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« Reply #45: January 16, 2010, 10:12:23 pm »

More UPG for you: while there are definite differences between the different types of Celtic and Norse religions (British vs. Irish and Germanic vs. Icelandic, f'ex), I've always felt that those two cultures were more compatible than, say, Norse and Egyptian. I'm also certain that I've come across various Wiccan and syncretic Pagan groups that have attempted to bring together aspects of both cultures under one religion. To the Google machine!

I have a sense of this too, and historically it makes a bit of sense. There was a good deal of cultural mixing going on between the Scandinavian peoples and the Celtic peoples, and I have a hard time believing that the gods would be angered by sharing devotees because of it.

So what sort of rituals would someone use for a system like this?
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« Reply #46: January 16, 2010, 11:25:04 pm »

I'm thinking Britain. I just don't feel much from the Irish crowd.

Sorry -- just to clarify:  Are you looking for the names of British gods?  Any particular attributes?
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« Reply #47: January 16, 2010, 11:59:52 pm »

Sorry -- just to clarify:  Are you looking for the names of British gods?  Any particular attributes?

Yes.  Grin

Anything and everything I can learn would be fantastic, and so would any advice I can get.
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« Reply #48: January 17, 2010, 12:10:30 am »

Yes.  Grin

Anything and everything I can learn would be fantastic, and so would any advice I can get.

...does the Doctor count as a British god? Cheesy;; *scuttles away*

When I think British mythology, I think of Arthur, Merlin, the Round Table, and Morgan le Fey. An initial searching of Wikipedia is being extraordinarily unhelpful in giving me anything other than that. B|
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« Reply #49: January 17, 2010, 12:13:29 am »

Anything and everything I can learn would be fantastic, and so would any advice I can get.

Nobody can tell you which gods to worship.  So, my best advise is to start reading.  As you go, you'll probably start to feel a "pull" toward certain god/desses. 

Start with the British-focused books on the Celtic reconstructionist reading lists:
http://www.paganachd.com/faq/readinglist.html
http://www.imbas.org/imbas/readlist.html

Specifically, I'd suggest Hutton's and Davidson's books, especially Hutton's The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles, and Davidson's The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe and Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe.  They can be a bit academic (that is, dry), but they're excellent and well-respected.  I also have a soft-spot for Miranda Green's work -- particularly her work on Celtic goddesses -- but I can't remember if she deals with Britain or not. (Also, you'll read that some people have reservations about her work because she writes about Celtic solar gods, for which the evidence is less than solid.  So take that part with a grain of salt.)

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #50: January 17, 2010, 01:04:57 am »

I'm thinking Britain. I just don't feel much from the Irish crowd.


Would looking into the deities of the Anglo-Saxons help?   
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« Reply #51: January 17, 2010, 02:04:38 am »

Would looking into the deities of the Anglo-Saxons help?   

Possibly. I've done a bit of looking, and it seems like they followed slightly modified versions of the Norse gods, with a few exceptions. It's all very confusing.

Nobody can tell you which gods to worship.  So, my best advise is to start reading.  As you go, you'll probably start to feel a "pull" toward certain god/desses. 

What I've started noticing is that I feel hardly anything when I'm trying to research.( I did get something of a jolt from reading a description of Freya from the Prose Edda, though. But even then, I had randomly turned to the page.) I usually feel things when I least expect it. For example, I think I had a sort of "Oh..hi" moment a few days ago. I was pondering an idea for a play I have to write for class that would focus on war letters, and I had a sense of a man standing in an endless cemetary. It was a very melancholy scene, and I realized that I was looking at Tyr. He really wasn't the one I expected when I started all this. I mentioned this to my Asatru friend, and he was a bit surprised, as well, but I think he's the one I have the strongest connection to right now. I'm not quite sure about how to honor this, though, since there doesn't seem to be much lore on him beyond the Fenris story.
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« Reply #52: January 17, 2010, 08:28:00 am »

...does the Doctor count as a British god? Cheesy;; *scuttles away*

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« Reply #53: January 17, 2010, 02:10:54 pm »

Oh hell yes! Gimme gimme!

*whistles as she starts compiling all her hymns she's written to the Doctor* I love the fact chaos magic gives me the excuse to worship fictional characters. XD
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« Reply #54: January 18, 2010, 12:15:36 am »

When I think British mythology, I think of Arthur, Merlin, the Round Table, and Morgan le Fey. An initial searching of Wikipedia is being extraordinarily unhelpful in giving me anything other than that.

I haven't read this anywhere else, but Charles Squire in his Celtic Myth and Legend talks about the Gods as King Arthur's Knights. I've listed some of the correspondences he claims:

Pwyll - Sir Pelias and and Pelles
Arawn - Anguish or Anguissance (Squire calls these corruptions of his name)
Belinus - Balin
Pryderi - Keeper of the Grail, Pellam
Gwyn son of Nudd - 3 names: Sir Gwinas, Sir Guynas, and Sir Gwenbaus
Melwas - Sir Melias and Sir Meliagraunce
Lludd - King Loth, or Lot of Orkney
Lleu Llaw Gyffes - Sir Gawain (Gwalchmei)
Dylan - Sir Mordred (or Medrawt)
Emrys/Myrddin - King Bors (Emrys) and Merlin (Myrddin)
Bran - King Ban of Benwick or Balan
Rhiannon - Nimue/Vivien (Lady of the Lake, essentially)
Elen - appears as 5 different "Elaines"
Arianrod - wife of King Lot
Gwydion - King Arthur

Like I said, I haven't read of these associations anywhere else, and I haven't confirmed Squire's authority. He's not listed in the CR reading list as either a recommended or an "avoid-at-all-costs." The text to which I'm referring is dated 1975. Also, the writing is not the clearest and it's very possible that I'm misreading/misinterpreting these associations.
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