A New Moon

The New Moon is a good time to start. Period.

6. Céilsine — Finances and Cíosanna Dlite

This is the description of the sixth roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. In our modern context this relates to money and business, but the original word implied relationships that were set by specific contracts and in which one member…

7. Gairm — Career and Personal Advancement

This is the description of the seventh roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. This word is a calque of the Latin word uocatio, which in English has been translated as ‘calling.’ In this arena we advance ourselves, our aspirations and ambitions…

4. Fine — The Family

This is the description of the fourth roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. In traditional society, the family was central to a sense of identity. Marriages, wealth, and even friendships were considered family affairs. Some scholars have even gone so far…

8. Imchogar: Planning and Reflecting

Continuing with my defining of the roinnean that I intend to define my time as part of a program of more balanced living, I’m turning to the eighth category: imchogar. There are times when we must take a step back and think about our lives objectively. At those times we need to see where we’ve come from, where…

9. Àm air Falamh: Time Off

As part of this experiment in managing my time in a more inspiring/balanced way, I’m going through each of the nine areas and describing them so that I really get them secure in my head. Today I am starting with the easiest to define: àm air falamh, time off. The word falamh means ‘empty,’ but…

Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras

Wheels turn. Wings beat. The night comes and goes. I had the opportunity to join a shamanic workshop a week ago last Saturday led by Leonard Howell — my first ever — and it did not disappoint, though the phrase ‘baby-steps’ is stuck in my head. Working and studying for years as an academic has trained…

Nuathosach, Úrchaoi

Back in September I turned away from my pagan blog, Dream na Dhía, in order to focus on building my website Seanchas san Fhíseáin and begin cultivating a more deliberate presence on the web. That hasn’t changed but I have now found a seemingly endless propensity for distraction. Ironically this has not come from our…

Hard Places Are at Least Definitive

I’ve rebooted my exercise routine. There was no urge to do so, and I was quite happy with how my workouts were progressing: Duilleog and I became members of Goodlife Fitness, and I was ramping up my strange blending of Tim Ferris’ Occam’s Protocol with Men’s Health’s Spartacus Workout 2.0. Then the spot in my…

Fun … Wherefore Complexity?

I just spent the last three and a half hours cleaning the house. Some days this would bring a sense of accomplishment. Today it has put me in a foul mood, all the more so because it isn’t finished. I decided to stop early so that the whole day would not be lost, and showering…

Madness, Insight and Poetry

Here under the light of the full moon I have been writing on the nature of éigse as a kind of poetic wisdom. I was working on the paragraph where I discuss the link between this kind of insight and madness when a memory suddenly came rushing back to me. Decades ago I was a…

To Game or Not to Game; That Is the Question

During a bout of insomnia instigated by the late-night shenanigans of a certain wee man and after the now almost obligatory computer/console gaming that occurs late at night, I actually experienced what one of my readers referred to as an ‘existential style hangover.’ To skip the lengthy exposition and put it simply, why should I…