“In Awen we find the only refuge in our highest flights of thought, reason, or imagination.
A. Rooting Ancient Celtic For The Shamanic
Like most European cultures rooted in Indo-Aryan language groups stemming from the Pontic Caspian Steppe of the Yamnaya Culture (3300-2000BC), the Celtic tradition took roots among historical synchronization where rooting deities becomes difficult, as peoples spread and cultures merge, than separate, than reemerge again. With populace known in the area of Edinburgh (Din Eidyn) as early as the Votadini Culture (3000BC) and Stonehenge quite possibly engineered during the Bell Beaker Culture (2800BC-1800BC), it was not until the Urnfield Culture (1300-750BC) that the Proto-Celtic language developed leading toward the Hallstatt Culture (1200-500BC) of the Proto-Celtic population near the Danube River. With the development of Celtic Culture in the Hallstatt period, such spread into the Brythonic Culture (800-500BC) into the La Tene Culture (450-1BC), to succumb to the Roman-Gallic Wars of Julius Caesar leading to the syncretic Roman-Gaul Culture (1-500AD). Though much evidence of the Celtic culture comes from Roman interpretation in syncretic effect as typical of the Greek-Roman or further prior Egyptian-Greek, recreating authentic “Druid” practices and ideologies in comparison to archeological finds stemming from the Hallstatt Culture is difficult requiring interpretation using outside traditions for compare and contrast. Such also includes attempts to assess ancient historians whose writings on history may range somewhere between history and nationalist myth. Further, it becomes difficult to assess the difference between actual shamanic practices including gnosis brought forth from such practices leading towards “visions” and “divination” versus poetic derivatives of story-tellers losing “sight”. Such is found through the stories of Merlin under Geoffrey of Monmouth during the late Roman-Gaul Culture. For those who dismiss such “shamanic” tendencies, fail in recognizing the “prophecies” utilized during the Temple of Jerusalem housing the “holiest of holies” as a traditional “baetyl”, where “prophecies” tended to cease after the destruction. In other words, the earlier we trace back to indigenous roots, a more “shamanic” way of life is presented where psychic-senses paves the way for “animism”. Utilizing either deities, ancestors, anthropomorphic aspects of nature (neters), recognizing the “pantheist” senses from such psychological assessments, human consciousness has shown itself to be significantly more powerful especially when not tied towards gross-materialism as the material-world developed historically thereafter requiring more mundane practical methods.
B. Vedic “Danavas” To The Irish “Tribe of Danu” Along The Danube River
The legends of the “Tuatha De Danann” or “Tribe of Goddess Danu” represent for Ireland the birth of their race from Gaels to Milesians rooted in “supernatural” that was called “spiritual”. Though rooted in Ireland, numerous named deities are also British Celtic closer to the location of the Hallstatt Culture, including Lugh as Lugus, and Brigit as Brigantia. However, Danu is not found in texts despite being an ancestral figure, where such figure may be a remnant of the older Indo-Aryan cultures particularly the Vedic water Goddess Danu and a people known as “Danavas”, who may have crossed over into the Danube River during the Scythian Cultures (900-200BC). In comparison to Vedic we have demigods of Devas and Asuras which find counterpart in the Irish Danann and Fomorians, which may have similarities to the Elamite culture in relation to Mohenjo-Daro and the Assyrians. In relation to Semitic culture, the name itself and the sacredness of the practicality of having civilization near life-sustaining rivers, and the comparative mythology would make this group ripe for a biblical “Tribe of Dan” ripe for the time of the First Temple of Jerusalem (957BC). However, the spiritual “Tribe of Danu” is said to have disappeared quite possibly underground Ireland where certain natural “hotspots” provides avenues for communication known as “fairy mounds”. This supernatural race is said to have historically appeared and disappeared, though not without leaving their impression on the people. As such, theories of an alien race have been provided, where such ideas may be magnified when considering fair-skinned red haired people of Easter Island holding the similar script to Mohenjo-Daro that is related to Elam before the Assyrian conquest of Arabia. As such, the “Tuatha De Danann” and the “Danavas” may be seen as similar in a historical context, which may shed light on the biblical “Tribe of Dan” along the societal-necessity “sacred” Danube River.
C. Celtic Revival
The little left of the Celtic cultures from third-party historians to archeological finds provide more questions with revivalist attempting to recreate a traditional ceremonial system to meet individual spiritual needs and religious communal concerns. Nonetheless, with the adoption of esoteric models from Indian yogic techniques of Self-Realization and Siddha Arts of developing a powerful psychic-animist “gymno-sophist” meeting trance-meditative states of archetypal-gnosis of all shamanic-traditions meeting medieval occultists stemming fraternal “secret society” orders crafting “academic-shamanism”, we are ripe to recraft possibly a more-powerful structure that can be mapped along Rabbi Yochai’s “Tree of Life” structure of the flow of consciousness from the creation ex-nihilo of the Absolute through “Sephirot” towards manifestation of one’s own “Kingdom”. While the Absolute provides the backdrop, Sephirot-Archetypes can be utilized in harnessing one’s will, to use such trance-states of law of attraction “vision board” type “currents” pushing one’s feeling states into possession to allow an entity to push a medium’s senses in clearing, forging, visually witnessing, and harnessing significantly more-powerful energies, through ritual building “tapas”. Such is the most powerful with the Qliphotic system as one recognizes the microcosm of the macrocosm as the adept harnesses the “shell” of both the individual-conditioned character self in resolve with the unlimited-universal deconditioned Self. The Qliphotic realms best suit the “Tree of Life” modality in comparison to other traditional syncretic-attempts, where through the Jewish Psychology of the creators of such systems you have the “shells”, the fecal-matter of “waste” of Semitic history, as found through Israel’s attempts to eradicate its Phoenician-Canaan roots, which becomes “tzimtzum” should one energetically-balance themselves with the Self-Realization or Divine-Presence permeating through the “Supernal Triad”.
Though the Qliphotic system may be the most appropriate in assessing the Tree of Life, with basically the “Tree of Death”, the system and history matches correctly. Nonetheless, as evidenced at least since the publishing’s of Aleister Crowley’s “777”, global archetypes have found syncretic value in comprehending the meditative practice of the “Tree of Life”, where meditation upon each Sephirot and interaction thereof is essentially preparing the adept for “Divine Psychology”, which includes the universal-storyteller systems of tarot and astrology, to master the “Vitruvian Man Complexity”. The Celtic tradition, particular the Irish ancestral legends of the “Tuatha De Danann” are an excellent example of powerful-archetypes worthy of a revisit to unlock latent shamanic-practices used ancestrally in harnessing “powers” found either in other, otherworldly, or in nature, to be stronger, smarter, and more efficient than the individual, to be used as an evolutionary “permission slip” as the soul begins to recognize its own latent-powers.
With Eire representing the potential for Ireland, Dagda the Druid is capable of using Will within the Chaotic waters of Danu to begin the atomic-dance of creation ex-nihilo from the “Absolute” Awen contained in Annwn dancing with Nwyfre. Though rendered in simplicity for the average-reader, such “subtle” concepts taken from John Michael Greer’s immense work on The Dolemen Arch match the fluidity of the Absolute, One, and Oneness found through Advaita Vedanta schools with his own philosophical rendering proving the gnostic-shamanic potential for a Druid revival.
Lugh being the Long Arm can harness consciousness from Danu and can possibly help in crossing Daath being the diligent King, who would then seed the temperament of the Phantom Queen known as Morrigan properly resting in strength and war with judgment. Such will play into the background of the solar child or the Exalted One known as Brigit, perfect for “Rose Cross” appeal as found through her transition into St. Brigid attesting to her importance in the pantheon as evidenced by her long history including Brythonic Celtic not just Irish. Such includes the ritual bathing and drowning, a baptismal solve-et-coagula of Dian Cecht nurtured in the waters of Boand which clears the mind and provides prophecy for Ogma, the foundation to be birthed with Macha.
As such, the flow of consciousness using the “Tuatha De Danann” superscribed onto the Qabalist “Tree of Life” provides a glimpse into the gnosis of the Celtic Universe and the potential for the shamans known as “Druids”. Through practice and continuous “know thyself” the soul evolves from the: 1) Vegetable restful but rooted-nurturing state of absorbing lessons to; 2) Animal passions falling desires with little philosophical-reasoning that can either have the human-animal fall back into vegetable-restful for lesson absorption or; 3) Gwynfydd state of “bliss” of returning to the Awen cauldron known as Annwn as known as “Ananda” in Self-Realization schools. The Gwynfydd state alters “fate” by and through “know thyself” and resolving prior conditioning creating “cause and effect” manifestation outcomes. With such resolution, the use of “will” coincides with “free-choice”, where as opposed to destiny controlling a person, destiny is now found in the Individual.
D. Invocation of Goddess Brigit
Currently, little can be found regarding the roots of Brigit despite her name touching significant reaches of the European world, including Indo-European should one include the Ushas of the Vedic tradition hinting towards a Proto-Indo-European religion. Nonetheless, what little found is proper for her communion to begin seeding her presence again in the world. Having used the sigil work of Bill Duvendack for Lugh in Awakening Lucifer along with the mantric-passcode for Lugh found through Creepy Hollows to increase gnosis of Lugh’s current, much success was found in utilizing a golden-light energy to cleanse the surrounding ritual areas as well resolving deep dense issues at a vicious-pace. Such set the grounds for exploring communion with Brigit.
The Shaktipat of energy, a feminine dance of Consciousness from Binah to Yesod guided by Chesed, to establish the Shekinah or “Divine Presence” from the higher light-body to the lower denser manifest-material realms, the divine becomes the “Foundation Stone” for adepts in Malkuth to grasp and utilize. Nonetheless, as astrologically symbolizing the Moon, the “foundation” for outer celestial forces to reach Earth, understanding the different sheaths of the Qabalist “Four Worlds” that cover the soul to manifest the character-experience also lets you peel-back such sheaths to the soul-aspect known as “Ruach” or the persona consisting of memory, will, imagination, emotion, and intellect. In other words, the individual holds not only the ability to gnostically reassess and restructure one’s persona altering “fate” of such through adjusting the conditioning embedded from prior “cause and effect”, such is also how psychic “enchantments” are utilized. As such, the Moon as a foundation can liberate or can control not just oneself but others as subtle energies can manipulate at subtle levels of those incapable of reflecting on oneself living mostly in an Animal state as described above.
2. The Bride (Invocation)
The invocation crafted is quite simple and mainly a rehash of archetypal-qualities related to Brigit. With wisdom, poetry, healing, protection, animal-domestication such as cattle, serpents, sacred wells, and blacksmithing. Similar to the master alchemist Tubal Cain, a Goddess of the forge is proper for an adept seeking personal alchemy, and becomes particularly interesting from a feminine perspective following the ancient priestess tradition. Though ancient Goddesses were not passive when it came to war, the sacred-flame of Brigit is cleansing and warming to be even further harmonized with her association with sacred-wells. To “be on the hearth, be on the herd, be on the household all” as stated in one of her prayers provides an energetic protective aura of warmth, a proper “house-warming”.
Goddess Brigit, Exalted One of Old Legend
Daughter of Dagda, Wife of Bres, Mother Ruadan, Loved By The Tuatha De Danann
I Invoke You Into My Temple, Bless Me With Your Space, Envelope Me With Your Presence
Provide Me With Your Sacred Flame, Your Fiery Power, and Guide Me Through The Dawn
Master Blacksmith, Forge Me In Your Fires, Heal Me In Your Sacred Wells
Goddess Brigit, Let The Music Of Your Whistle Guide Me Through Your Domain
Let Your Keening Be Poetry To My Soul, Agriculture To My Mind, and Fertility To My Body
Raise My Serpentine Gnosis, and Have Your Familiars Protect Me
As I Travel Through Your Mysteries, Your Gnosis, Your Communion
Guiding Me On My Path of Alchemy
3. The Breed (Sigil)
Under the influence, a medium is capable of crafting a sign or symbol to assist other initiates gain similar access and communion. With psychics currently understanding the need to stay in the “theta-brainwave”, the use of ceremony becomes minimized as the goal is communion, but ceremony can become powerful afterwards in a way of directing “currents” using one’s “will”. The sigil presented is the initial sign drawn, where I’ve opted to use the original as opposed to a cleaner remake, as simply the sigil continuously worked to foster communion becoming stronger with revisiting the ritual.
Half a sun representing the solar aspect of the Ushas with an inverted triangle pushing the gnosis downward into the Earth, with roots grasping the Earth thriving through the upwards triangle, to meet in the middle with sacred-wells nourishing the in-between to provide agriculture. It is through visualizing a “watery” blue current tracing the lines of the mark, that the sigil personally opens within the adept allowing an alchemical interplay between the fire of the forge in processing oneself and the cooling of the sacred wells to provide nourishment and replenishment. Connected with animals, including the serpent, the “eye” presented in the half-Sun becomes the “bindu” of traditional yantras connecting the adept with Brigit herself pulling the adept into her domain.
4. The Brigade (Result)
The initial invocation had brought out significant tension release, releasing old traumas that I had been working on for quite some time. The sensation-current was upper chakras, with shoulder relaxation and a calmer-clearer head space after having spinal-adjustments and the associated spinal cracking-stretches leaving tension on the upper chest to be released allowing more oxygen. The significant “calmer-clearer” head also includes significant tension release at the neck, leaving me feeling with a release of anxiety-tension that I had not felt since my elementary years. Nonetheless, the most remarkable reoccurrence I would attest, is that the current flows from top to bottom in the adept where the head-tension release also includes a calming current flowing from the crown to the upper palate of the mouth creating significantly sweater saliva. Such “saliva” is considered sacred in Taoist “Embryonic Breathing” practices, where the tongue is typically placed on the roof of the mouth allowing a “nectar” to be produced to be channeled towards the lower-dantien. But rather than use the tongue, the saliva happened on its own accord with increasing saliva leaving the mouth feeling fresh and clean. Such was a result of requesting Brigit’s blessings via her sacred-wells and has continued with each use of the sigil.
The second attempt at ritual invocation led to direct but short visions, particularly glimpses of relatable imagery to the invocation. Though I attempted to keep Brigit as indigenous as possible to maintain integrity of the archetype, the first visual was of a Lady dressed as a Nun in the style from the older periods. The veil covering looked more like the High Priestess of the Rider Waite Tarot Deck, but was obviously Christian. The visual was used as a point to look towards other traditional prayers for Goddess Brigit and St. Brigit, where utilizing such prayers, I was placed within the nurturing flames of, not a soft-passive feminine, but a strong-active feminine taking the lead to continue my personal healing. From the left side of the body where the feminine appeared to anchor herself, the right side of the body was met with a complacent-love, a romance that has been satiated brought to completion in an emotionally-pure sense, yet sustaining the frequency of complacent love. With the head-clearing, the heart definitely becomes the “magical cauldron” with Awen clearing and making space for the feminine to then resolve to its fill. As a female-only “priestess” tradition, I can seen these figures as being “virgins” with satiated-sexuality but with “Shaktipat” to resolve such desires, often heavily conditioned and unresolved reflecting itself in a shadowy Jungian sense. Nonetheless, as the sigil was mostly upper-body from cranial to chest, to match the same current but rather pull it down to the lower chakras for a significantly more intense-experience would be the Veve-Sigil of Maman Briggitte, which drastically expands the sexual-experience.
In continuing to ritually use the sigil, I’ve gravitated to scribing-candles to infuse such currents, permitting longer durations of having that current bless the atmosphere. Particularly with Brigit who is associated with the perpetual flame, the scribed-candle has become a center within the home that emits an intense feeling of a “house warming”, like cozying by the fireplace and providing feelings of sweet homely sentiments. As such, Brigit has become a phenomenal archetype in ensuring a happy-home, as with the psychological adage “as within, so without”. With the love she has provided, the ritual trance-states of continued healing and nurturing continue to make me feel at home, as a member of her Brigade.
From the alchemical forge we find solve-et-coagula, where such processing produces the healing of as-within-so-without, leading towards a heightened consciousness one would deem poetic. This Goddess is ripe for re-enlivening, especially among the feminine populace who would look for a Tubal Cain alternative or compliment. However, the gnosis of this Goddess shows that she is ripe for the position of Tiphareth on the Tuatha De Danann “Tree of Life” with the poetic-inspiration flowing from the Supernal Triads and her ability to assist adepts in Malkuth, shows that it is proper to call her the “Exalted One”.
(Organized For Adepts)
Incredible History of the Tuatha De Danann: Ireland’s Most Ancient Race. Connoly Cove. 2022.
(Detailed information regarding the Legends)
NicGrioghair, Branfionn, Myths & Legends: Brigid, Bright Goddess of the Gael.
(Additional prayers that can be used for invocation)
Duvendack, Bill, and Asenath Mason, Awakening Lucifer. Draco Press. 2019
(Invocation to Lugh)
Greer, John Michael, The Dolmen Arch. Azoth Press. 2020
(Excellent Meditative-Philosophical Discourse on Awen, Annwn, and Nwyfre, which can be compared to Self-Realization Schools Absolute, One, and Oneness. Such information, background, and further use of and explanation of psychic-animism shows the potential for a proper Druid revival)
Massaro, Bentinho, TrinfinityAcademy. (https://www.trinfinityacademy.com/courses/)
(The main Self-Realization techniques are all designed for you to "become aware, of awareness itself" as a way to self-reflect in a "know thyself" manner allowing conscious-awareness to purge its conditioning via "dark night of the soul" processing to lead the adept to Oneness, to One, and into the Absolute via the direct path of Advaita Vedanta utilizing the technique of Neti, Neti. To follow other accomplished teachers, is to also receive the transmission from the absolute, often leading audience members to the state of "Ananda" as found in other Advaita Schools, including Mooji. Nonetheless, Bentinho has crafted the most subtle techniques to allow the adepts to quickly begin their practice and move deeply towards the Absolute which becomes a Gateway to nurture and inspire the mind-body complexity.)
The Author. (https://theglamorouspeacock.weebly.com/)
(Under "Celtic", more direction and background)
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