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Friday, November 5th, 2010
4:55 pm
Puget Sound CR Schmooze offering focused study group this year
The Seattle CR Schmooze will be holding a year-long focused study group as an introduction to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism. Our December meeting will be dedicated to an overview of the subjects we will cover and a brief introduction to the CR community. This once a month series of topical discussions will be open to everyone on a donation basis to help pay for photocopies of readings and resources.

We meet on the first Monday of every month from 7 to 9pm at Edge of the Circle.

You can join the Puget Sound CR yahoogroup here
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
1:06 pm
Celtic Hounds
Can someone provide a little history on the celtic hounds shown below.  I have seen this multiple places and I am not sure of it's origin, both the date of origin or culture, or the meaning behind it. 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Also - is ther a proper name for it?

Thank you!! 

Celtic Hounds Circle by yvern99.
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
8:26 pm
Upcoming Gatherings?
Any gatherings in the Greater Seattle area coming up?  I would love an opportunity to meet some CRs in person.
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
5:43 pm
CR schmooze on Monday the 13th
Monday the 13th of April will be our monthly Celtic Reconstructionist schmooze from 7-9PM at Edge of the Circle.

This month's topics will include cosmological discussions of the Settling of the Manor of Tara, the 12 winds, and some planning for our Bealtinne celebration in early May. We also have a list of different topics to choose from regarding personal practice for discussion, support, and sharing our own work.

Please join us at Edge and for dinner afterwards!

Current Mood: calm
Friday, December 5th, 2008
8:37 pm
CR schmooze on Monday the 8th
Please join us this Monday in Seattle at Edge of the Circle from 7 to 9 pm for the monthly CR Schmooze. This month's topic will be dedicated to working on ritual opening and closing materials, and experimenting with a meditation from wire_mother on cosmology and the three cauldrons. Dinner afterward at Charlie's, as always. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
8:21 pm
July CR Schmooze in Seattle
Please join the Seattle area Celtic Reconstructionist community at Edge of the Circle on the Hill from 7 to 9pm for our monthly schmooze! This month we'll be getting the Gaulish Report from Llyn, talking about her trip to France and there will be discussion of the upcoming Lughnassadh holiday. We usually meet afterwards at Charlie's for food and drink and socializing. We hope to see you there!
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
8:06 pm
Manannán ritual, Saturday, June 28th
We're meeting at Edge of the Circle at 2pm on Saturday, June 28th, then carpooling over to Carkeek Park for the actual ritual. If you'd like to attend, please come by 2pm so we can get started on time -- we'll wait for folks we KNOW are coming, but we'd like to head out from that central location as close to 2pm as possible.

Please bring a potluck dish to share. We'll probably have 8-10 people coming. Also bring a bottle of beer or other beverage as an offering to Manannán. Flowers are also good for ritual offerings. We'll be walking from the parking lot to the beach, and do expect to get your feet wet -- wear shorts or a pair of pants you can roll up and bring a pair of flippies if you don't want to get your tootsies all mangled on the rocks under the water. Please contact Erynn if you have any questions!

Here's a brief outline of the ritual:

purification (juniper)

praise poems for Manannán, to include verses from Manx Traditionary Ballad

first offering (food & beer & flowers) by ritual leader with words to the effect that as it was done on the heights of Barool and the shore at Keamool, so it's being done now with our thanks and a request for safety as we pass through the mists this year

individual offerings and prayers by all who have brought them


Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
3:16 pm
Seachd -- Gaelic film at SIFF!
Seachd, a wonderful Scottish film in Gaelic, is showing twice at SIFF this year! First showing is Saturday, June 7th at 9:30pm and the second showing is Wednesday, June 11th at 4:30pm.

I went up to Vancouver to see it at their film festival last summer and had a fantastic time. I highly recommend it, so if you have any interest at all in Gaelic culture and storytelling, please, please go see this film and support the language and the community. It's more than worth the price of admission.

The film is also available on DVD in the UK. You can find a link for it on the film's website. I can't recommend this film highly enough.
Saturday, April 12th, 2008
5:28 pm
Monthly Seattle CR Schmooze
It's that time again -- second Monday of the month slouches ever closer. Come join local Celtic Reconstructionist (CR) Pagans as we examine customs and rituals associated with Bealtinne in preparation for our May schmooze and ritual!

Edge of the Circle Books, Seattle
Monday, April 14th
7 to 9 PM in the basement

Time afterwards for getting together for drinks or a snack at Charlie's over on Broadway if you like. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
11:03 pm
Event on Monday: The "Leprechaunification" of Irish (and Celtic) Culture

The "Leprechaunification" of Irish (and Celtic) Culture

by Rev. Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House

Monday, March 17, 2008
6:30-8:00 PM
Edge of the Circle Books
701 E. Pike Street (two blocks West of Broadway on Capitol Hill)
Seattle, WA

On this night, when everyone and their brother is Irish, before you go out and drink the green beer and say "Erin go bragh!" why not come and hear about the richness and diversity of Irish culture and religion at all periods, and some of why it has become so diluted (and deluded) in the eyes of much of the wider world.

Phillip A. Bernhardt-House holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizations from University College Cork (Ireland), as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Medieval Studies and Creative Writing. He has written several academic articles and reviews, and has contributed to many spirituality publications, and is active in the pagan community in both Celtic Reconstructionist and Ekklesia Antinoou involvements.

Attendance at this presentation will cost $5 (though lower prices can be negotiated for the unwaged and students).
Friday, January 4th, 2008
4:43 pm
CR local group announced on Witchvox
I put up an announcement for the CR group over on WitchVox under my listings. For those who are planning to come to the group, please drop by the page and let me know if you think the listing needs any tweaking. I'll be happy to edit to reflect the goals and understandings of folks who will be regularly involved.

Current Mood: content
Saturday, December 29th, 2007
1:54 am
Seattle Area CR gathering, first three months schedule
I spoke with Robert this evening about setting up a once a month gathering at Edge of the Circle. After looking at the calendar, I've scheduled the following dates:

Second Monday of the month, 7-9pm:

January 14
February 11
March 10

The January meeting will be a discussion of what our goals and interests are as CRs who wish to learn and work together. I'd like to suggest that folks either get a copy of the CR FAQ (if you weren't one of the folks who actually helped compose it) or download it to read over as we work through some of our planning for the subsequent sessions.

I talked to Robert to see if he could get copies, but because the book is not available to him at a wholesale discount, he's not able to carry the book. Getting it directly from the CR FAQ website rather than Amazon.com or other online bookshop will guarantee that all profits go to Gaelic language charities rather than merchants.

If anyone has questions or thoughts, please drop me a line at inisglas (at) seanet (d0t) com. Please feel free to bring anyone who's interested, whether they are CR or not. Other reconstructionists are always welcome, but the focus of the group is on Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism.
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
10:24 pm
Local monthly CR meetings
Several of us are in the planning stages for starting Seattle-area CR meetings monthly at Edge of the Circle. I haven't talked to Robert yet, so I don't know for sure what night of the week it will be, but as soon as I know anything, I'll post here.
Monday, August 21st, 2006
2:01 pm
Edge of the Circle potluck 5:30 to 7:30 Sunday August 27

Edge of the Circle is having it's first ever potluck from 5:30 to 7:30pm this Sunday August 27th.

We need someone to bring plates and cups and utensils. If you bring food please bring a list of ingredients so people know what is in the food. This includes things like meat, dairy, seafood and other animal products; soy; nuts; gluten.

This event is free. It's a great chance to meet other occultists and pagans and talk shop while chowing on good food in a nice environment.

Edge of the circle is located at 701 Pike St. Seattle

(found in the journal of lupagreenwolf. this should interest at least a few of us. i apologize if you also see it elsewhere.)
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
11:12 pm
Saturday, June 10th, 2006
6:27 pm
Upcoming Workshop

Celtic Storytelling: Beyond the Boundaries
An Interactive Workshop with Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House

Saturday, August 5, 2006, 12:30 PM-8:30 PM

Edge of the Circle Books
701 E. Pike Street (2 blocks west of Broadway)
Seattle, WA 98122

Celtic Storytelling: Beyond the Boundaries

This afternoon-and-evening workshop is not a storytelling presentation, nor a “how-to” workshop for those unfamiliar with the techniques of performance, but rather an informative and creative interactive event in which various principles of traditional Celtic (particularly Irish) literary technique will be employed to expand upon, challenge, and redefine the established canon of Celtic storytelling and the spaces left in it. While familiarity with Celtic culture, Insular Celtic literature (from which all the great “myths” of the Celts, as they are now known, originate) and traditional storytelling (which usually focuses on later, often imported, themes that may have mythic elements) would be helpful, they are not required for participation in this workshop. Bring your creativity and your willingness to speak and share, and imbas forosnai will take care of the rest!

While there is no “required reading list” for participation in this workshop, those unfamiliar with Insular Celtic narrative might become more familiar by reading some of the following, fairly-easy-to-acquire, texts:
The Tain, trans. Thomas Kinsella
Early Irish Myths and Sagas, trans. Jeffrey Gantz
The Celtic Heroic Age, ed. John T. Koch and John Carey
Ancient Irish Tales, ed. T. P. Cross and C. H. Slover
King of Mysteries, ed./trans. John Carey
The Mabinogi, translations by Patrick K. Ford, Gwyn and Thomas Jones, or Jeffrey Gantz are best; avoid Lady Charlotte Guest at all costs!
Hero-Tales of Ireland, Jeremiah Curtin
Carmina Gadelica, Alexander Carmichael

Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House has been a practicing pagan for 14 years, is a Quatremvir in the Ecclesia Antinoi, and recently finished a Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizations at University College Cork (Ireland), specializing in Celtic literature, religion, and mythology. Phillip has presented papers internationally at various conferences, including Celtic and medievalist gatherings, in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, Britain, and Scotland, and has published academic articles in Cosmos, Foilsiú, and Béascna, as well as nonacademic writings in The White Crane Journal and elsewhere.

Workshop Cost: $40 (student/unwaged rates can be negotiated in advance)
For any questions or to indicate intention to attend, please e-mail aediculaantinoi@hotmail.com

Workshop Timetable
12:30 PM Meet and Greet
1:00 PM SHARP!! Beginning of workshop, introductions
1:30 PM “Blarney”
2:30 PM “The Three Things Required of a Poet”
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM “Elaboration”
4:30 PM “Continuation”
5:30 PM Break for dinner
6:30 PM “Glossing and Senchas”
7:15 PM Shared Storytelling
8:30 PM Conclusion and Farewells

Friday, April 28th, 2006
9:42 am
University of Washington Medievalists Colloquium
Today about 2:30pm, there will be a presentation of papers in Medieval studies, including one on "The Legend of Vereticus: An Ancient Celtic Tale from 1860s" by alfrecht, wherein a king becomes a werewolf via scribal error. His paper is scheduled for 5pm. The colloquium will be held at Smith Hall in room 305. Papers are limited to 20 minutes. Others that might be of interest to folks on my flist include "Female Combatants in the German Judicial Duel", and "Containing Virginity: Sex and Society in Early Medieval England."

There will be a book raid on the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries before the main event. Come one, come all and hang out with history geeks.

Hope to see you there!

Current Mood: giggly
Monday, February 27th, 2006
4:28 pm
March get-together and salmon ruminations
Y'all up for a March get-together? I'd prefer a non-weekend date for this one, if possible, as I'll be out of town for the next three weekends. However, I bow to the scheduling needs of the masses.

Also, I was reading "Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest", and it occurred to me that the place that salmon holds in the local mythologies is more akin to the role of cattle in Irish myth than of salmon -- most of the legends that deal with salmon runs seem to be concerned with wealth of nourishment being provided or denied to the various tribes. There are a bunch of instances of Coyote stealing someone's salmon or making a dam, falls, or rapids in the rivers just downstream of tribes that had pissed him off. I find that to be interesting, but it doesn't really change the way that I work with it. I'm wondering if anyone else has other experiences or associations -- how much does local Native mythology affect your perceptions of the land you live on?

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
1:49 am
Middle Irish Lesbian Story
As some of you may be aware, one of my goals in life generally, but both academic and spiritual life in particular, is to increase the knowledge and popularity of a particular Irish narrative, found in as venerable a manuscript as the Book of Leinster, but also found in Liber Flavus Fergusiorum and in a later version in Leabhar Cloinne Aodha Buidhe, which is usually given the title "Niall Frossach" after the primary character concerned (an historical Irish king of the 7th century) who in the various annals has miraculous rains associated with his birth, and in the only other narrative concerning him (in the Fragmentary Annals) was portrayed as quite pious.

Therefore, behind the cut for the benefit of those who could care less, is the full text from the Book of Leinster version (I have not been able to see the LFF version), followed by David Greene's translation from the Swedish journal "Saga och Sed," from the year 1976.

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Friday, January 20th, 2006
12:13 am
Cath Muighe Tuireadh
Hey, does anyone in this area have a copy of the Brian O Cuiv "Cath Muighe Tuireadh," published by DIAS? I have the Elizabeth Gray/ITS one, but O Cuiv's is what is called CMT2(2) (with the second "2" in superscript), because it is an early modern verison of it as opposed to Old/Middle Irish version, which is Gray's). While DIAS sells it for very cheap, the funds are rather tight right now, and my credit card is maxed out pretty much, so it would be great to have a look at a few bits of it if someone local has a copy. (UW library doesn't have it--I already checked; for some reason, though, they use the spelling of the Early Modern Irish title for Elizabeth Gray's edition, which is not correct...odd.)
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