Celtic mythology

Feast of Ullr / Feast of the hunters, November 27th

Feast of Ullr / Feast of the hunters, November 27th

The name Ullr occurred in paganism. Ullr was a great warrior, hunter and he was known as the God of the bow or the great God of hunters. The Feast of Ullr (the Feast of the hunters) was celebrated on November 27th. The main aim of the ritual, which should take place before the feast, is to seek blessings for any weapons which are used for hunting. Then the weapons should be more successful during the winter hunting season. This kind of the ritual is also used to ask for succes and luck for your tribe and your personal lives. The celebration which should held then should reflect the wild hunt. On the celebratory table should be placed meal prepared from wild animals (duck, deer, pheasant, etc.) with other foods which you can find in forests (edible mushrooms, various edible berries). For drinking is suitable to prepare delicious wine, beer, mead or herb tea. There should be prepared a plate and a cup for Ullr on the table as well. This feast is an important act that honors the pagan deity.

Autumnal equinox, Alban Elfed

Autumnal equinox, Alban Elfed

The celtic feast Mean Fomhair, also known as Herfest or Alban Elfed, is celebrated in the period of the autumnal equinox. During this period, people give thanks to the Sun, the elves and especially the god of the forest – Green Man. They thank them for an abundant harvest and help with growth and cultivation. As a sign of respect and gratitude, people give gifts in the form of the most beautiful flowers and crops of the best quality on the altar. Other offerings, for example wine, cider, herbs and fertilizer are spilled or scattered on the harvested fields and gardens. The horn of plenty is the ancient symbol of the rich harvest.

This year the autumnal equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere on September 22nd, when day is as long as night. After this day the power of the sun becomes slowly weaker and the following days are markedly shorter and colder. We enter into a new period, a period of rest and sleep. When the winter season comes, we should meet our obligations associated with summer and finish work in the garden to spend a dark and wintery period in calm contemplation. We should share everything that the harvest gave us with people close to us. The basis of this festival is a celebration of the reunion of family and making good interpersonal and family relationships.

Guard your secrets!

Guard your secrets!

Science writes astronomical amounts for those who are convinced of the existence of the supernatural. But what is actually the true meaning of these deliberately provocative offers?

Already in the early years of the 20th century, devices that are supposed to help uncover the world beyond material existence, began to construct. Sophisticated recording technology is produced, special photographic processes are used. The mystical Horev club experimented the most with these inventions. It was a club which combined several strange factors. For example, it was a specific emulsion for coating photographic plates, special lenses filters, of course there was also the timing of exact astral time and very debilitating preparation of people, who participated evocations and ancillary works, was common. The results were really unique – photos of a human aura, spherical creatures, spiritual existence, or even a kind of “window” through the gap of time and matter. Such experiments were carried out and are still carried out in many occult lodges, completely out of the public eye, even outside access of ordinary members. You will never see books, propositions, publications from this experimental activity. We could say that the world is ready to accept such things – but the opposite is true. Nowadays, keeping secrets is much more important than it has ever been. And the reasons? Just look at what is happening with all alternative treatments and medications. If multinational pharmaceutical corporations cannot grab them for themselves, they will be outlawed through political lobbying. This is the work of official science. What cannot be monetised by science itself, controlled or at least heavily taxed, will not exist in the world at all!

So if you find any secrets – treasure it! Rudely and selfishly keep it to yourself. Without any remorse, without shame! That’s the only way it will survive and will accompany you to the end of life.

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh is the next of the most important Celtic festivals, which is celebrated on August 1st. This festival marks the beginning of the harvest, celebrates the abundance of nature and the generosity of Mother Earth.

Celebrations can hold on high hills, at sacred trees and wells or at other important natural formations. During Lughnasadh people invoke and worship the Pagan divinities and ask them to protect ripening crops.

It is a time of races, horse races, dances and various contests of strenght and skill. It is a good time for weddings.

To honor the harvest is baked pie from berries.

Summer solstice (Alban Hevin)

Summer solstice

June 21st is an important day in many cultures. The astronomical summer begins on this longest day and in the northern hemisphere the summer solstice (Latin sostitium) occurs. The sun reaches its peak and is at its most powerful. After this date, the next days become shorter and the sun becomes slowly weaker. The original pagan celebration has its origin in the Celtic-Germanic tradition and is based on this finding.

The feast of the summer solstice is called Mean Samhraidh, Alban Heruin (Hevin), Litha, Comhain, Midsummer.

According to the Celtic calendar the summer solstice belongs to the period of oak (Dair). It celebrates the connection of the healing power of the sun and water. Light triumphs over darkness.

The way of celebrating the summer solstice was very similar to the celebration of Beltaine. People tried to supplement the power and strength of the sun by lighting fires on high hills. They danced and sang around the fires and jumped through them. They blessed cattle with herbs, which were lit in the sacred fires. Burnt wood and ash from the solstice fires were thrown on the fields to ensure a good harvest and to summon the rain. People worshiped and decorated trees with ribbons, particularly oak, wells and springs.

The church didn’t like the celebration of the summer solstice, as well as Beltane. They tried to convince people to cancel these festivities, but it wasn’t successful. And so they accepted this feast but renamed it to Midsummer according to John the Baptist, whose birth is also celebrated in this period (St John’s Eve – the evening of 23rd June).

Mysterious powers come to life during the shortest night of the year and spells have a strong effect. It pays to collect the medicinal herbs that have especially great strength during this mysterious night.

The day of the goddess Frigga

The day of the goddess Frigga

May 27 is a day dedicated to the goddess Frigga, who was the wise wife of Odin. She is a patron of the home and married women, she helps to maintain social order and watches over women’s magic. She is linked to nature and the cycle of life and death.

Give thanks to one of the great Mother Goddesses for the health of family, children and the whole tribe. Enjoy and rejoice in the beautiful spring weather and warmth. Celebrate the wonders of spring, a time full of love, life and joy.

During the current celebrations in honor of Frigga, people sacrifice mead, wine or beer, instead of the ritual killing of an animal. This event is a ritual family celebration, which takes place outdoors and consists of three parts – the consecration of the sacrifice, the offering of the sacrifice to the goddess, and the libation. Mistletoe or linden tree branches with berries are used for decoration.

Relatives and acquaintances, who participate in this occasion, renew bonds of friendship and loyalty. During the feast people drink the best mead, beer or apple cider. They eat ox or boar from the spit, bread, grain products, apples and other products of the earth. It adheres to the rule that it is best to quit while you are ahead!

If you wish Frigga to bless your home, light the candle in her honour and it invokes her, or you can offer her some grainy bread and mead.

Moonstone

Moonstone

This menhir was erected by Celtic culture two thousand years ago. Its specialty is a monthly face on the top. It was the custom at the time of full moon to come to the menhir and ask it for answers. People put small gifts down around the menhir. Usually fruit, bread, candles, straw toys. Such a relationship to a stone may seem weird to us today. Worship and trust in its advice? Everyone is going to laugh at us. In particular people who sit in front of TV daily and completely devour information from anonymous sources. They never ask why is this information presented to them, who in the background is interested to communicate this information and what is the purpose? They don’t ask, but yet they despise others who can lay questions. Their life is false. It is about the information of others to which they do not really understand. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to sit down in the evening in the full moon by the Moonstone and listen to its stories!

Beltaine

Beltaine

Beltaine is one of the most important Celtic festivals, which is celebrated at night from 30th April to 1st May. With the arrival of Beltaine the nature is already awake, full of energy and in bloom. The days are longer and the sun is more powerful. On Beltain night two big fires were lit. A maypole was erected between them at midnight, which was considered the connection between Heaven and Earth. Cattle were carried between two fires.

The maypole was decorated with colorful ribbons, symbolizing fertility, growth and life. A dark half of the year, associated with winter, leaves on Beltain night and the other, bright and fruitful, comes. There are good conditions for cleansing rituals during magic Beltain night. It is necessary to destroy all the old in the fire so that the new can be born. Therefore the jack-straw dolls from Samhain were thrown into the fire as well.

People should enjoy this night, they should celebrate, sing, dance and make love. They should establish their inner balance, to say goodbye to the melancholic winter and to start to rejoice from the sun’s rays, which give strength and life!

During Beltaine, in the period when the time of love and full fertility comes, the goddess Rhiannon was worshiped. It is said that during the celebration of the goddess Ostara (Easter season), people made love as a test to be ready for Beltaine. On Beltain night no obligations were valid among couples. Men and women could behave and act like single people.

A few spring points of interest

A few spring points of interest

Astronomical spring begins on March 20th at 5:56:36 p.m. this year, when the Sun enters into the sign of Aries. The spring equinox occurs – this is the moment when the sun passes the equator and the day is as long as the night. If your horizon of view was at an altitude of 0 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, you could observe that the sun rises exactly in the east and sets in the west. The sun passes on the equator through the zenith at noon.

At the North Pole the sun rises and the polar day begins.

According to the Pagan calendar we can expect the High Feast of Ostara and the end of Wolf month on March 20th. The old Germanic pagan feast of spring equinox is named after the Norwegian goddess of fertility, whose name was Ostara (Eostre). The name for Easter was taken from this by some Germanic languages (Easter in English and in German Ostern). Today neo-pagans celebrate this holiday and apparently also Wiccans, who indicate it as their Witches Sabbat.

From Nisan 15th till 21st Jews celebrate Passover (in Hebrew Pesach) – The Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is the oldest feast in the Jewish tradition. Nisan is the first spring month in the Jewish calendar and it usually falls on the period from March to April. In Hebrew the spring is called “aviv”. This word is part of the name of the Israeli city of Tel-Aviv (literally translated “spring hill”).

Note the similarity of the name of the Jewish holiday of Pesach with names of Easter in different languages; “Pascha” in Latin, “påsk” in Swedish, “påske” in Norwegian and in Danish, “Pasen” in Dutch, “paskhal’nyy” in Russian, “Páscha” in Greek, “Pasko” in Esperanto, “Pascua” in Spanish, “Pascoe” in Portuguese, etc.

You can find this article in the new Illuminati Journal (03/2014): illuminati-journal.com

Giant Castle

Giant Castle, The Grand Mystical Lodge

They call it the Giant castle. An ancient fortification on the top of a hill high about a kilometre above the sea level. According to science this castle was built by the Celts. Interestingly, science wasn’t able to find out a single shred of evidence of any settlement there. Therefore, the scientists developed a hypothesis that it was just a place of ritual. The thing is the Celts didn’t build such places, never mind building them on a top of a hill and all the hard work by fortifying them with h stone walls. People who know the Celtic‘s attitudes towards god worshipping, also had to have a big laugh about the scientific hypothesis. What should science do when legends say that the Giant castle is occupied by giants who throw stones down the hill? And what is worse – stones actually really do fall down from the hills. Big hundred-kilo boulders fall in a large amounts. According to the scientists it is the tourists causing the stones fall. Science can be sometimes really funny, but what they completely overlooked, as if it didn’t exist, are the small stone trolls which appear throughout the place. One decade ago there were none – I went through this place several times myself. Today, there are dozens of them. As if something has been slowly but surely coming to us…