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Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:31:47 pm »
Hello.
I was commenting on another post, and decided to bring it over into my own topic, because it was like to get lengthy.

So here, I am. I’ve been reading a lot at Seeking: first Pagan steps and tools and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that what I want to do fits into what would be religious witchcraft with a Celtic bent, though I’m not sure if that’s even something. I just, I don’t know where to begin. Can anyone help me? Whether it’s books that would help me, personal experience, questions I need to ask myself before I step into this, it would all be appreciated.

Oh, and I’m looking to get more familiar with the Celtic Gods and Goddesses, can anyone help with a reliable website to learn about them, and maybe direct me to some ideas or ways that I can connect with the few that strike my interest until I learn more and get into my own sense of routine?

Any and all comments, help, and questions would be appreciated.
Again, thank you all very much.

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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011, 11:45:08 pm »
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Hello.
I was commenting on another post, and decided to bring it over into my own topic, because it was like to get lengthy.

So here, I am. I’ve been reading a lot at Seeking: first Pagan steps and tools and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that what I want to do fits into what would be religious witchcraft with a Celtic bent, though I’m not sure if that’s even something. I just, I don’t know where to begin. Can anyone help me? Whether it’s books that would help me, personal experience, questions I need to ask myself before I step into this, it would all be appreciated.

Oh, and I’m looking to get more familiar with the Celtic Gods and Goddesses, can anyone help with a reliable website to learn about them, and maybe direct me to some ideas or ways that I can connect with the few that strike my interest until I learn more and get into my own sense of routine?

Any and all comments, help, and questions would be appreciated.
Again, thank you all very much.
A good website on the Celtic deities is http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deities.html

I do know there is actually Celtic Wicca, I myself are not involved in that side of things, but I'm a Celtic Recon.

A few good books on Celtic Gods are Gods of the Celts & Magic of the Celtic Gods & Goddesses.

I work with three Celtic Deities, all being Welsh Amaethon, Cerridwen, and Arianrhod. I really started being drawn to them by reading their mythologies and that's where I started making contact and building a relationship with them.

http://paganachd.com/faq/readinglist.html this another good website, its a celtic recon website, but it a has a very good list of books to choose from.

Hopefully that helped you out. I dont have all the answers myself being fairly new to my religion, but I know how ya feel, i was a bit lost to.
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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011, 11:50:23 pm »
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A good website on the Celtic deities is http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deities.html

I do know there is actually Celtic Wicca, I myself are not involved in that side of things, but I'm a Celtic Recon.

A few good books on Celtic Gods are Gods of the Celts & Magic of the Celtic Gods & Goddesses.

I work with three Celtic Deities, all being Welsh Amaethon, Cerridwen, and Arianrhod. I really started being drawn to them by reading their mythologies and that's where I started making contact and building a relationship with them.

 
Thanks, I'll have to check that out. I didn't know that there was a Celtic Wicca, that sounds wonderful, thought I'll want to read more about it first. After I've poked about the site I'll look into those books.

That's where I planned to start, I know that when I read thier stories that they'll jump out to me.

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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 11:52:47 pm »
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A good website on the Celtic deities is http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deities.html

 
That site is perfect btw, when I read that she focused on the Scots/Welsh side of things I was thrilled!

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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 11:57:31 pm »
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That site is perfect btw, when I read that she focused on the Scots/Welsh side of things I was thrilled!

Your welcome! I have done lots of searching and reading over the past year so, i have stumbled across some good information and some bad. But yeah I focus mainly on the Welsh side of things so thats why I like that site.
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011, 12:14:36 am »
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Your welcome! I have done lots of searching and reading over the past year so, i have stumbled across some good information and some bad. But yeah I focus mainly on the Welsh side of things so thats why I like that site.

 
It's just aweseome. I've been drawn to and focused on Scotland for most of my adult life. Now I'm definately feeling excited again, instead of just frustrated. *grin*

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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2011, 12:30:34 am »
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It's just aweseome. I've been drawn to and focused on Scotland for most of my adult life. Now I'm definately feeling excited again, instead of just frustrated. *grin*

Scotland hold a special place for me as well. I am a member of two Scottish Clans the Kerr's & Sinclair's, so I have a very closeness to Scotland.
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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2011, 02:21:28 am »
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Thanks, I'll have to check that out. I didn't know that there was a Celtic Wicca, that sounds wonderful, thought I'll want to read more about it first. After I've poked about the site I'll look into those books.

That's where I planned to start, I know that when I read thier stories that they'll jump out to me.

There's a good book written by a friend of mine, Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
 
, by Lora O'Brien. You mentioned having an affinity for Scotland, and the Scottish&Irish were pretty much synonymous in pre-Christian times being that Scotland was colonised by an Irish tribe from Ulster, which is why Scot means "Irish" in Latin, so you'll greatly benefit looking towards Irish sources. Of course this is confined to certain regions with varieties in practice, and there are some Scottish Polytheist&Reconstructionist sources out there if you want to combine attitudes towards deities with religious witchcraft.

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011, 09:34:57 am »
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There's a good book written by a friend of mine, Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
 
, by Lora O'Brien. You mentioned having an affinity for Scotland, and the Scottish&Irish were pretty much synonymous in pre-Christian times being that Scotland was colonised by an Irish tribe from Ulster, which is why Scot means "Irish" in Latin, so you'll greatly benefit looking towards Irish sources. Of course this is confined to certain regions with varieties in practice, and there are some Scottish Polytheist&Reconstructionist sources out there if you want to combine attitudes towards deities with religious witchcraft.

 
I'll definately check that out as well. I didn't know about that, how they were the same in that time period. I'm telling you, I'm learning new things all the time. *beams* Thanks!

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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2011, 10:22:29 am »
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I'll definately check that out as well. I didn't know about that, how they were the same in that time period. I'm telling you, I'm learning new things all the time. *beams* Thanks!

You're welcome! There were indeed Brythonic Celtic&Pictish tribes around, and although there has always been regular migration between Ireland&Scotland, it was the Irish Dál Rita who colonised&gave their name to Scotland with their established kingdom around the 5th century. Although Christianity was already in overwhelming force, Ireland didn't see its last initiated pagan High King until the 6th century, so in regards to pre-Christian traditions, we're basically looking at the same peoples ;)

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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2011, 10:43:46 am »
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You're welcome! There were indeed Brythonic Celtic&Pictish tribes around, and although there has always been regular migration between Ireland&Scotland, it was the Irish Dál Rita who colonised&gave their name to Scotland with their established kingdom around the 5th century. Although Christianity was already in overwhelming force, Ireland didn't see its last initiated pagan High King until the 6th century, so in regards to pre-Christian traditions, we're basically looking at the same peoples ;)

 
That's actually pretty refreshing. I'm looking though the book now (well, the sample anywho), and wanted to ask: Is it a good primer? I literally have no knowledge base other than a failed attempt at reading 'to ride a silver broomstick' from about five years ago. It's still on myshelves, but I'd rather not take the basics from that, when I know so little about everything else.

I don't know about tools, ritual, hell even how to work with the Gods and Goddesses. The only basis I have for comparison is the prayer that I was taught growing up.

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Re: Questions about Religious Witccraft with a Celtic leaning.
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2011, 12:03:24 pm »
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That's actually pretty refreshing. I'm looking though the book now (well, the sample anywho), and wanted to ask: Is it a good primer? I literally have no knowledge base other than a failed attempt at reading 'to ride a silver broomstick' from about five years ago. It's still on myshelves, but I'd rather not take the basics from that, when I know so little about everything else.

I don't know about tools, ritual, hell even how to work with the Gods and Goddesses. The only basis I have for comparison is the prayer that I was taught growing up.
Oh yes, very beginner friendly. I'd highly recommend it not only in general, but specifically for someone in your shoes. Lora happens to be an Alexandrian HPriestess, but is also very into her native Irish traditions, has a partner who is an archaeologist, and runs the Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre in Co. Roscommon. She gives very solid introductions in regards to Irish deities, and introductory practices, as well as explain the differences and clearing misconceptions between Wicca&Witchcraft.

Tools and what not are mostly a part of occult orders&ceremonial magick's influence on Wicca.(a few from trad craft) Effective, but not required at all to craft magic, much less honour a deity. Aside from religious witchcraft&magic, if you're interested in actual pre-Christian traditions modified for modern practice, there's also some of the Gaelic Reconstructionist paths out there that may be of interest. Don't be overwhelmed, as there's plenty of time to forge good starts :)
http://www.gaolnaofa.com/
http://www.tairis.co.uk/
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2011, 12:10:40 pm »
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Oh yes, very beginner friendly. I'd highly recommend it not only in general, but specifically for someone in your shoes. Lora happens to be an Alexandrian HPriestess, but is also very into her native Irish traditions, has a partner who is an archaeologist, and runs the Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre in Co. Roscommon. She gives very solid introductions in regards to Irish deities, and introductory practices, as well as explain the differences and clearing misconceptions between Wicca&Witchcraft.

Tools and what not are mostly a part of occult orders&ceremonial magick's influence on Wicca.(a few from trad craft) Effective, but not required at all to craft magic, much less honour a deity. Aside from religious witchcraft&magic, if you're interested in actual pre-Christian traditions modified for modern practice, there's also some of the Gaelic Reconstructionist paths out there that may be of interest. Don't be overwhelmed, as there's plenty of time to forge good starts :)
http://www.gaolnaofa.com/
http://www.tairis.co.uk/

 
Thanks again. I'm totally going to buy the rest of the book. Part of me wants to follow the Reconstructionist paths, bu part of me just wants to learn about them and take what they do and make them more personal. I've got these ideas that feel very right to me, but also kind of feel foolish I guess?

I guess I'm totally afraid of doing something wrong.

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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2011, 03:22:25 pm »
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Thanks again. I'm totally going to buy the rest of the book. Part of me wants to follow the Reconstructionist paths, bu part of me just wants to learn about them and take what they do and make them more personal. I've got these ideas that feel very right to me, but also kind of feel foolish I guess?

I guess I'm totally afraid of doing something wrong.

You're very welcome! What's in your heart, and in your intent, is hard to get wrong :). In the end it is your spirituality, so I would work off of your initial impulses that genuinely feel right to you.

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2011, 06:16:18 pm »
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Oh yes, very beginner friendly. I'd highly recommend it not only in general, but specifically for someone in your shoes. Lora happens to be an Alexandrian HPriestess, but is also very into her native Irish traditions, has a partner who is an archaeologist, and runs the Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre in Co. Roscommon. She gives very solid introductions in regards to Irish deities, and introductory practices, as well as explain the differences and clearing misconceptions between Wicca&Witchcraft.

Tools and what not are mostly a part of occult orders&ceremonial magick's influence on Wicca.(a few from trad craft) Effective, but not required at all to craft magic, much less honour a deity. Aside from religious witchcraft&magic, if you're interested in actual pre-Christian traditions modified for modern practice, there's also some of the Gaelic Reconstructionist paths out there that may be of interest. Don't be overwhelmed, as there's plenty of time to forge good starts :)
http://www.gaolnaofa.com/
http://www.tairis.co.uk/


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