Celtic Mysticism is a Polytheist's metaphysical religious system based on ancient European mythology and beliefs, predominantly Welsh and Irish. Like all ancient religions, Celtic Mysticism has an independent magickal system built into the religion. The first documented acknowledgment of the Celtic beliefs appeared around 500 BC; however, evidence exists that an organized metaphysical structure existed 4000 years ago. The Celtic faith had been the dominant religion spreading from Scotland to Turkey, and it survived until the Romans, and the Greeks conquered the area. The Celtic Religion was passed on by word of mouth; it was not allowed to commit religious ceremonies or teachings in writing. Most of the true Celtic religion was lost during the years of occupation and religious colonialism. Little to nothing was written, and all practitioners had to go into hiding to avoid Christian prosecution. Much of what has been passed down over 2000 years was altered and corrupted; the core principals remained the same.
The Celtic religion is heavily influenced by the Goddesses, Gods, Spirits, Little People, or Fairy Folk. This religious culture was based on equality between the Goddess and the Gods; this was carried over to society and religious hierarchy. Men and women were equally valued and held positions of equality in all aspects of civilization, including religion and acts of war. Nature and respect in nature were highly valued, herbs resins, and wood was collected and used alchemically for incense, medicines, offerings to the spirits and deities. One must ask permission of the plant before harvesting its bounty, thank it afterward and release the energy expelled by the plant to the Goddess. To the Celtic people, trees and rocks were sacred and were used many ways in their lives and their magick. Celts considered raw stones that had not been changed by man to hold more power and a stronger connection to the Earth's energies. The Celtic people were spiritual and practiced magick in everyday life, by all members of society. They believed it was the right of all to use magick to better the life of one's self and others. Celtic faith was heavily influenced by the stories and myths of the many Celtic civilizations, predominantly the Irish and the Welsh. Some of the predominant Goddesses and Gods are Dagda, Morrigan, Lugh, Brigit; and there were many more, these deities would be called on by the Celts to aide them in changing aspects of their physical lives. In ritual and ceremony, the Goddesses and Gods would be honored, and the person would ask for aid and or their blessing.
The Druid was considered the leading figure in the Celtic religious system; and they were the High Priestesses/Priests, Judges, Jury, Arbitrators, Government Advisers, and the Highest Physical and Spiritual Healer. The Celtic Religious system or Druidism comprises of three levels of enlightenment; Druids were chosen from the higher stations of society. A Druid would be initiated in and begin their journey as a Bard, the first stage of Druidism, at this stage they are presented a green emblem. A Bard is trained in the history, law, mythology, stories, religion, and magick of the Druid/Celtic people. A Bard learns technical information necessary for their journey; all of the information is passed on verbally and committed to memory by the Bard. The Bard learns to manipulate the energies using music, sound, and voice. The next step in the journey is the rank of the Bard is the rank of Ovate, and they are presented a bluestone. The Ovate studies life, death, and rebirth. They learn to transcend time and physical space, to contact the energies of the Otherworld, and to master the art of divination and ancestral contact. The Ovate learns to master the art of alchemy, herbology, and medicine. The final stage is to become a Druid; and the Druid is given a white robe. The Druid is the stage of enlightenment; at this stage, they learn to feel and understand the different energy vibrations. A Druid learns to merge with the energies all around them and the energies of the Otherworld. When a Druid merges with the energies, they can communicate with the energies or draw on their strengths. The energies are in everything; plants, trees, rocks, sacred locations, pools, and also exist from the spirit realm. The Spirits, Deities, Fairies, Little People, and Ancestors all exist in different dimensions of the Otherworld. When a Druid connects to the energy, they can manipulate the essence of that energy; and this is prominent in Druid elemental manipulation.
Druids believe that death is not the end but the beginning of a new journey for the spirit. Upon death of the physical body, the soul's energy transcends the physical plane to a plane of pure energy that exists in a place called the Otherworld. The Otherworld is a realm of non-physical existence where the soul rests while one awaits reincarnation. There are many different realms of existence in the Otherworld; some physical, some spiritual, all supernatural. Celts called this realm of existence the otherworld, and there are many different realms of existence in the otherworld, some physical, some spiritual, but all supernatural.
Druidism is a Celtic based belief system that is Shamanistic. It is a system that is based on nature; the energies that exist in and around all of us. Druids believe in several spiritual energies that exist beyond the physical plane. Practices like meditation, visualization, mental discipline, knowledge are center to the practice of Druidism. These practices are used to enhance the rituals and ceremonies of worship. Druids tools are used to focus on energies, intent, and powers of this physical plane and of the Otherworld. The core Druid tools are the curved bladed knife/sickle, the wand or staff, the censer/smudging tools, bell, branch, stones and crystals, musical instruments, cauldron, animal remains, herbs, resins, and wood, the crane bag, and the druid egg. The Druids celebrate four main festivals; Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. These festivals are celebrated as Celtic ceremonies following their beliefs and principals.
Druidism is a polytheist religious system that is grounded in the Celtic beliefs and mythologies. At the core of Druidism is the core belief in the universal energy that exists in all things, living and non-living. The energies exist in all the universe, and higher levels can be called upon and utilized by opening a gate to the Otherworld. These energies can be used and manipulated by the will of the Druid, causing a physical change in their reality. The energies of trees, animals, and herbs can be used by a knowledgeable practitioner to change reality, heal others, and to evoke higher energies. The Druids used evoked circles around their rituals to protect and cleanse their space when practicing magick or worshiping, a stone circle, was commonly used. Druids were able to open the veils to the Otherworld in sacred groves, pools, and trees, communicating with and gaining aid from the spiritual realms.
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