Faith in Balance   Leave a comment

I have not written this to gain Followers or Friends. I am Single and Solitary in my Faith, ‘tis my Path, but I am writing this to Pass on my Knowledge to those who may need it. I have a major need to pass on this information, Divine Influence. You will know if it helps, then you know you were guided here by a higher power, Mother Earth. If I wanted friends I would be on face book, and if I wanted Followers I would be on Twitter, and if I wanted Fans I would be on Myspace.

It all started when I was 15, back in ‘85, and I was reading a story book in which was mentioned Gaia, Mother Earth. At the time I never paid it much mind, going to an RC school and going to Church every week. But when I left school that is when I remembered about Gaia.

In ‘87 I had found, in the main Library, various books hidden away in the New Age/Spiritual/Mind, Body, Soul sections. And within these books I found a wealth of information on this religion called Pagan. My thirst for knowledge led me to borrow every book, which I read from cover to cover, and I was left with more questions than answers.

I started to believe in Mother Earth, as described in the story book, and I started to study various Paths, and the mysteries of the Occult and Magick. Occult means Hidden, knowledge which is hidden. I called my self Witch, Occultist and Pagan and from day one I announced to the World what I was. The worst I got was from those whom had brought me up, he even went as far as to call the Church to get me exorcised, but Mum stopped him doing it.

As far as I was concerned, I never hid my Roman Catholic faith, so why should I hide my Pagan Faith. That is why, unlike so many others within the Paths, I never hid what I am. Even today, 2012, there are many who hide their Path from the world.

All Wiccans are Witches, but not all Witches are Wicca. But not all Witches are Pagan, in the broad sense of the term, but what is Pagan? It is a general lump together term that covers all new-age type religions, and those which predate Christianity. Also Hindi, and Shinto could both be loosely classed as Pagan, with the Worship of many Gods, rather than just the one. But I know people who only believe in one Goddess, namely Mother Earth, and no others, and yet these would be classed as Pagan, although technically they are not. So to my mind Pagan is a Bullshit term. Did my Irish ancestors call themselves Pagan? Err, no.

If I was to say to someone “I am Pagan” then the general reply is “really so-an-so is Wiccan” The term is understood. If I was to say to the same person “I am Native Irish” the average reply is either “?” or “Haven’t got much of an accent” or “Bloody Irish, coming over here taking our jobs” depending on who I am talking to. The term is not understood. So yes Pagan works, but if they have knowledge of such things, then I will tell them “Native Irish”.

But does an Iron Age belief system really belong in the 21st century? Take away Bel’s sword and chariot and give him an M16 and a tank and it is the same God updated for the modern age, someone for the modern soldier to believe in, thus it works. What about this modern age? Computers in everything, so maybe a Computer God, or Geek God. But this is wrong, you can not do that!!! Who said I can not.

OK lets look at it realistically shall we. In the Beginning we had cave man becoming aware of his surroundings and himself. A priestly class arises amongst the tribe and the Surroundings is called “The Great Spirit” or “Mother Earth”. Danu is created from the thoughts of man, and with the belief of the entire tribe, Faith grows, and She becomes almost Real. Then the tribe understand the very basic concept of Death, and thus the priests give this a name. Morrigan, the Phantom Queen, and She also becomes almost Real. The concept of War is also discovered, and thus Rulership is also given to Morrigan, because the end result is usually Death for someone. Thus the Sisters of Life and Death guide the tribe via the priests across the Land until they settle in Ireland, about 7000 b.c.

Has the tribe grows and becomes more technically capable Danu creates more Gods for the tribe, via thoughts into the minds of the Priests and leaders. Her Children of Danu. She does this because She is the Creator Goddess. Now we are into the second age of Faith, the Family. And still later new Gods have come into being, the Third Age of Faith, has new concepts like a complex written language is devised. Then comes Christianity for 1500 years,(in Ireland it has only been 1500 years, not 2000). And in that time mankind almost forgot them all and progressed to the advancement of what we are now. Thus starts the New Forth Age of Faith. Upgrade the Old Gods, and maybe Create some new ones. I have. Suz is my new Goddess of Electric Music (Rock Music) and Song writing. Which is why I have Her creation myth written here. I have worked with my Lady, (who is based upon a singer/song writer.) and problems with the music I am writing is cleared due to (I Call it) Devine Intervention. Score written. No Problem. And before you ask, No there has not been any problem with the other Gods being Jealous of Her. That would be a stupid idea.

The main problem with the Native Irish Faith is that there is so little to go on that has not been either corrupted or destroyed by the Christian Faith, but if we have the basics and a basic understanding of how and when, then the rest is personal choice, and becomes my Faith, my Belief, my Path. Think of the Native American Tribes. They never wrote down the Lore of the tribe, it was handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, the same happened with the Druid class, until the wonderful Roman army committed genocide on the Order. Women, Children and Men slaughtered until the uprising. Not all of the Druids were on Anglesey, and those that were left, few in number, had to find a way to preserve the knowledge of the Tribe for the generations yet to be born. Thus Ogma was created who created the Written Language.

There appears to be some confusion as to the festivals. The New Druids today have festivals on the two Solstices and the two Equinoxes. Strange. Because there is really no evidence that our Native Ancestors had festivals at this time. Newgrange is part of this problem, has the doorway and main passage face the direction of the Sunrise at one of the Solstice. While a few of the Tombs are like this, many more are not. Stonehenge is also another one. With all the stones, you can pick a dozen days where the dawn or dusk is tied in with one of the stones. Granted Anie has her Festival on Midsummer, but considering that She is not one that is well remembered by most people these days, I can not see this as a basis for a Festival today. But the Wiccans have these four Festivals, so maybe the lines have become blurred and the Druids, running short on Ideas for the “Structure” of the “Faith” borrowed some of the Ideas from the Wiccans. But the Native Irish Faith is not Structured in that way like the Christian, Muslim, Greek, Egyptian, Wiccan or Roman Faiths. More Shamanistic than structured.

But I am a modern man, not an Iron Age man. I have access to the World from my chair via the Internet. I know what the World looks like, and what is in this World. I am also Logical, almost to a fault. This is why in my Animals I have two which are North American. And Considering that there were no Deer in Ireland until much later when they were re-introduced to Ireland. Irish Elk died out about 9200 years ago. But this could be why there was no major Stag God in Ireland until the Celts turned up in about 900 B.C. with Cernunnos, whom is now used by the Wiccans as the Consort to the Goddess.

Not only do we have the Christian slant on things, but we also have the Celtic Slant. The Irish, and the Welsh, and the Picts are not Celtic, they are Natives, the First People of these Islands. Fact. The Celts settled in Austria and Switzerland areas and spread West to these Islands, arriving here about 900 B.C. I am Not Celtic, Native Welsh or Native Pict, But Native Irish in my Beliefs as far as the Gods and ideals go anyway, it is just that I feel a major affinity with the Cougar and Buffalo.

Faith is not structured, only with the festivals, but the how and what is personal choice. Festivals start midday on the day and finish midday the next. Midnight is the middle of the festival.

The base ideas are Old Shaman, similar to The Shinto Faith in Japan or the Native American Tribes, with Spirits at sacred sites, Wells, Streams, etc. Offerings would have been left at these sites to appease the Spirits, with maybe a small prayer given at the same time. There were, and still are 100’s of these sites around Ireland dedicated to the Great Goddess Brid, otherwise known as St. Bridget when the Christian church inaugurated Her to try and convert the peasants to the Christian Faith. This move worked well for them, and when they no longer needed her, they took away Her Sainthood, but the damage to the old Faith had been done, and by and large Brid was forgotten by most people, but not all.

Stories were told around fires of the old Heroes and Gods, and later were written down, but due to the stranglehold of the New Religion a Christian slant was put over every story. And because of the intolerance to all other Religions the Old Faith was severely and brutally devastated by the Christian Faith, which culminated in the Witch-Hunt and Trials throughout the centuries. The last Witch to be murdered by Hanging by the British State was in 1956.

But yet the Old Faith lived on, word of mouth, kept alive by a few in stories, legends and deeds. The Hedgewitch has been a building block in the resurgence of the Old Faith. But there is a New Religion, Wicca, which has been growing strength every year, very loosely based on the Old Religion, but very highly structured similar to the Christian Religion. With the Worship to the Great Goddess and her Consort, The Horned God, No evil deed can be done, only blessings. Is this the Path of Nature? Or is it the Theoretical Path of the Solar God of the Christian Faith?

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