Dear Friend and fellow Celt,
When I was in high school, I studied Greek mythology as part of our curriculum. However, I wasn’t into it, as the gods seemed too immature and petty for my taste.
I had no idea that there were other types of mythology, such as Celtic and Norse, until much later.
As time passed, I began to explore the similarities and differences between various mythologies.
Eventually, I became fascinated with Celtic mythology and its various cycles. The tales of Cuchulainn, Finn Mac Cumhail, and the salmon of knowledge captured my imagination.
As I dug deeper into the culture of the Celts, I became more drawn to the stories and legends surrounding their gods.
Oghma quickly became my favorite, as his abilities and character stood out to me.
He is a revered god in Celtic mythology who represents the power of eloquence and language.
He is often depicted as a tall and muscular figure with a long beard and a stern expression.
Oghma is known as the inventor of the Ogham alphabet, a writing system possibly used by the ancient Celts to record their thoughts and ideas.
He is also associated with the bardic tradition and is said to have taught the art of storytelling to mortals.
Oghma is a god of knowledge and wisdom, and he is highly respected by scholars and intellectuals in Celtic culture.
What I love about the gods and heroes in Celtic mythology is how they showcase both the best and worst aspects of humanity.
These myths don't necessarily tell us what to do or how to behave but rather provide us with different perspectives and ways of thinking about situations.
There's always at least one kernel of truth in every myth, and that's what makes them so compelling and relevant even today.
As we continue to navigate the stresses and uncertainties of modern life, many of us are seeking ways to improve our mental health and well-being. While there are many approaches to managing anxiety and depression, one that is often overlooked is the wisdom of ancient mythology and other ancient ways.
Celtic mythology, in particular, offers a rich and complex tradition of storytelling that can help us to better understand our own struggles and find meaning and purpose in difficult times. Here are a five ways in which the stories and symbols of the Celtic tradition can be helpful for those dealing with anxiety and depression:
Finding Solace in the Natural World
The Celts were deeply connected to the natural world and saw it as a source of spiritual nourishment and healing.
The stories of Celtic mythology often feature animals, trees, and other elements of nature as important characters and symbols. By immersing ourselves in these stories, we can reconnect with the natural world and find solace and comfort in its beauty and power.
Engaging with nature, whether it be through walks in the woods, gardening, or simply spending time outside, can be incredibly calming and grounding. This connection to the natural world can help to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Finding Strength in Community
Celtic mythology is full of stories of heroes and heroines who face great challenges and overcome them with the help of their communities. These stories remind us of the importance of connection and support in times of difficulty. By seeking out and nurturing our own communities, we can find strength and resilience to face whatever challenges come our way.
Many symbols in Celtic mythology, such as the triskelion or the triquetra, are believed to have deep spiritual meanings. Incorporating these symbols into your daily life can serve as a reminder of your connection to something larger than yourself, which can be helpful when dealing with feelings of isolation or hopelessness.
The stories in Celtic mythology often feature themes of struggle, perseverance, and triumph over adversity. Reading or listening to these stories can provide inspiration and hope during difficult times.
Storytelling is very powerful.
So, don’t only read or listen to Celtic mythology, but be a part of it.
When you find a myth that particularly resonates with you, then learn the myth by heart. Learn it well. Practice telling the myth.
Storytelling is not easy, it is a very complicated task!
But if you master it, you will experience the myth in a completely different way and bask in the mesmerized faces of your audience as you recount the myth.
If you want to learn more about becoming a skillful storyteller, I recommend the book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks.
Rituals and ceremonies:
Celtic mythology is rich in ritual and ceremony, which can provide structure and purpose to daily life. Incorporating rituals such as lighting candles, saying prayers or blessings, or performing seasonal ceremonies can help to create a sense of stability and routine, which may be helpful in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Incorporating the wisdom of Celtic mythology into our lives is not a cure for anxiety and depression, but it can be a powerful tool in the toolbox for finding meaning and purpose in difficult times. Whether through reading and telling myths and stories, connecting with nature, using rituals and symbols, or seeking out supportive communities, we can draw on the rich legacy of the Celts to help us navigate life's challenges.
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With a skeptical mind and an analytical eye,
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Who is Mike?
Mike is a recovering accountant making his way through the world of Druid, Celtic, and Pagan traditions.
His goal is to uncover truly valuable Celtic, Druid, and Pagan practices that upgrade your mind (and life)—and here's the key—without any of the b.s. you find everywhere else!
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