Some place names beginning with 'Wal' indicate a Celtic presence .
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Talking about books on the Germanic path, I think we should mention Jan Fries here. Most of his books, I believe, are also available in German. I just thought whether he's more Celtic or more Germanic, and I think he is both and more. For the Germanic path, his Seidways book should probably be mentioned here, Seidr being basically the Germanic equivalent to Shamanism, with interesting differences. I wonder, where would the study of Seidr fit into the OBOD system of thought?
WinterRose wrote:I am interested in both Anglo-Saxon and Celtic (Welsh and pre Anglo-Saxon England). Is it possible to celebrate the traditions and faiths of both without one or the other being compromised, or should I focus on one or the other?
I am a Heathen Druid (for those based in Northern Europe it can be called the Gewessi path - which is much more about working with the land) and early on, I am happy to admit, I struggled to reconcile the Druidic teachings with the Heathen approach. I kept trying to intellectually associate Heathen Gods with Celtic ones, or mix and match (which never felt 'right'). Then once something reminded me of the Chinese approach to cooking and religion; in cooking the basis is garlic, spring onion and ginger, in religion it is confuscionism, taoism and buddhism everuthing seemed to click into place.
For me a stable worldview is based upon a trium / triangle (one of mathematics most stable shapes) that fits with Druidry. I describe them as the strands of Awen:
(Meso)Druidry - provides a philosophical basis and structure for living.
Heathenism - provides a spiritual / religious grounding for working with the gods of my land.
Logic - provides a basis in the 'art of thinking' that grew from classical philosophy into modern scientific thought.
This also reflects the Druidic approach to life of Knowledge, Experience and Inquiry. So, as OBOD itself states, Druidry is a philosophy rather than a religion. The logical corner is the western scientific method - as a Computer bod and product of a Western society it's part of my technical training and culture, which helps keep my feet on the ground.
Heathenism means that I work with the Anglo-Saxon / Germanic gods - this means Thunor rather than Thor (Norse) or Taranis (Celtic) - but am happy to use appropriate places in the landscape. Locally I have the Anglo-Saxon named Thundersbarrow and also Chanctonbury Ring - which archaeologists think was a Romano-British temple dedicated to Taranis-Jupiter. This is where the landscape talks; in this part of the country thunderstorms usually move up from the South West and then travel along the South Downs. The closest place to the thunder and lightning is up on the hills where both of these places are - which explains the associated with a Thunder god. So honouring Thunor is appropriate at both of these places.
I was bored and was doing a google search on my name, when I came across this thread! My name is Michael Kouvatsos, and I noticed I was mentioned for some pictures and essays I wrote YEARS ago for that oathbreaking outlawed Northvegr site.
I have to admit, I'm touched that my research and essays have been read, and that the pictures made an impression
So thank you I'm of course registered, and so if anyone has any questions, i'd be more than delighted to answer them.
Cheers, and In Frith,
I am now looking for a spiritual path to follow and have not got the slightest idea where to start and I was also wondering why you are against the farth belief
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