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Book Review – Pagan Portals: The Dagda by Morgan Daimler

April, 2019

Book Review
Pagan Portals
The Dagda
Meeting the Good God of Ireland
by Morgan Daimler

The
Dagda, the Good God of Ireland, is the subject of the book written by
Morgan Daimler. She has created a beginner’s book on a Deity that
is multilayered and complex. As of 2017, the time of the writing of
this book, the author, Ms. Daimler had not heard of a book that was
written solely on the Dagda.

The
author, Ms. Daimler, has broken the five different chapters up into
sub-entries. Each entry deals with a different aspect of the Dagda.
Even though there are only 77 pages in the e-book, I found myself
taking a lot of notes.

The
first chapter describes the Dagda, in name, physical description, and
in his relationship with others. The second chapter is the mythology
of the deity known as the Good God, the Dagda. There are several
different myths that Ms. Daimler uses; most of which have Irish
titles that I can’t pronounce. (My pronunciation of Irish words is
terrible so that my program that does my typing would misspell all of
them anyway.) All of the myths that Ms. Daimler used as references
showed the Dagda, as a God of many skills, abundance, and healing.

In
chapter 3 one of the possessions that belong to the Dagda, is a
cauldron of abundance. In modern neopaganism, the cauldron is often
associated with feminine or goddess energy. In Irish were more
generally Celtic mythology the cauldron is associated with Gods.

Also
in chapter 3, she talks about herbs, trees, and resins. She does
point out that herbs are a bit more modern and vary from person to
person. Oak has always had a strong connection with the Dagda. Also
having an association with the Dagda are frankincense and myrrh,
neither of which are native to Ireland.

On
page 51 of Ms. Daimler’s book she talks about the Dagda has a
strong modern reputation as a Druid or working druidic magic, but she
points out that there is nothing explicit in the mythology the
connecting to the Druids. She does think it’s redundant that the
Dagda has his own Druid. She says it’s redundant, if he, himself
was also a Druid. I don’t think it’s any more redundant, then a
tarot reader going to another tarot reader for a reading.

There
are a couple of different things that Ms. Daimler includes in the
book that I find interesting. One of the sub-entries is the Dagda in
my life; I like when an author includes their working with a Deity or
part of their own spiritual growth experience. She also includes a
look at the Dagda in the modern world.

I
do see this book as a jumping off book for learning more about the
Dagda. I think some of the sources that Ms. Daimler quotes, will lead
others to search more about Celtic myth. I’m glad to have read this
book because it gave me a deeper understanding of the Dagda, and the
way Irish/Celtic myths look at their deities. I highly recommend this
book.

Pagan Portals – the Dagda: Meeting the Good God of Ireland on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page. If you are interested in a reading you can reach her on Facebook @eagleandunicorn.

GoodGod!

May, 2018

Meet the Gods: Dagda

(This illustration of Dagda was found on Pinterest. His cauldron, known as the Undry or the Cauldron of Plenty, provided infinite food and drink but never to a coward or an oath breaker. It was also said to revive the dead. One end of his enormous club could kill while the other end could give life.)

 

Merry meet.

The name of the Celtic god Dagda means “Good God.” He’s also known as Eochaid Ollathair, meaning “Eochaid the All-Father.” His name is typically proceeded by the article “the.”

In the Celtic tradition, the Dagda is one of the leaders of a mythological Irish people, the Tuatha Dé Danann, “People of the Goddess Danu.”

These were a group of people, descended from Nemed, who had been exiled from Ireland, and scattered. It is thought that Danu offered them her patronage, under which they succeeded in rebanding, learning new and magical skills, and returning to Ireland in a magical mist,” according to Bard Mythologies.

Britannica.com states, “The Dagda was credited with many powers and possessed a cauldron that was never empty, fruit trees that were never barren, and two pigs – one live and the other perpetually roasting. He also had a huge club that had the power both to kill men and to restore them to life. With his harp, which played by itself, he summoned the seasons.”

Some sources have him married to the sinister war goddess Morrígan. At least one of his many children was borne by the goddess of the River Boyne.

The Dagda is generally described as being a large man, sometimes comically so, with a tremendous appetite and immense capacity. It was said that to make his porridge he needed 80 gallons of milk as well as several whole sheep, pigs, and goats, and that he ate this meal with a ladle large enough to hold two people lying down,” Morgan Daimler wrote in “Pagan Portals – Gods & Goddess of Ireland,” citing “A Child’s Eye View of Irish Paganism,” by Blackbird O’Connell.

 

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Daimler notes the Dagda is often described as having red hair and wearing a short tunic. He is strong and able to accomplish “great feats such building a fort single-handedly.” Every power was his.

He is called the Excellent God, the Lord of Perfect Knowledge and all Father. His central attribute is the Sacred Fire and, like it, he is always hungry, ready to consume the offerings; he is also a red god. The Dagda is also a phallic deity [fitting for Beltane], his lust matching his hunger. He is the father of many of the Tuatha De but his key function is as Druid of the Gods,” according to an article published on adf.org.

Druidic magic, abundance and great skill are among the attributes associated with the Dagda.

From my research, it seems he would appreciate offerings of large quantities of dark ale or beer, and oat bannocks, a porridge, particularly if butter and bacon are added. One source noted they should be offered to the fire.

A cauldron and a club or staff, Daimler suggested, could be his symbols in works of magic.

He is called on for wisdom, victory in law or judgement, and bounty. In a time of need, I can see putting out my cauldron, perhaps with a fire in it, and call the Dagda and his Cauldron of Plenty for help. Because his cauldron also serves as a tool of rebirth and regeneration, I would also call upon that power when going through a difficult ending on the way to a rebirth.

(“Dagda – Celtic All Father,” was handcrafted by James Miller from StonecraftArts. Sculpted in wax based clay and cast in architectural concrete, this plaque is available on Etsy.)

 

James Miller, a sculptor from Colorado, is of Celtic and Germanic descent.

He is part of my cultural heritage, so I honor him as an archetype of the ideal masculine,” James said, adding, “His name actually means ‘the good one.’”

He finds people are more receptive to learning about gods, goddesses and ancient traditions when they are framed in a cultural rather than religious context.

Merry part. And merry meet again

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.