April 22nd, 2006

reporting for duty (bridge crew)

Beta Post of FAQ questions and answers - Post 1

Here are the draft answers of the first section of questions and answers from the CR FAQ we've been putting together. Feedback is welcome and encouraged.

The FAQ has become very, very long, so this is just the beginning. Once finished we will be posting it on the web, and printing up a booklet version as well. Copyright will be ©2006 to the group who are co-writing it (currently eight of us), with thanks to everyone on cr_r for your help. We will permit extensive quoting of the FAQ, and printing out for personal use, but will retain the right to any sale of the material. Though how much we will sell a booklet of material available for free on the internet, I don't know; but it does seem to be a good idea to also have a hardcopy version available.


Section One: So What is Celtic Reconstructionism (CR)?

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reporting for duty (bridge crew)

Beta Post of FAQ questions and answers - Post 2

See the previous post for data on the progress of the FAQ project. These are the drafts of the rest of the questions and answers from the first section (So What is Celtic Reconstructionism (CR)?) and are copyright ©2006 to the group of us who are doing the writing.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged.

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Part of Theology section of FAQ

Here's a rough draft of some of the theology answers.
1 Do you worship The Goddess?
We don't worship a monolithic Goddess that is made up of all other goddesses. We worship individual goddesses, who each have their own unique personality, as well as gods. (Except for certain people who only worship goddesses- or however you want to phrase it)

2 Which gods do you worship?
Deities that were worshipped in ancient Celtic cultures.

3 So you worship all the Celtic Deities?
Not necessarily. Most Celtic Reconstructionists focus on a particular culture, such as Welsh (deities include Don, Lleu, Arianrhod, Gwydion) Gaulish (Taranis, Epona, Cernunnos, Rosmerta)
or Irish/Scottish (Danu, Dagda, Morrigan, Brigid, Lugh).
Besides, there are also some Celtic deities that we know very little about, or ones that were worshipped in the past, but that we have no record of.

4 So should I just pick a Matron or Patron from a list of Deities and swear oaths to Them?
You don't choose a patron deity, they choose you. Not everyone has a patron, and that's O.K. Also you don't need to swear an oath to a deity or anyone else to belong to this tradition. (Heh heh, I'd like to quote the person on this community who said "you don't have to take Lugh as your personal savior or anything")

5 I want to do a ritual, which Deity should I use?
Firstoff, you don't "use" a deity, you honor one. Some holidays and rites of passage may have particular deities associated with them- Imbolc is Brigid's festival, Taillte & Lugh at Lughnasagh for example. Research the customs and traditions surrounding the ritual.