Celtic mythology and spirituality are the base upon which Celtic shamanism is practiced. The word Shaman is Siberian in origin, and it means “spirit-walker”.
For many indigenous cultures around the world, the Shaman represents higher consciousness.
While most people relate the world of Shamanism with Native American culture, it is also a part of Celtic history, and its legacy continues today…
Traditions Of Celtic Shamanism…
In Celtic lore, the three areas of the universe are the earth, the heavens, and the otherworld…all energy flows between these three regions…for this reason, the number three has special significance in Celtic history.
The sacred power of three is just one part of the unique symbology of Celtic shamanism.
Shamans in any culture are the bridgeway between the spirit world and the earthly plane…for the common people, shamans guide the pathway that leads to greater enlightenment.
Through the rituals of the ancient Celts, today’s “modern” shamans revisit the past and search for the same commonalities, truths, and transcendent visions…nature, chanting, and group gatherings are often features of modern “journeys”…
A Shaman is always known for wisdom and for possessing an understanding of history, mysticism, and healing. He or she will control visionary journeys to a higher plane of consciousness.
Sometimes, mind-altering substances are used under the “care” of a Shaman in order to provoke visions and revelations i.e. hallucinations…today, it is important to be careful if you are considering taking such a spiritual journey – there are inherent health risks and pitfalls…
In most cultures, the Shaman plays a role as a spiritual guide or protector. In the case of the Celts, stories of visions and mystical teachings remain in the ancient tales of Taliesin, shapeshifting – The Song Of Amergin is an example – and Paganism.
Here is a stanza from The Song Of Amergin, which was written in 1530 B.C.E.; its evocative images really do capture the essence of Celtic shamanism…
I am a stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among flowers,
I am a wizard: who but I
Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?
The Tree Of Life…
In Celtic mythology, the Tree of Life is a sacred component – all of spirituality, evolution, and understanding are symbolized in its shape and its delicate leaves. At its base, the roots and trunk of the tree represent the realm of the lower world, with all of its earthly desires and urges.
As the tree stretches towards the sky, it becomes a symbol of the upper world, and, finally, the heavens, which promise a celestial reward to the enlightened…
Other Symbols Of Celtic Mythology –
If you are looking for a piece of authentic, handcrafted Celtic jewelry that really captures the spirit of Celtic shamanism and mythology, a spiral ring can be an ideal choice.
For thousands of years, this motif has appeared on Celtic runestones, burial mounds, and art treasures.
Today, the artisans of Ireland honor the old traditions by crafting unique designs that reference the past. The lovely ladies’ Spiral wedding band shown above is a beautifully-designed and expertly crafted piece of heirloom quality.
Honoring your lifetime commitment with a Celtic spiral wedding band can be the perfect way to reference your own ancestry and culture while embarking on a brand-new journey…
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