Saturday, November 1, 2008
For Earth: I walked. There was soft, cold, dirt "squishing" between my toes. I imagined my stone was in hand, and the scent of wildflowers filled my nostrils.
For Air: I used my Athame and I cut the air, allowing me safe passage to where I needed and wanted to be.
For Fire: This one was done in a blaze. I could feel the heat and see the beauty of the flames. It was an instant, as if riding on the flame itself.
For Water: This was a small canoe. I pictured myself at a lake I used to go to when I was growing up.
2. What messages were revealed to you, and what was the personal message you obtained?
The largest, most important message I got was that the past, present, and future are so intertwined. Everything is related. But I need to remember to take time for me in order to make my mark on the world -- the mark I was put here TO make.
3. Journal your experiance, thoughts and feelings for this ritual.
I enjoyed this ritual. I liked the calm that it inspired in me. I will admit that I had to try it multiple times as I kept falling asleep! Overall, though, I learned to relax. I learned that it's ok --and really, absolutely necessary -- to take things slow once in awhile.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This was a difficult assignment in part because of the lack of information that still exists from ancient times. Let me start by defining the terms you've selected.
Celtic is an umbrella word. Not only does it relate to an ethnic group, but also to linguistic and cultural groups as well.
Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Gaulish all make up the Celts. The Irish people are from the island of Ireland. The Scottish people from Scotland. The Welsh people from Wales. The Gaulish people from other areas of Western Europe — namely France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany. Although it was said specifically of the Irish, it is true for any of these people, "Many notable cultural divides exist between the rural people and city dwellers, between the Catholic and Protestant people of Northern Ireland, between the Irish-speaking people inside and outside the Gaeltacht regions and the English-speaking majority population, and increasingly between new immigrants and the native population. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Ireland)"
Druids, Bards, and Faeries are even more specialized. Bards seem to be the poets and storytellers of the Celtic world. Druids would have been the priests and "learned class" of the society. Faeries are described by Wikipedia as "a type of mythological being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural."
Therefore, the first few terms are really "region specific." People who follow these paths — Irish, Scottish, Welsh, or Gaulish — all have regional differences that would have to do specifically with that area of the world. What traditions are common in Ireland, may not be exactly the same in the areas we're considering Gaul.
Differences in Druids, Bards, and Faeries are even more interesting. In addition to possible regional differences, there is a problem with the lack of records from the era. Even the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids claims that there are many types of Druids, some montotheistic, some polytheistic. (http://www.druidry.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&topic_id=1&page_id=30)
There is really no way to determine the "correct" way to accomplish any of these paths. Too much has been lost. Too much is currently speculated. Too much is just plain not known. Those who wish to follow this path need to understand that and take what resonates with us and leave the rest.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...
You like a nice, kind guy with a bit of a fierce streak and you don't mind if he comes damaged. Sure, he may take some convincing since his self-esteem's so low, but once you win him over, you know he's yours for life. Unless of course he has an attack of "I'm not good enough" and runs away, but luckily he's also good at making friends who will push him back into line if necessary.
(Art by Gold-Seven http://gold-seven.deviantart.com/ Used with permission.)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
- Paganism: A polytheistic view of the Divine
- Witchcraft: Using magic, often in worship, always as a way of life
- Wicca: A religion incorporating both paganism and witchcraft
2. Why are you interested in the Celtic aspects of Paganism? I have Irish ancestors, so I think that's what originally drew me to the Celtic style, but the more I learn, the more it seems "right" with me.
3. What sets apart Celtic Pagan expressions from other culturally based Pagan traditions? First, we don't have a lot of "facts" about these people. Not much was kept from then to today. It makes it difficult to know with any degree of certainty what exactly happened. Second, I think there seems to be so much of the Celtic path that was incorporated into other traditions. Finally, there seems to be a huge resurgence of this path that we just don't see in Ancient Rome, for example.
4. What are your first reactions to these words:
- Celtic: an ancient culture originating in what is now northern Europe
- Wicca: an earth-based religion
- Craft: creating something out of something else
- Witchcraft: performing spells
- Pagan: worshiping multiple deities
- Faery: fun, light, playful "spirits"; they remind us to be children -- in both positive and negative ways
- Women's Spirituality: any spirituality practiced/believed by a woman or created for women
5. What are your spiritual goals in yoru chosen path? My goal is simple: to become closer to the Divine.
6. How do you feel about the societal stratification of the Celts? Every culture has/had some sort of stratification system. It happens.
7. How do you plan to reconcile the more negative aspects of the Celtic world to your own Celtic practice? Every culture learns and grows. Every person grows. There is a bit of the negative in each of us and we learn to grow through that. I believe the same in the Celtic world. There was negativity. It would have changed by this point, just as everything else does. I will take what I need and discard the rest.
8. What do you see as the role of women in old Celtic Paganism? This is a difficult question because of the lack of historical writing from the people. I believe, though, based on the Celtic mythology, that women were more respected than in other ancient cultures. Therefore, I think women held positions and responsibilities in each of the various levels of society. I think some women were responsible for teaching, others not. I think some healed, others not.
9. What attracts you to the women's spiritual aspects of Celtic Paganism? As a woman, I feel that Celtic Paganism empowered women more than other pagan traditions.
10. What do you hope to get out of this course? I hope to receive a deeper understanding of the path I'm drawn to. I also hope to learn about myself.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
1. Please explain the difference between "religion" and "spirituality". Also discuss how these two terms are simmilar.
Religion is a set of beliefs — the "what," if you will. Spirituality is the "how." For some people, the way they approach their spiritual life is exactly how the leaders of their chosen religion tell them to. For others, the two things are completely different. Personally, I find a strict religion difficult to connect with the Divine. I know others for whom it's the strictness that they appreciate. That is the spirituality. The WAY you connect with the Divine.
2. What are the defining characteristics of Celtic Pagan spirituality, and how do they reflect in your life?
The characteristics of Celtic Pagan spirituality are listed on page xiii of the book. To summarize, though, it is a path that believes the Divine is everywhere and in everything; that magic is a natural thing; and that the Otherworld is a mirror of this physical world. These are things I was taught from an early age and grew up believing. Add in the fairy world and some festivals, and you have the Celtic beliefs! In my life, I make time for the fairies. I celebrate the holidays and festivals as best I can. I try to learn everything there is about the history of the Celts, because this is an ethnic path and without the history, you can't understand the people.
3. What are the defining characteristics of women's spirituality, and how do they reflect in your life?
These 6 characteristics are listed on page xiv. The main idea of this belief is that all women are worthy, all are a vision of the Goddess, all are amazing. While I can see all other women as part of the Goddess, I have trouble remembering *I* am part of Her as well. That is something I hope to "fix" with this course.
4. Explain how you can combine Celtic and Women's spirituality into one?
Personally, I feel that both "traditions" ask for women to be strong and independent. Because I find the history of the Celts so interesting, as well as the idea of strong women so appealing, combining the two ideals seems to fit my personality. I do not believe, though, that it is something that will take much additional effort because of the similarities that are already there.
5. What is the Cauldron of Life?
The Cauldron of Life is many things. It is the representation of the womb, where all life begins. It could also be a portal between worlds. In some mythology, the cauldron represented endless knowledge, endless life, or endless sustenance. As the book says on page xix, the cauldron is a "vessel of never-ending abundance." It is a symbol of the power of women — especially Celtic women.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Maybe it's because I *love* mysteries. Maybe I'm just pretty good at finding things. Maybe I'm just able to pick up on where the hidden object is. Whatever the reason, I enjoy any of those hidden-picture things. But lately I'm not seeing the hidden.
I seem to be so focused on the nitty-gritty crap of life that I'm not seeing the big picture. Truthfully, it's driving me nuts. I'm not hearing the spirits or the angels or my inner guidance or whatever your personal belief system calls it. But I don't know *why* I'm not getting those messages.
Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? Probably. At least a little. I know I'm not taking the time I need for myself. But how do I change that? I have a teenager who wants to spend the summer anywhere but here, and a busy life that doesn't always take place in my home or office. I need to take that time. I need to get out of the house. I need to hike through the Black Hills and be in nature. Yet, when I do, there's so much stuff I should/could do around the house that isn't getting done because I'm out "goofing off."
Is it the energy around me? Maybe. I feel like my teenager is doing all she can to pull away. Yes, I know that's normal growing up nonsense, but it hurts. She recently told me I wasn't the best tarot reader for her because I put in too much mom-stuff. That may not sound so bad, but I took it as I wasn't a good reader. It hurt. And even though I heard the words she said, it was her tone that said more than anything else. It hurt. A lot.
Is it work? Maybe. I'm still trying to write that mystery. I am stuck on a part and it just frustrates the hell out of me! I can't even hear messages from the Goddess Brigid (whom I just LOVE, by the way!). Then again, I don't feel much like asking.
Is it clutter? Probably. My office is cluttered and I spend a lot of time in here. Both for work as a web designer, work as a writer, to study, to read. I need to clear some things out and not let my family use my office as their dumping ground. Not for their stuff, their problems, or their negative energy. (And no, the family doesn't always dump their negative on me, but hey, Mom can fix everything, right?)
Am I just not listening? That could be it, too. I'm sure the lessons and the messages are there and I'm just missing them. I need to take the time for me. I need to do what's in/on my heart.
Am I not seeing the opportunities around me? Hmmm... just thought of this one. I really want to read tarot cards professionally. (Maybe that's why it hurt so badly when my teen said what she did.) I don't know how to start reading, though. Well, I mean, I *read* the cards and think I'm pretty good, but how do I get started reading professionally? How do I make that happen? Have there been opportunities that I just didn't see? Messages I didn't hear? If so, how did I miss them? Where did I miss them?
Bottom line is that I need to get out of this funk. I need to remember to ask my amazing husband for help, but not get bitchy when he can't do something (another long story...). I need to expect our teenage daughter to pull her weight (which, granted isn't much -- skinny little thing *grin*) around here before she gets to enjoy the reward. Most importantly, though, is that I need to take time for myself and not be so hard on myself when I fail. And I will fail. I'm still on this path. I still have plans and dreams and goals and I need to continue to strive to reach them.
I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.... Anyone?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
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The Empress is a maternal symbol. She is the mother figure who loves, nurtures and protects.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
The first is "Celtic Women's Spirituality" This is the "next" part of the Celtic Wicca class I just completed.
Next is "Meet your Spirit Guides." I'm fascinated by the idea of Sprit Guides, so I think this would be very enlightening.
Finally is "Kitchen Witchery." This is part of the HOW of my witchcraft. I really enjoy the kitchen, so that's where I seem to put my energies. More so than in the garden, for example.
At least I've narrowed the playing field. I"m seriously thinking I could take two, but then I look at all the rest I have going on in my life and know I should only do one at a time. Ah well....
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
So many choices.... I need to pray and meditate (a nicer way of saying "shut up and listen to the answers when you are done praying"). I seem to have no trouble praying. It's the meditating part that I find difficult.
I confess that I do not. I know me, right. Why do I (or should I) spend time learning what I already know?
Easy. Because I don't know me.
Or rather, sometimes I learn things about myself that (once revealed) come as a major shock.
I'm looking at the reading list I posted and I've noticed that I'm less stressed those months where I've read two or more books. It's not that I didn't have as much "stuff" happening, but I took time to make sure I relaxed. Obviously I need to do that to keep my sanity.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Final Essay Question: Explain Celtic Wicca and its practices and how you plan to incorperate it into your own specailized path.
Because so little is known about how the ancient Celts actually practiced, Celtic Wicca is very much open to interpretation. The way someone today honors the Bard in them, may be totally different (thanks to technology, for one!) then was practiced eons ago. The same can be said with someone who walks a Druid path. How that learned society functioned and the rules it followed have been lost to the annuals of time. There is no one right or wrong way to follow that path, because we no longer know how it was followed at the beginning.
Personally, I plan to honor the Celts as a Bard. My goal is to write a novel and I believe that by following this ancient path, the Divine Spirit of the Universe will smile upon me and help me complete it. I also will do some "Druid" things, like never stop learning and embrace the spiritual world. I plan to use the Celtic Cross as a means to call the Spirits of the Quarters, as well as to meditate.
The more I learn, the more drawn I am to Celtic traditions. At this time of my life, anyway, I believe that's where I'm called to worship, to study, and to learn.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
- Samhain: October 31 and November 1
- Yule: December 21 through 31
- Imbolg: February 1 (this holiday can also be celebrated on February 2)
- Ostara: The Spring Equinox
- Bealtaine: May 1 (although this one can last through May 6 and be celebrated on any day or group of days within that time frame)
- Midsummer: The Summer Equinox
- Lughnasadh: August 1
- Mabon: The Fall Equinox
Using the rituals given as a spring board, choose a High Holy Day and create your own ritual. Explain what you did and why you chose to do it.
The actual ritual will be as follows:
- We will open the circle and call the quarters. At the same time, we will light our bonfire.
- We will call the spirits, thanking them for taking the time to be with us and for any guidance and assistance they can offer as we celebrate.
- We will state our purpose for being there and calling upon them. This is the time of the ritual where we will vocalize our commitments to the goals we have. Because this is a family ritual, we will state family goals, as well as some personal ones.
- We will honor the Gods and Goddesses, especially Rhiannon, Freya, and the Green Man (who are all associated with Beltain). At this time, we will scatter some seeds in our "back field" (we live in the country and have one!). The seeds we'll be leaving are cucumbers, lettuce, and pink violas. The vegetables are representative of the sexual aspect of the sabat, while the flowers are for the welcoming of summer. Eating of honey bread (being cooked RIGHT NOW -- yum!) and drinking of wine will also take place here, as will leaving some for the spirits.
- When that's completed, we will have a moment of silent prayer/meditation.
- Finally, we will thank the spirits and close the circle.
Afterward, we can sit and watch the fire and I have a few Enya CDs that I think will be relaxing background noise as we unwind and reflect on the celebration.
I'm looking forward to this!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The five elements in Celtic tradition are similar to the five elements in other traditions: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit. Of course, in the Celtic tradition, they are called by other names.
How are these (the 5 elements in Celtic tradition) different from what you may already be familiar with?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
- Become environmentally aware.
- Read all you can.
- Take responsibility for your life.
- Make contact with other aspiring druids.
- Engage with the spiritual world.
- Let go of your cherished illusions.
- Become well rounded.
- Serve your clan.
Interestingly, Taliesin, Britain’s chief Bard, believed the same. In the story of Gwion Bach and Cerridwen (which can be found at various websites and books), we learn three things. First, talent is a gift. Gwion Bach didn’t ask for his responsibility in stirring the pot, nor did he ask for shape shifting powers. He received that wisdom because it was his destiny, and the talent to shape shift for the same reason. How different that story would have been where it not for those talents and gifts? The same can be said for OUR talents. How different would art be without Monet? Theater without Shakespeare? Music without Bach?
- Make the pursuit of wisdom and spirituality a priority in your life.
- Befriend your inner genius.
- Claim your gifts and take them further.
- Play at least one kind of musical instrument.
- Get to know the history of your people.
- Get to know the myths that shape your path.
- Master the art of storytelling.
- Ask for Divine help.
- Put yourself out there.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This card is rust colored! No doubt about it. Two angels (demons?) are hanging from the tower and looking below. Presumably, they're watching the chaos they've started. The LWB says "When all seems to come to an end, instead of letting desperation consume us, we must think of the evil we have escaped."
In response to today's question, I think this card is reminding me that even when things look like they'll go forever, it could have been worse.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Card: Ace of Pentacles
This card shows a dragon with a "baby pouch" on it's back. Inside the pouch is a little boy with spots/markings that match the dragon's. Five acorns are in the background and the dragon is holding a ball of some kind with it's tail. The pouch covers the dragon's wings, but the dragon doesn't seem to mind. Maybe the dragon realizes it has to make a sacrifice (clip it's own wings a little) for the good of the boy. The LWB says "a careful assessment of your resources is often the first step to acquiring knowledge."
What does that mean in response to today's question? I think I'm supposed to step back, look at the resources I have, and decide where to focus those resources. My child, I think, needs to be let go a little, so that my own wings can spread just a little.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
First, let me say witchcraft isn't a religion. It's a way to worship and live. Wicca is a religion with it's own set of rules and beliefs. I'm a Christian witch. I believe Jesus was God's son. I believe He was crucified and buried and on the third day rose from the dead. I also believe in the virgin birth. I believe, though, that God isn't just a "father" -- not just a male. There has to be a female as well for us all to be made in the image of God.
Now for my other shocking statement: Jesus was a witch. I completely believe that. Well, if He were around today, that's what He would be, anyway! He preformed miracles. He believed — and preached — that everyone had the power and ability to preform those miracles. He believed God was present in nature. He commanded the weather, and formed a relationship with the elements. He could channel spirits and talk with the dead. He foretold the future. And Christians are to live like Him, right?
Does that help? Or did I just raise more questions for you? If so, please ask and I'll do my best to explain where I'm coming from and what I believe.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Card: I literally had two cards fly out of the deck -- the King of Swords and the Knave of Chalices
The King of Swords shows a man's head and shoulders surrounded by some very fierce animals -- a snake, an eagle -- things with pointy beaks and forked tongues. The man is in the midst of a "war yell." The LWB says this card means "those who are capable of imagining the future can often decide it."
The Knave of Chalices shows an older woman (sprite maybe?) carrying a basket filled with water. There are birds helping to carry the woman and the load she's carrying. The LWB says "knowing how to meditate, even on our victories, is the privilege of the wise."
I look at these two cards and am reminded first of my husband with the King of Swords. The "war yell" thing is so him! The birds helping to carry the burden in the Knave of Chalices card reminds me to share my burdens. I think these cards are telling me that I will find that calm inner strength when I share my burdens with my husband.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Card: 4 of Chalices
This card shows one broken vase (actually, the vases remind me of ancient native American pottery) with water pouring out to the ground. There are three other vases, presumably full. A women (water sprite?) is gazing into one of the full vases. The card reminds me of the phrase "don't cry over spilt milk." According to the LWB, the card means "we must not think excessively about what has been lost, but instead appreciate what we have." I think my next adventure, then, is one of moving forward and possibly cutting some ties to the past. This is a round deck, and the first time I've used it.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Card: 5 of Chalices
This card reminds me of the story of the Prodigal Son. A man in rags is begging in front of an older man, while a contemporary of the first is looking on from the doorway. The second young man has an expression of regret mixed with disdain. Chalices represent relationships and the fives are usually a conflict of some type. The LWB says this is a card of forgiveness (as exemplified by the prodigal son reference, I'm sure!). "Sincere repentance is necessary to resolve a problem." I can't think of anything I need to repent *about* in any project, or study, or even my work.
I'm leaning toward this card meaning I need to forgive myself. Not be so hard on me. I'm not perfect and really need to remember that.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Card: Ace of Pentacles
This card shows two people working together to pour something (grain? barley? coins?) into a large sack while a third person stands and watches. A field is in the background. This is a card of abundance. I obviously had enough in my ancient roots. The LWB advises "incline the mind to exchange material goods and ideas, but don't show excessive interest."
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Card: 3 of Pentacles
This card shows a man with a chart and a "pointer stick." He's obviously teaching. There is a group of musicians in the background. Are they learning? Have they already mastered this lesson? Is it not their lesson to learn? I think this card is telling me that I need to take the time to study and not worry where other people are on their journey. This is my journey and no one can travel it for me. LWB says this is a card of promotion. "Sometimes you have to show off ridiculously to make your true abilities known."
Monday, March 10, 2008
Here we have a mostly-naked woman standing on a pillow with the skeleton of a man "worshiping" her. This is a card of change. I need to KNOW what I want and make *my* needs and wants a priority over the needs and wants of others.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Define witchcraft? Turning water into wine? Raising the dead? Casting out demons? Feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish? (You get my point!) Each of those miracles could have been witchcraft. Asking a Saint for help, to me, is no different than asking a Goddess. People perform candle magic every year when they make a wish before blowing out their birthday candles, or light a candle when they're praying for someone. They just don't think of it that way. Same thing goes for the "wise women" of old, right? The local midwife was certainly a green witch in practice, whether she "believed" that or not.
Overall, I guess I just don't hide that I perform spells. I embrace the idea/fact of a feminine energy that exists and helped to create the Universe.
Please share your thoughts.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Card: 6 of Wands
I drew this same card the other day. Interesting. The card itself hasn't changed, so I must either need it's lesson or the card answers todays question as well. As I said before, this is a card of obstacles. I'm going to assume this means I maybe need to keep my problems to myself right now. Keep my obstacles where they won't bother others.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Card: 3 of Swords
This card shows a wealthy, learned man with a compass (not a navigational one, a geometry one) and a book. There's a "perfect circle" on the tile floor. The card means calculation. "Set aside feelings and act as rationally as possible," says the LWB. There is someone out there ready to assist me, but I need to approach my endeavors logically and rationally, not with emotions.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
As the Goddess of Fire, Brigid is found in the home and hearth, she is also to be called on for inspiration and creativity. All of these aspects are important to me because I’m a mother, I work from my home (so I’m always here and cooking!), and I am a creative (as well as “crafty”) person. In addition, Brigid is the goddess of poetry (http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/celtic-goddess-brigid.htm) and I am an unpublished novelist — yet another way Brigid does and is working in my life. To put it another way, Brigid is responsible for the Fire of the Hearth; the Fire of the Forge; and the Fire of Inspiration (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/brigid.html).
Lore about this goddess is abundant. It is believed that when Christianity overtook the Celtic lands, the Christians “converted” Brigid into St. Brigit. The goddess’s cross, which could have originally been a pagan sunwheel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigid%27s_cross) became a cross dedicated to Christ, allowing the ancient people to still safely practice and hold their beliefs.
With her “mother” aspect, Brigid is the goddess associated with Imbolic, the bringing of Spring. This “birthing” of the land is her responsibility. As the goddess of fertility, this is a perfect role for her.
One of the things I found the most fascinating about her, though, was the idea that Brigid had two sisters — also named Brigid. Together these three symbolize the Celtic Triple Goddess (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigid). One datasheet I found online put it this way:
Brighid - a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. She is the female sage, woman of wisdom, or Brighid the Goddess whom poets venerated because very great and famous for her protecting care. She was therefore called 'Goddess of the Poets'. Her sisters were Brighid the female physician, and Brighid the female smith; among all Irishmen, a goddess was called 'Brighid'. Brighid is from breo-aigit or 'fiery arrow'. (http://www.shee-eire.com/Magic&Mythology/Gods&Goddess/Celtic/Goddess/Brigit/Factsheet1.htm)
Brigid, in my opinion, is an amazing Goddess and I feel very drawn to her because of the “fires” she represents. There is so much information out there about her, though, that narrowing it down for this paper was difficult and I plan to spend more time studying her in the future.
According to answers.com, Oscar is the son of Oisin, and grandson of Fionn mac Cumhaill. As a child, Oscar was excluded and other Fianna refused to take him on their adventures. The web site goes on to say, though, that Oscar “becomes a focus for the idealization of storytellers; he is consistently the bravest, the most stalwart, the most frequently victorious. If a warrior is called for a single combat with a fearsome challenger, Oscar most readily serves.” (http://www.answers.com/topic/oscar-18) The Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture claims that Oscar was one of the most important warriors of the Finn Cycle and adds that in Works of Ossain, Oscar is listed as the son of an aged poet (http://books.google.com/books?id=7AvdTqwucfwC&pg =PA218&lpg=PA218&dq=celtic+oskar&source=web&ots=HlOvIjDqVf&sig=MwFB7pnzMtnCCYAXHrM6EorDWsw).
Answers.com goes on to state that Oscar accomplished the following tasks:
- He wrestles with Goll mac Morna to establish himself as the strongest of all the Fianna.
- He engages in overseas adventures accompanied by Labraid Lámderg [red hand].
- In Tóraighecht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne [The Pursuit of Diarmait and Gráinne], Oscar sympathizes with the fugitive lovers against his grandfather. Étaín is Oscar’s usual consort, although he is a pale lover compared to Diarmait.
- Oscar’s climactic moment in the Cycle comes in Cath Gabhra [The Battle of Gabhair/Gowra], when he mortally wounds the hated Cairbre Lifechair, whose dying act is to thrust a spear through Oscar’s heart. (http://www.answers.com/topic/oscar-18)
The slain hero is then buried under a cairn at Benn Étair. In the Christianized story of the Fianna’s escape from hell, Oscar is the critical player, wielding an unbreakable thong so that his comrades can break free. Also, Oisín tells St Patrick in The Colloquy of the Elders that “only God can defeat Oscar.”
I couldn’t find any correspondences for Oscar, but did manage to think of some that hold significance for me. For an animal, I chose the deer. Although I looked and looked, I couldn’t find the exact page, but I know The Encyclopedia of Ancient Myths and Cultures lists Oscar as a great deer hunter. Since answers.com does suggest that Oscar may have originally been an alternative form for Oisin (which means “little deer”) that may well be. I would also have Oscar be a god of humor, since he supposedly died with a joke on his lips, “provoking Fionn to weep as he does at no other point in the Cycle,” according to answers.com.
Card: 8 of Chalices
A wealthy man seems to be pulling on a stubborn pig/hog/boar. The man looks frustrated and the pig looks pissed. This card means effort. "Those who insist on casting pearls before swine will be left empty-handed." I need to determine where my swine is. What is it that I'm beating my head against a wall with? For one, my daughter's choice in friends. I need to let that go. They're her friends, and I can only "control" her. (For the record, they're good kids, I just don't care for the ditzy-ness of one and that one seems to rub off on my daughter.)
Monday, March 3, 2008
Card: 6 of Wands
This card shows a worried young man pointing to a broken bridge. His friend/companion places a hand on the first young man's shoulder as if to say "Dude, it will all be ok." This is a card of obstacles. The LWB says "some problems must be solved at the root, or should be avoided all together." First thing I think of is "money is the root of all evil." I'm taking this card to be a reminder that material possessions aren't all that and I need to focus my energies on OTHER types of gain.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Goddess of Air (Arianrhod) *traditionally, this is the King of Wands card*
In this card, Arianrhod is shifting from the goddess into a large owl. Branches of an alder tree, representing spiritual knowledge, frame her face and stars (guideposts) and a comet (sign of something great to come) are in the background. The black cat at her feet is a sign of deeper magic. The card's keywords are renewal, power, and karma.
So in respect to today's question, I need to believe in myself. I need to spend some time renewing me and preparing for what's to come.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
This card's artwork shows the rebirth of the sun after the winter solstice. In most decks, this card is called "Judgement" (though I like the name here, better).
The card symbolizes that my past actions helped to shape my present. In response to today's question, I think that means I need to go back to where I was. Perhaps I'm a little "off"" and need to back up in order to proceed? On the other hand, this card could indicate that the "new birth" has already begun. In that case, I need to be prepared for some changes. Change in attitude? In circumstance?
I guess there's nothing for me to do but wait and see!
Friday, February 1, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I have to trust in my gifts and talents in order to make my dream a reality.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The LWB (Little White Book) for this deck says the card means news, message, application, reflection, meditation. To me, this card means a message of love or emotions. Cups are emotions, and the page represents a message of some kind.
I guess I want to know that I'm loved and needed -- not taken for granted.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'm taking this card to mean that I'm a bit stressed! I need to take time out: time to reflect, time to center, time to relax. The "on-the-go" speed that I've been running out is about to give way, and I'll be in some kind of tail-spin when that happens!
I need to make a better effort to find my center and live in it before I can take on any new projects.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
7 of Wands: Opening to Angels
I guess I need to remember to ask for help, and then to be open to receiving it. I must be missing the signs that the angels are sending or I'm missing my opportunity to ask them for help. Either way, I need to make an effort to receive what's "mine" from them.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
9 of Disks: Gain
Interesting. This card indicates financial gain. One of my new year's resolutions is to save a certain amount of money by the end of the year, so I think I must really commit myself to doing that. I need to put a few extra bucks in the bank...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The Family Tradition appeals to me because it is the style of Wicca I was brought up practicing. My heritage is very much Irish (my mother's father was half-Irish), and a belief in the "little people" and the "fae folk" and the stories and traditions that encompass that culture were an important part of my childhood, thanks to my mother and grandfather. In my case, these beliefs and traditions were very much mixed with main-stream Christianity to the point that I didn't see a difference. Embracing the ability to see spirits, or speak with the dead, was one aspect. Leaving a cup of milk for the fairies was another. In my opinion, turning the Goddess Brigid into Saint Brigid (keeping her tale the same, bringing her out of hiding, yet still making her "acceptable" to share with others ) is yet another way. Even using specific herbs for a sore throat or making certain foods before a journey are more than family traditions because of the magical/mystical properties around the herbs and other ingredients. The people who practiced this form of Celtic Wicca kept their family's traditions and rituals by sharing with their children and their children's children.
The Arthurian Tradition also intrigues me. Based on everything I've been able to find, not only is this the most well-known of the Celtic paths, but it is also the one based upon King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Each of the main characters in the legends is a hero of sorts. Deep at it's roots, this is a story of women's rights and empowerment. I don't believe that the legend is without truth, since by definition "Legends are fabulous stories that have some historical basis." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend#Related_concepts) I refuse to believe that there wasn't a tradition of Celtic beliefs to follow Arthur and his quest for the grail.
Finally, I think that's what makes the Deborean Tradition so appealing to me. It's a way of combining so many of the Celtic traditions with the Native American ones. The Clan of the Forest Moon relies on Cherokee beliefs (http://www.paganspath.com/forestmoon/principles-clan.htm), but I think any Native American tribe's traditions could be used. While this tradition seems to have been founded in the Smokey Mountains (http://josef.theislandbase.com/Wicca/AlternativeReligion.htm#deb), I don't see why the same principles can't apply to the people of the Black Hills. Since there is a strong Lakota population where I live, I think we as people should and could learn from the people who have inhabited this land for so long before us. I'm drawn to the "old ways" and in a country not even 250 years old, those ways really belong to the Native Americans.
No matter what "minor path" you resonate with, though, I think the Celtic traditions are the most "real" for me. I found the following definition at http://josef.theislandbase.com/Wicca/AlternativeReligion.htm#cel that summarized Celtic Wicca.
This sect concentrates on the elements, nature and the Ancients. With their great knowledge of healing, magick and nature, including plants, animals and stones, this tradition is probably the closest in structure to the ancients. They are extremely dedicated to preserving the importance of traditional Celtic values such as honor, courage, truth, strength, wisdom, and eloquence. Aided by the fey, Celtic magick is full of fun, yet powerful.
To me, that's what this path is all about.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I must be on the verge of an adventure -- ready to take off and make it happen! In this deck, the chariot driver is a warrior queen and the chariot is pulled by two horses -- one white, one black. Whatever the adventure is, there must be a struggle of good/evil that I (as the warrior queen/driver of the chariot) must face. The road won't be easy, but I'm ready!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Page of Cups: Imagination, artistic abilities. Compassion and understanding
I need to use my imagination, but not be too rigid. Open up to the possibilities before me.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The Chariot. This card is beautiful. Heck, this entire deck is wonderful! This card shows a woman driving an ancient chariot pulled by three(?) horses through the cosmos. They're surrounded by starts and you can see a world off in the distance.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Oh, in other decks, this card is called the hermit. Interesting.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
A movement of goods? The novel I'm working on? I received some bad news about that yesterday, so is there some good news on its heels? Will my husband surprise me with tickets for a cruise? (OK, probably not!) I'm interested to see how this plays out today.
As a side note, I drew for this twice as husband was "helping" me by holding the cards...tight... when I drew the first time. That card was the Hermit, meaning meditation, discretion, experience, and wise advisor. I didn't (and still don't) see how that card meant good news was on the way, hence the second drawing.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I will pray about it and see what answers I get....