|Homework: In your Dedicant Notebook, write a bit about what interests you in various hearth cultures. If you’re already settled on a hearth culture, skip to the next paragraph. What sort of things are you looking for in a culture? Do you have an ancestral tie to a certain culture, or is this even important to you? Are there myths that you find a commonality with? Are there cultural aspects that you particularly like? When the topic of cultures comes up, do certain ones stand out to you? […]|
Since I’m already settled with the Irish hearth culture since two years now, I’ll simply answers to the questions in the guide.
What sort of things are you looking for in a culture?
I want to be able to easily associate myself with the Deities from a culture. If I feel that the stories are unbelievable, it’ll be hard for me to feel any attraction with them. For me, believing is everything. I have a strongly open mind, but I am also rational. The stories told from the Bronze Age about the Irish mythology seem very much believable, and seems more than real. The Irish Deities were men and women with strength and weaknesses. Many ufologists even think the Tuatha Dé Danann could be “entities from the skies”, coming from space before humankind took upon the Irish lands. I’m not totally falling for that theory, but it implies how much the tales from the Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions) are credible and plausible.
Do you have an ancestral tie to a certain culture, or is this even important to you?
I don’t have an ancestral tie with Ireland as I can be aware of. My mother was adopted and I don’t know for sure. I might pass an AND test in the future to know my ancestral original, and I might find some Irish ties in my bloodline. Is it important to me? Yes and no. Yes, because I would love to know that some of my ancestor are Irish (or Scottish), and at the same time, this is not something that could prevent me of feeling part of a culture. In my head, I’m strongly connected with the Irish land, even if I don’t live there. I’m surrounding myself with Irish memorabilia, and I read anything I can on the subject (geography, history, mythology). Being Irish is not only a bloodline, it’s a feeling. Intellectually, I’m a human being. Geographically, I’m Canadian. Spiritually, thought, I’m Irish!
Are there myths that you find a commonality with?
I’m profoundly interested by the myths from that region, specifically with the Irish Pantheon (Tuatha Dé Dannan) and the Nature Spirits (Daoine Sidhe) stories.
Are there cultural aspects that you particularly like? When the topic of cultures comes up, do certain ones stand out to you?
I am strongly attracted to the geography, the history, the culture, the traditions, the languages, the myths and legends. I am certainly in love with Ireland. It seems that every corner is most beautiful than anything or anywhere! The history of the Irish families is very interesting. I also enjoy the Irish and the Celtic music, the look of the towns, the specific cultural food, like the traditional fish and chips or the beverage, like the delicious Guinness beer or the tasteful Jameson whisky! I’m trying my best to learn the modern Irish language (Gaeilge). To be put simply, I love everything Irish, even the red haired women from that country!
Does one set of gods speak out more to you than the other? What can you find out about them? Do you find an affinity to the attributes of a set of gods? Do certain things show up over and over again? Are there aspects of your personal life that you need help with? Are there deities who intrigue you, amuse you, or frighten you? Is there a Goddess who affects a large part of your life?
I’m connected with the Irish Pantheon (Tuatha Dé Dannan). I’ve read many books on the subject, and own many translated texts of the classic tales. The most important sources are the Dindshenchas (Lore of Places) and the Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions). Other manuscripts preserve such mythological tales as Aisling Óenguso (The Dream of Óengus), Tochmarc Étaíne (The Wooing of Étain) and Cath Maige Tuired (The Battle of Magh Tuireadh). I have many affinities with many Gods and Goddesses, and a very strong connection with my matron goddess: The Morrígan, which is a Triple Goddess: Anu, Badb and Macha. I knew The Morrígan was watching over me when I understood that crows and ravens have always surrounded me. The Morrígan changed me in a lot of ways, most of it where during the last two years. I needed confidence, and strength in my life, and she helped me a lot to evolve into a better and stronger person. She also helped me with my psychic ability, which is the gift of clairsentience/empath, and also with my new divination aptitudes, which I continue to explore every day. Next Samhain, I have an appointment in a Tattoo Shop to begin my Morrígan tattoo. In April 2017, after six sessions, I’ll proudly wear an artistic image of my matron goddess on my arm, forever!