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Innate Paganism

I’ve long believed in the idea of innate Paganism. It goes like this. The realities of life – the weather, seasons, agricultural cycle, and landscape – they all impact us, if we’re paying any kind of…

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Insanity and Spirituality

Look back at figures such as Joan of Arc, getting directions from God, or pretty much any of the other Christian saints and you’ll notice they experience things these days we’d define as symptoms of…

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“Members of the learned caste or priestly profession in Celtic and early Irish culture. The word ‘druid’ is probably derived form the Celtic dru-wid, which would have meant ‘very knowledgeable’. The Greek and Latin writers attest to the importance of the druids among the Celtic Gauls. They were at the centre of society, making decisions on matters of tradition, custom and law and also on general questions concerning nature and human life.”

– Dáithí Ó hÓgáin

A great obnubilation was conjured up for the bard so that he slept a heavy sleep, and things magic-begotten were shewn to him to enunciate, apparently in his sleep. This was called “illumination by rhymes,” and a similar method was used in Wales. When consulted, the seer roared violently until he was beside himself, and out of his ravings the desired information was gathered. When aroused from this ecstatic condition, he had no remembrance of what he had uttered. Giraldus reports this, and thinks, with the modern spiritualist, that the utterance was caused by spirits.

– J.A. MacCulloch

“Becoming a Druid is a life-long task. Indeed, many say that the work of being a Druid is a constant process of becoming, of reaching the archetype of strength, wisdom, clarity, invulnerability, and gentle humanity, together with an understanding of nature at its rawest edges. We stretch through our souls the essence of life, to the spirit that vitalizes, to the gods that empower us, in search of inspiration.

– Emma Restall Orr