Celtic Magick and Its Uses Today
For several decades there has been a growing interest in the old Pagan beliefs. People are seeking a more practical, personal system of belief, some way to be spiritual yet improve their lives. This includes Pagan Religion and magick, which is both practical and spiritual.
The Celtic and/or Druidic systems are generally thought of as being Irish, British and Welsh. In fact, the Celts at one time inhabited much of western Europe. Remains of their civilizations range from southern France and areas of Spain north into lowland Germany, the British Isles and Ireland.
It is not necessary to be of those racial backgrounds to practice Celtic magick. All that is needed is an interest in Celtic mythologies and magick itself, a deep sympathetic feeling for Nature and her powers.
Celtic magickal beliefs are firmly rooted in the Earth herself and in the elemental spirits that are the very essence of all Nature. This includes the four basic Elements which make up Nature: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
The ancient Celts had a vast knowledge of, and respect for the healing and magickal qualities of plants and stones. They knew and used the power flows of the Earth, trees and special outcropping of rock. They called upon the elemental spirits, the “little people” of the Irish, the gnomes and fairies of the British.
But perhaps the strongest belief, almost unique among ancient peoples, was their devotion to the Great Mother, the mother and warrior goddesses. In fact the Celtic peoples, before Roman and Christian intervention, were one of the few races to give their goddesses equal footing with their gods.
This is not to say that other Pagan religions did not honor the Great Mother. But upon close inspection you will find that the male deities of most other pantheons were considered more important, more powerful. The goddesses were allowed their place in worship so long a their followers did not try to usurp the prime position of power which was always held by a male deity.
The goddesses of the Celts did not hold a secondary position in their worship or their legends. This respect bled over into Celtic society. As a result Celtic women were highly respected, having many rights of property, person and status. Priestesses were held in honor. Women were warriors as well as mothers, and had equal rights with men.
Did this harm or weaken the society or lessen the men? According to history, decidedly not. The Celts were one of the fiercest, most spiritually advanced races of the Old World, weakening only when they accepted and bowed to the inroads of Christianity.
The life of a Celt was filled with magick and its uses. Their intertwining artwork on jewelry, clothing, utensils and their houses was a form of magick meant to avert the evil eye and send back curses. They believed that their deities could appear in any place and at any time, that it was the duty of humans to call upon them for aid. They also believed that it was the responsibility of each person to do whatever he or she could to better his or her own life, and that decidedly meant the use of magick both small and large. To accomplish this, a person had to be continually willing to learn and grow.
To practice effective Celtic magick today, you must be willing to learn about and use plant and herb magick. Certain stones must be sought, enticed into your service, and cherished as reservoirs of energy. The powers of the elementals and Elements must be respected, petitioned for help and befriended. You must seek the ancient reservoirs of god-power that were built and fed by Celtic worship and which still exist today.
But most of all, you must suspend all the narrow definitions of reality you have learned. You must rethink what is possible or impossible, realizing that when certain actions are taken, nothing is impossible. The practice of these particular actions is the practice of what is known as magick.
Magick is a suspension of what we see, and a belief in and use of what we cannot see, but know instinctively is there. Celtic magick is simply applying that invisible ingredient in certain ways, using natural or Nature’s powers to improve life.
Magick cannot be tested in a laboratory, dissected and placed under a microscope. Magick lives in the mind of the user, manifesting itself in practical living. Pagan magick is both practical necessity and part of a religious experience. Pagans are people who live very much in reality. Long ago they realized that when you no longer have to struggle for everyday necessities, spitituality can be freely sought and more easily attained. They also know that when you can do for yourself, it is seldom that another person will be able to manipulate or control you against your will.
The time is right for Celtic magick to come back into its own place in the world. More and more people are dissatisfied with what they see as socially accepted religions. They are seeking along old pathways, clouded by disuse and overgrown by falsehoods. But the very search of these people is creating a fresh wind that will scour those ancient tracks. The way will become clear, the old wisdom will once again be found and put into practice. To those who seek, success and growth will come. Success will be visible in the improvement of life itself.
Pagan-thinking people do not tend to be followers of the accepted social norm. They are innovators, thinkers, pursuers of wisdom and spiritual growth. They know that improving you, the person, and your immediate life is as important as perfecting the spiritual you or the soul. A well-balanced personality and a successful life by whatever terms you define success, is the true guidepost along the ancient paths. Striving for these worthy goals and getting there are what really matter, not the opinions of others.
May you find your way down the ancient pathways to the Groves of Wisdom.