Networking with the Gods

I have mine, regardless if some of you think I am wrong, and you have yours, which I fully accept, but most of us pray to Someone/something, this is the basics of what we are now, and have been since we became aware of our place in the cosmos.

In 1986, after I left school, which was a Christian School, I began to question my Faith, something did not quite feel right, something did not add up for me. I drifted in and out of different Faiths and paths, trying many, including the Dark side. Through Norse, with Reverence to Odin, the All Father, where I was being taught by a Runic Warrior. But every time I Called upon Odin for council I got a massive headache, more akin to a migraine behind my Right eye. But after a year or so I was told that it was not the right way for me. In 1994 I had my first Shamanic Vision, within a dream, with the end result being I thought my end was coming, but for obvious reasons it was not my end.  I have been Shaman Based since although the Spirits may change sometimes.

But several nights ago I had cause to call Odin again for council, but how should I proceed? I know him, I have worked with him, but he is not of my Path. Then another e-mail bomb in my mind and I knew what I had to do.

After Hilary had gone to bed, and all was quiet I focused and called upon Fildas, Goddess of Shaman works. I asked Her if Odin would give me council, as I need His advice, and within seconds the massive headache was there, so I knew it was Odin.

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Native European Women

Women have always had an important place in Native Culture, as well as the Celts and the Baskunes, More so when to look at the woman’s place within the other main Cultures, like the Greek and Romans, whose women were second class citizens. Not much different from the Saxon view. Women could also own land, slaves, and other property, and were given important jobs and status within the tribe, and it has been documented that Woman were in the front line in battles, that they were also warrior trainers, and several high profile and important Heroes from Irish myth were sent to Warrior Woman for their warrior training. In fact it is believed that most young men were sent to these woman to learn the art of fighting, add to this the Imazighen (Berber) women enjoy more freedom than that common among Arab women. They are not veiled, they can chose to divorce and they retain their dowry. This is because they like our ancestors were here before the migration of the tribes out of the Middle-East.

Women were doctors, judges, Rulers, blacksmiths, priests, In fact any job a man could do, so could a woman, and both were given equal status. This is most keenly noted in the Temple of Brid, where no man is ever allowed to set foot, (see more on Brid later), and when She was Christianised to Saint Bridget, her temple was converted to a Convent. And when the local male Bishop demanded entrance to check if things were being done correctly to the Irish Church’s way of thinking, he was refused entrance by the Mother Superior, and told to appoint a female Bishop to do the check. This led to Bridget being de-canonised, losing her Sainthood, on the grounds that She had not in fact performed any miracles. While Saint Patrick performed the Miracle of ridding Ireland of snakes!

In pre-Christian Ireland, as in the other “Celtic” lands, everyone had a family name. There were no “Bastard sons” and I will tell you why. We took the family name from our Mother, rather than the Christian idea of Father, and everyone knew who their Mother was, even if they never knew their Father. This Fact proves once again that women held a higher place in Native,Baskunes  and “Celtic” society than almost any other race or creed. The Romans and Greeks treated their women as second-class citizens, and I will not even go into the Saxon View. That is just one of the major differences that the Christian Religion gave to the Native peoples of these Islands and Western Europe as a whole. Why do you think that it is “Mother Earth” and not Father Earth? Mother is the Creator of life, Mother is the one who will bear the next generation of the tribe, and thus guarantee the continuation of the Tribe.

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God

I am not into religion bashing, and I will fight tooth and nail to everyone to believe in what they want to have Faith in. I have shouted at Christians and “Pagans” and Wiccans with regards to this.

But today God has many forms and functions. The Jews have one, Muslims have another and the Christians another, and then there are the different sects and Paths within each of these. But these are the official Faiths of God.

Saturday afternoon 20,000- 40,000 gather in their temples and sacred places to watch heroes play football (soccer to all you Americans) and they sing and pray and ask God to let them win, or to save the shot and then if they win they are joyful and “Thank God we won” or “Thank God he saved that shot” And during the Summer they drift to another sport, or watch Football from another Country and do much the same.

Friday Night and Saturday Night the Faithful gather around their TV’s and via Facebook pray that their favourite will go through and thank God when they do or OMG how did they get through?

Both of these are the new breed of Faith, but geared still towards God, and within the Markets, where millions of pounds are traded, lost and gained, God is there, with whispered prayers that they made the right deal.

But what is my point? Why this post?

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Next life, or last life?

Ok so I am writing again, from a flash of a thought, like an e-mail going off in my mind, so we know where this came from, but here goes.

I die, everything dies, hell even the Universe will die at some point, nothing lasts forever, but that is the point of life, of being, that is the whole reason, well in my book anyway. But what happens when I die? That is the question.

Option 1 My Queen decides that I have learned my Life Lesson and allows me onwards to the Otherworld, until the end of Time, thus this may be what most will think I mean by Last Life in the title.

Option 2 My Queen decides that I have not learned my Life Lesson and sends me back to the Underworld where I will be “reprocessed” and sent back here. Now I know these are Facts as far as I am concerned, but this is what I mean by the title. Where will I end up?

Time is a Human Concept, being into Archaeology and History I understand this concept well, but on the Otherside of Life, does time exist? Past, Present, Future, or just Now (everywhen). Could this be why we see Ghosts, flashes from another Time, granted always in older fashions and never in Future Fashions, but When would I come back, and has the year 30,000 A.D. already happened, but it is just that we, with our concept of time, can not comprehend such ideas.

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Native Irish – Shaman Based, My Faith

Ok so I have written elsewhere on this subject, what is Native Irish – Shaman Based? But it changes slightly as I learn about myself and the Gods.

I pray to the Old Pre-Christian Gods (see Gods/Goddesses) of Ireland, with particular reverence to Ulster rather than the other 3 Provinces in Erin, simply because my bloodline is from Ulster on my Mothers side, Father unknown, so I do not count that line. Along with them I also give regards to the Great Spirits, mainly from my people, but also one from the Americas, I know why, but She chose me a long time ago.

The Divine
Danu/Anu/Tailtu Great Spirit Mother Creator, Mother Earth.
Morrigan Divine Great Fairy (Fae) Queen of Ulster. She who will judge me when I die, My Queen.
Brid/Bridget/Bride Goddess of the Land, Crafts, Fertility (of mind and body), Music.
Mananas God of the Sea, God of the Shamanic Journey, He who will take me the the Otherworld or the Underworld.
Labraid God of the Underworld, He who will decide my return, and as what, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, and the lesson I must learn this time.
Fildas Goddess of the Wild places, Wild Animals, Goddess of Shape- shifting, Guide on the Journey of the Shaman.
Suz A Goddess of my own device, created by Brid, Morrigan and Danu who created a storm which fused the music Brid was playing, and charged it with electric, My Goddess of Rock music and song-writing. Always helpful when I call upon her when I am had pushed to finish a song or get the words right.

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