different points. It was nice to be able to share some of my experiences so that they would find it a little easier to do the traveling themselves, a little less expensively.

I'd hoped that I could go dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor this evening when I got home, but I didn't even get here until around 4:30, and by that time I'd started a headache (I think the barbeque sauce had something in it that triggered one), and within an hour or so, the idea of trying to move my legs much was a bit beyond me for the rest of the night. She didn't actually end up going tonight either, not feeling very well, but we'll try to get together tomorrow evening for some fireside snuggling after I get back from the veterans day dinner I'm going to with some of the women I've met at the VA in my group.

Overall, a pretty good day. If I find a clip from KIRO tomorrow, I'll post a link to that, too, whether or not I make an appearance in it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Sarasvati)
For those who are interested, and those who asked, I've finally put the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati talk I did at PCon and Eight Winds earlier this year into a zip file and posted them on my website for you to download.

You can download it here and it should download automatically when you click on the link.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
Another thing I did yesterday was update the Searching for Imbas blog with a post with some preliminary thoughts on my pilgrimage. If you don't follow the blog (I don't update it as often as I ought), please drop by and have a look.

Thanks!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Mandragora, as some of you may recall, is a beautiful book on esoteric poesis in which I have an essay and a couple of poems. Here are a few words on said book and its contents:

The Larkfall blog by Phil Legard.

Aedicula Antinoi blog discussing the Larkfall review.

Finnchuill's Mast blog by Finnchuill.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Mandragora, as some of you may recall, is a beautiful book on esoteric poesis in which I have an essay and a couple of poems. Here are a few words on said book and its contents:

The Larkfall blog by Phil Legard.

Aedicula Antinoi blog discussing the Larkfall review.

Finnchuill's Mast blog by Finnchuill.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
I got word a little after I headed for Europe that the print edition of the summer solstice issue is now available on magcloud.com. You can get it at either of these links:

http://hiraethpress.com/written-river-summer-solstice-issue-2/
http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/382122
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
I got word a little after I headed for Europe that the print edition of the summer solstice issue is now available on magcloud.com. You can get it at either of these links:

http://hiraethpress.com/written-river-summer-solstice-issue-2/
http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/382122
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today's major project was meeting up online with Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, which was about a three hour conference chat as we worked out when and how things were happening. It was a good thing we did this, because I'd accidentally been left out of the loop for a change/shift in the schedule that left me going into a panic until they said that they'd take care of that day and we're just shifting two days of stuff from the schedule I'd been given into one day. It'll make for a rather more full day than I'd quite anticipated, with two different sets of readings/writing exercises, but I think I can live with that. I will probably want/need a down day by that point in the pilgrimage anyway, so it all worked out okay.

I did the outline for the incubation rituals today and shared that, and all the other outlines/exercises/rituals with them that I'd done so far. They've approved everything with only a couple of logistical changes that are perfectly okay by me. The last thing I have to do is write up the closing ritual; for the extra day/theme bit that we're doing, I can write up a quick ogam meditation to go with that so they can use it in more or less the same pattern I was using for the other days and places. They said they'd get back to me on that.

This basically means I have the opening ritual, all of my days of meditations and writing exercises, the incubation and dream incubation rituals, and the Airmed ritual pretty much finished, so only the closing rite needs to be really worried about now. Everything else is fine-tuning and expansion, and a lot of it can just be done from an outline rather than being something strictly scripted. The opening and closing rituals are more along the lines of "needs a script" while the others are just a series of events where everyone participates and contributes to the making of the ritual as it is happening. I still need to send stuff off to [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm for her to look over. I'll try to remember that tomorrow while I'm working on the closing ritual.

I think I'm a little better at dealing with sudden (to me) changes when I'm actually in a place where we're right there and things have changed and we just have to get on with it, than with something where I accidentally got left out of the loop. Mostly it was a function of the fact that I don't actually read Facebook, and some of the things were discussed there and not actually on the pilgrimage list.

In other news, over on the Aedicula Antinoi blog, there was a post about the hero-feast of Suibhne Geilt, and my work in the Disability and Religious Diversity anthology was mentioned pretty prominently. I was really pleased by this. I didn't do a ritual for it today, but working on the pilgrimage was a lot of what has been necessary, and I suspect a panic attack was a suitable event for a day dedicated to a poet-madman. ;)

Also today I got an email from Hiraeth Press with the proof of the upcoming issue of Written River, featuring three of my poems as a preview of Fireflies at Absolute Zero, due out this fall. This is due for release on the 20th of June, with a publication date for the hard copy of the magazine due next week, so I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything, so if you want a paper copy you can actually get one. I'll be getting at least one myself.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht sent me an essay he did on syncretisms of Minerva, which he'd mentioned yesterday when I saw him. It concerns some possible syncretisms with Brigid, and a mention of a Sulis perpetual flame that I hadn't heard about before, so I'm going to be looking those bits up when I have time and bandwidth, and possibly adding mention of them to my Queering the Flame essay for the Queer Magic anthology. He says that should be ready by end of the year-ish, if all goes well. It'll be nice to have that done. I'm very much looking forward to having that material available, as I think it's important. I read the essay and found it informative, as his work always tends to be. Some good and useful stuff there and I'll have to dig a little more deeply into it when I get home.

I spent time in #writechat today, and also did a load of laundry. I managed to have the wherewithal to do a little bit of soup from duck broth I had in the freezer, French green lentils, cashew pieces, dried salal berries, a little bit of fenugreek seed, and some sambar powder. I topped it with a couple of small scoops of yogurt and it was really very good. I was quite pleased.

Overall, a pretty good day (except for the panic attack part) and I got a ton of stuff done.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
The VA sent me an appointment for podiatry in the mail today, which is scheduled for 8:30am on July 9th. I called and left them a message that I was going to be on a plane that day, thank you, and they should call me soon, but NOT BEFORE NOON to reschedule. I am so not going to an 8:30 appointment. I would have to be up by 6am to get there in time, given rush hour traffic and all the crap that entails for a trip in from Everett. There is No Fucking Way I am going to have an appointment at that hour. If they only have a morning clinic, I will have the very last appointment of the morning, thanks very much. I had told the gal who was sending the referral in to have them CALL ME first, but of course this is the VA and they don't actually listen. yay.

I sent off the payment for my UK train tickets to [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, who received it today. That finishes up all the travel stuff for my trip except the Isle of Man, where I'll probably get a bus pass for the week.

Last night I also finally got around to answering an email from a young woman (presumably, from what I could get from the email address name) who was asking me about centralizing CR and making One Big Website with Everything On It where info would be sorted and reliable and folks could buy books that were published about CR and... sigh It's a great dream, but that's just never going to happen. The original Celtic cultures were never a unity and it's completely unrealistic to expect CR Paganism to manifest unity when we all worship different deities, our rituals are going to be different, and there are different cultures involved. I wish the online community was a little less acrimonious, but the only way anything is going to get done is by people actually doing them instead of sitting around online talking about it and telling everyone else how UnCeltic they are. Stuff like this doesn't spring up overnight, anything involving an organization that publishes is going to have to deal with nonprofit laws, and it would take a lot of volunteer effort that never quite seems to be forthcoming. Anyone who wants to see organizations and groups start, even if they are not a scholar and don't want to be one, is just going to have to step up to the plate and start organizing things. It's not magically going to happen by wishing. But I have given that particular rant many a time before. I hope I was at least encouraging to her about finding her talents and contributing to the community as best she's able.

Today I spent some time talking on Skype (texting actually) with [livejournal.com profile] vyviane about pilgrimage stuff and sorted through some things. I sent her a link for the doc where I have a bunch of research links and stuff for some of the sites we're visiting, and where I'll be adding more things as I find them in the next few days. I also wrote up part of a document for the list on three cauldrons meditations that will be the basis for the daily work we'll do before the writing prompts each morning. I would have spent more time on it, but I needed to get down into Everett to pick up my guests and have dinner with them, then we came back here and watched the Lovecraft movies, which were greatly enjoyed. She did note that airfare from Boston or New York into Dublin is, I believe, just under $1,000 for a round trip right now, so if anyone was wondering if cheaper airfare might make going on the pilgrimage possible, now would be the time to consider tickets and coming along!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] vyviane says "I found tons of 1,000 RT from all over the place via Air Lingus and Expedia has a couple 811 and 864 RT from Boston and New York City!"

Further work was done on dealing with the specific themes and readings for each day's meditations and travel. I still need to dig through some books to find appropriate poems, but that's tomorrow's job.

I was delighted to discover that the Celtic Scholar's Reviews blog had posted a very positive review of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom a few days ago, giving it a very high recommendation. Her reviews tend to be honest and clear about a book's flaws, as well as its positive points, and she was really quite pleased with my work.

Thursday I've scheduled a chat with the Sisterhood of Avalon again, given that the last one was pretty much utterly defeated by a lousy internet connect. I'm looking forward to it, as it was so messed up last time. Apparently they really enjoyed what little I did get through to everyone, so it'll be nice to be able to actually talk to them realtime instead of with those hideous delays and signal drops.

Monday is the CR schmooze, and Jeff is going to be doing a presentation on deity imagery on Celtic coins. He's really into numismatics and will have illustrations and such. It should be fun.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I'd intended to spend more time today working on the pilgrimage stuff. I did, indeed, get to do that, but I didn't spend as much time on it as I wanted. I was hanging out with some folks in a livestream chatting a bit while one of them was working on fan art stuff. It was, as usual, a lot of fun.

Since the DoDC+3 was out of kibble, I walked down to the Safeway this afternoon. It was in the 60s here, and felt lovely and warm while the sun was out. Later in the afternoon we got a single rumble of thunder (which is about all the storms tend to do here most of the time) and a soaking but brief rainstorm, then it cleared up again. The sky this evening was peach and fuschia in the lowering western clouds.

I went through the emails on the pilgrimage list and checked out what I had already posted (and some of what others had posted) for resources and suggested/recommended reading, then spent some time adding to that list in a Word file so that I can remember what exactly has been sent and what still needs to be posted. I definitely need to post links to the various stories associated with the different sites we'll be visiting, and links to the archaeological and folkloric material that can be found online. There's still so much to do.

Given that I received several requests, I've requested five more copies of Circle of Stones to take with me next month to Eight Winds so that people can buy them from me. I still don't much care for doing direct sales myself, but it will provide some gas money, given that it's gone about $4.10 a gallon here at even the cheapest places, and California will be even more expensive. The very kind folks who invite me every year do send me some travel funds, but with the price of gas the way it is, a little extra from other sources won't go amiss.

On the Searching for Imbas blog, I also did a post about the release of the second edition of Circle of Stones, talking a bit about the context and a few other things, so it's more than just "hey, it's published again."

Okay, looking at this, I suppose I did get some work done today despite my futzing about with fandom. Damn, I keep forgetting how much one can do, even when they feel like crap.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Smith)
With the information from the Brigid book I got in the mail yesterday, I was able to find the entryway to the original Brigid's well in Kildare.

This link shows the overhead view. There are three intersecting pale lines in the view, and just below the one angling off to the right there is a little curved footpath. That's the entry to the well.

Sadly, from Google Maps you can't actually see the well itself, but from the street view, you can see down along the path into the area where the well can be found. What I can see there matches up with photos I've seen of the area surrounding the well.

I also spent time today looking in the various sources I have on hand and found that the "Barrule" spoken of in the Manx Traditionary Ballad is, in fact, South Barrule and was where offerings were made to Manannán at midsummer. The site is also associated with Lughnassadh celebrations. There is an ancient stone fort at the top of the mountain (it's a hill by Northwest standards, but is one of the highest points on the island) which was said to be Manannán's seat. It's apparently a 30-45 minute hike at a "moderate" pace, so I ought to be able to do the ascent within an hour to 90 minutes, even with my achy bits. I've been digging up a fair amount of other stuff as well, which is pretty exciting. I want to be reasonably well prepared when I get there so that I'll know where I want to go and how I want to get there.

Mom called today and we talked about health stuff, and my upcoming travels. She's really eager to see photos of where I travel, and I told her I'd post what I could while I was over there, but most of the pics would be posted when I got home. I also let her know that I'd check in as often as I could here while I was traveling. I don't know that I'll have access to wireless every day, particularly while I'm on the Isle of Man, but I'll see what I can do. I don't want her (or anyone else) to worry, after all.

Yesterday I'd taken a duck out of the freezer and today I roasted it and have had a bit. The rest of it is in the fridge, waiting to be taken apart and for the drippings to be turned into some gravy. I'll probably make rice tomorrow. When I was considering dinner, I figured I would sauté some asparagus, but someone mentioned that roasted asparagus was really good and told me how to do it, so I did that instead and it was, in fact, quite tasty.

It was a lovely, warm, sunny day today, almost 70f. After yesterday's physical issues, I wasn't sure how I'd be doing, but I decided to go out and take a walk around the lake anyway. I do need to get myself into somewhat better shape for all the walking I'll be doing while I'm overseas and the best thing to do is to try and get out around the lake every day. It takes me about 45 minutes to make the circuit, moving at a good pace, so it should help me get myself together. I did pretty well today and didn't have any trouble, though I'd forgotten to put the new knee brace on before I left, so my knee was a little cranky by the time I got home. It took about 15 minutes for my legs to stop having muscle twitches once I got back, though. That always feels really weird.

Tomorrow is a day for more research, and for some work on pilgrimage rituals and writing prompts and whatnot. So much still to do, but I'm enjoying the process.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today I got email from Scarlet Imprint about the Mandragora anthology, which is due for release in its initial edition on May 1st:

Dear Friends,

Our latest title, Mandragora: Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis, edited by Ruby Sara, is now available for subscriber pre-order.

Pulled from the ground, its shrieks threatening madness, carved and anointed, given form and breath… so it is, the Word walks.

Mandragora is a companion volume to Datura, and some 100 pages larger, comprising nine extensive essays and the works of 48 poets. If you enchant, incant or evoke this is essential reading.
We are committed to the art of poetry.

It has been a major undertaking, and now the mandrake gives forth its fragrance.

Our poets and writers are:

Adriano Camargo Monteiro, Adrienne J. Odasso, Alexander Cummins, Alison Leigh Lilly, Anna Applegate, Anthony Rella, Ariana Dawnhawk, Brock Marie Moore, Caroline Carver, Chris Page, Christopher Greenchild, Craig Fraser, Erynn Rowan Laurie, J/J Hastain, Jenne Micale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Melusine, Jimmy T Kirkbride, Jose Leitao, Juleigh Howard Hobson, Juliet Johns, Katie Anderson, KH Solomon, Levannah Morgan, Literata Hurley, Mama Whodun, Mark Mandrake, Mark Saucier, Mark Valentine, Michael Routery, Mike Slater, Miriam Axel-Lute, Orryelle Defenstrate-Bascule, Paul Holman, Paul B.Rucker, Peter Dube, Peter Grey, Phil Legard, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Rebecca Buchanan, Ruby Sara, Scott Schroder, Shaun Johnson, Slippery Elm, Stuart Inman, T.Thorn Coyle, Valentina Cano, Voxx Voltair.

In addition to the rich wilderness of poetry represented in these pages, Mandragora also presents nine essays on the nature of the strange, mad, chymical wedding of poet and magic, and the occult euphoria that follows it through time and space. Throughout these pages we glimpse the ghost of Orpheus, that god-touched and wandering patron of verse, in explorations of the poet as seducer of the gods, the role of verse in ritual theatre, and the poet in relationship with the Muse. Twice we are invited to fix our hearts on the lives and works of specific voices from the history of esoteric poetry in essays on Ted Hughes and Fernando Pessoa. The prophetic voice of the poet is explored, specifically in relationship to Brigid, as is the role of poetry in the grimoire tradition, the use of the cut-up technique in poetry and magic, and the relationship of poetry to the ongoing conversation between science and occult practice. In these essays the poetic word is grounded in tradition and history, rooted in thought – a face given form and a spirit animating its limbs.

Essays:

The Poet as God-Seducer - P.Sufenas Virius Lupus
Black Venus and Wise Hermes - Phil Legard
On Cut-Up - Alexander Cummins
A Spell to Awaken England - Peter Grey
Magical Verse in Ritual Theatre - Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Burying the Poet - Erynn Rowan Laurie
On Pessoa - Jose Leitao
Houses of Death - Jimmy Kirkbride
Head of Orpheus - Michael Routery

Mandragora - Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis
Various, Ruby Sara (Ed)

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http:www.scarletimprint.com/mandragora.html


I got email the other day from Justin Moore, who did the wonderful and fascinating presentation at last year's Esoteric Book Conference on The Library Angel. He's apparently developed an interest in things druidic, and the bardic traditions. He'd been interested in some of my work previously but hadn't realized who I was when we met at the conference until he was on his way back to Cincinnati. Sadly, he won't be attending this year, but we did talk a bit about the differences between the romantic/antiquarian druidic traditions and the more reconstructionist approaches in our brief email exchange; he also had a few questions about some of my earlier work, particularly the essay in Philip Carr-Gomm's The Druid Renaissance. I'm hoping to hear from him again soon, if he has time.

Today was a new session with the VA spirituality group. We have a couple of new people, which will change the dynamics slightly, but the women who come to join us have usually been pretty good people, so I'm looking forward to participating with them.

A little further discussion has been had on the cover design for the new edition of Circle of Stones, and I have to remember to find some time this weekend to find a couple of sample graphics for Andy, and to look at some font collections for the cover text.

Tomorrow is my outing for the steampunked Pirates of Penzance at the Village Theatre in Everett. There may be snacks before or dinner after, though I haven't got all of that cleared with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor just yet. I know it will be quite the contingent, and all in our steamy finery. My head is twinging slightly tonight, so I'm hoping I won't be migraining tomorrow, as that would be exceedingly inconvenient. Rain and wind have been a bit much today, though the drive home from Seattle did provide me with a really nice rainbow arcing almost straight up into the sky as I came around the curve on I5 toward the Lynnwood/44th Street exit.

Nicole has asked me once again to come and speak to her class about the geilt and PTSD paper on May 1st, which I will most likely do unless I find myself swamped with too many things to do. I do need to put that into the calendar.

More stuff is going on than my brain can handle, I sometimes think. I did get a little more reading done in one of the Brigid books I've been working my way through. I need to take another look at the pilgrimage preparation timetable and see what's next on my list. Today on Twitter I made the acquaintance of a folklorist and (apparently) botanist going by @irishflora working at the Folklife Branch of the National Museum of Ireland in County Mayo. She'd been tweeting some stuff about ogam and trees, and a couple of people recommended my book to her, so we had a short chat before I had to head into Seattle today; she seemed really interested in my book and said if the pilgrimage group was able or interested, we should come by the museum. She says it's not all that far from Sligo, though I'm not sure what "not far" means in this context. I took a look at a map but am not certain of the scale of things in terms of travel and whatnot. Still, it would be fascinating if there's time at all while we're in Sligo for that part of the trip. She says that part of her work involves education on participation and ownership of Irish culture, heritage and tradition, which is of course right up my alley. I'm sure we'll have some interesting conversations, even if I don't get over to the museum while we're there.

So much stuff. So little time.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Join the Illuminati!)
The wind was up today and the power got knocked out for maybe half an hour. It wasn't gone long, but it was slightly disconcerting. Given that my wireless is currently battery operated, this meant I could remain online even through the outage - not a thing I could do when I had a cable modem and a wireless router. It's the one advantage to the system I currently use.

I got first draft sample cover art for the Circle of Stones reprint today. The idea is okay, but the execution leaves rather a bit to be desired, as one might expect from a first draft. Comments were sent back and forth between myself, Taylor, and Storm, and we'll have Andy do another draft and see how that goes. I was kind of "yeah, it's okay. meh." It didn't grab me, but it didn't give me a visceral Oh Fuck No the way the first draft cover for the ogam book did, so I figure we're headed in the right direction.

I had fun at the Irish class today, wherein songs were sung and key phrases like "I don't understand" and "maybe" were practiced. ;)

After Irish class, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went over to Caffe Vita for the queer Pagan meetup, where I caught up with folks I haven't seen in quite some time. Greg, Black Cat, Craigula, Jimbo, and Jay were all there. Also in attendance (though I didn't really get a chance to talk to her) was Nancy, whom I hadn't seen since around the time I was dating my third husband, so that's probably been nearly since dinosaurs roamed the earth. I introduced [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor around to everyone I knew and we chatted and I squeed about Ireland and Europe and upcoming publications and all that.

Once the group started to break up, half a dozen of us went up the street to a little bar and snacks place, which was okay if a bit hipster for my tastes. We hung out and talked for probably another hour before I had to get on the road to get home to Everett.

In the past few days I'd been hearing about yet another eyerolling kerfuffle in the online CR community, where some folks are apparently claiming anyone who isn't Reading Books and Being A Scholar ZOMG isn't really practicing CR, which is patent bullshit as far as I'm concerned. The whole idea behind this was that eventually people wouldn't have to be scholars and build it all themselves. Eventually there would come a time when there would be rituals and communities and people could just come and participate and be a part of the CR movement, no matter what their level of "academic" involvement. I think that it was put pretty well on the Mo Thearmann blog, though she did say one thing that I would take at least slight issue with:

You can't attend a gathering and then shut CR off for the remainder of the year. Also, if you are CR on Monday, Ásatrú on Tuesday, Wiccan on Wednesday, Hellenic on Thursday ad nauseam, then you are not fully CR because you are setting aside the CR worldview to practice— or dabble, really— in others.

I'm someone who practices multiple traditions. My primary spiritual identity is as a fili within a CR tradition, but I am also a Shinto practitioner, a mystes and luperca in the Ekklesía Antínoou, and a number of other things that I don't mysteriously stop being when I am practicing a CR path. Nor do I suddenly stop being a member of the Shinto shrine or lose my affiliation with Antinous and his community when I am teaching or doing ritual within the CR community. I understand why "dabbling" would be problematic, but I also know that many people operating in a genuinely polytheist paradigm are capable of working within a number of traditions at the same time. How long does one have to practice something for it to no longer be "dabbling"? Whose criteria do we use? What determines how many spiritual practices a person can have and still legitimately be considered a member of the CR movement?

I've already been declared a heretic by some, I know. That said, I'm writing books and publishing essays and teaching at festivals, and people associate my name with the CR movement. I don't accept the idea that I might somehow not be legitimate because I also choose to worship other deities and practice other paths along with my primary practice. My life is broader, richer, and more complex than that. I take all of it seriously, even if I would never consider myself, for instance, an expert on Shinto. I don't have to be in order to be a shrine member and to go to the seasonal festivals.

Anyway, that's my rant for the evening. Let's not dismiss people just because we may not practice in the same way they do. Yes, there are boundaries. No, CR is not an exclusive path that people must practice while forsaking all others. No, you do not have to have a degree in Celtic Studies to practice a CR spirituality.

Thank you and good night.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
I just got the email saying that tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle. Remember, I'll be speaking there this year on ogam and magic. I hope I'll see you there!

Arms hurt

Mar. 9th, 2012 12:27 am
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The arms have not been getting any better. If anything, the pain is getting worse. It's not quite at the "can't pick up a fork" point but it may get there if this keeps up. It's times like this that I wish I could get tylenol with codeine over the counter. American drug laws are so fucked up. Sadly, there's not much I can do to reduce my use of my arms right now, given I have a lot of work to do, and typing is about the only way to do it.

I may be going up to Vancouver from the 19th - 22nd to help out [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde after her surgery, if those dates work for her.

The weather today was gorgeous. It was sunny and about 60f-ish in Seattle when I was down there this afternoon. Ran into [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn at Travelers and he was going to head out to the airport to pick up [livejournal.com profile] meddevi for their show this weekend. I'll be there with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor Saturday night for the show.

Today brought a copy of Brigid of the Gael by Conrad Bladey in the post. The book claims to be a pretty much complete compilation of source material on Brigid. So far it seems reasonably comprehensive, but it's poorly edited and extremely cheaply made. A lot of the material looks like raw scanner output that's barely been formatted. There are typos everywhere; in some passages you actually have to know what you're looking at in order to decipher it. I can't deny that there is a vast amount of information here, and it would undoubtedly be useful to people interested primarily in Brigid as saint. There's very little information here about Brigid as goddess, not even the brief passages from the Book of Invasions. The Cormac's Glossary passage is there, but it's the only text directly quoted regarding Brigid as goddess. I would say more, but my arms aren't really going to hold out for it.

In other book information, I'm not sure how many folks were aware, but Damien McManus's A Guide to Ogam is back in print for only €10 + postage from Trinity College. Information can be found at this web page, at the bottom: http://www.tcd.ie/Irish/research/publications.php

I have to stop typing. Maybe more tomorrow.
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In a few minutes I'll be doing the last packout to Garuda for the trip to points south.

This morning in the email I got notice that my proposal for Ogam: From Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Magicians was accepted for the Esoteric Book Conference this fall here in Seattle. I'm very excited about this and will probably have more information for you when I get home. Their website still has the info for 2011 up, but watch the page for updates, as they wanted presenter info by the 20th for inclusion on the page.

To those of you traveling to PCon this weekend, find me! Say hi! I'll see you in San Jose.

Thank you to the folks who have sent good wishes for travel. They are greatly appreciated. I'll check in tonight from Ashland.
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0202/1224311112743.html

Spellbound text in old Irish finally yields to translation

RONAN McGREEVY

AN AUSTRIAN-born professor claims to have comprehensively translated one of the first written passages of old Irish, which has defied previous translations.

The passage is the third of three charms, or spells, in the ninth century Stowe Missal, a Mass book written mostly in Latin, which has a single page at the back containing the charms written in old Irish.

The charm is on urinary diseases and only a couple of passages, including the last two lines, have been translated before.

Prof David Stifter of the department of Old and Middle Irish at NUI Maynooth said many who had examined the passage in the past had dismissed it as “hocus pocus”.

He will unveil the results of his research in his inaugural lecture today in the college.

Prof Stifter, originally from Vienna, came to the study of old Irish through his interest in the dead Celtic languages Celtiberian, Gaulish and Lepontic.

He described old Irish as “terribly difficult but great fun”. The key to translating the text, he said, was understanding the word “suilid”, which meant to let flow, because silid was the word flow and the letter u gave it a causative function; and the word “lindaid”, to produce liquid, from the word “lind” meaning liquid.

He said there were still a few words and a passage that had defeated even his forensic investigation of the text.

He admitted being baffled by the phrase “let it flow like a camel”. Prof Stifter surmised that the author would have known about camels from the Bible and would have thought that because they lived in hot climates they must have drunk a lot and therefore urinated a lot. “The person who wrote this clearly did not know a lot about camels.”

The Stowe Missal is housed in the Royal Irish Academy and is one of the first surviving examples of written old Irish.

The first of the charms about the eye is unintelligible because the manuscript is damaged and the second on removing thorns has been translated.

The third has confounded well-known Irish scholars until now.

RIA academic librarian Siobhán Fitzpatrick said the Stowe Missal was the first “decent body of prose in the Irish language”.
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Hiraeth Press has announced the impending release of my poetry collection on their news page, slated for mid-October of this year. Go take a look!
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A new book was released today by my friend P. Sufenas Virius Lupus of the Aedicula Antinoi blog, titled Devotio Antinoou: The Doctor's Notes, vol. 1. It is a compilation of texts, rituals, prayers and other material for people interested in the cult of Antinous and the Ekklesía Antínoou. Please pick up a copy and help a friend, as well as getting some really in-depth information about this deity and his ancient and modern cultus.

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