More Fun with Liturgical Calendars

What are your gods’ symbols?

 

Like most baby pagans, when I first started out I was consumed with the quest for the proper patron to oversee my explorations into the realms of myth and magic.  Every time I thought I had found The One, sooner or later the connection began to fade.  This brought no end of frustration, of course, and I’d keep making offerings, banging my head against the altar and trying to block out the influence of any other gods because, dammit, I had a patron now!

What’s taken me well over 20 years to figure out, though, is that I don’t have a static patron. It wasn’t until I sat down and started mapping out Who I felt When, that I realized I have (roughly) eight beings that I honor throughout the course of the year (not counting random cameos from other gods, spirits, and ancestors, who are given worth as the need arises). What follows is another attempt at mapping their influence as it waxes and wanes; the peak god/dess in italics at each festival is my primary focus for that ritual. When a deity comes to the forefront, another one fades into dormancy. Usual disclaimers: this is what works for me, is based on intuition, sure as hell ain’t historically accurate, blah, blah, blah.

 

Samhain

Stirring-Gwydion
Rising-Brigantia
Intensifying-Arianrhod
Peak-Cerridwen
Diminishing-Gwynn ap Nudd
Surrendering-Wayland
Dreaming-Llew
Dormant-Dôn

 

Alban Arthan

Stirring-Dôn
Rising-Gwydion
Intensifying-Brigantia
Peak-Arianrhod
Diminishing-Cerridwen
Surrendering-Gwynn ap Nudd
Dreaming-Wayland
Dormant-Llew

 

Imbolc

Stirring-Llew
Rising-Dôn
Intensifying-Gwydion
Peak-Brigantia
Diminishing-Arianrhod
Surrendering-Cerridwen
Dreaming-Gwynn ap Nudd
Dormant-Wayland

 

Alban Eilir

Stirring-Wayland
Rising-Llew
Intensifying-Dôn
Peak-Gwydion
Diminishing-Brigantia
Surrendering-Arianrhod
Dreaming-Cerridwen
Dormant-Gwynn ap Nudd

 

Beltaine

Stirring-Gwynn ap Nudd
Rising-Wayland
Intensifying-Llew
Peak-Dôn
Diminishing-Gwydion
Surrendering-Brigantia
Dreaming-Arianrhod
Dormant-Cerridwen

 

Alban Hefin

Stirring-Cerridwen
Rising-Gwynn ap Nudd
Intensifying-Wayland
Peak-Llew
Diminishing-Dôn
Surrendering-Gwydion
Dreaming-Brigantia
Dormant-Arianrhod

 

Lughnasadh

Stirring-Arianrhod
Rising-Cerridwen
Intensifying-Gwynn ap Nudd
Peak-Wayland
Diminishing-Llew
Surrendering-Dôn
Dreaming-Gwydion
Dormant-Brigantia

 

Alban Elfed

Stirring-Brigantia
Rising-Arianrhod
Intensifying-Cerridwen
Peak-Gwynn ap Nudd
Diminishing-Wayland
Surrendering-Llew
Dreaming-Dôn
Dormant-Gwydion