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THE CELTIC ZODIAC

Started by G.O.L DARK RAVEN ONE S.O.L Sep 5, 2014. 0 Replies

The Celtic ZodiacCeltic Astrology was created by the Druids sometime around 1000BC. The Druid religion was based on 3 basic strands of belief: the first was to remember their ancestors and the past;…Continue

DRUID HOROSCOPE

Started by G.O.L DARK RAVEN ONE S.O.L Jun 15, 2014. 0 Replies

DRUID HOROSCOPEThe Druid's belief was that the human race descended from the trees and that each tree had it's own magical attributes. They inscribed the secrets of the trees into the Ogham alphabet.…Continue

Tir na nog

Started by Magistar Feb 28, 2013. 0 Replies

The Legend of Tir Na NogThe Land of YouthLong ago, on an isle of emerald green, surrounded by a sea of azure blue, there lived a young man named Oisin. Oisin liked to explore the moors with the…Continue

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Comment by Magistar on March 6, 2011 at 4:47am
Comment by Magistar on March 5, 2011 at 4:44pm
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Two white taper candles.

One Red taper or pillar candle.

One Green or white votive.

One Red or white votive.

One White votive.

One Blue votive.

A bowl of salt water

A dish of salt

A dish or vial of annointing oil

A Black cord at least 60", preferably about 110". (rather thick)

Incense (i prefer Red Sandalwood or Sage)

A sharp knife (for cutting a bit of your own hair)



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Set all the candles on the altar. Light the red pillar/taper

and say this:



"I CALL TO THE ESSENCE OF REBIRTH

PHOENIX FIREWIND, READY YOUR WOMB

FOR I SHALL BE REBORN IN LIGHT"



Light incense and say:



"I ASK THAT MY PRAYERS AND CALLS BE SENT TO

THE ETERNAL ONENESS OF THE SPIRIT OF DIVINITY"



Go to the Eastern portal and kneel, saying this:



"I ASK THAT A CIRCLE BE CAST FORTH IN BLAZING LIGHT

TO SET APART A SACRED SPACE THAT IS NEITHER HERE

NOR THERE



THAT I CAN USE TO WORSHIP THE OLD ONES."



Go back to the altar in the center remembering to

always walk clockwise (deosil) in the circle.



Take the white votive, light it with the red candle

called the *WORKING CANDLE* or W.C. for short, and

carry to the east, hold it up and say...



"I CALL TO THE ELEMENT OF THE WINDS

BE A PART OF THIS DEDICATION CIRCLE

IMPARTING YOUR WISDOM. SO MOTE IT BE."



Walk Deosil back to the altar, and light the Red

or White votive with the W.C., and carry to the

south, hold it up and say...



"I CALL TO THE ELEMENT OF THE FLAMES

BE A PART OF THIS DEDICATION CIRCLE

IMPARTING YOUR POWER. SO MOTE IT BE."



Walk Deosil back to the altar, and light the Blue

or White votive with the W.C., and carry to the

west, hold it up and say...



"I CALL TO THE ELEMENT OF THE SEAS

BE A PART OF THIS DEDICATION CIRCLE

IMPARTING YOUR CHANGE. SO MOTE IT BE."



Walk Deosil back to the altar, and light the Green

or White votive with the W.C., and carry to the

north, hold it up and say...



"I CALL TO THE ELEMENT OF THE STONES

BE A PART OF THIS DEDICATION CIRCLE

IMPARTING YOUR STABILITY. SO MOTE IT BE."



Walk Deosil around the circle once and

return to the East, hold up your hands and say:



"I INVOKE AND CONJURE YE OH SIDHE (FAERYS) OF

THE EAST. SLYPHS AND SPRITES I SUMMON THEE.

COME TO THIS CIRCLE AND BE ONE IN MY RITES."

(Note - Sidhe is pronounced Shee)



Walk Deosil around the circle to the South,

hold up your hands and say:



"I INVOKE AND CONJURE YE OH SIDHE (FAERYS) OF

THE SOUTH. SALAMANDERS AND DRACOS I SUMMON THEE.

COME TO THIS CIRCLE AND BE ONE IN MY RITES."



Walk Deosil around the circle to the West,

hold up your hands and say:



"I INVOKE AND CONJURE YE OH SIDHE (FAERYS) OF

THE WEST. UNDINES AND MERLINGS I SUMMON THEE.

COME TO THIS CIRCLE AND BE ONE IN MY RITES."



Walk Deosil around the circle to the North,

hold up your hands and say:



"I INVOKE AND CONJURE YE OH SIDHE (FAERYS) OF

THE NORTH. GNOMES AND BEAN TIGHES I SUMMON THEE.

COME TO THIS CIRCLE AND BE ONE IN MY RITES."

(note- Bean Tighe is pronounced BAN TEE-Gh)



Walk Deosil around the circle returning to

the Altar. If you are wearing a robe, or

any jewelry strip them off, and annoint

your chakaras, and the Wiccan 5 places

of power (feet, knees, genitals, breast, brow).



As you annoint the 5 places say:



"Blessed be my feet, that walked to this place.

Blessed be my knees that kneel to the Gods.

Blessed be my phallus/womb from which all life springs.

Blessed be my breast/s strong and bold/nuturing and warm.

Blessed be my brow that I might know the Gods."



Take the oil.. annoint your head with a celtic cross

(an equilateral cross within a circle), your heart

with the pentacle, and then your left breast, genitals,

and right breast forming the sacred triangle.



Take the censer and cense around you and your hair,

and the sprinkle salt in your hair. At this point,

if you wish, you may put back on your robe, and

if you have jewelry, cense it, and the put it

back on.



Light the White taper you have decided will be

the White taper of the God and kneel down.



Say:



"Oh Holy God, Sun King, Oak King, and Winter King.

You are always within me. And my love is always

yours. It is to you my heart calls. And i ask

in your name, to be dedicated in the Craft.



Burn like this candle, ever within me, and know

that I love you. So mote it be."



Kneel, squat, or sit down lotus/indian style and

meditate to the God. In your meditation, view

him and tell him how much you love him.



Light the White taper you have decided will

be the White taper of the Goddess and kneel

down.



Say:



"Oh Holy Goddess, Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

You are forever my mother. And my love is

always yours. It is to you that i am born.

And i ask in your name to be dedicated into

the Craft.



Burn like this candle, ever within me, and know

that I love you. So mote it be."



Kneel, squat, or sit down lotus/indian style

and meditate to the Goddess. In your meditation

view her, and tell her how much you lover her.



Cut a bit your hair and put it in the censer,

and while your hair burns cense the black cord.

Wrap the black cord around your waist. This

is your cingulum. Your Wiccan's Belt. Black

is the symbolic color of death and rebirth.



If you wish sing or dance. Or listen to

the rest of your tape. Some tapes I like

for dedication rituals include:





Gypsy's Enchantress

Lady Isadora's The Witching Hour

Lady Isadora's Queen of Earth & Sky

N'Chi's Songs of the Sheya

Reclaiming Community's Ritual Chants.



I also like the Golden Bough's The Boatmaster's

Daughter, because it adds a very celtic energy

to the circle. But only when I am doing Celtic

ritual. I wrote this so it could be used for

most traditions.



Goddess Bless,



Rev. RavenWind of Feather-Wing

Flamen of the Universal Church of Light

and the Coven of the Bright Star.



(C) 1995 U.C.L.

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-Psychic & Healer | Wilmington, NC 28402

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Comment by Shadowdancer on November 3, 2010 at 8:11am
I don't know why but he's been gone for a very long time since his picture is gone from his profile and he's never responded on his own site here.
Comment by Cherish Moondancer on October 31, 2010 at 1:06am
Has Hawkeye left us? Does anyone know? I would like to study the Druids, more. BB
Comment by James 'Sage' GreyWolf on September 1, 2010 at 3:28am
Count me in too!
Comment by Cherish Moondancer on July 4, 2010 at 7:14am
Well said Hawkeye. I'm with Tracy, I enjoy this group very much. Keep up the good posts.
Comment by Traci McDaniel on July 3, 2010 at 1:08am
I really thank you for this group.I am truely learning and enjoying this.
Comment by Cherish Moondancer on July 2, 2010 at 9:57pm
Wonderful writings, my brother.
Comment by Magistar on July 2, 2010 at 10:29am
Ancient Celt, the world was a magical, unpredictable place ruled by unseen forces and supernatural elements. Every rock, tree and river had a spirit and a force of will attached to it. Never knowing when he or she might be in the presence of a deity or nature spirit, the Celts were careful... they approached the most mundane tasks and projects with a reverence and ritual born of the need to pacify local gods, and to avoid being captured by faeries.

Holiday Rituals

Some rituals were observed by the entire populace, as part of the sacred fire festivals of Samhain and Beltane. During the celebration of Samhain (Nov. 1.), the Celtic New Year and the beginning of the long, dark half of the year, the entire village would extinguish their hearth fires and ceremonially relight them from the King's fire. This fire was ritually lit by the King's chief Druid.

The Pagan fire festival of Beltane was, in contrast to Samhain, a celebration of spring - of fertility, new life, and the awakening of the earth after the long hard winter. Young people sleep outside all night, make love, and return home the next day with flowers in their hair. Another well known element of the Beltane festival,

was the dance of the May pole. The Maypole, symbolic of the world tree, is circled by two rows of dancers spiraling and weaving in and out, each holding the end of a ribbon tied to the top of the pole. The weaving ribbons represent the turning of the earth's axis, the turning of the seasons, and the turning wheel of the universe.

Prayers & Blessings

The Celts had an almost endless assortment of daily rituals, charms and prayers, many of which have been preserved in the Carmina Gadelica. Written down in the 1800s, many of these seemingly Christian prayers and charms retain much of the Pagan flavor of the Ancient Celtic world. The average Celtic tribesman and women probably said prayers and chants throughout the day: before meals, when drawing water from the well, when preparing food, before retiring to bed. Indeed every activity was then inbued with magic and spiritual power.

The following is a comparison of the Christian and Pagan variations of a chant.

RUNE BEFORE PRAYER

In the eye of the Father who created me,
In the eye of the Son who purchased me,
In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
In friendship and affection.
Through Thine own Anointed One, O God,
Bestow upon us fullness in our need,
Love towards God,
The affection of God,
The smile of God,
The wisdom of God.
The grace of God,
The fear of God,
And the will of God
To do on the world of the Three,
As angels and saints
Do in heaven;
Each shade and light,
Each day and night,
Each time in kindness,
Give Thou us Thy Spirit. RUNE BEFORE RITUAL

Translation by - Mike Nichols
I am bowing my head
In the eye of the Mother who gave me birth,
In the eye of the Maiden who loves me,
In the eye of the Crone who guides me in wisdom,
In friendship and affection.
Through thy gift of nature, O Goddess,
Bestow upon us fullness in our need.
Love towards the Lady,
The affection of the Lady,
The laughter of the Lady,
The wisdom of the Lady,
The passion of the Lady,
The blessing of the Lady,
And the magic of the Lady
To do in the world of Abred,

As the Ageless Ones do in Gwynfyd;

Each shade and light,
Each day and night,
Each moment in kindness,
Grant us Thy Sight.


Ancient Druid Rituals

Not much is known of the rituals practiced by the Ancient Druids, except what was written down by those who conquered them. Such documents cannot be taken as a clear and objective chronicle of Druid activity of the time, as the Romans were known view the Celtic people in disdain, and considered them barbarians. The Druids, as the learned, educated class were wiped out by the Romans, and their religion and ceremonies banned in an attempt to gain control of the people, and to replace their gods and beliefs with Christianity. Thus the Druids were discredited and painted as 'barbaric, sadistic priests of a dark religion.'

It is generally believed that the Druids practiced human sacrifice during some of their ceremonies, but not much is known about the ceremonies themselves. Other Druidic rituals are often referenced in mythological sagas and folklore. The procedure that Cerridwen used to create her Cauldron of Wisdom might be a remnant of an earlier, Druidic ritual. Ross Nichols, past Chief of OBOD (a modern Druid Organization,) believed that the story of Talieson contains references to Druidic ritual. The passage where Cerridwen tied Talieson in a sack and threw him into the ocean mirrored a Druidic initiation ceremony in which the novice was put in an rudderless coracle and set adrift in rough waters.

An Irish ceremony known as the Tarb-feis, meaning bull-feast, is briefly described in the Tain. In the story, the Druid chewed some meat (from the bull,) then placed it under a stone by the door and slept on the animal's skin. This ritual was practiced in order to receive prophetic dreams and visions.

Another Druidic ceremony was known as the Imbas Forosna. A Druid entered a sensory-depravation chamber, and remained under a pile of skins with other Druids stood around the body chanting, possibly for many days. At last he or she was grasped and thrown out of the hut and into the bright sunlight. It was believed that the shock of being thrust from deep darkness into bright outdoor light would push the mind into a higher state of consciousness. Particularly gifted seers and prophets could invoke the Imbas without the need of sensory depravation.

Modern Druid Rituals


Druidism was revived in the early 18th century, under the leadership of John Toland (author of "The History of the Druids," 1719.) Due to the stifling and intolerant atmosphere of the period, much of this revival was done in secret, and isn't well known outside of the circle of the Modern Orders.

This early Grove of Druidic followers later split off into subsequent Orders, each with slightly different rituals and organization. Today, the largest of these Organizations are the Ancient Druid Order, the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and A.D.F. (Ár nDraíocht Féin.) These organizations have revived and recreated many of the ancient Druid rituals in a form that is relevent within our modern day society and culture. Below are some examples of modern Druid ritual, as provided by these orgaizations.

The Four Elements, A Centering Meditation - O.B.O.D.

Winter Solstice, A.D.F





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Comment by Magistar on July 1, 2010 at 1:08pm
Real Druids
This year's Earth Day in Ashland, Oregon, where I live, featured an interfaith service at the local Unitarian church, and I wasn't too surprised to get a call inviting me to be one of the presenters. Like the other interfaith events I've been to, this one was sparsely attended but enthusiastic; a choir sang upbeat songs about saving the planet in between snippets of Buddhist sutras, Baha'i prayers, Taoist poetry, and yes, a bit of Druid ritual. Afterwards, though, as I was folding up my robes, a kid about eight years old came into the little alcove where the presenters stashed their gear, looked up at me and asked, "Are you a real Druid?"

Half an hour later, as I walked home through Oregon rain, the question still burned.

It's not an easy question to answer. The original Druids, the priests and wizards of the ancient Celts, went extinct more than a thousand years ago, and all their beliefs, practices, and teachings went with them. Maybe they were the wise oak-priests of today's historical fantasies, maybe they were the "obscure barbarian priesthood of interest only to specialists" that historians like the late Stuart Piggott prefer to imagine. We'll never know, because they and almost everything connected with them vanished in the early Dark Ages.

Some modern Druid groups in the 19th and early 20th centuries, to their lasting discredit, claimed direct connections to the ancient Celtic Druids they didn't have. The real roots of the modern Druid movement go in a different direction: to the first stages of the Industrial Revolution in early 18th century Britain, and the Hobson's choice between dogmatic religion and materialist science, the two victors in the reality wars of the late Renaissance. Plenty of people sought a third option that embraced nature and spirit alike, and some of them found inspiration in the scraps of classical writing, medieval legend, and Celtic folklore that referred to the ancient Druids.

Historians call the result the Druid Revival. By the middle years of the 18th century there were organized Druid groups active in Britain, and by the beginning of the next century the Revival spread to America and France. The Druid order I head, the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), was founded in 1912, so to some extent we're the new kid on the block: part of a tradition that's been active in the western world for close to three centuries, proclaiming in its quiet way the holiness of nature and the need for human beings to return to harmony with the living earth.

That's a message that could bear repeating these days. I don't think it's an accident that the Druid Revival started alongside the Industrial Revolution, as the western world began to launch itself on a trajectory that's bringing it up against hard planetary limits in our own time. Those first modern Druids pointed out the road our civilization didn't take, a sustainable path in harmony with the living world. The ancient Celtic Druids whose example inspired them lived in a different age, with different challenges, but their reverence for forests and the powers of nature still guides and motivates Druids today.

I can't say that all this went through my mind as I fumbled for an answer to the kid's question, but when you use the word "Druid" for yourself and your spirituality nowadays, issues like these are never far away. "Yes," I told him finally. "Yes, I am."

He grinned, and said, "I thought so. Thanks!" Then he scampered off, and I walked home through the rain with history spinning in my head.
 

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