Remembering Nehalennia on the Sea

This past week marks a full year since my dedication to Nehalennia, and that's worth celebrating! Nehalennia is a multifaceted goddess Who defies easy categorization. Her worship was concentrated in the modern-day Netherlands, with artifacts (and temple remains!) unearthed in Domburg and Colijnsplaat, and was of particular importance to the Morini people. And Her devotees …

Continue reading Remembering Nehalennia on the Sea

The First Hint of Spring, or the Middle of the Growing Season?

A couple recent posts by other polytheist bloggers (here, and here) got me thinking about calendars and how we polytheists arrange our temporal lives, especially those of us who follow multiple paths. As a Kemetic polytheist, my holidays are based on the Ancient Egyptian division of the year into three seasons: Akhet (Inundation), Peret (the …

Continue reading The First Hint of Spring, or the Middle of the Growing Season?

First Steps as an ADF “Hearthkeeper” with Nehalennia

Last night, I formally dedicated my "hearth," named Nehalennia's Harbor, as a Hearth of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) . As described on ADF's website: "The Hearth Keepers of ADF are those individuals, families, and small groups that have aligned themselves and at least a portion of their practice with ADF. The Hearth Keeper’s Way is …

Continue reading First Steps as an ADF “Hearthkeeper” with Nehalennia

Greeting Persephone: Gods of Our Ancestors, Gods of Our Choosing

The gods of my ancestors and I met for the first time last night. A couple months ago, I had stumbled upon an advertisement for the local Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) [1] chapter's Anthesphoria event, which honored Persephone's return from the underworld. Although I'm not a druid, ADF fascinated me in that it was solidly …

Continue reading Greeting Persephone: Gods of Our Ancestors, Gods of Our Choosing