pagan reconstructionism

Witch Respect

I respect the solitary witches who blaze your own trails, walk your own paths, and listen to your own gods. It can be a lonely, yet rewarding, life. It is not for the faint of heart. From the solitary we can all learn self-reliance and how to listen to our intuition.

I respect the witch who chooses a traditional coven. Whether it is Gardnerian, Alexandrian, reconstructionist, or another group, it requires an intense amount of devotion and time to learn a tradition. You have earned your titles and should be recognized by our community. From the members of groups and covens we can learn patience and determination.

I respect the kitchen witches who fill your homes with magick and tend the hearthfires. With the ancient elements you nourish your family and remind us all of our human history. From the kitchen witch we can all learn how to create magick from the mundane and appreciate the domestic arts.

I respect the hedgewitch who works with the spirits that surround us. It can be exhausting and misunderstood work. You have gifts that can help the living and the dead, and I admire that. From the hedgewitch we can learn how to communicate better and how to see different points of view.

I respect the sea witch who walks along the dunes at night and gathers kelp. The energy of the sea is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of magick, and is recognized in many cultures. From the sea witch we can learn to work in harmony with the elements and listen to the pull of the moon and tides.

I respect the gray witches who do not look at magick in black and white. Within magick, as within life, we are often called upon to use our own judgement in a situation. I do not condemn my fellow witches for not seeing things as I see them. From the gray witch we can learn to examine a situation from many points of view and realize that there are no rules but those we create for ourselves.

I respect witches of all genders and sexual orientation. Each person deserves to feel welcomed and comfortable in our community and does not need any more judgement than they already experience. From these witches we can all learn how to appreciate diversity and to practice tolerance and kindness.

I respect witches who are in tune with their local environment. It is important to learn about the creatures and plants who live near us and you have much knowledge. From these witches we can learn how to look closely at what is around us and how to be aware of the land we live on.

I respect the witches who are new to the craft and starting out. Most are willing to learn from elders and need to be guided by those of us who are older and have more experience. They do not need to be bullied or insulted, for we are all constantly learning. From the new witches we can learn to be teachers instead of judges and should remember the joys and mistakes of our youth.

I respect Christian witches. I support anyone’s personal beliefs. Perhaps we should view these members of the community as bridge builders. With their help we may be able to open doors and cross the divide that has separated the religions. From the Christian witches we can learn that religious tolerance applies to all spiritual paths.

I respect the witches who try to adhere to the paths of your ancestors. It is not easy to do that in the modern era and you are to be treasured. You truly connect the generations and help pass on information that would otherwise be lost. From these witches we can learn to honor our elders and ancestors.

I respect all members of the pagan community who treat others with respect. It is indeed a circle, and each of us is part of the whole.

For all the paths I forgot to mention, I respect them too, and I will probably add to this as the mood strikes me.

Most importantly, respect yourselves.

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

aparisianweirdo-deactivated2016  asked:

Hi! Do you have some books or web sites talking about celtic paganism? I'm very interested in the Celtic religion (ancestors you know haha). I ordered a book of the celtic traditions that looks like a calendar, I'm just waiting for it. :3

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The "Celtic" Pantheon(s)

I felt inspired to write something like this again, because it’s been a while.

Celtic is an umbrella term for a variety of cultures, languages, and religions. It does not describe a single culture or pantheon. The word originally springs up from Hellenic Keltoi, a name applied by the Greeks to the invaders from Gaul who settled in Eastern Europe. While the word celt- does exist in the Gaulish language, it was not used to describe whole peoples, rather simply served as an element in personal names. It’s meaning is something similar to “warrior”, implying that the Greeks heard “we are warriors” and assumed it was the name for an entire people. In modern times, the word Celtic is used as an umbrella term for a variety of nations and cultures who all speak languages that fall into the same language family. However, their religions, and their cultures, are distinct from one another, with only a few borrowed concepts between them.

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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!

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.

F is for Flidais

Flidais (pronounced appx. FLEE-duhsh) is an Irish goddess.  She is also known by the epithet Foltchaín, meaning “beautiful hair.” The modern Gaeilge spelling is “Fliodhais,” which changes the pronunciation, so I prefer the Gaeilge.  Little is know about Flidais as She is only mentioned a few times in lore, but this has not stopped Her being a powerful force in the lives of modern people.  

Despite the limited information available in the lore, Flidais is associated with both cattle and deer.  In Táin Bó Flidais and in Táin Bó Cúailnge, we see tales of Her providing incredible amounts of milk for various armies from her herd and in Lebor Gabála Érenn, we see Her son being granted the power to milk a herd of deer as if they were cattle, thus providing these associations.  

As for Her association with the woodlands, the general consensus is that it’s SPG (Shared Personal Gnosis).  It’s something I haven’t questioned in a very long time until I sat down to write this and, after scouring through source and other materials and talking with other GPs, I realized it’s pretty well this way for everyone. It just is.  Her association with deer and with not being tied down to any one place probably play into this, but I think it also comes from how She presents Herself.  I find it funny that She is so often called a “goddess of the woodlands” in descriptions that don’t even list other things about Her when that’s actually not based in the lore.  Just goes to show how UPG becomes SPG and can become so intertwined that it isn’t even questioned. 

Time for a little more UPG…

So, I first encountered Flidais years ago and totally on accident.  I started having these dreams of a woman in the woods, dressed in green, and with fiery red hair.  It almost seemed to glow or shimmer.  And She was surrounded by deer.  Now, I’m from the South and we’re known to have deer even in the middle of a lot of our cities sometimes, but I’d been seeing them EVERYWHERE.  

I looked for a very long time, trying to figure out who She was.  There were songs that made me think of Her, but I still didn’t know who She was.  I was at a kind of post-Wiccan, pre-anything else specific point in my religious journey, so I wasn’t even sure where to look and eventually I kinda gave up. Then I was browsing the internet one day, just reading about various “Celtic” deities when I found a single sentence entry: “Flidais is an Irish goddess associated with the woodlands and deer.”  And I knew.  I knew instantly that this was who I’d been looking for and who I’d seen in my dreams.  

Since then, I’ve done more reading, though not as much as I’d like, and it’s been kind of a trial and error situation, but it feels right. I especially feel Her presence from the budding of the trees through late fall/early winter, though I rarely dream of Her anymore. I think She just wanted my attention and once that was gained, I had Her image burned into my brain.

I also have some UPG about Her association with pet animals.  Though Her associations with domestic cattle are well known, I’ve also long felt Her presence in matters of domestic animals like cats, dogs, pet rabbits, etc.  I’ve been trying to work out a prayer to Her and Manannán for quite some time, to no avail, because of my profession. 

Admittedly, my relationships with the Dé have slacked recently, but after having started morning and evening ritual prayers, it has truly re-energized my spirituality. 

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.

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30 Days of Deity Devotion: Day 4: Favorite Myths of this Deity

Cailleach Bheur

One of my favorite legends concerning the Cailleach is actually of Scottish origin and came into existence during the modern era. In a book titled “The Days of Deer Stalking” (published 1883) by William Scrope, he relates a story from a pair of deer hunters that he had collected. From some research on this book itself, this story may actually have origins in the 1770s, which is distinctly late in the terms of stories concerning pre-Christian Gaelic deities.

The story relates the tale of two men who were out in search of red deer, during their outward journey, a snowstorm from the north blew in on them but eventually cleared and they continued on their way. Eventually they managed to locate the hunted deer, shot and wounded a hind (female) and were tracking her by the blood trail she was leaving. Another storm, worse than the first, blew in on them again. Survival outweighed the success of a hunt, so they hunkered down in the rocks with their provisions to wait it out for the night. Things had not improved by the next morning and they knew that they needed to return home.

Since the storm had blown in from the north, they used the wind as their marker because the storm offered low visibility and they needed to go south for home. Eventually this wind changed slightly and started pushing them east. As night began to fall again, they came across an old shieling (a small hut, usually used by herders during the summer months while livestock were out to graze) and this seemed a much better option than sleeping in the rocks again. They completely expected it to be empty and were shocked to find a wild looking old woman in the open door who told them that she’d been expecting them and that they were welcome in her home for the night.

She warmed them and gave them a hot meal, all the while crooning and chanting a language they couldn’t understand. Being of the land themselves, the men recognized something fell immediately and were reluctant to accept her hospitality; at which she explained that the storms were her doing and that she was the power in the north. She shows them a knotted rope and explains:

‘If I lowse the first [knot], there shall blaw a fair wind, such as the deer stalker may wish; if I lowse the second, a stronger blast shall sweep o’er the hills; and if I lowse the third, sic a storm will brak out, as neither man nor beast can thole; and the blast shall yowl down the corries and the glens, and the pines shall faw crashin into the torrents, and this bare arm shall guide the course o the storm, as I sit on my throne of Cairn-Gower, on the tap o Ben-y-Gloe. Weel did ye ken my pouer the day, when the wind was cauld and dedly, and all was dimmed in snaw - and ye see that ye was expectit here, and ye hae brought nae venison; but if ye mean to thrive, ye maun place a fat hart, or a yeld [barren] hind in the braes o’ Atholl, by Fraser’s cairn, at midnight, the first Monday in every month, while the season lasts. If ye neglect this my biddin, foul will befaw ye, and the fate of Walter o Rhuairm shall owertak ye; ye shall surely perish in the waste; the raven shall croak yer dirge; and yer bones shall be pickit by the eagle.’ (William Scrope)

The hunters promise to follow her advice, go to sleep and wake up the next morning to a cold day but with no sign of the storm or the old woman and they made their way home.

There are many old legends about the Hag either tricking, giving advice to or warning hunters for doing wrong in her lands or to her Wilds, but this is significantly recent and very much one of my personal favorites.

anonymous asked:

Do any of you or anyone else know about any books about Morrigan or other celtic deities? I'm looking for some books but I can't find any with so much fiction stories all over the place.

In the future, please check our FAQ as we have previously provided many resources on Celtic mythology/polytheism. Here is a reiteration.

Celtic Polytheism and Reconstructionism

Gaelic Polytheism

Brythonic and Welsh Polytheism

Gaulish Polytheism

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The Norse God Family Tree

Honestly it even confuses me. There are so many variations, and there’s conflict of opinion among scholars as to who everyone’s mother and father are, and where does Baldr’s line end because he’s dead, and all of that. I think it’s useless to post like, a picture because it’s so varied and up to interpretation. The world’s origin story is straightforward (Ymir makes up almost everything, basically), but then there’s conflict of opinion as to whether Freya and Frigg are the same goddess or not, so then that jumbles it up even more. But as long as it doesn’t affect your practice I guess it’s okay. But if you’re a reconstructionist/revivalist, oh honey. You have your work cut out for you.

Creating a Hearthstone

One of the things I really wanted to incorporate into my main altar was a hearthstone, but as an apartment dweller this posed a bit of a problem.  The most common suggestion I had found for getting around this issue was to acquire something like a slab of stone or marble and place candles on it, in effect creating a symbolic mini-hearth.  It was a simple idea that seemed easy to customize, so I decided to give it a try.  

This is a marble cutting board I found at Ross for $15.  It was the perfect size and shape for what I wanted, and it had little rubber feet to lessen the likelihood of being damaged when transferred to different surfaces.  I used a little battery-powered craft drummel to carve an Irish proverb in ogham script along the outside edge.  Once the carving was as neat as I could make it, not actually having any actual experience with this sort of crafting, I used a toothpick to fill in the lines with dragon’s blood oil, which is why it looks red in the above picture.  Overall, this whole process took about 2 -3 weeks, since I didn’t have time to work on it every day and could only do a few hours at a time.

The next step was to consecrate it.  Obviously, for this part I would recommend doing whatever makes sense for your personal practice.  Since it’s meant to represent a hearth, I thought ashes would be appropriate, but it still didn’t feel quite done.  The final answer, for me, at least, turned out to be a combination of ashes, blood, and whiskey.  Considering my established relationship and practices with The Morrigan, this probably shouldn’t have been surprising.  Pictures of the finished product are under the read more due to blood, but I promise that part was done safely using medical supplies from my local drug store.

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