Friday, 3 August 2007

This little piggy...


I finished the last article in a series for Pentacle magazine last night. This one has been difficult to write. The previous three pretty much formed themselves and after the third drew themselves to a close, so to go on and produce a fourth and final piece was a proper pain in the arse. Once I had done an introduction and then two pieces on the two main families I was at a loss as to where to go next. I had considered some sort of ritual work, perhaps something that gives the reader a kick down the path now that they have been shown where it is. it was a rather clumsy idea that formed into a piece called ‘The Four Cults’, an idea that had come to me on the walk home from work one day. It didn’t really work out and I was at a loss as how to write fully about this idea when it is something I had only just come up with and hadn’t had time to ‘work’ with so to speak. Anyway, the editor squished the idea and got me to do something else which turned out to be a blessing and a curse, a blessing for preventing me turning out a pile of shit and a curse as it now meant I had to come up with a whole new idea.

As it happened, something else was in my head from reading a passage from P K Fords ‘The Mabinogi and other Medieval Welsh Tales’; namely his mention of Culhwch in terms of a much older swine god story. So, I went back to this idea, pulled at pieces of it and rebuilt it with some other mythological and folkloric characters and the result is… interesting.

The key thing it has dome is make me think about whether this kind of construct has validity. Certainly anybody out there following some sort of reconstructionist path has to do this rebuilding at some point and when they do it works for them. Presumably. so what I now have is a new way of looking at things, a new means of approaching the year as it revolves and a new mythos that can be woven into that cycle, and it works! Having read it through it really fits the bill, and so what if it is reassembled from bits and pieces from a mythological past, if we don’t do this sort of thing then what’s the point? The gods themselves will happily adapt to new territory even if it is temporal.

What has also struck me today is that this new construct bears a resemblance to another construct I have been thinking about lately and had published in the Beltane issue of Pentacle, namely that of the ‘truer’ nature of Branwen and her brother Bendigeidfran.

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