Sunday, July 26, 2015

Of Druids and Otherkin

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For me and some, sadly perhaps not the majority of Neo-Druids. The lost truths hidden in plain sight of our Dindsenchas, Seanchas and even records of our Ár nDraíocht Féin are taken far to lightly today. Is the Aos Sí and Creideamh Sí the Druid's way or the Celts Way or Both, I believe we must ask.


Can we separate the ancient Druids dealing in a real, psychic and physical ways with the Gods and Goddesses or dealing with the genii locorum ?Can any of these be separated from the concepts of Otherkind, non human intelligent beings and the study of artifacts and DNA records from around the World?
Or how Humans developed and why ? For me as an Un-Reformed Druid and one with a bit of taibhsearachd the answer is no.




And the LGE “Lebor Gabála Érenn” needs to be looked at with fresh eyes and open mind, not stained by Christianity rewrites of history and sciences of the past.


TDK


PS “ Aos Sí and Creideamh Sí the Druid's way or the Celts Way or Both” is a discussion going on in (my) “How to be a Druid” Fbg.


References:








I have decided to go ahead and add most of the "How to be a Druid" Discussion here also. (Aos Si and Creideamh Sí. The Druid's way or the Celts Way or Both?)


A short study of the Si, the Sidhe and the Druids or Celts that walked or Walk their Lands and Ways.




We begin with a Mashup Glossary of Ideas, Terms and Words taken from many sources. While it is not practical for me to give credits to the sources as I am mixing and rewritting them. Most will be shared as your required reading to be able to fully follow this twisted path back to our Acient Druidic Woods.


And yes in the end I will try and make a reasonable position on how all of this was more than Important to the Acient Druids and the Toutas (Tribes) they servered. As it is also today, be you Druii or Modern Celt.


Note I use the term Celt both for in the past and Present as one that follows the Druidic teaching or guidmess of a Druid Priest. And not of boodline, location or Laungage.
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So lets reatart by looking at this News piece, you may see we have added some terms from it to our Glossory .


And it gives us a modern view also.
July 15 at 12:28am · Like




Fairies, both good and evil, in Irish traditional music and song
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This site has a great deal of information and examples. So I leave it to you to read / reread as time prements.
As we look at other sources later the commom threads should start to enterweave.


Fàilte
Walking in Firinne, Keeping the Pact, and Grounding Ancestral Tradition where I stand in the Heart of...
http://www.gaelicfolkway.webs.com/
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So let us add another Tree to our "Aos Si" Forest tonight.

Some of you know I study Vodou, VooDoo HooDoo and Root work also.
And I find this so interesting and simular to them amd the Lwa.
>>The faeries are said to absorb the essence, the vitality, of the food and drink. The remaining substance must later be buried, and never given to a human or animal. This is an interesting idea, is it not? That the food and drink from the land have vital forces within them, that human hands can transform the raw food plants into food and drink, and that the transformed vitality can be offered back, sharing it with the spirits of the land.<<


RJStewart.org - Irish Faery Tradition
http://rjstewart.org/irish-faery.html

More Powerfull Magick wisdome fro R.J.
>>The reality of faery beings
Some years ago, one of my mentors, the writer and Qabalist W G Gray, said that there is little point in debating if something is “real” or not, but that if we behave as if it is real, then we will have astonishing results. This is a powerful idea, for it connects the imagination and the manifest world. Not belief, or the deeper faith of religion, but the imagination. The Irish people have always behaved as if faeries are real, without debating belief or superstition. Most of all, the faery tradition is, even today, a practical aspect of daily life.<<
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Irish Fairy Beliefs: Interview with Folklorist Dr. Jenny Butler


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The Gartan Mother's Lullaby
Alice Flynn, artist, singer, provides a wealth of information and links to lyrics, tunes, Celtic music, art,...
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Changelings, Fairies, Deities, and Saints: The Integration of Irish Christianity and...
http://www.transceltic.com/.../changelings-fairies...

I believe it not possibile to seperate the ancient Druidic World from the land's spirits gods goddesses Fae and many Otherkind. Nor should Neo-Druids, Druidic Celts (followers of Druid faiths) or any Pagan.


















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References:
1)
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/creideamh
  1. http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland/
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Henge Key Terms:


A:::
"Aos Si"

The
aos sí (Irish pronunciation: [iːs ˈʃiː], "ees shee", older form aes sídhe [eːs ˈʃiːðʲə]), "ays sheeth-uh") is the Irish term for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology (usually spelled Sìth, however pronounced the same), comparable to the fairies or elves. They are said to live underground in fairy mounds, across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans. This world is described in the Book of Invasions (recorded in the Book of Leinster) as a parallel universe in which the aos sí walk amongst the living. In the Irish language, aos sí means "people of the mounds" (the mounds are known in Irish as "the sídhe"). In Irish literature the people of the mounds are also called daoine sídhe [ˈdiːnʲə ˈʃiːə]; in Scottish mythology they are daoine sìth. They are variously said to be the ancestors, the spirits of nature, or goddesses and gods
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>> People generally believed it was unlucky to call fairies by their name and consequently appellations such asna daoine maithe[the good people],na daoine uaisle[the gentry] orbunadh na gcnoc[the people of the hills]
"The Good Neighbors"
"The Fair Folk"
"The Folk"
In Gaelic folklore
In folk belief and practice, the aos sí are often appeased with offerings, and care is taken to avoid angering or insulting them. Often they are not named directly, but rather spoken of as "The Good Neighbors", "The Fair Folk", or simply "The Folk". The most common names for them, aos sí, aes sídhe, daoine sídhe (singular duine sídhe) and daoine sìth mean, literally, "people of the mounds" (referring to the sidhe).http://www.bing (dot) com/knows/search?q=aos%20s%C3%AD&mkt=zh-cn
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C:::
creideamh (Irish)
Meaning: belief, faith; religion, creed
Pronunciation, (Munster, Galway) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲəvˠ], (Mayo) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲuː]
, (Ulster) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲu]
Etymology From Old Irish creitem.
Noun :creideamh m (genitive singular creidimh, plural creidimh)


Ref: en.wiktionary (dot) org/wiki/creideamh
Creideamh Sí
is Irish for the "Fairy Faith," a collection of beliefs and practices observed by those who wish to keep good relationships with the aos sí and avoid angering them.
The custom of offering milk and traditional foods - such as baked goods, apples or berries - to the aos sí have survived through the Christian era into the present day in parts of Ireland,
Scotland and the diaspora. Those who maintain some degree of belief in the aos sí also are aware to leave their sacred places alone and protect them from damage through road or housing construction.
S:::
"Si"
In Irish (Gaelic), the word "sf9 means "mounds" or "spirits of the
mounds," referring to those same mounds which archaeology describes as central
features of the Neolithic (and later) Irish cultures. These megalithic mounds incor
porated collective burial practices, and were constructed with considerations given
to landscape and (frequently) astronomical alignments. These features indicate cal
endrical ritual and religious functions, reflecting a concern with the continuance
of life's cycles, and with its dead.
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GLOSSARY:

Mosty Irish terms.
A::á > The accent above the a is a diacritic known in Irish as the síneadh fada (literally, long stretching, as it lengthens the vowel; often called just the fada in English), and as the sràc (pronounced [s̪t̪ɾaːxk]) inScottish Gaelic.

Aes sídhe (old form) > means "people of the mounds"

Alba > Scotland
An (Irish) > for “The”

Aoibheall Pronunciation (EE-val) > the name of the queen of the northern fairiesleanbhan. AOIBHEALL OF CARRAIGH-LIATHCommonly known as "Aoibhinn the Beautiful" is queen of the northern fairies,as Cliodhna of Tonn-Cliodhna is queen of the southern. For furtherinformation on this interesting lady see Douglas Hyde's "Literary History ofIreland", also, Dr Joyce's "Irish Names of Places". Ref. 7

Aos Sí > Otherworld People
Aos sí ; older form aes sídhe > means "people of the mounds"
Aos Si > collectively is the ancestral deities/powers , the Ancestors, the fae folk, and the land goddess, traditionally called Flaitheas, meaning Sovereignty

B::
The Banshee or bean sídhe, which means "woman of the sídhe.

Béaloideas > Folklore
Beth-Luis-Nion > "Celtic tree calendar"
Bunadh na gcnoc > the people of the hills
C::

Cèud Mìle Fàilte > ~ 100,000 Welcomes to You
Cliodhna of Tonn-Cliodhna > queen of the southern fairies .

An Creideamh Sí > the indigenous Gaelic faery traditions, religion or faiths.

Creideamh > Religion
(Irish) Pronunciation, (Munster, Galway) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲəvˠ], (Mayo) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲuː], (Ulster) IPA(key): [ˈcɾʲɛdʲu]
Etymology From Old Irish creitem.
Noun :creideamh m (genitive singular creidimh, plural creidimh)
Meaning: belief, faith; religion, creed Ref. 1

D::

daoine sídhe (singular duine sídhe) > the people of the mounds In Irish literature [ˈdiːnʲə ˈʃiːə].
daoine sìth > the people of the mounds In in Scottish mythology .
na daoine maithe > the good people
na daoine uaisle > the gentry

Diadhachd ( Scottish Gaelic) > Noun, diadhachd f (genitive singular diadhachd, plural diadhachdan)
Meaning: religion, divinity, theology, deity godliness, piety, devotion deity, divinity


E::

Éire > Ireland
F::

Faery (added as just a good point to keep in mind. I perfer Fae. TDK >
The spelling “faery” is intentional in this essay, to distinguish these land and water spirits of Ireland and other Celtic realms from the fantasy Fairy of entertainment and fiction. Author R. J. Stewart
Fáilte (Irish pronunciation:[ˈfɑːlʲtʲə]),Fàilte(ScottishGaelic:[faːltʲə]), andFailt(Manx:[faːlʲtʃ]) is a word meaning "welcome"
Fear-Dearg > the Red Man
Fear-Liath > the Grey Man Fir Bolg > (men of bags)
Those who went to Greece were enslaved by the Greeks and made to carry bags of clay. After 230 years, they sail back to Ireland. They are known as the Fir Bolg (men of bags) Ref.8


Fear-Gorta > The Brown Man ,the Man of Hunger,
or Famine Spirit.


Flaitheas > traditional name for the land goddess, also meaning SovereigntyForas Feasa ar Éirinn > The History of Ireland
G::
Gartan > "little garden"
An Ghaeilge > The Irish Language

L::
Lean-sa dlùth ri cliù do shìnnsear. > Keep closely to the ways of your ancestors. ~traditional Gàidhlig proverb
Leanbhan (LYAN-uh-van) > little child, baby.

LGE Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland) The Lebor Gabála became one of the most popular and influential works of early Irish literature. It is usually known in English as :
The Book of Invasions or
The Book of Conquests, and in Modern Irish as
Leabhar Gabhála Éireann or
Leabhar Gabhála na hÉireann.




M::Murrain stone > ( a "magic" hollow stone
from which cattle would be made to drink in the hope of preventing them
catching the deadly disease, murrain).
S::
Seanchas > Irish Mythology

Si > In Irish (Gaelic), the word "sf9 means "mounds" or "spirits of the mounds

Sidhe > the mounds are known in Irish as "the sídhe"
Siabra - (SHEE-vra) a prankster class of trooping fairies, also spelled Shefro or Siofra.
Siabhra > (anglicised as "sheevra")
Sheevra > The siabhra may be a type of these lesser spirits, prone to evil and mischief. However an Ulster folk song also uses "sheevra" simply to mean "spirit" or "fairy"



S
lua sí > fairy host
Sluagh > The sluagh sídhe “the fairy host", is sometimes depicted in Irish and Scottish lore as a crowd of airborne spirits, perhaps the cursed, evil or restless dead.
The sluagh sídhe—"the fairy host"—is sometimes depicted in Irish and Scottish lore as a crowd of airborne spirits, perhaps the cursed, evil or restless dead. The siabhra (anglicised as "sheevra"), may be a type of these lesser spirits, prone to evil and mischief.However an Ulster folk song also uses "sheevra" simply to mean "spirit" or "fairy". Ref. 3


Stair > History
T::




Tapadh leat > ~ thank you


Tearmann - (CHAR-uh-muhn) > a sanctuary, refuge, or church land, name of village near Lough Gartan. (Termon in English).

Tuatha Dé Danann > People of the Goddess Danu. In many Gaelic tales the aos sí are later, literary versions of the Tuatha Dé Danann ,the deities and deified ancestors of Irish mythology.
Tuatha Dé Danann
In Lebor Gabála Érenn, the Tuatha Dé Danann are closely associated with theBrú na Bóinne World Heritage Sites ofNewgrangeKnowth and Dowth in the Boyne valley, County Meath, Ireland.
Those who went into the north of the world are the supernaturally-gifted Tuatha Dé Danann (or Tuath Dé), who represent the main pagan gods of Ireland. They come to Ireland in dark clouds and land on a mountain in the west. Ref. 8

An Creideamh
tgyn>> I practice An Creideamh , the indigenous Gaelic faery tradition, by building and maintaining sacred relations with the ancestral deities/powers collectively called the Aos Sí , the Ancestors, the fae folk, and the land goddess, traditionally called Flaitheas, meaning Sovereignty, as well as with other special Persons of Cascadia where I live, such as several nations of Tree People.
The Tradition includes celebrating the four traditional Celtic feast days, offering daily and monthly prayers, making regular food and drink offerings, and studying the tales of myth and family lore. For myself, it has also come to include opening up to the Powers of the land where I live, and engaging with Them through the ancestral template An Creideamh Sí suggests, as those of the Tradition who came before me would do/had done. I began by researching family genealogy, following family names and lines back to specific people and places, to connect with specific lands, sacred sites, deities, powers, and customs.
The Tradition endures today among many who maintain The Pact through offerings, visiting or recalling the sacred sídhe mounds and sites, and reciting the ancestral tales, whether they live in their ancestral homelands or in diasporal nations, and whether they be monotheist, atheist, or polytheist, although the Tradition itself is decidedly animistic and non-Christian, being a lifeway of maintaining respectful relationships with various powerful non-human Persons, grounded in a non-dualistic worldview.

Some describe the Tradition as Celtic, as its languages and customs are, yet the Tradition also encompasses the great mounds which were built and used before Celtic languages were spoken by the Ancestors, and is observed today by those who do not presently speak Celtic languages. I will describe it as Indigenous, Ancestral, Gaelic, and Faery, meaning that it builds sacred relations with those non-human Persons and Nations said to reside in or be intimately connected with so-called otherworldly realms in the folklore, and derives from those original inhabitants who lived in/with the lands today known by the Gaelic names
Éire and Alba, Ireland and Scotland respectively.

So while the descriptor 'Celtic' can be helpful, it can also be confusing since it is popularly used today for all kinds of unrelated things, but ironically can also be unnecessarily limiting since its academic definition consists of certain specific parameters. << Ref. 5

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