pagan reconstructionism

A late night realization.

I was just doing my bedtime routine (facial, brushing teeth, etc) so I was topless while staring into my bathroom mirror. Most of the time, my mind is wandering somewhere else and I don’t really pay attention to how i look in these moments. 

Tonight, I realized something.

I’m completely in love with myself.

My body may not be where I want it to be physically, but I love it. I love the tone of my skin and how brown my eyes are. I love the stretchmarks on my shoulders and my funny collarbones. I love my imperfect smile. I love the birthmarks I have on my arms that feel like mementos from my grandmother.

I love this body. I now see it in a way that I didn’t prior to devoting myself to Aphrodite. I feel blessed.

hello!

im newish pagan and baby witch, and i want to start to get serious about my spirituality, so im looking for blogs to follow to help me out here!

please like/reblog if you post any of the following so i can give you a follow! thank you!

celtic paganism/polytheism/reconstructionism/etc
witchcraft 
☆ druidy
☆ witch tips
☆ tarot
☆ divination
celtic myths/folklore
☆ herbalism
☆ astrology
kitchen witchcraft (especially yummy recipes!)
☆ faerie stuff
☆ crystals
eclectic witchcraft

Stupid questions for Pagans

I know there’s a lot of different types of paganism but I hope anyone can answer some general questions that I’ve always been confused about.

Have there been any contemporary sightings of the Gods? (I KNOW this is the most stupid question but honestly I’m just so curious)

In Christianity your relationship with God is so personal usually, you can pray and ask for help/things in your life etc. Can pagans do this with their Gods too? Do you chose a specific God? Can you have a personal relationship with them?

What is your relationship with the Gods like? As a Christian my relationship with God is very loving and I guess I don’t imagine the idea of Gods as the same.

Does sin exist in paganism? In what way?

How do you worship the Gods in your life? Are your prayers usually answered?

I know this will vary depending on what type of pagan you are but how does your religion view things such as the creation of the world/humans/good/evil/the end of the world?

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30 Days of Deity Devotion: Day 1: A Basic Introduction of the Deity

Cailleach Bheur

The Hag, as she is also known has taken a number of forms in Welsh, Manx, Scottish and Irish mythos. In Ireland she is the creatrix, the mother of the Fomorians and the being who laid the great stones at the hearts of the mountains in Eire. She strode across the country, a giantess with her basket of rocks, dropping them as she passed. She holds sway over the winter and the wilds, ageless and ancient, calling forth the storms to bring the cold as the seasons change.

Some say she does her washing in the great tidal whirlpools, and this is how she stirs up the air to bring the cold to the land. She has been seen astride the back of a giant wolf, or in the midst of a herd of deer. She has led hunters from their paths in the form of a rabbit in order to punish them for hunting without honor. She appears to the fires of such arrogant men to order them to leave her forests. Deer are her special creatures to protect.

It is said that it was she who taught Man how to harvest wheat, challenging them to best their skills in feats of harvest, always defeating them and cutting off their legs at their knees for the audacity of challenging her. This, until her daughter fell in love and aided a challenger into defeating her, for which she laughed and honored him. For this, during the harvests of Lughnasadh, the first man to finish his fields would make a poppet of the leftover stalks and toss it into his neighbors field. And so it would go, until the last man to finish his harvest would take the goddess of Winter home with him to host for the long cold.

The Hag is not a particularly beautiful or benevolent goddess, she aids what she sees fit. She abandons what she sees as useless. She is Wild and cold, cruel as ice and stolid as stone. She cares little for the worlds of men, though she keeps the wild places whole.

Hello! I am a newbie pagan and have been exploring various corners over the past few years, after being slowly drawn to it my whole life. This new blog is my official attempt to reach out to the community I’d love to be a part of.

That being said, I’m desperately looking for blogs to follow!

Please like/reblog if you post any of the following:

  • Druidry/Druidism
  • Celtic paganism, polytheism, reconstructionism, etc.  
  • Witchy things
  • Faerie things
  • Tarot
  • Divination
  • Herbalism
  • Astrology
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Not Your Mother's Horned God: The Cernunnos Primer
While many academically-­inclined pagans and polytheists are aware that the New Age bookshelf at your local bookstore chain is nothing approaching “reliable,” Wiccan and Neo­Wiccan trends have managed to permeate the iconography and public perception of Cernunnos to the point where it is almost overwhelming to combat, even for experienced researchers. I have created this document as a point from which to start one’s research, a tool to help identify good sources from the bad, and a general primer, a basic resource, from which to base one’s religious association with Cernunnos. This source aims to be a comfortable medium between academic and casual: academic and scholarly enough to invite genuine thought and source­checking, but also casual enough to be an approachable source to new pagans, polytheists, and seekers.

Hey, all! This is the paper I wrote into the wee hours of this morning. The paper proper is approximately ten pages long; the remaining eight consists of a glossary, some tips on research, reworked charts from Serith’s essay, etc.

If you have any questions, please do send me an ask. I will do my best to clarify and will edit any major clarifications, significant questions, or missed information into the essay for the future. (You will notice that it says “version 0.1.0;” I expect to do editing in the future.) Even the tiniest ask, comment, or note may help, so please do bring any and every thought you have regarding this to my attention! I truly appreciate it.

As y’all are aware, my end goal is to easily, smoothly, politely educate newbies on Cernunnos, so every little bit helps!

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering if there are any practices/religions/deities involved in lycanthropy or shapeshifting in general? Not in the physical sense obviously.

Yes, many articles and books have been written on this subject, in fact. For example, the Irish Fíanna and the Norse úlfheðnar (”wolf-hides,” the counterpart to the berserkir, “bear-shirts”) have both been linked to lycanthropy and to Proto-Indo-European warbands.

- Heathen Chinese

Celtic triple goddesses

Hey people’s I’ve been doing a lot of reading into religion and mythology, just for the sake of learning about as many cultures as possible.

My question is, how does the idea of the triple goddess play out in the celtic pantheon. I understand where it exists within the wiccan ideology but ive read that celtic reconstructionists tend to be hard polytheists so I was wondering how it worked from thar angle. Or is this more of a wiccan “tainted” (not in a bad way just couldn’t think of the word) idea that’s translated across?

anonymous asked:

I'm recently getting back into doing research on my path and different deities. I seem to be constantly drawn to the Egyptian or Celtic (Irish) pantheons. However, when I look at transitioning those into practice, I only find things on reconstructionism. Would it be "wrong" to worship one of these pantheons without going for the full cultural reconstruction? Thank you in advance!

Not necessarily, no.  The most important thing is always going to be respect for the original culture and the gods themselves, which doesn’t require hard reconstructionism so much as just educating yourself to make informed decisions.

I can only speak as an Irish polytheist and recon, not Kemetic, but as long as you move ahead respectfully and with educated understanding (Lugh is not a sun god and Brighid is not a Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype), you don’t need to have a degree in Irish studies.  Once you build a rapport with a deity/deities, your relationship may develop a different understanding anyway.  Irish deities are not as straightforward as other pantheons: they are much more human-like and do not have domains in the way other gods, like the Greek, do.

Echtrai is a Gaelic recon and made a list of other Celtic polytheists.  These Celtic recon/Celtic reconstructionism tags are full of awesomeness, but beware of Romantic sources like Yeats and Lady Gregory, both of whom have their own value but also changed older source material for their own purposes.

(On a side note, remember that while Irish polytheism is an open practice, much of the mythology and folklore we have today was saved from extinction in the early 20th century in an attempt to rebuild an Irish identity after centuries of oppression.  There’s an added dimension here of cultural preservation for a still-living people and, on a practical level, should be treated as such.)

Does anyone else know the Kemetic view of things?

- Mountain Hound

anonymous asked:

i keep trying to find the differences between celtic paganism, celtic polytheism, & celtic reconstructionists? as well as the differences between druidry & druidism? (it looks mostly just like a different spelling from what i can tell ?) also celtic druidry? i'm guessing it's like modern practice vs ancient practice/reconstruction but i'm not sure ?

Celtic Paganism (which I’m capitalizing to differentiate from the historical stuff) is probably the broadest of those terms encompassing the widest variety of practices; however, not everyone who worships Celtic deities or uses Celtic practices identifies as Pagan.  It generally refers to forms of Paganism with Celtic influences of varying degrees of accuracy and varying levels of involvement with Celtic deities.

Celtic polytheism is polytheist belief in Celtic deities.

Celtic reconstructionists are those who try to reconstruct as accurately as possible the pre-Christian religions of specific Celtic societies and then adapt those practices to be useful and relevant to contemporary lifestyles.  The CR FAQ is probably the best resource for this.  “Celtic” refers to a range of societies who shared a spoken language (sometimes only that, really), and which includes Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany.  At different times in history the Celts ranged all the way through Eastern Europe. Celtic polytheists and CRs may or may not call themselves Pagan.  The history of Paganism (that is, Neopaganism) has problematic aspects and connotations from which some people wish to distance themselves.

Druidry is a modern interpretation of historical druidic practices.  If I remember correctly, the current incarnation comes from a lineage started by upperclass British Christian men in the 18th century who thought of “Druidry” as a philosophy rather than religion and a way to reconnect to history.  As far as I know there isn’t a difference between Druidry and Druidism and they seem to be used interchangeably, with the first term being more common.  Depending on which version of druidry you’re talking about, people of different faiths can also identify as druids, but “Celtic Druidry” itself is redundant.  There may be similar or equivalent roles in other cultures, but druids specifically are unique to Celtic cultures and will (or should) always have some Celtic foundation.

Feel free to check out the tags, Resource page, and FAQ for more info.

- mountain hound