This Samhain, a Celtic Polytheist Death Conference

I’m excited to share a collaboration with you. Three of us are coordinating the event listed below. If you’d like to learn more, or might be interested in presenting, volunteering, or just being on the conference mailing list, please take the survey. We will keep your information private.
–Talasyn

Death Conference Insta

I’m part of a small group that is organizing a Death Conference for Celtic polytheists to be held on Zoom in Fall, 2021. Our plan is to create an inclusive event for members of the community to learn about and share information on preparing for a good death, both practically and spiritually. Please CLICK HERE to take our survey to share your input, and to register your interest. We are building a mailing list, and are seeking to hear from people interested in attending, presenting or volunteering at this not-for-profit conference.  This conference is brought to you by Corvin (Portland, Oregon), Talasyn (Portland, Oregon), and Laurel (Kingston, Ontario).

(photo of Belas Knap Long Barrow, Gloucestershire, UK, taken by Talasyn, 2016)

Polytheist Conference: Many Gods West

I’ve been going to Pantheacon in San Jose, CA over President’s Day weekend in February off and on for many years.  Meanwhile, oh so quietly, another conference of interest has been putting down roots to the north:  Many Gods West.  It’s specifically a polytheist conference, so should be a good fit for my interests.  This will be the third year for MGW, and I think it’s time I register and check it out.

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Here’s the link to the conference website.  I’ll probably stay at the conference hotel to keep the access simple.  If we cross paths at Many Gods West, please come over to say hello.

-Talasyn

Winter Solstice & the Dagda

Today I celebrated Winter Solstice in ritual with a close friend and long-time priestess.  We worked with the Dagda, Brigid, and a number of the land spirits at Bru na Boinne, where the most exquisite thing happens at every winter solstice.  A shaft of winter sunrise sunlight makes its way down the narrow stone passageway to Newgrange and floods the chamber with light.  It happens only for a few days on either side of Winter Solstice each year, making it a rare and special event.

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Charging the ogham staves

And so we traveled there to work magic for personal and political ends.  It is the house of the Dagda, so we sought his permission for our visit, as well as consulting the land spirits.  It was a potent ritual for both of us, and has left us with a number of ideas, visions, and further ritual work to explore.

If you’d like to learn more about the Winter Solstice alignment at Bru na Boinne, this video provides further information.

Light is returning.  Sleep well.

-Talasyn