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I make my offerings on St. John’s day, the traditional date that has so much European (and beyond) folklore associated with it.

I gathered (tule) reeds and yellow flowers. I also bake a bannock (non-traditional offering). I bring them to a nearby shoreline, where there are ruins of a Victorian bathhouse and a cave. The tide was unusually low and a sandy beach not commonly seen was exposed. When I got to the water’s edge and was praying, the best description I can think of is the offerings were ‘seized’! A wave rapidly came in much closer to shore than the rest of them, and I knew I had to throw them in the water(and run back). Here’s a few photos:

The location

The location

Sutro sunset

Pelicans

Pelicans

the rushing waters

the rushing waters

Sutro wildflowers

Lots of wildflowers on the hillside above. There’s also a tiny spring.

I’m going to Many Gods West in Olympia, Washington this summer—and will be presenting! http://manygodswest.com/ Should be interesting! http://manygodswest.com/news/ However, transportation and lodging are expensive; certainly for this underpaid education worker. Please help me out (and friends, please, boost). I am offering copies of my book of devotional poetry–From The Prow Of Myth, signed, and mailed domestically for $11.00. (bit more int.) Let me know if you are interested and I will give you paypal info. The book is divided into three sections: one for the Celtic deities and heroes, another for Hellenic Ones (including Antinous and associates) and a third which is animist, local….

Or can order direct at Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Prow-Myth-Michael-Routery/dp/0615888127/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435205821&sr=1-1&keywords=From+the+prow+of+myth

CONTENTS A Brief Preface 4

I Fire, Water, Words

White-Kneed 9 Mac Lir 10 Arrival: Lay of the Tuatha Dé Danann 12 Brigid’s Mantle 13 Danu 14 Nuadha SilverArm 15 The Good God 16 Ogma’s Knife 17 Keeper of the Well 18 Boann 19 Bright Spots of Beauty 20 Brigid’s Flight 21 Great Queen 22 Sovereignty 23 The 365 Days of Miach 24 Beltaine’s Charm 25 On Lughnasadh 26 Samhain Bed 27 Mac Oc 28 The Plain of Macha 19 Manannán’s Pool 30 Fionn 31 Finntan’s Salmon 32 Cú Chulainn’s Donation 33 Astray (for Suibhne Geilt) 34 Gate of May 35 Of Myrddin’s Station 36 Radiant Brow or Wisdom From a Salmon Weir 37 Cernunnos 39 2 Artio of the Bears 40 Gleaning For Arduinna 41

II Flowers, Wine, Mirrors

A Prayer for Earth 45 Eros Unloosed 46 A Grammar For Aphrodite 47 Cave-Born Zeus 48 I Sing of Hermes 49 Pan 50 The Key Bearer 51 Persephone’s Vintage 52 The Tiger Swims (for Dionysos) 54 Labyrinth of Mirrors 55 Erigone 57 Wine-Haired 58 Retinue 59 Serving Magna Mater 60 Mistress of the Animals 62 Hippolytus 63 For Apollo 64 For Herakles 65 Iolaus 66 Hylas 67 Ganymede’s Rapture 68 Flower Anthology 69 Western Sunrise 70 The Lion and the Lotus 71 Hadrian and Sappho 72 Balbilla to Sabina at Memnon 73 Hermes’ and Aphrodite’s Child 74 Drift of the Nymphs 75

III. Dancing on the Brink of the World 3 Suibhne Again 79 Viridescence 80 San Gregorio 81 Crabapple 83 Lava Flowers 84 When Birds are Gods 86 For The Oaks 87 Deposition of the Ancestors 88 Queen Califia 89 She Drums the Bay 90 Spring on Mt. Tamalpais 91 On Mt. Pinos 92 At Medicine Lake 93 Orpheus Outside 94 Glossary 97

Also for $25 I will write a praise poem to One of your choosing. And all contributions greatly appreciated! Study is part of my piety; there’s a lot of research behind much of what I do, please help me out, yadayada….

The brain has been commandeered elsewhere and I haven’t found capacity to post lately. So I am posting a few practice-oriented photos to share.

A thanksgiving dinner I made for Nuadha.

A thanksgiving dinner I made for Nuadha.

I love green flowers! These spirit plants are a Nicotiana species.

I love green flowers! These spirit plants are a Nicotiana species.

Where spirits dwell.

Where spirits dwell.

A feral spot with a strong genius loci.

A feral spot with a strong genius loci.

I’ve been playing around with writing some poems (in English) using traditional Gaelic forms/meters. Here are a few including a humorous rain prayer. Far from perfect but hopefully amusing. Robin Skelton’s Samhain and Other Poems in Irish Metres of the Eighth to the Sixteenth Centuries is a great source for learning about these meters.

First a cosmological one.

Bith’s Boat: A Breccbairdne

from the beginning

the waters lapping

quick the craft gliding:

the dream is sighted.

always waters moving

the dark sea pierced alight,

above, rowers sitting,

quick oars pulling aright

toward unknown shorelines.

the unmade lands wait called

from deep vision’s guiding,

they drift through seaweed called.

In the eyes of boatsmen

a shore yet emerging,

shuttled across ocean

forward from the beginning….

Breicbairdne is 5 syllables in first stanza, then 6 syllables, with 2 syllable end words (yeah, I cheated a bit).

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Rannaigecht of the Shades

The cobwebs guard these old doors,

ghosted footsteps sound these boards,

spiders furrow shafts alight,

ligatures of sorrow moored

long ago, the faintest weave

of past lives shuddering give

motion to whirring ethers,

my breath stirring their wills brave.

Whispering now their dark redes

awakened by my spilt blood,

these wights, wronged in hoary ages

tell me tales before the flood.

April 4, 2015

In rannaigecht the lines have 7 syllables and end in monosyllabic words,

with consonance in end words of lines 1, 2 and 4.

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An Indo-European Rain Hymn: A Casbairdne

Cow-eyed goddess, beautiful,

held stalled in cavernous

hall, She shining, delightful,

and milk full, by sonorous

dragon, greedy, unyielding.

Hid by clinging thicketed

boscage, the lair concealing

rain. Dare young hero arrayed

in valor burst unannounced

and pounce on winged brazened

malice and pierce, bellicose?

The wyrm now toast, unloosened

its grip, its reign defeated

in death, its mane deflated:

Milk flies from the cavity

and waters rise, boisterous!

A casbairdne has 7 syllables per line, which end in 3 syllable words. End words of 1 and 3 have internal rhymes in lines 2 and 4.

It was good to see the return of the Pagan (Pride) Festival to downtown Berkeley this Saturday.

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These two swans remind me of Aonghus and his beloved Caer Iobharmheith (Yew Berry).

For those who celebrate, have a happy festival!

April 21st has a number of interesting events and rituals associated with it. Some time around this date in the year 125CE the emperor Hadrian went on a bear hunt in Greece (note, I don’t suggest that hunting bears is something that should be done these days or is ethical in our overpopulated world). He offered the bearskin at a temple in Thespiae to the goddess Aphrodite Ourania, (and her son Eros), the aspect of the goddess who presided over homoerotic love. He offered this inscription to her and her son (translation by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus):

To Eros the Archer-son of the sweet tongued Cyprian

Aphrodite,

dwelling at Heliconian Thespiae

besides Narcissus’ flowering garden:

I say be gracious, grant acceptance

of the best parts of this bear from Hadrian,

the very one killed by a blow from horseback.

Thou, of Thy own accord, in return for this, may kharis soberly

be breathed on him by Aphrodite-Urania.

Of course the prayer was eventually filled with the arrival of Antinous. I mark/celebrate this as a beginning of their love, even if this was purely conceptual on Hadrian’s at this point. The day is also called the Erotikon.

The Ekklesia Antinoou marks this day as the celebration of the Megala Antinoeia which manifest today in a contest of poems stories, artworks, and so on and some kind of physical activity, as the original Sacred Games of Antinous initiated by the grieving emperor in 131CE consisted of various athletic competitions as well as artistic and theatrical ones. Check out the Aedicula Antinoi for more about this. https://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/megala-antinoeia-2015-post-andor-link-here/

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Hadrian also moved the festival of the Veneralia, the feast of Venus to this date when he opened the Temple of Venus & Roma Aeterna. A poem I wrote a few years ago is here shared:

“Venus Felix and Roma”

Hadrian set Venus to face the bloody

Coliseum, reinscribing martial Rome with amor,

Which, as the emperor via his temple

Architecturally ordained, is Roma backwards.

The temple where the two goddesses sat back to back

Was built on the site of Nero’s

Golden House and leaden crimes.

The shimmering green goddess,

The alluring one, cast her spell upon the city,

Backed by her sister; the cavalcade of history

Broke over the metropolis—churches and columns

Commingled, promiscuous in baroque subversions,

Bedecking a city no longer of empire but

Of La dolce vita, Fellini’s carnival.

O Venus Felix, your power, your seduction

Still washes over the city in perfumed waves,

Spins desire in elegance and glamour,

From the Spanish Steps to the Pincio, from

Santa Francesca Romana* to Castel Sant’ Angelo.

*The church of Santa Francesca Romana was built on the site of the temple.

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Of further note, this is the traditional birthday of Numa Pompilius the wise king and giver of the sacred laws to the young city of Rome, the peaceful lawgiver who succeeded the warring sovereign Romulus (and said to be the birthday of the city itself). Dumezil saw these as the two sides of sovereignty in Religio Romana, the terrible magical sovereign and the reasoned juridical legislator, with the penchant for historicizing mythology in that culture. Too bad that Rome was not more often governed by wise and just leaders like Numa and Hadrian. Hail the love of Hadrian and Antinous!

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Photos are mine (mostly of remnants of the Pan-Pacific world fair of 1915, San Francisco), except the Antinous one from Wiki.

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