The Cauldron Cill Brighid Devotional Now Available!

By veggiewolf
As my readers know, I’m a FlameKeeper of the non-Brighidine variety; however, a Brighidine group of my acquaintance has just released a devotional to Brighid that I think you should check out!
The Cauldron Cill Brighid Devotional is a collection of essays, devotional poetry and photographs in honor of the goddess Brighid by the Flamekeepers of the Cauldron Cill. It is available on Lulu.com in three formats:
Hardcover Version – with beautiful full-color images: $29.53Paperback Version – in black and white: $3.79PDF E-Book – FREE
I highly recommend picking up a copy if you’re in any way involved with Brighid, Brighidine Flamekeeping, or are interested in further exploration. The people involved in putting this devotional together are intelligent and articulate, and it is well worth a read!

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Source: Fluid Morality

Navigation While Adrift

By veggiewolf For Fier and Finn.
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“…All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
‘Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, no breath, no motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean…” – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor.
Even if I weren’t a Coleridge fangirl, I’d admit that the above passage is a perfect description of the doldrums. In the case of the poem, the description is meant to describe the phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean…but I think it has merit in a religious context as well. To whit – that feeling that you’ve gotten into a ship and started an epic religious journey…only to stall out due to lack of wind.
I don’t know any religious people – pagan or otherwise – who have not experienced the doldrums at least once. (If you haven’t, please tell me; I want to know your SECRET.) Even my aunt who is a Lutheran minister and professor of Ancient Greek professes to go through the doldrums at least once a year. Sometimes she can see where she wants to be and cannot get there, and sometimes …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

TT – Reading 3

By veggiewolf I used the Tattooed Tarot for this reading with a random significator and three questions:

What was the main line of thought before the event?
What is the main thread of the event?
What should be the focus when thinking back on the event?

In this case, the event was a dream and I did not ask for details of what occurred in the dream…so I may be WAY off!
Significator is the Five of Swords – Hidden enemies; Underhanded adversaries.
First question – Six of Swords – A long way to go; Distance.
Second question – Nine of Pentacles – Satisfaction; A successful business deal.
Third question – Eight of Pentacles – Apprenticeship; Discoveries; Craftsmanship.
Reading of the Cards
Watch out for misleading suggestions you may receive from someone. Sometimes it is necessary to go as far away as possible. A positive attitude will help you realize a project. Listen to those who can teach you in order to increase your skills.
Interpretation
There’s something going on with you right now that is making you suspicious of both situations and people. This was on your mind, along with a debate about how far away to move from the source of suspicion, when you entered the dream; the …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

Nope, nope, nope!

By veggiewolf Most pagan blogs I’ve read contain information about what the contributor is doing in their religious/spiritual life. It’s a typical thing really – write about what you know, what you do or want to do, what you think, etc. Yet…how many of us actually write down the things we don’t want to do on our paths? We might note that something was tried and didn’t work, or didn’t fit where we’re trying to go, but how often do we go beyond that?
I’ve actually got a long (mental) list of things in mind, but to keep this post from going on and on (and on and on) I’m going to limit it to five:
In no particular order…
Casting a circle (and its attendant elements)
Where do I begin with this one? Well, for starters, casting a circle before doing ritual workings, or spells, or connecting with deity is not a Kemetic practice, nor is it related in any way to FlameKeeping. As it’s not of the paths I practice, it is natural for me not to cast circles, call quarters, watchtowers, or elements, or do any of the other circle-specific things.
This is not to say I don’t, at …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

New Brighid Devotional Available!

By asterbreo

Dear Reader,
I’m very excited to announce the publication of The Cauldron Cill Brighid Devotional!
This compilation of essays, poems, prayers, art, and photography in honor of the Goddess Brighid was collected from members of The Cauldron Cill, a Brigidine flame-tending group based at The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum. I’m proud to be a founding member of The Cauldron Cill, and a contributor to and editor of the Brighid Devotional.
The Brighid Devotional is available from Lulu.com in three formats:

Full color hardback, $29.53 + shipping

Black and white paperback, $3.79 + shipping

Full color PDF download, FREE

(These prices are set at cost. The Cill is not making any money from this project.)
I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think!
~ Aster

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Source: Liminal Lotus

TT – Reading 2

By veggiewolf I used the Tattooed Tarot for this reading, with a random significator and the THINK-FEEL-DO-HAVE-BE spread.
Significator is the Queen of Wands: Cautious courtship; flattery; complements.
THINK card is the Two of Wands: Discomfort; fatigue; nostalgia.
FEEL card is the Six of Swords: Voyage; a long way to go; distance.
DO card is the Four of Swords: Detachment; marginalization; reflection.
HAVE card is Temperance: Realization of oneself; femininity; fragility; pregnancy. Purification; regeneration; receptivity.
BE card is Death: Sudden separation; pitilessness; inexorability; physical illness. Fear; skeletons in the closet; traumas.
Reading of the Cards
The eyes are not always the mirror of a person’s real feelings. Try to remove a memory that causes you affliction or pain. Sometimes it is necessary to go as far away as possible, but excessive isolation will lead to poverty and solitude. Take a break. Start today to build a harmonious future for yourself. Forget past errors and give up your bad habits; rise from your own ashes.
Interpretation
Focus on what you truly want to accomplish – set tangible, measurable goals rather than ethereal ones. Moving away from the people you did was a good thing, but you shouldn’t use this particular situation to generalize all things. …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

Motivation

By veggiewolf I’m behind, again, on the Pagan Blog Project (PBP), and trying to figure out why I keep losing my motivation.
I like PBP. This is my third year doing it, and I think I’ve got several years left in me (assuming it continues). I like the “two weeks of posts per letter” set-up and don’t find it overly tasking. I’ve got tons to write about – in fact, every time I do a post, I think of additional topics to cover.
(Although, sometimes that last bit is a detriment – it can take me weeks to figure out which one of the topics floating around in my head I should cover.)
And then, there’s The Cauldron Blog Project (TCBP) on which I’m also behind…although, this post may help me with both things since it is both an ‘M’ post and fits the June theme of TCBP (Getting Behind, Commitments and Expectations). And combination of two isn’t against any rules I know of…and I don’t want to know if it actually is.
Motivation is one of those things that comes up in all kinds of situations, and application to Paganism is no different. We all have things we want or …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

Motivation

By veggiewolf I’m behind, again, on the Pagan Blog Project (PBP), and trying to figure out why I keep losing my motivation.
I like PBP. This is my third year doing it, and I think I’ve got several years left in me (assuming it continues). I like the “two weeks of posts per letter” set-up and don’t find it overly tasking. I’ve got tons to write about – in fact, every time I do a post, I think of additional topics to cover.
(Although, sometimes that last bit is a detriment – it can take me weeks to figure out which one of the topics floating around in my head I should cover.)
And then, there’s The Cauldron Blog Project (TCBP) on which I’m also behind…although, this post may help me with both things since it is both an ‘M’ post and fits the June theme of TCBP (Getting Behind, Commitments and Expectations). And combination of two isn’t against any rules I know of…and I don’t want to know if it actually is.
Motivation is one of those things that comes up in all kinds of situations, and application to Paganism is no different. We all have things we want or …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

Meretseger

By veggiewolf Come to me, Peak of the West.
I have cool water to nourish you; I have cool water to nourish your ka.
Come to me as a sweet breeze and I will quench the lion within.
Every once in awhile, someone asks about Meretseger. They hear her name, or see her image in a museum somewhere, and wonder just a little bit…until they either find something else to read about, or decide that Wadjyt is really the one they should focus on, or get frustrated at the lack of available data.
Or, all of the above, really. There’s not really a lot of easily obtainable information – one has to dig further for it than, say, for information about Ausir or Heru.
So, what do we know about Meretseger? Well, for starters, she’s a cobra goddess, and was worshiped locally in the settlement of Set Ma’at which is known today as Deir el-Medina. Set Ma’at was home to the craftsmen and artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and is fascinating to read about and, I imagine, to explore – there are records of community life in the settlement that span almost four hundred years.

Meretseger as …read more

Source: Fluid Morality

Meretseger

By veggiewolf Come to me, Peak of the West.
I have cool water to nourish you; I have cool water to nourish your ka.
Come to me as a sweet breeze and I will quench the lion within.
Every once in awhile, someone asks about Meretseger. They hear her name, or see her image in a museum somewhere, and wonder just a little bit…until they either find something else to read about, or decide that Wadjyt is really the one they should focus on, or get frustrated at the lack of available data.
Or, all of the above, really. There’s not really a lot of easily obtainable information – one has to dig further for it than, say, for information about Ausir or Heru.
So, what do we know about Meretseger? Well, for starters, she’s a cobra goddess, and was worshiped locally in the settlement of Set Ma’at which is known today as Deir el-Medina. Set Ma’at was home to the craftsmen and artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and is fascinating to read about and, I imagine, to explore – there are records of community life in the settlement that span almost four hundred years.

Meretseger as …read more

Source: Fluid Morality