There is a wealth of information available on the gods of the insular Celts, one of the many benefits of having a surviving literature. It can be more difficult to find information about the gods of the continental tribes. Here are a few links to explore.

Deo Mercurio
Excellent site about Gaulish gods and religion. My link is to the English-language version of the site, but there is also (and, I believe, primarily) a French version. Good info, good citations.

Celtnet
Celtnet is a wonderful trove of information about Welsh, Gaulish and Brythonic deities, well cited and highly recommended.

Gods of Gaul and Britain Map
My own no-guarantees, very much a work in progress Google map that attempts to place those Celtic and Germanic gods of Gaul and Britain who we know primarily from archaeological evidence.  If you see any glaring errors, please let me know. :)

If you know of any other good Gaulish links, please let me know!

Lon Dubh at “Seashells and Shamrocks” has nominated me for a Liebster Award, which I had not heard of but way cool and thank you :). It comes with questions, so I guess you all get to learn a little bit more about me:

1. If you had to choose a religion beside the one you practice now which would it be?   I am already practicing three (Hellenic, Norse, and Kemetic polytheism) so I am not sure where I would fit it in, but I have done a bit of reading on Finnish paganism, and being part Finn I imagine that would be the logical place to go. I don’t have plans in that direction, but you asked!

2.Favorite Period Drama? I’ve been watching Mad Men lately; since they are now into the years after my birth, I’m not sure it still counts as period for me, but that’s my answer.

3.Favorite Singer/Group? Oh, there are so many! My first favorite would probably have to be David Bowie, though; Station to Station was the first music I ever bought for myself (on 8-track tape, no less!).

4.A book you read that changed your view or outlook on something?  Years ago I read Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon; it still rewrites a bit of my world view every time I reread it.

5.Your Favorite Myth? (you don’t have to tell it unless you want to, just the name will do )  Probably the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. My faith is not all that informed by myth other than in a very broad sense, but I do like that one.

6. If you could go back in time would you go back and change something about world history? or just leave things be?  I wouldn’t trust myself not to make a bigger mess somehow, so I think I would have to leave it be.

7. Any animal as a pet ( 100% tame and wont maul you to death)  Honestly I am not a pet person; I like animals, but I would rather play with someone else’s kitty or puppy and then give it back.

8. Favorite Movie? Again, there are so many! But I always watch The Maltese Falcon when it’s on.

9. Beach or Forest?  To live in? Forest, I think. But I live where I can visit either whenever I like, which I think is ideal.

10. Least favorite thing to do?  Tell someone no.

My questions for my nominees:

1. Favorite book (fiction).

2. Favorite book (non-fiction).

3. Best way to spend a day when you have nothing else to do.

4. Night owl, early bird or in between, and is this a good or a bad thing?

5. Fate or free will or somewhere in between?

6. Choose a superpower!

7. Are you more likely to listen to your heart or your head?

8. What is the hardest thing to get yourself to do that you know you need to do?

9. Do you follow news and current events? How pertinent do you feel the World is to your daily life?

10. Favorite season.

My five nominees, no pressure though, don’t do it unless you want to. Mainly I wanted to let you know I enjoy your blogs. :):

Boar Tracks in the Woods

Strip Me Back to the Bone

Baring the Aegis

Aedicula Antinoi: A SmallWhrine of Antinous

Dawn of the Two Feathers

I offer words of praise to Mathonwy, O great one
whose tales have been lost to the years, whose might
and wisdom we know through your son and heir, far-famed
Math who carried your name in love and pride,
who ruled his realm with judgment and courage, who held
the vast powers of magic in hand. Mathonwy,
we know you in the shadow you cast, in the fine
and noble spirit you rouse within your kin,
within the people of your lands; we know you
in the soft sweet song still held within your name.
Mathonwy, gracious and gentle one, who knows
the strength and worth of men, I honor you.

I call to wise and shining Nudd, son of noble Don
and Beli Mawr the bright, father of Gwyn and Edern
who served so well the court of the far-famed king.
Nudd of the tangled tales, the confoundment
of the years, of tongues that stumble, words gone wrong,
Nudd of the many faces and the many names,
we see you reflected in the rippled pool,
we see you in shadow, we see you in the fog,
in seamist and in smoke. I call to you, O god,
granter of blessings, upholder of tribe and kin,
for all we know of you, for all we are with you,
I thank you for your many gifts, I praise your name.

 

(I do realize that I’ve just recently written a prayer to Lludd; as a very hard polytheist, my thoughts on this are “better safe than sorry.”)

I offer my praise to Gwyn, son of Nudd,
whose tales have been told for many long years,
whose stories have shifted–have lost and gained
in word and in meaning–but cast a still-familiar
shadow, keep their beauty, keep their might. Gwyn
of the brave and gallant ways, Gwyn of passions
fierce and full, you carried off the maiden fair
and battle for her each new May Day; you gather
the souls of the valiant and lead the wild hounds
on a winter’s night; you hold the throne of the fairy
realm. Bright of aspect, dark of guise, Gwyn of the worlds
about us and beyond, I honor you, O god.

Menmanhia, goddess merciful and good,
goddess who knows of men and women, knows our minds,
our hearts, our dreams and our desires, I call to you.
Menmanhia, far-roaming one, many are the lands
in which your name was spoken, many were those
who carried their love and loyalty wherever
they set their feet. Goddess, you hold our love and faith,
you earn our trust and our devotion. Menmanhia
who answers prayers, you hear us when we cry out
in the night, you give us solace when we weep;
you take joy in our joys, you take pride in our deeds,
you bless us in all ways.  Goddess, I honor you!

To Hurstaerga, great and generous goddess,
I offer words of praise. Yours are the people
of the kind-hearted isle, of a land well bounded
by waters clear and cold; yours are the orchards,
the heavy-laden trees, abundant with sweet fruit;
you are the granter of fortune and plenty,
your blessings rain down on the folk of your lands.
Once, Hurstaerga, you were well known, your name carved
into sturdy stone, shining white and fair; your fame
has dwindled, your might only grown, as your gifts
and your goodness proclaim. Hurstaerga who answers
prayers, I honor you in all your grace and glory.

I call to gracious Travalaeha, great lady
of the old city, the place of many peoples,
many names, the land so fair and bountiful,
so vital and so fine, that all who saw its beauty
desired it for themselves. Travalaeha, best
and most pleasing of goddesses, most charming
and most mighty one, yours is the power
of persuasion, yours are the words that compel
the heart, the wisdom that proves your words. Goddess,
friend of the the merchant and the guildswoman,
the craftsman and the soldier, you care for your own
with goodness and mercy; I praise and honor you.

Lludd of the silver hand, of tales and names long told,
long twisted round, turned this way and that, Lludd who rules
the flourishing isle, lord of the western gate,
I call to you. Child of blessed Don, mother
of gods, current of the river; child of Beli Mawr,
bright beloved whose blood flows in the veins of kings;
brother of wise Llefelys and many spirits
great and glorious, yours is the tale of the three plagues,
the three things hidden and then revealed, O catcher
of fish, you are the might of the mists, the builder
of castle keep and wall. O Lludd of the waters
and the ancient words, I praise and honor you.

I call to fair Creiddylad, daughter of Lludd
of the silver hand, loveliest maid in all the isles,
gentlest and most noble woman, comely
of form, graceful of bearing, charming of manner,
shining bright in wisdom and virtue. Creiddylad,
your beauty and your goodness drew to you
the love of worthy men, your lot it was to bear
the strife sown by their rivalry. You know the cost
of jealousy, the sorrow and the suffering,
you know the burden of a pretty face
and a fate unchosen, you know the need
of a living world; goddess, I honor your calling.

Where to find me

In a likely-hopeless effort to organize my thoughts, I have multiple blogs so I can connect with as many folks as I can.
Hearthstone at Livejournal
Hearthstone at Dreamwidth
My general-purpose catchall online journal.
Underflow at Wordpress
Underflow at Tumblr
My prayers to the Greek gods.
Fieldstones at Wordpress
Fieldstones at Tumblr
My prayers to the insular and continental Celtic gods. (You are here.)
Hearth and Field at Wordpress
Hearth and Field at Tumblr
My prayers to the heathen gods.

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