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Gates of the Ovate

I don’t have much substance for a blog post.  I just entered through the gates of the Ovate in OBOD and the first Gwers (lessons) have been taking up much of my time as I prepare for a new, but continued journey down the Druid path.  As you may know, the Ovates were and are the healers, diviners, and workers of magic in the Druid ranks.  I’m sure this part of the journey is going to take much energy and inspire many interesting blog posts.  I have looked forward to this chapter in my life for quite some time.  I had to be ready to take this step, and I know that I am.

I have also been debating my next blog post in my head for quite some time.  I had thought of writing a post about Reconstructionists vs. Revivalists.  There seems to be some unwarranted arguements about who has the right vision and path when it comes to these two takes on paganism.  Honestly, I think both paths are right in their own way, and it’s the person who follows said path that determines what is right for them.  I don’t understand why all the debate around this topic.

Personally I am a Revivalist. I believe spirituality and religion should grow and take on different shapes much like the Natural world.  We all grow and change in one way another during our lives, and I believe my spirituality shouldn’t be any different.  Of course, I do use historical texts and whatnot, but I don’t feel compelled to practice as the Ancients did, because our World is a very different place than it was ages ago.  You may disagree with my stance, but that’s ok, like I said the path one chooses to follow is the right one for them.  Who am I to argue?

In wrapping this up, I am sure I will have a post this weekened as I dive into my Ovate work.  For the rest of this week I will be focusing on my learning.

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Eluveitie

I have mentioned this band before in the music section of this blog, but everytime I listen to one of their songs, I come to appreciate this band even more.  They are very Celtic influenced and like to tell stories through their songs; mostly about the Gallish wars.  The song below is titled “A Rose for Epona”.  The Goddess Epona was protector of horses, donkeys, and mules.  Epona was the sole Celtic diety that the Romans also worshiped.  Epona and her horses were also said to be the leader of the souls into the Afterlife.  This draws parrallels to Rhiannon of the Mabinogion.  Rhiannon and Epona share a lot of the same attributes.

The song tells about a time when the Gallic wars broke out.  The Helvetians decided to leave their homeland and migrate to the western coasts of Gaul to start a new life.   At the time, the song tells about how many Helvetians had to face shattered hopes.  And so does the protagonist, whose viewpoint the song was written.  A young gaulish woman was part of the helvetic migration, but after the battle of Bibracte, all hopes that she and her people would ever reach their new home were torn to pieces.  Her situation was desparate.  In this situation the young gaulish woman despairs, can’t accept her fate and turns to her goddess Epona and accuses her for having forsaken her people. (Nuclear Blast Europe)

Historical Note:  The reason the song was titled “A Rose for Epona” was that all over Gaul there were Epona temples where people traditionally offered freshly cut roses or rose petals to their goddess.

 

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I’m not quite sure yet about my belief in the existence of the Fae or Faery folk.  I do understand that there are many out there, pagan and non-pagan alike, that believe in these other realm folk.  I did a bit of internet rummaging yesterday on the subject because I had the strangest thing happen to me the other day which left me looking for an explanation.  There is tons of information out there in regards to the Fae.  Some of the information is more fantasy, while others are almost scholarly in their explanations of the Fae.  The information I gathered appeared to have a general consensus that the Faery folk like to play games with us in this realm.  Examples of Faery hiding items from sight, to leave us looking all over, and then that item reappearing right where we left it in the first place are common on the internet.  The other day this prime example happened to me.

I had an incense stick that I had resting on the edge of my kitchen sink about half burnt.  While I was in the kitchen I spilled some water, so as I was grabbing a paper towel I accidentally knocked the incense stick onto the floor.  I saw where the incense landed and made a mental note to pick this up when I was finished cleaning up my spill.  I threw the paper towel into the trash and went to pick up the incense and it was gone.  At first I thought I must have perhaps kicked it under the kitchen mat.  I lifted the mat and it was not there.  I scoured the floor and could not find the incense.

At that point, I called in my fiance and asked her to look on the kitchen floor to find the stick of incense.  So there’s both of us very purposefully looking for the incense stick.  Neither her nor I could find it.  We looked under the oven and in any other crevice that perhaps the incense could have been kicked under.  Nothing.  I finally started to think that maybe I did throw it away when I tossed the paper towel into the trash.  I looked in the trash can and no incense stick.  I was completely and utterly confused.

Where did the incense stick go?!  After a few minutes we finally gave up looking and just assumed that it was buried in the trash.  I told my fiance there is no way it’s buried in the trash.  I would have just tossed it in the trash, and as a result, it would be lying on top of anything in the trash can.  We both decided to call off the search and just assume it was in the trash since it could not be found on the floor.

Yeah this became the obsession of our lives for at least ten to fifteen minutes. You should have seen us; it was a literal head-scratcher!

We both go back into the living room to watch television.  A couple minutes later, I get up to get a drink of water from the kitchen.  It’s then and there that I find the incense stick lying on the kitchen floor in the exact spot I remember seeing it when it fell on the floor.  I called my fiance into the kitchen and said, Look! I asked her if there was any way in the world she would have missed this when looking.  She said no chance it was plain as day.  I thought, exactly, there is no way that two of us very purposefully looking for the incense would have had any chance of missing that.  The incense could not have been any more in plain sight.  We were literally on our hands and knees looking on the floor not more than fifteen minutes ago.

My fiance instantly chalked it up to the Fae without a doubt in her mind.  She is a green witch and also believes in the realm of the Fae.  She stated that this is a very common prank that the Faery like to play on humans. For some reason, they have graced us with their presence, and this is their way of making it known.

I have always been one to view this realm with a bit more skepticism.  However, two nights ago, I began to question my view of this realm.  Could this realm actually exist?  Should I welcome the Fae into my home?  If I don’t acknowledge their presence will their pranks just keep on coming?  After the events of two nights ago I am left pondering that this realm, in fact, could be as real as ours. I have questions.

What do you think? Do you believe in the realm of the Fae?  Have you had similar experiences that you knew for sure was the Fae playing a prank?

Comments welcome!

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Recently I have had a particular drawing to dragons.  I can’t really explain why either.  I know dragons are very powerful symbols in Celtic myth and legend; I knew this a few years ago.  However, a few years ago, I didn’t feel drawn to dragons.  I can deduct certain reasons why dragons have decided to grace me with their presence.   I’m glad they decided to enter my life.  I take this as a symbol of my spiritual development.  The dragons were only going to come into my life when I was ready for their presence.  I consider dragons a very real Otherworldly being; like the Sidhe.  As for this blog post, I decided to give you some insight into dragons from the Celtic perspective.

There is some debate as to when dragons appeared in Celtic myth.  Some believe that dragons didn’t make an appearance until early Christian times.  An important thing to remember here is that the Christians were very maticulous in developing written records.  Celtic society passed traditions orally.  Thus, it makes it a bit more difficult to fully know the exact influence dragons had on Celtic society apart from Christian documentation.  Christians changed the role of the dragon for their benefit; depicting the dragon as a symbol of evil or the devil.

The dragon was, arguably, the most powerful of all Celtic symbols.  It has been said that the Druids believed the Earth was like the body of a dragon, in which they built sacred stone circles upon the ‘Power Nodes’ of the dragon’s body.  Dragons were revered like Gods, bringing Earthly and Otherworldly forces together.   Dragons influenced the land and were associated with the power of the land.  Areas frequented by dragons were said to yield special powers.

Dragons are said to possess the gifts of wisdom, vision, and prophecy.  Dragons are the guardians of all knowledge and wisdom.  Dragons are the guardian spirits who protect the Earth and all living things.

Those who understand dragons and have knowledge of their ways will be blessed by their presence.  Dragons will protect you for as long as you let them.  Today many Wiccans and Druids bring the spirit of the dragon into their lives.

Below is a picture of my dragons.

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