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Those of you who follow us on social media may have seen the memes we’ve been creating. We’ve added a page to the site to archive the ones we’ve done so far, and where we’ll be posting more in the future: Gaol Naofa Memes.

We’ve been working with a mixture of proverbs, prayers, triads, and quatrains from various Goidelic sources, doing our bit for language preservation and providing links for further info. For regular updates follow us at our Gaol Naofa Facebook page and Twitter account.

Gaol Naofa – New Moon
Original image: Dawn Perry

September 15, 2015

Website Update: New Resources Section

With summer comes cultural, spiritual and social gatherings. Along with a chance to celebrate and hold reunions with distant family and friends comes the opportunity to meet new people. Whichever kind of gatherings you attend, you may find yourself wishing you knew what to say in response to some of the questions that may arise about Gaelic Polytheism. Or, less fun, you may encounter some people who have misconceptions about Gaelic and Celtic traditions. Worse, you may cross paths with some exploiters. While we don’t like to dwell on the latter sort, unfortunately, dispelling misinformation is a necessary part of cultural preservation. Our cultures – languages, music, spiritual beliefs and ceremonies  cannot be preserved if misinformation is allowed to take the place of authentic ways.

So, to this end, we have prepared a small collection of materials, which can be utilized in person as well as on social media. We have a leaflet on Gaelic Polytheism and Gaol Naofa in particular (since we are only speaking for our particular tradition of Gaelic Polytheism), as well as some flyers about how to spot offensive vs. authentic practices. These are situated in a new Resources section within the site Library.

We hope your summer is going well, and that you receive the blessings of Áine, Manannán, the ancestors and spirits of nature this season. Slàinte Mhath!

June 13, 2014

New Article – “Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism”

La Fhèill Brìghde sona dhuibh!

Gaol Naofa is proud to present our latest article for the website, this time focusing on Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism.

Although the main purpose of the article is to give parents ideas on how to include children in a family-based Gaelic Polytheist practice, we hope it will also prove useful for individuals – whether youth or adults – who are new to GP, as well as to other sorts of multigenerational spiritual communities.

The basics of belief and practice are broken down into their various elements, and practical ideas and examples of simple prayers are given that a child or beginner should be able to get to grips with easily enough.

Website readers may notice that the pdf files of most of our articles are now embedded in the site, as well as available on Scribd. Please let us know if you come across any broken links or dropped content that may have happened during these formatting changes.

We have also made some slight changes in organisational structure, with Annie Loughlin now serving as Uachtarán (President), organising and running Gaol Naofa from Scotland. After five years at the helm, Treasa Ní Chonchobhair is now filling the position of Leas-Uachtarán (Vice President). We would like to extend our deep gratitude to Treasa for her years of service and continued commitment to Gaol Naofa, as well as to Annie for taking her turn at the helm. For more details please refer to our page on Council and Structure.

February 1, 2014

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