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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
7:43 pm
Hello. I've been a member for a little while but I can't recall if I've ever posted. My name is Melanie and I live in the Mohawk Valley (Upstate NY). I've been involved in the Pagan community for five or six years. Over the past couple years I've been studying Celtic, in particular Irish, culture and mythology. It's a slow process but I feel that I'm finding a spiritual home. I'm just starting to learn the language in tiny doses.

I'm also a member of ADF, for what it's worth. I definitly like the community of people because it's something I find lacking in the truly Celtic groups (no offense, it's simply something I've found to be true in my area). Their study program has also given me a bit of focus when it comes to writing about my thoughts, intuitions, experiences, and research. I'm very interested in more traditional CR approaches and learning about specific differences between it and ADF. As I've been studying for a couple years here and there, I've already read the FAQ a few times and I'm still working on getting through the reading lists, so I'm mostly looking for more community.

I look forward to getting to know everyone and I hope to see some more activity here soon!

Thursday, October 16th, 2008
5:49 pm
Dia duit
I've been a practicing Pagan for little over 10 years, and while always Celtic leaning I've only recently begun to follow CR in a serious way. Just though I'd introduce myself to this group since its a little more regional in nature than Paganacht... I'm From Toronto (a large city located in the Fabled Canada's =P ). I'm also learning to become a Senchai, because storytelling is simply an excellent skill to have and I've always had a profound love for mythology and tales.

So, here I be.
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
5:33 am
White Stag Found in Highlands

Thought this might be of interest to some here.  I'm glad they're keeping his location secret.


Current Mood: pensive
Monday, December 31st, 2007
4:29 pm
Irish classes, Northampton Massachusetts
While classes in the Boston, Worcester and Springfield areas of Western MA (usa) have been an option for a long time, those in the Northampton area will now have the option of a more local class.

Beginners Gaeilge classes Northampton, starting in JanuaryCollapse )
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
10:38 am
I just recently joined ne_cr, and thought I should take a moment to briefly introduce myself.

I'm Rob Hewitt from Boston, Mass.  I'm a practicing Heathen, and a læringmann of the Geferræden Fyrnsidu (GFS).  For those who may not be familiar with Fyrnsidu, Fyrnsidu is a branch of Heathenry with an Anglo-Saxon focus, such as Ásatrú has an Icelandic focus and Irminenschaft a Continental Germanic focus, & etc.

So, you may be wondering why I'm here.  In addition to English and German, my ancestry also includes Scots and Irish.  Because of this, I've had a longtime interest in Celtic Reconstructionism, and see CR as somewhat kin to my own Heathen practices.

I'm also quite new to Live Journal, and still very much learning my way around. I'll likely do more reading here, than posting.  But I did want to take this time to thank the Mods. for allowing me to join.

In frið,


Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
2:41 pm
No tick shall bite me, no mosquito hassle me..
The ticks are suddenly really bad. Don't forget to do tick checks after thrashing through the woods or fields. I think I'm going to write up an anti-tick rann from a similar CG charm.
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
2:49 pm
I Stand with Tara - Samhain Ritual
On Samhain night, Oct. 31 2007, people all over the world will be uniting in a ritual to help protect and preserve one of the most sacred sites in Ireland, and indeed the world: The Hill of Tara and the surrounding Skryne Valley, in County Meath, Ireland.

As many of you know, the site is still threatened with destruction. We are working together with activists in Ireland to help stop this, both with this-world activism and with a ritual we've written to help support the activists spiritually.

In the time of our ancestors, Tara was the center of a ritual complex, where signal fires were lit to mark the holy day, and whose light spread out from hilltop to hilltop across the land. Now, the center has been neglected, so much so that some think it is no matter to desecrate it. So we meet on Samhain to add our energy and prayers to revitalise and resacralise Tara.

In the past, the signal and sacred flames were taken from Tara; but on Samhain we will all unite to send the power and blessings back to Tara, to rebuild the source. We will light our individual fires on hilltops and in fields, and in homes around the world. We will have people climbing the surrounding hills all across Ireland, and in many countries the world around. We will unite our flames with the center. We will unite to protect Tara.

Read more at http://www.paganachd.com/tara

At the end of the pre-ritual briefing we've posted information on how to help physically - by writing letters, sending money, calling with moral support, or going and standing in front of bulldozers. Our other offering is this ritual, which I wrote together with thewronghands, after we both got some heavy requests from the spirits.

Note - I will be adding more graphics and smoothing out the visuals of the site a bit more in the coming days, but all the info should be there. We welcome your feedback! If you plan on participating in the ritual, please consider letting us know. We may be posting a list of participants on the site. If you write us, let us know how you'd like to be named. We suggest using one of the formats in the ritual, explained in under the "Introduce yourself (threefold) and Lighting the Signal Fires For Tara" instructions on the pre-ritual briefing page (http://www.paganachd.com/tara/pre-ritual.html).

cross-posted to caitriona_nnc, paganacht, and a handful of other places. feel free to re-post this message and link to the ritual on the website

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, October 12th, 2007
2:31 pm
Western MA Pagan Pride Day
Western MA Pagan Pride Day is tomorrow, Sat. the 13th, in the Student
Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst. Weather permitting, some of it will
also be outside on the... um... troubled land by the pond.

At least a few of us will be there, doing our CR thang. We've asked
that our table be next to the Asatruar, but I don't know if they're
assigning spaces ahead of time. We'll be selling books (The new CR
FAQ book), talking to people about Gaelic classes and some upcoming
rituals and activist events. Look for the blue or purple Celtic
banners, and probably some tartan here and there.

*Disclaimer* I am not one of the organizers of this event, and don't
really know who will be there or where they're at spiritually or
politically. But we're going to provide a CR presence, and hopefully
some of the folks who come will be looking for what we have to offer.
We know we're rather different than many of the groups who will be
there. Hopefully it will go well.

Right now we're just planning on staffing the table and hanging out
with whoever shows up. But if there's enough interest we can do a
more structured talk/workshop/whatever. If folks want to do a ritual
outside, you might want to check this out first:
http://www.bandia.net/crones/dcHeal.html (yes, the last few panels are
set at UMass). Last I checked, the land at UMass was in need of the
Psychic Ambulance and Guerilla Astral cleanup squad. And every time I
go there we wind up having to do some sort of mopping.

Anyway, the Asatruar are leading the main ritual, an Ancestors Blot.
The band Incus will be performing, and there will be some discussions
or panel type things.

For more info, as it were: http://www.sismoon.com/content/ppd.html

Slàinte Mhath!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
7:52 pm
The CR FAQ Book is now For Sale!

Yes, we have finally approved it for sale.

The CR FAQ - An Introduction to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism can now be ordered directly from our printer, here: http://www.lulu.com/content/1038004

For additional info on the book, we also have a page on the FAQ site itself: http://paganachd.com/faq/buybook.html

It will probably be a couple weeks before the book is for sale on the big chain websites and in bookstores, but not only can you buy it now directly, but skipping the middleman means that ACGA gets about twice the money they will get when it's bought from the corporate stores.

...and so the cross-posting begins...

Current Mood: elated
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
12:41 pm
Roll Call, pt. 2
So, I've been so busy finishing up the book version of the FAQ (more details below) that I am crispy, drained, and unsure whether I have the stamina to make it to Glasgow Lands on Saturday, as well as meet the book deadline.

So, Roll Call. Who is actually committed to coming on Saturday?

I'm pretty sure morlader will be there. ivy_rain has a scheduling conflict, and I'm unsure about the few others who've expressed interest, or who were at the Greenfield fest.

The Greenfield Games were good, though I haven't had time to write up our report or post pictures. If we decide we can't energetically/time-wise afford to do Glasgow Lands, we'll schedule another meetup for the near future, perhaps here or at a local seisun. For me, whether we go depends on how much work we're able to get done on the book in the next two days, and how exhausted that leaves us. I think meeting the book deadline (I want it off to the printers before Venus goes retro next week) is more important than one festival, though I really would like to hang out with folks.

Book DramaCollapse )

crossposted to ne_cr, caitriona_nnc agus paganacht

Current Mood: Tha mi ag obair gu trang
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
2:38 am
Hey all!

I'm new to this community, though many of you probably know me from the cr_r community.

I'm a CR living in Moretown, Vermont. Any other Vermonters around?
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
4:16 pm
Western MA Highland Games and Celtic Festival this weekend
Update: We have cookies. There will be cookies.

Assuming we can keep ourselves from eating them all before then. ivy_rain is baking as I type.

And we will have a small banner, or at least a sign. Design in progress will be either purple or light green, with a triskele and "pàganachd agus págánacht". One version will also have "CR" on it.

If there is loud piping inside or something, we'll be near the door, or someplace where we don't have to shout. Inside or out will depend on the weather.

Cookies, I said. Cookies.
Saturday, June 16th, 2007
2:51 pm
Upcoming events in MA
OK, let's come out of hibernation and meet other local CRs, folks who are interested in CR, or people who just want to do the Celtic thang together.

Western Massachusetts Highland Games and Celtic Festival - Greenfield - June 23

How about meeting for lunch at noon at the Round Barn (is that the name of it?)? There will be at least three of us from my household attending, and hopefully more (maybe six?). Our priorities will be anything with Gaelic - spoken or sung - other music events, sheepdogs and birds. Unfortunately, the schedule is not available online (I think they want to maximize profits from selling programs on-site). But if there's any scheduling conflict we can make sure we have at least one person at the barn to redirect any stragglers. Most likely paul_hamish will wind up in this role. And we can chat here about how to recognize one another. Normally we sort of stand out, but things like tartan and Celtic T-Shirts and shawls will not be unique in that environment. So RSVP here if there's a chance you'll show.

Actually, we really should make a sign or banner that says "CR" or "Pàganachd"... if anyone gets a chance to do that sometime soon. Maybe not doable before next weekend, though

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival - Northampton - July 21

We'll probably again choose a lunch location, unless other plans seem more apt. But we have a month instead of a week to plan for this. Glasgow Lands is generally better about having Gaelic language events. There was some Gaelic singing last year, and a number of informal Gaelic events in the merchants area that were of interest to CRs.

Irish Connections - Canton - August 10-12

This is the festival that used to be at Stone Hill College. I've never been, but saigh_allaidh and paul_hamish have attended in the past, when it was more the size of the Glasgow Lands festival. It looks like the event has become much bigger in recent years, with rather mainstream bands playing. (But, um, how are the Black Crowes an Irish band?) Has anyone else been to this since it got so huge? I'd like to know to what extent it still feels like a cultural festival, or if it's more like a generic concert now.

Any other events to suggest? There may be some Ren Faire interest among my pack, as well, for events in either MA, CT or VT. And there are a number of local Seisiúns we could also consider for evening meetups, in North Amherst, Greenfield and Northampton.

Roll Call!

Current Mood: anticipatory
Saturday, January 20th, 2007
2:48 am
Celtic Reconstructionist and Women Warrior workshops in Western Mass
I figured I'd note that I'll be doing two workshops at Inspirit Common in Hadley MA in the next two months. http://www.inspiritcommon.com/

The Feb. 18 one is a women-only warrior workshop which will draw heavily from my CR practice, of course, and from Sauro-Sarmatian research but hopefully be of some interest to those of various Reconstructionist paths (okay, considering the location, of those not on Reconstructionist paths, but there will be much discussion about connecting to cultures so hopefully even the non-Reconstructionists will get some sense of what this is all about. http://www.inspiritcommon.com/woman_warrior.htm

The Celtic Reconstructionist one is obviously CR in in focus and probably only of interest to those with a Celtic interest. It will, again due to my own focus, be primarily Gaelic although I hope to get the idea that there is no one Celtic culture and the like across as well. This will be March 17. Their idea for the date, but hey, it's something better to do than drink cheap green beer, I would hope. http://www.inspiritcommon.com/celtic_reconstructionism.htm

Both are from 1-4. Which is early for me due to my current job schedule. So, I've been chatting with a friend local to there about doing an informal "Reconstructionist Coffee Talk" afterwards after one or both. I'll have to let her provide details about the proposed location, a local diner. I do hope that this gives me a chance to meet a few people I know only from the list.
Monday, July 17th, 2006
11:55 am
Various Events in the Northeast
I meant to announce the Glasgow Lands festival, but have been so busy I'm only reporting in after the fact.

I blogged about it here: http://caitriona-nnc.livejournal.com/140230.html

There are no firm plans for any events in the very near future. However, we are seriously considering doing some sort of workshop or presentation at Western MA Pagan Pride, and perhaps doing some sort of small Gaelic gathering for working on language skills.

I believe Pagan Pride is October 1 this year, on the Amherst Common. I got a kick out of seeing it advertised by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, here: http://www.amherstarea.com/events/index.cfm/fa/ShowEvent/EventID/1815.cfm (The organizer's website is here: http://www.sismoon.com/paganpride.htm )(BTW, If we're really doing this we will probably have to sign up soon to get on the schedule, and reserve space for a table if Paul will be selling books.)

There are a few more Celtic festivals of various sorts coming up in the Northeast. CT and NH come to mind, and I'm sure there are others. Perhaps folks could list the ones they're going to, and we could try to co-ordinate some meetups at these events.

Current Mood: optimistic
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
4:43 pm
The FAQ is up! The Website is Live!

The CR FAQ is live: http://www.paganachd.com/faq/

Please let us know if you find any mistakes or navigation errors.

Paganachd.com itself still needs work. There will eventually be more articles, resources, and other goodies. But that can wait. Now I need a vacation.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped with the project.



Current Mood: elated, accomplished, tired
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
6:36 pm
Just getting everything set up here. We'll be back on later tonight to approve new members and get things going. I don't know about the rest of you in the region, but here in the Valley and the Hilltowns the summer is always incredibly busy, and full of events of potential interest to CRs. Maybe we can arrange some meetups at local cultural events, get to know more of the local crowd, and get ourselves out and interacting face to face some more.

Kym and I have eventual plans for doing some public CR workshops, if not this summer then at least by the fall. Things are in the works, so maybe we can use this forum to get an idea of how much interest is out there, and to help encourage each other to put some energy into our local communities.

Again, good to see you. Pull up a log and toss another on the fire.

Current Mood: happy
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