Week 1: Sharing Circle 101
Celtic Ideology and it's Relevance Today
The Celts thought of time as cyclical, not linear, and in this way did not fear death or darkness, as this inevitably led to rebirth. In fact the dying process is essential in all areas of our life, and through shedding old skins, we can allow the rotting debri to be the fertilizer for the seeds of our new beginnings and our becoming.
The Celts honoured the cycles of the moon, which of course were understood to be closely linked to women’s menstrual cycles, as well as the turning of the season which is known as the Wheel of the Year.
Following cycles in this way and being connected to the alchemical process of transformation is a powerful thing. Unfortunately as the Church rose within Europe, the Dark Feminine posed a threat. Descent and darkness in general became synonymous with ‘evil’. Mythic figures such as Pan, half goat half man, became personifications of the Devil. Herbalists and medicine women became ‘witches’, who were seen as a threat to the Church and it’s agenda, and subsequently hunted and killed in debasing and sadistic ways.
As the Celtic Holidays are centred around life cycles, it is obvious that many of them celebrate sexuality, fertility, death and rebirth. These are sacred rites, and when we come to know intimately these moments of transition; creation and destruction, we gain personal power, sovereignty and wisdom.
Empowered people are hard to control, thus many religions demonise these subjects, and make them taboo as a way to instill fear in the population, stripping people of their personal power, to retain control of the state, and power over its people. This still happens today, though religion has been replaced in many parts of the West with politics and social media.
Reviving this ancient wisdom is the activism of reviving the feminine, returning to the land, listening, and re-establishing the balance of outer expression, and inner reflection.