Our 'new to list' individual 'the Puca', writes:
> I don't know exactly what the "offical" subject matter is here on the list,
> but you would have more luck finding pagan/wiccan material on the pagan
> listserv, which address I don't have but someone probally does.
> I, personally, would not like to see a whole lot of pagan/wiccan discussion on
> this list for the sole fact that there is an entire list dedicated the
> This does not mean that I am against pagan/wiccan people or views, just that
> I don't choose to see it on this list since it is "Celtic-L." True, alot of
> the religion ties over. I wouldn't mind seeing ancient drudic
> etc. discussed but I think that modern paganism/wicca does not belong on this
> The Puca
Puca - As a newcomer, you might not yet appreciate that this list is
devoted to Celtic culture 'in the round', not with pieces of the whole
pared off ...
The whole topic of whether the modern paganism/wicca and shamanic Celtic
movements are true to ancient Druidic/Celtic-Pictic versions of this once
global natural religion is a profound theme, one far too stimulating - and
topical! - to be disimissed with a wave of any wand - magical or otherwise...
Celtic revivalists need to openly and avidly reformulate the deepest
threads of Celticism - unpressed by censure, clerical, academic or other.
Additionally, the vitality of contemporary Celtic-Pictish strains of
Nature Religion - whether following historical models or new and reworked
shamanic threads, is also of powerful societal interest - especially
for the emerging vanguard of Celtic cultural revival, and particularly
in the wake of generations of muzzled speech and denial of the right
to worship in the native Celtic and pre-Celtic forms.
It is clearly non-Celtic to separate spirituality from daily living.
The division of the naturally-unified 'life-field' energy into the
'powers' of Church and State, breaks with ancient Celtic awareness
of the indivisibility of this multi-levelled unity of spirit/life
with daily action/inaction. Further, it cloaks the principle of cause
and effect, and keeps us all in ignorance of the power of our own
beings to change and improve our lifestyles and our interations
with the Universe/Deity.
In the movement towards tolerance and laisser-faire of the ways of
the ancient Celtic-Pictic peoples, we engender a healthy understanding
of the nature of the Celtic contribution to global society, just as
in tolerating other cultures and their society, we let in ever more
Light. In freeing humanity from bias and tunnel-vision, we open
the path for greater humanitarianism worldwide - and move closer to
world peace and equanimity.
Thus it behoves us all, in exploring the true nature of Celtic
culture, to leave all bias and preconceptions in the closet, and
to open all the doors and windows for maximum input - being ready
to not only examine a different way of being - but also to engage in
a great deal of self-examination and re-evaluation of the meaning
of Life in the process.
There is nothing timid in the adventure of understanding and far
less timidity in the greater adventure of change ... Hopefully,
humanity is ready for this greater adventure as we rapidly mature
into global humanitarianism. In that great exploration, we cannot
balk to discover where vested interests, past or present, block
the light of understanding, or the rights of the individual to
contribute their best to society, whether that best is innovative
and original, or reproduction of existing and approved models.
I have little doubt that in permitting ourselves to understand more
of what the ancient societies knew about their inner connections
to the seasons, to the cycles of moon, sun, planets, and stars,
the wiser and more wholesome our lives will become. The purer
strains of the ancient Nature Religion will be seen to have much
goodness to offer us, and will help us to restore nature and
our Earth to good health. The great beauty of our present era
is that - at last - the divine in nature is now re-weaving itself
into our understanding and its considerable links with divinity
are being again respected.