Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Three Illuminations` of the Filidh

Sorry for so many sites shared but each seems to add a bit more to the True picture of this interesting subject.  And yes I could have added even more but I think these old sites will wet the 
appetite if there is one.

Tenm Laida - `Illumination by Song

Dichetal do Chennaib - `Cracking open the nuts of Wisdom

`Imbas Forosna - `Sudden Illumination

Are the `Three Illuminations` of the Filidh, as described in the Irish vernacular texts. Here in I will try to give my interpretations of these techniques.

Tenm Laida
Illumination by Song

Tenm Laida is, IMHO, the easiest of the three techniques to perform. The way in which I use Tenm Laida is as a method to achieving that altered state of conciousness in which that other realm may be contacted. This state is acheived through the chanting or singing (or as many of us seem to be utilizing more shamanic techniques - drumming) a repetitive phrase or pattern, until the mind reaches a state of inner peace. It must be noted that this seems to be a universal practice, forms of it may be found in most native cultures. 
Whilst using this technique the Filidh would often prophecise in the form of spontaneously composed verse, (though I have to be honest and say I`ve very rarely achieved it!). 

        Dichetal do Chennaib
Cracking open the nuts of Wisdom

Describing how Dichetal do Chennaib worked it problematic. In the Senchus Mor it is translated as incantation from the ends (of fingers), or (of bones). Others translate it as inspired incantation or cracking open the nuts of wisdom. It could mean that the `poet` would compose a Ogham `spell` using the fingers to make the Ogham shapes. Alternately a  kind of Hand-Ogham may be been suggested, each Ogham used as a mnemonic to compose inspirational verse. What ever its form, it was the only technique that St.Patrick did not outlaw, because, unlike the others, it `contained no ritual`. 

        Imbas Forosna
        Sudden Illumination

Imbas Forosna, seems to me to be related to the Tabhfheis - `The Bulls Hide Trance`. Both involve the `poet` chewing on the raw meat of certain animals, both involve sensory derivation, (Tabhfheis beneath a bulls hide, Imbas Forosna within a darkened chamber) and both involved prophecy whilst in a trance-like state. In Imbas Forosna the `poet` would remain in the chamber for up to three days, and would then be brought out into the bright light, the sudden illumination causing spontaneous prophecy. Now the one thing I was always taught is never to shock someone out of  meditation, so I can`t recommend this at all. The Filidh were trained for up to twenty years in these techniques, we, as a rule, are not 
Text written by J.C.Melia. Obviously, I claim no to copyright!   Ref.

dichetal > spells and spellwork

Dichetal Do Chennaib   > (Cracking open the Nuts of Wisdom) is a state achieved by relaxation and clearing the mind in a Ritual environment. It usually involved using some Magickal implement such as a knife, a sword or a staff to touch a subject (usually upon the head) or involved the handling an item so that the diviner could discover what secret knowledge was contained within it. This information could be events from a person's past life, a detailed history of who and what had happened to an object or how and why the subject was being hexed or spelled. I know this sounds like ESP but it was enhanced through Ritual and relaxation techniques. I believe that Dichetal Do Chennaib is the proper state for performing Ogham divinations as well.

díchetal do chennaib

[OIr., extempore incantation (?)].
A kind of incantation or spell composed by poets (fili) and druids of early Ireland. Various early sources describe it as being composed extemporaneously, often using the finger-tips, which may imply divination. Commentators have suggested that díchetal do chennaib may have been a kind of clairvoyance or psychometry in which the seer conveys his message in quatrain or verse. The ollam was required to be proficient in both the díchetal do chennaib and the imbas forosnai. Fionn mac Cumhaill is described as being especially proficient at díchetal do chennaib. St Patrick allowed díchetal do chennaib to continue because it was judged harmless and did not involve pagan rites.
From:  díchetal do chennaib   in  A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology »
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díchetal do chennaib
in A Dictionary of Celtic MythologyLength: 128 words  Ref,

DICHETAL DO CHENNAIB (Cracking open the Nuts of Wisdom) is a state achieved by relaxation and clearing the mind in a Ritual environment. It usually involved using some sort of Magical implement such as a knife, a sword or staff. Sometimes they had to actually touch the subject (if alive, usually upon the head) or directly handle an item to discover what secret knowledge was contained within it. This information could be almost anything: events from a person's past life, a detailed history of who and what had happened to an object or even how and why the subject was bespelled or enchanted. A spontaneous flow of information and/or poetic verse might accompany the first contact that occured between the seer and the object. This verse would then be interpreted based upon the vast storehouse of knowledge that had been accumulated through years of study, experiment, observation and experience.  Ref.

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The meaning of this mantra is uncertain what "sung prophecy" is an improvisation 1 .

Sources and references edit edit the code ]

Mythological tale:
  • The Roundup cows Cooley , Irish Celtic story translated from Irish, introduced and annotated by Alain Deniel, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997 ISBN  2-7384-5250-7 ) .
  • Paul-Marie Duval , The Gods of Gaul , Paris, Editions Payot, February 1993, 169  p. ISBN  2-228-88621-1 )
    Increased reissue of a book originally published in 1957 in the PUF . Paul-Marie Duval distinguished Gallic Celtic mythology syncretism due to the Gallo-Roman civilization.
  • Albert Grenier , Gauls , Paris, Payot Small library, August 1994, 365  p. ISBN  2-228-88838-9 )
    Increased reissue of a book originally published in 1970. Albert Grenier says Indo-European origin, described their social organization, their culture and their religion by making the link with the island Celts.
  • Christian-J. Guyonvarc'h , Magic, medicine and divination among the Celts , Science Library Payot, Paris, 1997 ISBN  2-228-89112-6 ) .
  • Christian-J. Guyonvarc'h and Françoise Le Roux  :
    • Druids , West-France University, al.  "human memory: history", Rennes, 1986 ISBN  2-85882-920-9 )  ;
    • Celtic Civilisation , Ouest-France University, al. "human memory: history", Rennes, 1990 ISBN  2-7373-0297-8 )  ;
    • Celtic Festivals , Rennes, Ouest-France University, al. "human memory: history", April 1995, 216  . p ISBN  9782737313158 )
      Work devoted to four major religious festivals: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh.
  • Philippe Jouët , The Sources of Celtic mythology , Yoran Embanner, Fouesnant, 2007 ISBN  9782914855372 ) .
  • Wenceslas Kruta , Celts, History and English Editions Robert Laffont, coll. "Mouthpieces", Paris, 2000 ISBN  2-7028-6261-6 ) .
  • Claude Sterckx , Celtic Mythology the world , Paris, Marabout, October 2009, 470  p. ISBN  978-2-501-05410-2 ).
  • See also the bibliography on Celtic mythology and literature on Celtic civilization .

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Un-Reformed Druid Define:

As with all things Druidic each Unreformed Druii has their own definition. Here is part of mine and some other Druii I know.

We are not apologetic of our Ancient ancestral Druids  (our past self's) .
Nor accept or reject history painted by our Roman Pagan  Rome Christian enemies of the past.
 Ref. 1

We do not Whitewash, Forgot or ignore in our understanding, expectations and defenses , the well documented and praised in their Holy Books and "Malleus Maleficarum"   crimes against Humanity  by the In-Power Abrahamic Faiths. Yet try to deal fairly with them today, yet ever cautious  as much of this is still happing in the name of their God.

We embrace our Druidic history of the Cole-Men, Rosc Roscanna ,  Ár nDraíocht Féin, Conjure, Awen, Imbas Forosna and Taibhsearachd. And use them today a well and wisely as we can.

 And Yes we often walk the ancient way of the Ley, hear the the whispers of the ancient Oak, have a special relationship with the Gods Fae dJinn and many other Otherkin of Summerslands.

Are never strangers to the Deep and Dark Woods of our past or the "Well of Was"
Ref. 4

We accept the wisdom of our elder self's that during their time and place in the old world the actions of the Druids as whole were correct and as it needed to be. Ref.1

Often let the Great Bard Taliessin's works define Druid for us to others.
Ref 2


Ref. 1
>> So what is the position of a (Natural Witch - Druid reincarnated) on our so called Dark Past. Very simple we served Nature and the Celtic Nations with Honor and Wisdom both in matters of divine faith and Societal Law.

It is this Simple; what was was and was as it needed to be. We neither accept or reject any historical records of how the Druids administrated Faith or Law for the Celtic Nations. Today as in the past a (Natural Witch - Druid reincarnated) adjust the Faith and the Laws to best meet the needs and levels of understanding of Celts and the Nations that they serve within. <<

Ref. 2
>> In a poem of Taliessin, translated by Davies, in his Appendix No. 6, is the following enumeration of a Druid's titles:---

"I am a Druid; I am an architect; I am a prophet; I am a serpent" (Gnadr).From the word "Gnadr" is derived "adder,"
 the name of a species of snake. Gnadr was probably pronounced like "adder" with a nasal aspirate.<<

Ref. 3
 Some terms used but not all.

The Well of Was

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Of Old Druids and Old Gods

The old Gods and the old Ley Way in a time when Druids walked in the Sidhe and the Forrest.

It is said that Druids had two religions yet also as many as the land had tribes.

A thought from a old un-reformed Druid.

There are those that are in worship a god or Gods and Goddesses.

And there are Druids that know many Gods and Goddesses and observe the rules of Ghosti with them and the Sidhe, as also they do with these Ley Druids.

Yet all often walk in the same woods.

For more on this one must read the Ogam that leaves no mark.

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