Shamanism is practised worldwide. Its roots can be found in many traditions and peoples around the globe. I was born in Austria and therefore feel connected to the traditions of Celtic shamanism. I celebrate the festivals of the Celtic Wheel of the year and the Hindu holidays with my family (My husband Nipun is Hindu).
Celtic Rituals – Shamanism
The Celts lived throughout Central Europe during the Iron Age. They settled in Anatolia to Ireland and left the traces of their culture there. “The Celts”, however, were not a homogeneous tribe. There was no central leader nor a proclaimed state. Instead, they were individual tribes that had some cultural similarities. For example, they were not called “Celts” in those days, but rather “Gauls” in France, “Helvetians”, “Sequans” and “Raurici” in southern Germany and today’s Switzerland, and “Galatians” in Turkey.
However, these tribes had standard features and cultural similarities. For example, each tribe had a spiritual leader who acted as a teacher and judge. These men, and later even women, were later called druids. Because we know what kind of tasks they had, we can call them shamans today. In addition to their worldly duties, the druids took the place of a priest who mediated between the worlds, performed sacrificial customs and guided his community through the annually recurring traditions. This is how the Celtic Wheel of the Year came arose.
Celtic Wheel of the Year – Celebrations for Mother Earth and the moon
The Celtic peoples have built many buildings (e.g. Stonehenge) precisely aligned with the solstices. These days were crucial to know when the seeds had to be sown in the field, harvest time, etc. Four moon festivals accompany the four solstice celebrations. The calendar starts at the beginning of the winter half-year with the moon festival Samhain.
Celtic Wheel of the Year – How can we celebrate Celtic Rituals today
Festivals have always marked new beginnings and turning points. Everything is constantly changing; that is the natural course of life. Therefore, we should not shy away from change or even try to ignore it. The Celtic festivals are fantastic opportunities to celebrate something new in life and establish a connection to nature and the inner self. The festivals give us the chance to close the past and welcome the future, thankfully. We hardly take time to breathe deeply and be free in our stressful everyday life. Celebrate the annual festivals and find freedom for yourself. When we celebrate these festivals today, we connect with the power of nature and our ancestors.
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