The Importance of Texts

It’s important to read the texts your path has. Most books are derived from them, but the writer’s interpretation of the text may not be what yours is and they may miss parts that are important to you. Some of the books written by authors who have read texts will be good. Others will not be so good. This is why we need to do the work and read the texts.

I’ve found this as I’ve read The Auraceipt, which deals with ogham. Ogham is a system of marks which denote letters of the alphabet and is found in some Celtic countries, notably Ireland and Wales. According to The Auraceipt Ogham has various meanings, for example ash is attributed to weaving. I haven’t seen anything that mentions ash as weaving in the books on Ogham that I have read, so it’s probably been missed out as not many people today weave.

This is why I am going back to the texts and working from there. It takes a long time to sort out meanings, but you know that you are using the correct meanings that work and not something that will be hit and miss depending on what else you use in that spell.

For someone following an Irish path who has not read any texts before, the best text to start off with is the Lebor Gabala Erenn translated by R.A.S. MacAlister. Most of the prominent deities are mentioned there and the book contains stories of their lives. Accallam na Senorach translated by Ann Dooley and Harry Roe is about the deities after the Lebor Gabala Erenn and a good second text to read.

Other paths will have their own texts which unfortunately I do not know about as I’m concentrating on Irish books and others which have been recommended to me.

Staying True to my Path

On a message board I’m on someone asked how we stay true to our path and not become eclectic.  Being an Irish practitioner, there is no one path laid down to follow, no prescribed route to take and no holy book that hasn’t been tampered with.

I read the texts and other books associated with my path.  Some of them are useful and some of them have little or no clues to my path.  I give the books marked “pagan” a miss unless someone else has recommended them.  A lot of them have inaccuracies I can spot a mile off and aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

I tend to stick to books which are in the archaeology and myths & legends sections or a translated Irish text.  The Irish texts I usually order from the library.  In my local library it costs £1 if they buy the book or the book is in the county, but the Irish texts normally come from a university and cost £2.50 because they’re out of the county.

I also meditate weekly, using Immramic meditation (see and meeting one of my deities who is teaching me.  And most importantly, I think about things and ask questions, one of which is : “is this correct for my path?”

Some things, like charm bracelets and Graeco-Romanic astrology I have to bring in from outside, as there is nothing in the Irish ways to fill the gap.  The charm bracelet holds any spells I need on a day-to-day basis and the druids did consult astrology, so there is a legitimate reason to fill the gap with things from other cultures.

Unfortunately there is no record of what astrology the Irish druids used.  The Celtic Tree astrology is not astrology, as astrology needs to be a lot more complex than which tree you were born under.  It also only dates as far back as Robert Graves.

Other things, like spirit guides, I don’t need.  I have my deities to guide me and teach me things.  Some lessons come easier than others, but I am grateful for the time these deities are putting into me.

This path is a long, hard slog to find the crumbs that we have been left with and make them into a whole path.  But it’s been rewarding doing it and if I gave it up tomorrow, I still would not regret it.