Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Stephanie Woodfield, author of Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, Dark Goddess Craft, and the new Priestess of the Morrigan.
It does not escape me that, as an Irish polytheist, there aren't any images of my gods (not ancient ones, anyway). There are no bronze or marble statues to show how ancient people imaged the gods. Some images of Gaulish gods survive, such as on the Gundestrup cauldron, and some heavily Romanized carved images, but there are no ancient representations of the Morrigan or of the Tuatha Dé Danann. If there were, they are lost to us, leaving only modern artists to give us their interpretations of the gods.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Stephanie Woodfield, author of Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, Drawing Down the Sun, and the new Dark Goddess Craft.
For those seeking to build a relationship or devotional practice with dark gods, offerings can often be a stumbling block. What do I give as an offering? How should it be given? And how does one dispose of it from their altar?
Some people approach offerings simply as presents. What do I get for the war goddess who has everything? But it's not quite a present exchange involving gods. When we think of offerings in this way it comes with some of our preconceptions connected to other types of gift giving.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Stephanie Woodfield, author of Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess the new Drawing Down the Sun.
Have you ever noticed that stepping outside on a sunny day, and feeling the warm sun on your skin, can put a smile on your face? Or that you may feel less motivated during the winter months? For most of us, a couple of minutes of sunlight is the source of our daily vitamin D, which plays a role in a healthy immune system, and our mental health (among other things). Studies have even shown that sunlight boosts the brain's levels of natural antidepressants and mood lifting chemicals, compared to the brain's levels on darker days. The
Ah, how I love the first stirrings of February...the subzero temperatures, the constant scraping of frost off the windshield, the frequent snow showers, and the road-salt-encrusted boots. Lovely! But even more than that, I love leaving it all behind and attending PantheaCon, now in its 20th year. I've blogged about PantheaCon before, so I will spare you the details and cut to the chase - Llewellyn is hosting a hospitality suite this year, so if you're attending we'd love to see you! Publisher Bill Krause, publicist Kat Sanborn, and I will be taking turns hosting discussions, author events, and book launch parties in room 1057 all weekend!
Here is our full schedule - see you