The Tuatha are a group of deities that came from the East and settled in Ireland. It is possible to trace their migration through indo-european languages and etymology. Although the genetics of the Irish people are fairly constant they did accept migrating gods and gave them home in their hills, rivers, lakes and oceans. The deities of the Tuatha were eventually supplanted on the surface by the Mileseans which came from the continent as well. It worked out that the Mileseans ruled the surface and the Tuatha ruled inside the hills and land. The Mileseans were people not deities.
A common mythic structure of the Indo European continent is like this, there are primordial titan like beings who are the land, moon, time, etc itself and create and mold it. Then some gods either their children, or migrating gods of culture and society come along and supplant them to some extent—gods of war, weather, and skill take over certain parts of the landscape while some of the primordial figures continue to have a role—although somewhat limited by the deities. Then some gods or angels of skill (sometimes pastoral sometimes agricultural, etc), fire and forging, and culture conspire with (certain) humans to put them more in charge and after that the primordials, deities and humans (and other beings like ancestors, fairies, and genius loci) share the power in different ways. Then in some places, like Ireland and Wales, another set of stories show how the deities and the people took on Christianity—by various special events, like St. Brigit midwifing Christ, or Taliesin being at the cross, or the Children of Lir being freed by a Christian priest, or Ossian’s dialogues with St. Patrick. These stories reveal spiritual truths about the evolution of spiritual life for the people and their meeting of various spiritual entities. In most cases in Ireland, there is a settling of the landscape being all shared between the various spiritual figures. None of them go away entirely. Basically Ireland is a very crowded place spiritually, the Tuatha being just one (very significant) aspect of the nation and people.
|—||Barry H. Gillespie (via onlinecounsellingcollege)|
The exquisite ancient standing stone circle of Lauragh, Kerry, Ireland by Hughie O’Connor
Hi lovely, I can certainly do that.
- Don’t commit to anything right away. A lot of people who are new to witchcraft or paganism (note: the two are separate concepts but often go hand in hand) feel the need to “choose” a specific tradition, path, or deity. This is absolutely not necessary, you don’t need to label yourself right away, or even at all. Of course, if you really feel drawn to something, go for it; what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t feel pressure to make up your mind immediately about the direction you’re going to go in, ya feel?
- Experiment. Something that I figured out when I was starting was that there isn’t always a specific way to do something. For example, astral travel: there isn’t a specific spell or ritual shared among all witches to enable you to astral travel. Certain traditions might have specific ways to do certain things, but witchcraft is really customizable. I always recommend doing what works best for you personally, and to figure that out, you have to experiment with different ways of doing things. Which brings me to my next point…
- You will make mistakes/fail/be wrong/fuck up sometimes. This is just a fact, and regardless of what they claim, every single witch has done this before, and they’ve probably done it many times. And, people are probably going to get shitty with you about it, especially if your mistake takes place here on Tumblr. Or, you’ll do a spell that totally backfires and does the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Or, you interact with an entity who turns out to be unsavory.
You cannot let this prevent you from moving forward, or you will never make any progress! But, it’s important that you recognize your mistake(s) and learn from it. If someone calls you out for something, listen to what they have to say, and ask for sources if they don’t give them to you immediately. If you were wrong about something, apologize and move on. If your spell backfired, figure out why, and decide what you’ll do differently in the future. The same goes for unpleasant entity interactions, except you’ll likely want to figure out how to protect against that sort of thing in the future and banish them from your presence for the time being.
Those are the main things I can think of! For the record, I am not one of the people who is going to be mean to you if you have made a mistake, so you can always come to me if you’re nervous. I’m only mean to people who are being assholes.
If you have any other questions about getting started, don’t be afraid to ask me!