Like with the article “How to be a Gaelic Polytheist“, this article is going to differ for individual people. For some people, the simple act of believing in the Gaelic spiritual entities is going to be all they do to incorporate Gaelic Polytheism into their daily lives. For others, it could be more elaborate.
Here are some suggestions for how to incorporate Gaelic Polytheism into your daily life:
- Do daily prayers to a specific spiritual entity, or to the dé ocus andé as a whole. (I do morning and evening prayers, simply asking for blessings on my home and household.)
- Maintain an altar and/or shrine. Keep it clean. Perhaps always have a container of water available for the passing spirits.
- Recognize deities or other spiritual entities daily.
- Dedicate activities to certain deities, like exercising to Lugh or housecleaning to Brighid.
- Wear devotional jewelry that is either overtly or subtly related to your religious path (many Gaelic Polytheists like to wear a triskele, for example.)
- Practice hospitality. Learn what hospitality means to you, and try to incorporate that value into your daily life.
- Practice honor. Learn what honor means to you, and try to incorporate that value into your life.
- Practice a Gaelic language daily. The best way to learn a language is often by practicing daily, so why not make it a religious activity?
- Read or listen to Gaelic lore. It can be a great way to entertain yourself while also understanding the Gaelic cultural values.
- Listen to Gaelic folk music.
- …or just listen to any music that reminds you of spiritual entities you’re close with.
- Practice a traditional craft and possibly any songs/prayers that went along with the activity. (eg: churning butter while saying certain prayers.)
- Try recipes for traditional food, like bannocks.
- Talk to other Gaelic Polytheists about experiences.
- Ancestors were/are very important in Gaelic Polytheism, so doing work to know your ancestors–be they “Gaelic” or not–can be very rewarding. And not just blood-ancestors, but cultural ancestors as well.
Those are just a few suggestions for how to incorporate Gaelic Polytheism as a religion into your daily life.
Thank you to both Boggan and Eddie for their suggestions!