The Tuatha Dé Danann (which means the people of Danu) arrived in Ireland bearing with them their stone of destiny called the Lia Fail which they placed on the mound of Tara and ever after the rightful kings of Ireland were chosen when it called out. They also brought the spear of Lugh which ensured victory to whoever wielded it, The Sword of Nuada from whom none could escape and the Cauldron of the Dagda from which none would go unsatisfied.
There is a story that they came to Ireland in flying ships but could not land as the Fomorians had set up a great energy field that they could not penetrate. So they had to circle Ireland nine times before finding a breach in the energy field and setting down on Sliabh an Iarainn (The Iron Mountains) in Co. Leitrim.
Originally posted by cetaphobic
reply to post by KhaliWitch
Just pointing out, you may know this, but the Wiccan Rede is not a law, and it's not advice that all Pagans follow.
For instance, I do not follow it, nor do I believe in the Threefold Law.
'An it harm none, do as ye will' does not restrict you from doing something that could harm someone- it's just saying that, if it doesn't harm anyone, do what your true self wishes to do. That's not the same as forbidding you from doing harm. That is left totally up to your discretion.
Originally posted by DarkStormCrow
Druids were Celtic and Runes are Germanic, Celts and Druids utilized Ogham which is similar to Runes. The Germanics, Norse, Germans, Danes, and Swedes utilized Runes.
Originally posted by autowrench
reply to post by KhaliWitch
Greetings KhaliWitch, I have been reading you, and I am impressed at your strength and perseverance in the face of opposition. I am a Wiccan of many years, many Traditions incorporated into my Traditional Ways. I began in the Golden Dawn Hermetic Teachings, and incorporated Egyptian ways and practices, my Paternal Great, Great Grandmother was a Gypsy, from Egypt, and her line goes way back. I am also part Native American, so some of their ways came into vogue too. What came out is a distinct being with distinct ways and practices, and that is how it is supposed to be, to my mind. Any "group" that think alike, acts alike, dresses alike, talks alike, or believe the same is a cult. I do not believe in belonging to any Covens, Covens are for the weak. My family is my Coven.
Originally posted by Druid42
But since you went there, would you mind telling us the three most important concepts that Jesus talked about during his life?
Originally posted by galactix
Greetings fellow earth dwelling mystics.
It is a great pleasure to read your posts and to know that there others who follow a path of constant learning, tolerance and Earth love. I dream of someday actually living in a community of people such as yourselves, sharing, learning and strengthening our respective paths.
I believe doing that in the context of a school (old world version) would be fabulous...
a little about me:
I came to paganism later in life. After roughly 30 years of hardcore atheism (christianity just seemed silly) and during a particularly difficult period in my life, i discovered the Tarot. The investigation of which has led me places i never knew even existed, starting with a series of intense nightmares. i believe that the true Tarot contains within it all we (humanity) know about ourselves and how we fit into the larger mystical environment... and that it is mostly misunderstood. I hope that after a coupla more decades of observation, learning and thought, i might understand it with some confidence.
Did you know that Astrology first fell out of favor during the European Renaissance. At the time there was a powerful planetary conjunction in Pisces. Most of the resident 'astrologers' predicted massive floods: Pisces is a water sign, right? Well. no floods: obviously.... and so astrology fell. Looking back on that period from the vantage point of 500 years, we can see that the conjunction in Pisces spoke of a powerful creative upwelling (creativity is an aspect of the mystical "water" element). This upwelling expressed itself (among other ways) in the invention of perspective drawing and the creation (in western culture) of "zero" and "infinity" (which eventually led to the Calculus).
i am also a licensed mechanical engineer, inventor, artist and performer..and to people such as yourselves, i call myself a mystical scientist: sort of a modern day Alchemist. i believe that evidence of the mystical can be measured in the physical. Someday, i think i might be able to prove this, but much learning, still, i have to do. In the mean time, i am learning to trust my feelings and observe the world as openly as possible, keeping in mind that many ideas are incorrect, and that truth is always reflected in many places/ways.
Just this year (after 14 more years of life, study, growth and the development of a daily yoga/prayer practice - i call Gaia my God) i experienced something truly amazing and profound (to me).
Let me start by saying that i adhere to the idea that the path to personal growth lies along the avenues of fear.... that it is in the facing of one's fears that discovery and growth happen and true balance can be achieved. The old school Pagan teachings (in all their various colors and flavors) give us a context to place this balance within.
So, in January of this year i accidentally entered the flow of Gaia's mind, and that experience has changed me forever. i am still discovering the ways in which i have changed. I have not the space in this post to share that story completely, but will take the time if others express curiosity.
The short of it, is that for two weeks, i could tell what every human around me was feeling, could respond to their true meaning rather than simply the words spoken. For two weeks, the quality of my thinking was changed and i could understand and visualize amazing ideas. For two weeks i had the patience of a Jedi coupled with a readiness for action that amazed me.
i miss the patience the most.
Anyway, during that period, fell in love with Gaia...and i really have no idea where that will take me, but i follow that path gladly.
... sometime with a bit more confusion and doubt than is comfortable...
and it is increasingly difficult to participate in this fabricated cold mechanical logical world we have confined ourselves to.
seeing your words gives me hope