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Call for Submissions: Steel Bars, Sacred Waters: Celtic Paganism for Prisoners
Seeking Celtic Reconstruction-based rituals, guided meditations and deity information rooted in Celtic tradition and creatively tailored for polytheists in prison.
Rituals solo & group for:
Imbolc (they make a paper Brigid’s Cross)
La na Caillich
Beltane/ Calen Mai
Midsummer (Aine perhaps)
Lughnasadh/ Festival of Carmun
Blessing children (perhaps not knowing where they are, like foster care)
Preparing to die
If someone dies (and you can’t be at the funeral)
Parole hearing success
Preparing to reenter outside world (with no money, clothing, home, job, but a stigma)
Guided meditations, stationary and walking. Some examples but please don’t feel limited!:
The Spoils of Annwn
Shapeshifting based on poem or myth
Land, sea and sky
St Brennan’s Voyage
The three internal cauldrons
Using the Ogham
Imbas or awen
Deities, the Good Neighbors and Culture Heroes. 2 or 3 paragraphs summarising the mythology. If they overlap like Finn, Sadb and Oisin in one story, you can group together.
Intro to the Tuatha De Danann (explain Lebor Gabala Erenn concisely, focus on Tuatha De Danann. Several pages. Remember individual deities will be covered elsewhere)
General intro to the Fianna (can be a few pages, explain their role, training, stories)
Information about the Fairies (can be several pages. Include protection from, offerings to, different types, from where they come, where they live, myth, how to treat them)
Elen of the Ways
Manannan Mac Lir
Finn Mac Cumall
Bodb Derg (and any of his children important to you)
Special limitations: Some readers will have access to candles, some type of incense, and perhaps their own art supplies like colored pencils. Assume most will only have access to this book (no Internet or library), notebook paper, pen, tap water and basic Ogham knowledge. Most will have access to the yard or running track, but no trees. Some Pagan Circles are allowed to meet outside, while others cannot have any type of rituals without clergy from the outside. Writing style must be clear for low literate people. Nothing academic. Provide pronunciation guide for any words not in English. Black and white visual directions for dances, making origami, etc welcome. No shaming. We do not want to reinforce an identity as criminal. The focus is on people.
Why participate? 1% of Americans are in prison. The US incarcerates more of its population than any other nation. One and 27 children have a parent in prison. 80% of people in prison are there for drug related offenses. In the United States addiction is considered a disease, but there is rarely any treatment offered in prison. One in eight people are there for cannabis. The number of Pagans in prison is growing very quickly. Many learn about Paganism in prison – but unfortunately the most active pagan groups are white supremacists. We need quality materials for Pagans in prison. Already the Northern Tradition Paganism book Candles in the Cave has been well received and a Hellenic polytheist book is scheduled next.
As this book will be sold at no profit to people in prison, none of the writers are paid. (Contributors in prison will receive a copy of the book.) Your name will be included with any writing accepted. The book is an offering to the Deities and ancestors.
Send submissions as Word attachments to RhiannonRestoration@gmail.com. Email if you have book-related queries. No racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism or Celtic genetic or cultural superiority allowed. Deadline: May 15 2017