Historical periods


I hope you don’t mind me posting on this section, not being a Recon.

I’ve been reading some of these threads with interest as it gives me more of a feel for things I’m looking into. This has led me to become curious about the whole aspect of Celtic Recon.

Now I understand that the term Celtic is a wide umbrella ( although I presume there are some aspect which tie together the various cultures, much as the Roman Empire was made up of many different local countries and cultures but tied by the rules imposed from the core [ although probably in a more subtle way ]). What I’m curious about is how you choose which time period of your particular Celtic culture to focus on?

To clarify, the way I see it cultures ( and even pantheons ) are living, growing, changing things so I’d imagine looking back in detail different periods would have many small and also significant differences ( such as laying out the dead in the open, building cairns, lake burials etc. ). Am I right on this and how do you choose?

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A Cauldron Tradition Is Coming…Let’s Brainstorm!

Every year for over a decade now, we here at The Cauldron have had an online party on the December solstice (winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, summer solstice in the southern). “Up All Night” is a once-a-year, come-one-come-all, truly global all-night event that is open to any Cauldron member…and of course, since Cauldron membership is free and easy, that means anybody can participate, once they become a member!

What does it involve? That’s up to all of us to decide, which is why I’m launching this thread well in advance of Saturday, December 21 (and yes, UAN falls on a Saturday night this year, which means participation should be quite robust, since many folks can sleep it off the next day). Let’s kick around ideas for how we can add to the fun this year. Here’s some of what typically transpires during the night:

A special dedicated thread in this forum, where folks can touch base, share their experiences, and write just about any damn thing (within forum guidelines, of course), from recipes that keep them fed through the night, to music for the solstice, photos of the sunset where they are…you name it.

We choose a non-theme every year–a very loose idea that folks can hang posts on, or completely ignore (hence the “non” part). Last year’s non-theme was “Rise and Shine.”

For this year’s non-theme, what should we choose that’s broadly relevant and topical and could stimulate all kinds of conversation?

Chat! And lots of it. It’s typically the best chat night of the year, because so many people are on simultaneously. So if you haven’t discovered our Discord board, don’t wait until UAN to try it–do a test run now in the weeks running up to UAN, so you’re familiar with it beforehand.

The Great Global Group Meditation: Cauldronites from around the world “gather” in a Zoom meeting for a nondenominational, professionally guided meditation session. Feel the calming connection crisscross the planet…but don’t fall asleep!

That’s just some of what’s possible. So how about it, folks? What would you like to see happen for UAN 2019?

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Belonging in Paganism – Friendly Advice Sought

Hi all,

It feels odd posting in the Beginners board, as I’ve been Pagan for almost three years now (though, given the journey in total, I suppose that’s almost nothing). But this concern has brought me back to a beginning of sorts, and it’s been troubling me enough that I felt like I should discuss it somewhere.

Over the last few years I’ve explored a lot of Paganism and finally feel comfortable focusing in on Druidry, especially through OBOD (though I’m still very new in this). However, as of late I’ve found myself moving away from the more traditional* ideas that I started with (such as energy, spirits and pantheonic deities) into something ranging from spiritual/philosophical to metaphorical in nature. That’s not to say I don’t believe in my gods or Spirit anymore, and I definitely believe in them as tangible, real forces in my life. But I’ve felt myself moving away from crystals or high ritual practice, and more into meditations or long religious walks and prayers.

 * I’m aware that using the word “traditional” has its problems. I only mean the trends I noticed in the Paganism I was first introduced to starting out (partly, Wicca, witchcraft practice, English folk traditions, and polytheism – identifying my practice as eclectic.).

The main reason I find this difficult to process is that it constrasts with the beliefs of the pagans in my friendship/moot group, who have more literal, folkloric tendencies (which I respect, and enjoy too, though my personal beliefs seem to be shifting.) While variety is to be expected (and celebrated) in most moot groups, I feel very self-conscious and unusual (weird?) being unable to chime in with discussion. I’ve started to worry that I just don’t belong as a pagan anymore (given that I haven’t had a proper discussion about this with anyone in my personal life, from fear/doubt mostly, I haven’t really anything to contextualise all this in).

I’ve considered if I should convert to a different religion, but my beliefs and gods are still very much pagan – perhaps, in places, less literal, but with that same core I’ve developed over the last three years. I have been considering connecting with the Christo-Pagan part of the Druid community, if only to have that conversation (though I’m not looking to debate Christo-Paganism here).

Maybe I’ve just made too many assumptions up to this point on what Neopaganism is?
Apologies for the splurge. Blessed be.

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ADMIN: Please welcome PerditaPickle to Message Board Staff

She’s not on the masthead yet (that will have to wait until Randall has another chance to edit it, which might not be immediately), but we’ve another new staff member. Please join me in welcoming PerditaPickle to Message Board Staff here at The Cauldron. The Hosts and Senior Staff are very happy to have her join us.

Thank you, Perdita, for accepting this position and all the (generally thankless) work that goes with it.

(This might not be the last one; there’s one more person we’ve offered a staff position to who is still considering whether they want to accept.)

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Emerging Eclectic Path Meetup in Virginia, USA

I am starting a small face to face meetup, for ritual, meditation, classes, workshops, and discussions. It will be related to my personal eclectic path, but is open to most anyone who is respectful of it.

Please only join the page if you plan to actually attend, as I am currently limited to 50 members, and this is for an offline community. People located in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Boutetourt County, Lexington, Bedford, and Lynchburg areas encouraged to join!

The bulk of the public meetings will be in a 30 minute drive radius from Roanoke City. The shrine itself is located in Buchanan, Va.

If you are not in those areas, but have questions, please message me or otherwise, I will eventually get around to sharing my cosmology in a dedicated thread at a later date.

Link to join:


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Looking for Advice

I’m in need of some advice and something told me I should post here.

My older daughter, (7), has been acting out a lot lately.  This happens every year as we approach the holiday season, and has for the past four years when we left my kids’ abusive father.  Despite everything, she isn’t letting go of this made up image of her Dad in her head, and when they start learning about families and traditions in school before the usual holidays, she always starts acting out.  This year is particularly bad.  She’s running away from classes and bullying other kids.  I’ve sat down with her and we’ve talked about how  bullying hurts not only other people, but it can make us feel pretty rotten too.  We’ve talked about how being kind makes everyone feel happy.  We always come away from these talks with positive feelings.

And then my very religious, very opinionated mother (who we happen to live with until our situation improves, and who does not approve of pagan faiths in any way) barges in and undoes everything.  She yells and screams, belittles my daughter.  I step in and she does the same to me. Often she waits until I have to step out and then goes after her.  My mother basically thinks my daughter has the devil in her and she’s going to grow up to be a horrible person if I don’t “Fix” her.  She’s screaming about therapy and church and all of these things she thinks my daughter needs.

Its to a point where I’m at a loss as to what to do.  I’ve spoken to my Mom about the way she treats my daughter, but my opinion doesn’t matter.  Moving out isn’t an option right now either.  I shield my daughters as best as I can, and we spend a lot of time outside the house when possible, and I’ve also tried to remind my daughter that Grandma can be a bully too, and how she treats us is not ok.  But I’m worried that with the issues my daughter is already facing, plus the negative influence of Grandma, that  things are not going to get any better.

In your opinions, are there any special stories I can read with my daughters to help, or magickal charms that can help protect them from this negativity when nothing else works?  I’m doing my best to find a better situation for us, but in the meantime, we are stuck here.  Any advice would be appreciated.

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ADMIN: Please welcome EclecticWheel and Kylara to Message Board Staff

As you might have noticed in the masthead in the right-hand sidebar, we’ve selected and added two more new staff members. Please join me in welcoming EclecticWheel and Kylara to Message Board Staff here at The Cauldron. The Hosts and Senior Staff are very happy to have them join us.

Thank you, EclecticWheel and Kylara, for accepting these positions and all the (generally thankless) work that goes with them.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Changing the Guard at The Cauldron

On December 13, 1997 — after three frustrating days when only Elspeth Sapphire, Ann Wilson, and myself could post — The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum opened its doors to the general public on the Delphi online service. The forum was an instant success with 60 or 70 messages posted that December and hitting 1000 messages within six months or so. That’s 1000 messages total, not 1000 messages a month.

The Cauldron was started as a Yule gift from me to Elspeth — you had to pay Delphi for forums back then (six months in advance). It was staffed by Elspeth, Ann, and myself with an able assist from our friends from the dying GEnie Online Service. We started a web site for the forum in the web space I got with my Delphi account in January of 1998, although we did not get domain name for a couple of years.

LyricFox was added as a fourth Co-Host a few years later as Elspeth’s health and Ann’s real life meant that they were not always available. LyricFox and I shouldered most of the hosting duties up until 2014 when Lyric’s mom passed away, Lyric’s health worsened, and Lyric’s decided to focus her remaining spoons on her animal rescue work. While she was still a Co-Host and had input on just about every TC decision I made, she was no longer active on the board.

It’s been almost 22 years since TC started. I was 40 back then. I’m now 62 and Lyric’s health issues (now including MS) are demanding more and more of my time. If The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum is to have any chance of surviving another 20 years, it is time for Lyric and myself to step down from our host duties and let others run The Cauldron. Effective today, SunflowerP is The Cauldron’s Host with almost all the powers Lyric and I held as Co-Hosts. I am now Site Administrator. That means I will handle all the server-side background stuff that keeps The Cauldron on the Internet and that’s about it. I also have to approve any promotions to Senior Staff or Host (as those positions have limited server powers). Sunflower as Host will have full control of just about everything else. Basically, as Site Admin I “hire” Hosts and let them do their job. I will not be disappearing completely, of course, but you will probably see much less of me than you do now — and you haven’t seen that much of me recently.

I would like to thank Sunflower for agreeing to accept the position of Host and all the headaches that come with the position. Lyric and I believe we are leaving The Cauldron in good hands. I’d also like to thank the staff of The Cauldron — present and past — for all their hard work over the years. It’s been our pleasure to work with all of you. Finally, I’d like to thank the members of The Cauldron as without active members the The Cauldron would be just another forum killed by social media. May the Gods bless you all.

And with that Lyric and I formally turn the hosting duties over to Sunflower.

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Some of my ritual artwork.

Below is some of my art. Please have a look and let me know what you think!

Here is my rendition of personified deities representing the Sun, Earth, and Moon:


This one is of my supreme deity, of unknown name:


Finally, a meditative cosmology of sorts:


I will post any new art under this thread to avoid cluttering the forum!

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Greetings from Ruslan! ***photos and music enclosed***

Hi Cauldron People!

Ruslan F. here, from the state of Virginia in the US. My story is probably not too uncommon around here. Raised christian by my father, but I had a liberal and somewhat witchy mom. Around age 13 I began studying world religions and searching for my own path. I tried many major religions, and practiced Islam and Russian Orthodoxy back and forth, very on and off, for years.

I joined the military in 2005, and suffered an event causing PTSD, and returned home to heal. I had many bumpy years, all while alternating between random occult studies, Orthodoxy and Islam. Around age 26 I began a very long journey on my current path. I have tried many occult disciplines, and ended up with an eclectic path all my own.

Here are some photos of my home shrine, and related pieces:


I also like to do trance work with music. Below is a link for a medley of four pieces, all improvisation on a Turkish instrument called the cumbus (pronounced “joombush”):


I am not very dogmatic, but religiously devoted to my pantheon and path. I look forward to meeting others, and enjoying some discourse on paganism and the like!

Thanks for having me!

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