My Beliefs


Characteristics of My Religious Worldview:

The following thoughts are my own religious worldview.  I am an Irish Traditional Polytheist. I suppose I should define some of the terms in the above statement before I define my beliefs.

Polytheism: Polytheism from French polythéisme (16th century), formed from Greek polytheos “of many gods,” from polys “many” and theos “god”. Polytheism then is the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.

Irish: One half of my family comes mainly from Ireland and this is the culture that I ground myself into spiritually.

Belief in Deity:

As a Traditional Polytheist I believe in**:

  1. Realism: I believe that gods actually exist, and have effects on the world of human experience.
  2. Pure descriptivism: I use the term “god” as simply a description, and I can readily conceive of gods whom, as an individual, I do not worship, serve or obey. For example I worship the Irish gods, but I also understand that there are Greek god, roman gods etc., which I do not worship but that other people do.
  3. Pluralism: I believe that gods are actually distinct beings, rather than one entity appearing under a series of disguises or aspects.
  4. Finitism: I believe that gods are not omnipotent or omniscient, but operate within significant limits and have particular areas of concern or ruler-ship.
  5. A common world: I believe that gods are not isolated from one another or from the ordinary world, but are capable of interacting wit each other and with other beings, in ways ranging from cooperation to conflict, and in contexts that include human social and physical environments.

**From Mavrodes’ list of concepts central to traditional polytheism.

My household deities are An Morríghan and Lugh.

I base my practice in research.  I try to research the gods and the history, mythology and folklore of the Celtic people, especially the Irish.  This is mainly what I try to base my spiritual path on.  However, because we don’t really know HOW the Celts preformed their rituals or their daily worship practices, there will be a certain amount of interpretation of the information we do have.  This is where unverified personal gnosis otherwise known as UPG comes in.  Using the comparative religion method I try to look at the religions that are descended from the proto-Indo-Europeans, like Hinduism, and fill in the gaps in my path in as much as it fits in with the Celtic worldview.

Sacred Texts and Writings:

Sacred texts and writings are very easy to define in religions like Islam, where they have the Qur’an, in Christianity where they have the Bible, and in Judaism, where they have the Torah (Old Testament), but what about paganism? Sacred texts and writings can come in three forms; oral traditions, which are then written down later, artistic representations like statues, paintings, and icons, and manuscripts like the ones mentioned above or writings of the influential persons in any religion.

I think for my beliefs “Sacred Texts” is too strong a word, however, there are some writings that I do believe should be considered important to my faith. The myths of the Irish Celts that give us the stories of the gods and the heroes and the folklore that is handed down through the ages, things like the Carmina Gadelica for instance where you have prayers and blessings are all very important.

Rituals and Ceremonies:

Almost every religion has its rituals and ceremonies; these include festivals to mark the seasons and important events, sacrifice and/or offerings, sacramental rites, pilgrimages, meditation, healing rites and customary worship.

For now I’m celebrating the New Moon, Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. I’m sure as I learn more about the subject I will be able to expand this section.

Ethics:

Every religion has a code of ethics and moral standards that it lives by. These codes and standards are influences by the religion and the culture the individual may come from. What is acceptable in one culture may not be so in another. And religion is most certainly influenced by the culture it lives in, just like it influences that culture.

My Personal Basic Code of Ethics

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11 thoughts on “My Beliefs

  1. Carlye McAllister says:

    this web site is absolutly fasinating! My eyes are burning and I should stop reading and clean my kitchen but I just cant! I feel a strong pull toward celtic and pagan belifes. Thankyou….
    Carlye McAllister.

  2. Thank you again, for your website which makes me feel right at home. I feel a kinship with your views and have arrived at very similar ones myself through research, art, music and exposure to many cultures. It is great to find intelligent, grounded and generous people like you and those you attract in your discussions. It is as though we are of the same thought-clan even though we’ve never met and live across the world from each other. ……Melinda Paterson

  3. Roger says:

    Good morning:

    Just a note to thank you for your wonderful website.

    I am a not-too-orthodox Christian. I am strongly attracted to the lovely nature-centered spirituality practiced by Pagans and Witches. I regret the unfair judgments which Christians make about people who follow alternative spiritual paths. .

    I am still a novice in my understanding of alternative spiritual paths I rely on websites like yours for information and inspiration. I receive joy and peace from many of the things I read there.

    I have a question: Is it possible, do you think, that Jesus had a Celtic as well as a Jewish ancestry? Celts once lived widely throughout Europe and Asia and Celtic inhabitation is reflected in place names beginning with “Gal” or “Gaul:” Galatia in Turkey, Galicia in Spain and Gaul in France. Jesus’ mother Mary was from Galilee, where Jesus grew up and began his ministry. The name of the place may signify that Celts lived there and intermarried with their Israelite/Jewish neighbors. Do you think that Jesus’s teachings about God’s love and how we should treat one another reflect Celtic as well as Old Testament influences?

    Best wishes for a prosperous and blessed 2012.

  4. MystiMoon says:

    Wow. Just wow. I just found this site whle perusing through google and I must say it is as if I wrote these posts myself. I am astonished how similar our thinking is. Although, you did write all this down for the whole world to see so I say, “kuddos” to you for that difference. Well written articles to. Thanks!

  5. wynnruth4 says:

    This is a fascinating site. My father was from Wales I have always felt a strong connection to the Celts and I’m currently working on a novel that is a Celtic tale so I’ve found your site very interesting.

  6. Hi there, just found your site and enjoyed the reviews I have read before. My views as a (Brythonic) polytheist tie in quite well with yours. Where does this list come from? Has Mavrodes written a book on the topic?

    • celticscholar says:

      Thanks, the list comes from the book A World Full of Gods by John Greer. Mavrodes is a philosopher who has written many books, but I can’t tell you which one the lists comes from (I’m looking for it myself lol).

  7. Cassandra says:

    I have only just discovered this site and it is wonderful. I have been going back through some of your reviews, as you have covered a lot of books I have been interested in obtaining for my personal library.

    In the future do you think you might create a kind of condensed bibliography of suitable books by subject ie: witchcraft, divination, general history etc. It would be a fantastic reference list to have.

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