“Three wealths in barren places: a well in a mountain, fire out of a stone, wealth in the possession of a hard man.”
– Irish triad
Léithin Cluan (Naomi J.) City-based Gaelic polytheist and modern druid. I like disability rights, reading, drinking wine and being around cats.
I have Asperger’s and a physical condition that means I use a wheelchair and live with chronic pain. I’m a disability activist, LGBT activist, interfaith activist – basically there’s a lot of activism in my life. It keeps me focused on the bigger picture, even on days when I’m sure the biggest picture I can see is the four walls of the room I’m stuck in. There’s always a greater vantage point.
I’m working on creating my own path that balances modern druidry and Gaelic polytheism. I honour the gods and not-gods – especially the local gods and spirits of the Beara Peninsula in Ireland, where my family is from, and the local gods and spirits of my little corner of urban North London. I’m dedicated to Cailleach Bhearra. I’m interested in Irish and Scottish folk magic, Ogam (and other divination), hoodoo, and folklore. Writer for Gods and Radicals, book reviewer and writer for Pagan Dawn magazine, and I write in other places too. Member of the British Druid Order, Ár nDraíocht Féin and the Druid Network.
In other parts of my life, I’m married to my partner (woo equal marriage finally!), have two moody cats, and am doing a PhD in sociology of religion (also covers disability studies and biblical studies – I study too many things). Don’t ask me about Christianity and how it manages to worm its way back into my Very Pagan Life all the time. It just does.
I try not to ‘cross the streams’ between different parts of my life. You may come across my academic blogs/twitter, but I’d prefer it if these weren’t too closely linked to my Pagan blogging and work. Please see my Hospitality Policy for my FAQ on how I would like to be talked about online.
By the way, Léithin is pronounced lay-in. At least, that’s how I say it. :)
“For where your treasure is, there is your heart.”
– Matthew 6:21