it sounds facetious but i’m genuinely touched.
Your blog is amazing and inspiring. I love it.
that’s very sweet, anon! i’m glad to inspire you. i hope you enjoy your stay.
How do you deal with the longing? The urge to run away with Them when you can't? How do you deal with the ache that you want to be more of what They are than what you have to be? I'm sorry... I shouldn't ask but I need to know. I need... someone else's words to feel not so stranded...
i wrap myself up in things that remind me of who i am, and take comfort in them. there’s a reason this blog has a faery recipe catalogue of almost one hundred posts. there’s a reason i’m steadily working my way through them. i have fairy lights wrapped around my headboard and a neighbourhood that backs onto a waterfront park when i need to run. when i get restless and feel like i’m going to claw my way out of my human skin if i don’t do something—i do something.
i don’t think i’m ever going to feel like i’m completely whole and where i ought to be. not in this life, at least. maybe in the next. but i find if you do what you can to bring that other life into yours, instead of trying to escape your life to something else… it’s easier. healthier. a better balance.
find the things that make you feel at home and wrap yourself up in them.
Are there any Celtic deities (particularly goddesses) of storms? I have a very strong connection to storms but haven't been able to find any information.
i don’t remember where i heard this as well, but i can corroborate that manannán is associated with storms. i believe in part it’s weather in general (particularly mist or fog) but storms are comprised in that. manannán is also one of the recognized leaders of the wild hunt in ireland, and the wild hunt have clear and blatant storm associations.
i know donn is also connected with storms, particularly violent storms at sea, as he was drowned in such a storm and later credited for causing shipwrecks. one of the epithets i have taken to using for him is “ship-breaker.”
my personal belief is that the storms connected with manannán have a more playful feel, while donn’s storms are sombre and intended to challenge those who are caught in them—but that’s entirely upg (if one that fellow manannán or donn devotees have felt sympathetic to).
Sorry to bother, but do you know anything of Crom Dubh? I've done my own research but I like second opinions.
my apologies, anon, but i honestly don’t know much at all. i know there are some folk traditions surrounding crom dubh, and that he may or may not be the same figure as crom cruach, but aside from what is written about him (them?) from the stories surrounding st. patrick’s life, i don’t believe there’s much in the way of literary evidence of him. patrick himself did not write about him. he’s not one of the tuatha dé danann, he doesn’t show up in aos sí legends, he doesn’t make any appearances in pre-medieval literature. since that’s largely my area of focus, i tend not to pay him much mind.
it’s possible that his story as told by christian commentators was originally less major folklore that was then expanded into something larger and more menacing in order to give st. patrick an enemy or an idol to fight against. i don’t know. i do know that though crom cruach is often seen as a death god, i have never felt any particular pull or interest in worshipping him, and i started my religious journey as an irish polytheist death worshipper. does that actually mean anything? maybe not, but it’s there.
if any of my followers have any additional input on crom dubh or crom cruach (or an opinion on whether they’re the same figure) please feel free to pass it along. i’ll also take a look in james mackillop’s book when i get the chance and see what he has to say on the subject. best of luck, anon!