The ‘Dark’ Side of Paganism and Witchcraft: Death, Curses, and the Otherworld

A witch dressed in all black sits in front of her altar, lit candles, bones, and a cauldron adorn it. She takes an athame and cuts open her hand to provide blood for her magic. Speaking an ancient language, she casts curses and hexes upon her enemies. – Now be honest, this is what you probably think of when you hear the word “witch”, most people and even Pagans are guilty of thinking this.

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This is going to be Celtic Patheone Week

Sorry, my weeks start on Thursday when it comes to posting. This week I will be posting information about some of the Celtic Goddesses and Gods. Something to keep in mind when exploring Celtic Gods and Goddesses is the people who called themselves or where given the name Celtic in later years come from a wide variety of places stretching from Turkey to Germany and onto the what is now known as the British Isles (Wales, Ireland, England, and Scotland). Each of these tribes had a few of the same deities but sometimes known by different names and some of the Celtic deities were known only in a specific region.

Celtic Gods and Goddesses

Below is an article that was originally posted on APOLLO’S RAVEN Website: http://www.linneatanner.com/blog/celtic-gods-goddesses/

The ultimate adventure, when all the barriers and ogres have been overcome, is commonly represented as a mystical marriage of the triumphant hero-soul with the Queen Goddess of the World—Joseph Campbell

Introduction

Previous posts on APOLLO’S RAVEN have provided an overview of Ancient Celtic religion and the pantheon of gods and goddesses. Although there are approximately 400 names of Celtic gods and goddesses which have been found throughout the vast area once inhabited by the Celts in Europe, from Ireland to Turkey, 305 of these names were inscribed only once. These were probably names of local deities. Only twenty names occurred with greater frequency and many of the Celtic gods and goddesses can be associated with Roman’s. The Celtic polyvalent deity did not have exclusive functions, but they were adept in all things. They also appeared in many polymorphic guises that included zoomorphic forms which combined human and animal attributes.

Below in an overview of Celtic gods and goddesses who were more widely accepted by the ancient Celts across all regions.


Celtic Gods and Goddesses

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