Reminder - Heart and Harvest potluck and ritual - this Saturday Aug 1

Just around the corner...The Cauldron of the Celts, a devotional group within CAYA Coven, heartily invites you and yours to:

The Festival of Heart and Harvest: Feast to Lugh

Saturday, August 1st
Ritual begins at 5pm

We will be at the Picnic site near the Berkeley Center of the Arts entrance located at:
1275 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709

On this day of the Cauldron’s sacred calendar we honor Lugh! Come out to the beautiful Live Oak park and join us for a fine potluck feast of community and joy, as we pay honor to Lugh! Lugh is one the Irish Chieftain gods, the Many Skilled One, he of the Long Arm, Fierce Striker, whose spear is one of the Four Treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and a keeper of many treasures. With the blessing of Lugh mac Ethlenn Ildánach, we will look to each other for the skills we possess to strengthen our community and praise his name. Together we will eat, make offerings to the Youthful Hero, hear tales of how we can all make a sustainable community, and be merry. This feast will be made all the grander by your presence and contribution!

IMPORTANT: What to bring?

  • This is a potluck feast. So please bring a dish clearly labeled (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Carnivorous) with enough to share. If you have dietary restrictions please bring a dish that you can enjoy.

  • To be more environmentally friendly, please consider bringing your own mug/drinking vessel, plate and utensils.

  • This ritual is outside in Berkeley. The temperature can change dramatically. Please wear layers and bring a coat to fend off the cold.

  • If you need a seat for your comfort during ritual, please consider bringing a camp chair.

  • CAYA Annual Food Drive: If you wish to contribute to helping abundance be spread, please bring nonperishable food items for donation. Here is a list of Alameda County Food Bank’s most needed food items.

  • Your Glorious self!

The Festival of Heart and Harvest - Feast to Lugh

The Cauldron of the Celts, a devotional group within CAYA Coven, heartily invites you and yours to:

The Festival of Heart and Harvest: Feast to Lugh

Saturday, August 1st
Ritual begins at 5pm

We will be at the Picnic site near the Berkeley Center of the Arts entrance located at:
1275 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709

On this day of the Cauldron’s sacred calendar we honor Lugh! Come out to the beautiful Live Oak park and join us for a fine potluck feast of community and joy, as we pay honor to Lugh! Lugh is one the Irish Chieftain gods, the Many Skilled One, he of the Long Arm, Fierce Striker, whose spear is one of the Four Treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and a keeper of many treasures. With the blessing of Lugh mac Ethlenn Ildánach, we will look to each other for the skills we possess to strengthen our community and praise his name. Together we will eat, make offerings to the Youthful Hero, hear tales of how we can all make a sustainable community, and be merry. This feast will be made all the grander by your presence and contribution!

IMPORTANT: What to bring?

  • This is a potluck feast. So please bring a dish clearly labeled (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Carnivorous) with enough to share. If you have dietary restrictions please bring a dish that you can enjoy.

  • To be more environmentally friendly, please consider bringing your own mug/drinking vessel, plate and utensils.

  • This ritual is outside in Berkeley. The temperature can change dramatically. Please wear layers and bring a coat to fend off the cold.

  • If you need a seat for your comfort during ritual, please consider bringing a camp chair.

  • CAYA Annual Food Drive: If you wish to contribute to helping abundance be spread, please bring nonperishable food items for donation. Here is a list of Alameda County Food Bank’s most needed food items.

  • Your Glorious self!


A new online gathering place for Celtic Polytheists and Pagans in the Bay Area and Beyond!

The Cauldron of the Celts is proud to announce the launching of our webiste, www.cauldronofthecelts.com and online message boards! This year, the Cauldron has been focusing on creating a calendar year to help bring community to our practice together, and in that process we have felt the time was right to reach out and create a space for Celtic Pagans, Practitioners, and Polytheists to converse and find one another. So come on over, all who are interested in talking about the Celtic gods and the many ways of serving them are welcome!

Honoring of the Selkie with the Cauldron of the Celts

In the Cauldron of the Celts, we are creating a modern sacred calendar for the dedicated deities and spirits we serve. We invite all who feel called to join us in revitalizing the honor and glory of the Gods at your own altars with us on these Holy Days.
June 20th-21st is Midsummer’s Eve, the time we honor the Selkie.

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Brigid's Holy Day - Lá Fhéile Brí­de

by The Cauldron of the Celts

The Cauldron of the Celts, a multi-faith devotional group within CAYA Coven, is endeavoring to establish our Sacred Calendar Year. Each priestess is publicly dedicated to a deity who falls under the wide “Celtic” umbrella and has chosen a date on our modern calendar year to be a day of reverence to their deity. In an effort to connect with other devotees and be of service to the public we share this calendar and some of our own workings, that we may all raise up the Gods names in honor.  Our calendar year begins with Brigid’s holy day on Feb 1st.
 

Cauldron of the Celts 2015 Sacred Calendar Year:
Feb 1st - Brigid’s Holy Day
March 19th - Sulis Minerva’s Holy Day
June 21st - Honoring of the Selkie
August 1st - Lugh’s Holy Day
August 9th - An Dagda’s Holy Day

The priestesses of Brigid, Foxfire Kells and Doyenne Rowan, invite you to send us any petitions you wish to make before the goddess and we will offer them to her in supplication and gratitude on her holy day. You may email them at cauldronofthecelts@gmail.com.

Below are a few words and a personal ritual from the priestesses of Brigid:

"Imbolc is celebrated in honor of the goddess Brigid between January 31st and February 2nd; the name of the holy day comes from the Old Irish imbolg or oimelc, meaning "in the belly," referring to the season of lambing and ewe's milk. Brigid emerges from the silence of winter to herald the coming of spring and new life and growth; she is also a goddess of the forge, of the hearth, of poetry and inspiration, and of healing. Her symbols include lambs or sheep,  wells, writing implements, acorns, apples, milk, snowdrops and crocuses, and, of course, fire.

Imbolc falls during the Celtic tree month (a neo-pagan construct based on Robert Grave’s interpretation of the ancient symbolic language of ogam) of Luis (lweesh), which is the Gaelic name for the rowan tree, so one activity you can do is to make a protection charm of 2 crossed rowan twigs bound with red thread. For more information about the history of the Rowan and red thread charm you can find a incredibly thorough article here.  

Another one of Her traditions is to leave out cloth or clothing to be blessed by Brigid on Imbolc, often to be used for healing and protection purposes for the following year. Given the current events happening, Her face of healing is very clearly one that is needed in the world and in our community.

To welcome and honor Brigid into your home and life, you may wish to perform the following ritual:

  • Lay out a white or yellow cloth
  • Place a white candle in the center
  • Arrange around the candle 3 acorns and/or apples, a small bowl of fresh water (spring water or melted snow is ideal), a sprig of juniper, and a small bundle of wool roving.
  • Prepare an offering plate with a piece of bread spread with soft cheese and a drizzle of honey, and some apple slices.
  • Light the candle and contemplate what new projects or endeavors you want to nurture this year. How will you tend to these goals? How will you tend to yourself? What parts of yourself or your life are beginning to emerge with the Spring? How do you keep the fires of your creativity and motivation burning as the year wears on?  Do you make space in your life for pleasure and the warmth of family (however you define it)?
  • Say a prayer or sing a song to Brigid to bring her into the room. Feel free to use or adapt this prayer, as you wish:

My good lady Brigid,
I call upon you to light the fire of inspiration in my heart,
to warm my hearth and burn away the cold shroud of winter,
just as the snowdrops burn through the frozen ground to burst forth in flower
and give the promise of renewal.

My good lady Brigid,
I offer you my devotion and gratitude
for the many ways you bring joy and beauty to life in the world.
May my lips ever sing your praises and my hands bring comfort and healing;
ever may the embrace of my favour glorify your name.

  • Offer Brigid the bread with cheese & honey and the apples, for sweetness and sustenance.
  • Dip the juniper sprig in the water you have charged and asperge your house to bless and protect you in the coming year.

 

More Links and Points of interest:

Detailed article about the customs in Ireland and Scotland of Là Fhèill Brìghde

:http://www.tairis.co.uk/festivals/la-fheill-brighde

Craft Ideas for Imbolc: http://unfetteredwood.blogspot.com/2014/01/crafts-for-imbolc.html

video from Gaol Naofa on the celebration of Imbolc: http://youtu.be/oEieym5uI7k

Podcasts from Story Archaeology about Brigid and her various tales:  http://storyarchaeology.com/category/series-01-mythical-women/mythical-women-05-the-search-for-brigid/