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 on: August 17, 2015, 01:34:52 AM 
Started by farmboy - Last post by farmboy
Just wanted to say hello to all here. I was raised Baptist till I struck out on my own in 97. That's when I felt myself drawn to a book store. There I discovered Scott Cunningham's books. I dove in deep finding what I was missing. Shortly after that I was married to my wife which supports me in my spiritual choices. We now have two children and a small rural farm. Which we both enjoy and love the closeness to nature, plus the nighttime sky use awesome.  Well in short I wanted to say thank you for the awesome information found in the forum and I look forward to reading and studying more.

Blessed be.

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 on: August 14, 2015, 05:40:17 AM 
Started by Marigold - Last post by marisol
I've been reading "The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. C. MacCulloch. It is an interesting book published in 1911 and it
presents the same info that Alchymist is speaking of. Sorta have to sift through certain parts, but it explains Celtic origins
well.


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 on: August 13, 2015, 11:28:01 PM 
Started by Marigold - Last post by Alchymist
True, OG. Also, we mustn't forget that the word "Celtic" doesn't refer to a single people or racial stock; we're a pretty mongrelous lot, of varied origins, from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Eastern Mediterranean, even North Africa. Linguistically we can be divided into two major streams, known as Goidelic and Brythonic, but even that division isn't clearcut; there's a good deal of similarity between the earlier Celtic tongues and ancient Greek, Aramaic, other Levantine languages such as Syriac and Hittite, and even Berber. This is commonly seen in Deity names; for example, the Greek goddess Ariadne (or Arachne) became the Welsh goddess Arhianrhod.

From the Goidels comes the word Gaul, an old name for most of what is now France; the Goidelic Celtic language group gave rise to present-day Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and Old Galician. From the Brythons (from which the words Prydein and Britain derive) come Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Manx, set as the Isle of Man is more or less equidistant from Wales, Scotland and Ireland, is even more hybrid and includes a lot of Old Norse, from Viking invaders.

We Celts perhaps don't like to think too much about this part of our history; our lands originally extended over much of Europe and the Near East, but we gradually got driven progressively westward by successive waves of fiercer (and more organized) invaders such as Huns, Goths, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Norse, until all we now have left is the mountainous western fringe of the continent, where we made our last stand in our hidden fastnesses. Also, the invaders didn't want the unproductive moor and mountain terrain of the far west; they preferred to stay in the fertile lowlands of Gaul, Belgium, Holland and southeast England.  Some of us got pushed even further west, braving the stormy Atlantic and establishing Celtic colonies in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia (which means "New Scotland"), and even further afield in the penal colonies of Australia and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land).

The history outlined here is necessarily brief and incomplete; as OG says, Marigold (and anyone else interested), find a good book on early European history. You'll find it's full of surprises.

Blessed Be everyone,

Alchymist.

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 on: August 13, 2015, 08:38:13 PM 
Started by Marigold - Last post by oldghost
Marigold , people for what ever reason seem to think the Celtic people are from the United Kingdoms ( United , very funny ) and don't look beyond that area. Get a good book on the origins of the Celts . You will find that they came from far away , yes one could say the their final place to colonize was their most important to the world .

Off subject , love red heads  :-p

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 on: August 13, 2015, 09:06:27 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Mystik Witch
Sorry for writing a book!

What Canis has said is much like what happened to me. I was always the outsider in the Christianity faith. Nothing about this faith made me feel like I belonged. I remember one Sunday at a church meeting. We were supposed to bare our testimony, (this was in front of a bunch of women of the LDS faith). I stood up and told them I had received a visit from Jesus. I told them what He looked like. Then I told them what He had said, "All may speak with ME at anytime. If they but have faith." They only needed to believe strong enough and He would be with them. I then told the women He was in the room with us and where He was.

They all looked at me like I was crazy. As soon as the meeting was over, they left the room like their pants were on fire. They would not speak to me after that. As I left the room, one woman said to me, "You are speaking to the devil! You needed the have the evil spirits cast out of you." She said. "only the men of the priesthood could talk to God. You are preaching blasphemy." I asked her why it was that only the men in this religion could speak to God? She said, "I needed to read my Book of Mormon and repent. There, I would learn that only the priesthood has the power to speak to God." I stopped believing in this faith right then.

It seems like not more then two months later, I was talking to a lady, not of the LDS faith. Telling her what her father wanted her to know, (Father had passed over.) She asked me if I was psychic? I told her I had been able to talk to people who had crossed over all my life, to a certain extent. That is when I realized I wanted to know how develop them my abilities more. The books just started to appear around me. I began reading, not just about mediums and psychic's, but also about wicca and the craft. It intrigued me to say the least. So, I read even more, mainly SC and RB books. Yes, I have read a lot but not really practiced what I had read. Then about 10 years ago, I decided I would never know if I didn't try this and see if it worked for me. I began using wicca off and on throughout those years. About two years ago, I found this forum and things have become much more clear to me. I'm sure I have the same feeling as most of the people on here who decided to live the Craft. To me, it just felt right. I still have a long way to go, but I am happy for the first time in many many years. I AM HOME!

Blessed Be! MW

 86 
 on: August 12, 2015, 08:44:42 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by oldghost
Because I was open enough in my mind to believe in something more than what others told me was the truth and my Mother told me too always follow what I think was true to myself .

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 on: August 12, 2015, 08:13:39 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by DragonsTalon
Actually...i found this forum when i first started...its only taken me 3 years to actually open up to it a bit more

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:33:36 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Was it a straight path here, after you decided to pursue the Craft?  Sometimes I think the gods put up roadblocks to test our commitment and our mettle.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:28:27 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by DragonsTalon
I was troubled, in pain, and cried out...and silence was my answer. Tired of being ignored by a god who supposedly cares that much about his followers, that supposedly seeks only to be with his followers, i decided to cry out until someone answered...and i received multiple answers.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:25:10 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Canis
Speaking for myself, I don't feel I was brought here in the sense that I was chosen by the gods. I do feel that I was lead here...not in the way that I'm special or that the gods chose me for a special purpose. But more in the sense that the gods knew of my dissatisfaction with Christianity and sent signs informing me of a path that may be more suited to me.

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