Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship Earth Mysteries: Stonehenge and the Druids, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire - Earth Mysteries Stonehenge and the Druids, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire After centuries of neglect in the wake of first Roman and then Christian suppression, the Druids were rediscovered during the Renaissance when the revival of interest in ancient Greek and Latin writers brought attention to the works of Pliny, Tacitus, and Julius Caesar and their descriptions of the Celtic world. First in France in the sixteenth century, and then in England, the ancient Celts (or Gauls as they were known in France) and Druids were claimed as historical ancestors. By the seventeenth century, a new romantic image of Druids began to emerge in French and English literature. In England as early as 1624 the Celtic warrior queen Boudicca is credited by Edmond Bolton with building Stonehenge as her monument. Druids celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge Winston Churchill (center) hosts the Ancient Order of Druids at Blenheim Palace on 15 August, 1908
Magical Wood Properties and the Magical Properties of Wood by DragonOak Feminine energy. Elder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 25 November to 23 December. The Elder is also said to be the tree used in the crucifixion of Christ. Magical Properties: Elder wands are most often used in Faerie Magic, banishment, magical arts, protection from evil, imagination, change, and healing. Feminine energy. Magical Properties: Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. by DragonOak| Masculine energy. Magical Properties: Hawthorn wands open insight, provides psychic protection, encourages creativity, used to make charms, aids in the development of self confidence, purification, develops patience, detects magic since it is deeply magical from outer realms, used in weather working, banishment of evil spirits, concealing magic, chastity, male potency, and fairy magick. by DragonOak| Feminine energy. Masculine energy. Feminine energy.
The Alchemist's Cookbook Fire! Earth! Wind! Water! No, this isn't another bad episode of Captain Planet. These four forces of nature from the Greek were once connected in a system of beliefs and rituals known as alchemy. Alchemy was a philosophy that investigated the mysteries of life, specifically inanimate objects of nature. The substance they believed that would transmute lead into gold was known as The Philosopher's Stone. There were also connections between days of the week, planets, and metals, as follows, The days of the week were named after the planets: Sunday for the Sun, Monday for "mooneday" (old English), Tuesday for Tyr (Mars), Wednesday for Woden (or Odin, Mercury), Thursday for Thor (Jupiter), Friday for Frigga (wife of Mercury), and Saturday for Saturn. Accordingly, different chemicals processes were associated with the 12 signs of the zodiac, Alchemists also used images of serpents. A three-headed serpent represented the Philosopher's Stone. References: 1. TAlC/bc
The Pagan Name Generator So, you've decided to become a pagan. Great! But you can't show up at the next full moon ritual, all set to shuck off your clothes and leap over a flaming cauldron with a staid, boring mundane name. No, you need a special name. You've come to the right place! "So," you say to yourself, "how do I get this pagan name? One way to get your pagan name is to do a vision quest. Another way to get your pagan name is blah blah blah... But you're not really interested in those other ways, or else you wouldn't have come here, to the Pagan Name Generator. 1. "Oh, great Pseudonomys, god of monikers Empower this web page to reveal my true name." 2. The Pagan Name Generator is meant for entertainment purposes only. If you prefer the classic version of the Pagan Name Generator, click here.
Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions index Sacred Texts Wicca & Neo-Paganism Irish Druids And Old Irish Religions by James Bonwick This scholarly, but very readable, book covers what was known about Druids and Irish Paganism at the end of the nineteenth century. It discusses many of the concepts which later would be utilized by the Wiccan movement to construct Celtic Neo-Paganism. Title PagePrefaceContents Part I. Who Were The Druids? Part II. IntroductionIrish SuperstitionsIrish Magic, and Tuatha De DanaansIrish GodsIdol-WorshipSerpent FaithSun-WorshipFire-WorshipStone-WorshipAnimal WorshipThe Shamrock, and Other Sacred PlantsWell-WorshipHoly BellsIrish CrossesThe Sacred Tara HillRound Tower CreedOssian the BardThe Culdees of Druidical DaysThe Future Life, or Land of the WestAncient Irish LiteratureThe Lia Fail, or the Stone of Destiny
Rune Meanings - The Elder Futhark I work with the "Elder Futhark", the runic alphabet which is a composite of the runic symbols most commonly used in northern Europe. The names of the runes of the Elder Futhark are speculative recreations of what linguists call "proto-Germanic", which stems from "proto-Indo-European". There are many versions of the runic alphabets. Each has variations in names, shapes, esoteric meanings and magical uses. One should not mix futharks, or the intent or meaning becomes confused. The runes are broken into three sections or groups of eight, called aett (aettir, plural). First the rune name is given, then its phonetic value, its symbolic image, and finally the esoteric meaning used in divination. Fehu(F: Domestic cattle, wealth.) Uruz: (U: Auroch, a wild ox.) Thurisaz: (TH: Thorn or a Giant.) Ansuz: (A: The As, ancestral god, i.e. Raidho: (R: Wagon or chariot.) Kenaz: (K: Beacon or torch.) Gebo: (G: Gift.) Wunjo: (W or V: Joy.) Hagalaz: (H: Hail.) Nauthiz: (N: Need.) Isa: (I: Ice.)
Plants and Their Magical Uses - Unexplained - IN SEARCH FOR TRUTH - RIN.RU ACACIA -Blessing, raising of vibration, protection via spiritual elevation. AGRIMONY (Cocklebur) -Helps to overcome fear, dispel negative emotions, overcome inner blockages. ALLSPICE -Adds strength to Will, gives determination and perseverance. Gives added vitality, energy. Also good for social gatherings -increases harmony, sympathy and co-operation between people. ALMOND -Attracts money. ALOE -Promotes patience, persistence, resolve. AMBER -Mental clarity and focus. AMBERGRIS -Strengthens the effect of anything it's added to or used with. ANISE -Psychic opening, clairvoyance, opens Third Eye. APHRODISIA -Passion, sexuality, romance. APPLE or APPLE BLOSSOM -Promotes peace of mind, contentment, happiness,success in all undertakings. APRICOT -Encourages sexuality and sensual passion. ASOFOETIDA -Protection, banishing negativity. AZALEA -Encourages light spirits, happiness, gaiety. BANANA -Helps to overcome serious blockages or obstacles. BASIL -Promotes sympathy, peace, understanding. St.
Opening and Meditating on Your Clairaudience Points Meditating on your centers of clairaudience; also known as "psychic hearing" will empower your astral hearing. This is useful when communicating with Demons. Just relax and focus on each center, visualizing each one as a bright star. Spend a few minutes with each one. To open each of these minor chakras, just focus on them and visualize them opening up like a star and getting brighter. This may have to be done for several meditation sessions before they are permanently opened. As you advance, you can do "chakra breathing" where you absorb energy with each inhale and slightly expand and brighten each chakra you are focusing on, upon the exhale."