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My Mystic Messages with Celtic Shamanism: Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times

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My Mystic Messages with Celtic Shamanism: Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times

By Katta Mapes, Your Psycho-Spiritual Guide and Xplorer  

“Shamanism is the oldest form of spiritual discipline in the world and its Celtic manifestation probably the least well known.” – John Matthews

Each month I choose a different one of my card decks for My Mystic Message. This month I chose to explore a Celtic shamanistic perspective for insight this month using this deck: The Celtic Shaman’s Pack- Exploring the Inner Worlds by John Matthews and illustrated by Chesca Potter.

The ancient Celts, a vibrant and spiritual people, were deeply connected to the natural world around them. They possessed a rich tapestry of beliefs and practices, among which Celtic Shamanism found its roots. While the vast majority of our knowledge about Celtic Shamanism stems from oral traditions and fragments of stories passed down, its principles have survived throughout the ages, offering a framework for understanding the world and our place within it.

At its core, Celtic Shamanism is a spiritual practice that envisions a world interwoven with multiple realms, both seen and unseen. Shamans, known as Druids or Poets among the Celts, serve as intermediaries between these realms, facilitating communication and maintaining balance. They commune with nature, invoking deities and ancestral spirits to gain wisdom, divine guidance, and healing energy.

In Celtic Shamanism, daily life is laced with a profound reverence for the natural world. Practitioners understand that every being, from the smallest insect to the tallest tree, is imbued with spirit and conscious presence. By aligning with the cycles of nature, they harmonize their inner world with the outer cosmos. Daily rituals, such as observing the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, or sharing gratitude for the Earth's abundant gifts, form the foundation of this practice. This cultivation of awareness allows individuals to attune to the energy patterns of the universe and better understand their purpose within it.

Additionally, Celtic Shamanism emphasizes the importance of storytelling in daily life. These stories, often passed down through generations, contain profound mythological and historical knowledge. They serve as metaphoric maps, guiding individuals in navigating life's triumphs, trials, and transitions. Through storytelling, the wisdom of the ancestors remains alive and relevant, offering a treasury of knowledge that can be applied to modern challenges.

The practices of Celtic Shamanism also encompass healing and divination. By engaging in trance-like states, shamans enter altered states of consciousness, where they can access hidden realms and receive healing knowledge or guidance. Rituals involving sound, movement, and sacred herbs are employed to address physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances. These practices highlight the interconnectedness of individuals and their environments, nurturing a holistic approach to well-being.

Although modern life diverges greatly from the ancient Celtic civilization, the teachings of Celtic Shamanism remain relevant in today's world. By embracing the interconnectedness of all things, we can cultivate a deep respect for nature, honor our ancestors, and find our place within the grand tapestry of existence. As we integrate the practices of ritual, storytelling, and healing into our daily lives, we revive the ancient wisdom of the Celts and honor the rich spiritual heritage they have left behind for us to embrace.

I pulled “The Eagle” card in the morning. My first thought was that it is time for me to fly. I kept that idea in mind as I went through my day.

As I reflected on this card and how it applied to my day I had a totally different thought from my first idea this morning. The Eagle is a symbol of freedom in the United States of America. Throughout the day the news and discussions with friends focused on issues of national concern to the country.

The booklet that comes with the deck suggests that I be like the Eagle and see the world from on high and that I perch on a high tree branch and listen and learn all that I can.

In my Tarot classes I ask students to pull a card daily to get their Mystic Message while also learning more about the meanings of the cards in their chosen deck. This process gives us both:

  • Insights into our lives

  • A deep dive into our chosen card deck(s)

AWAKEN – become more aware


DISCOVER – explore all of who you are ~ human and soul

NOTE: This blog is a collaborative effort with Katta’s Natural Intelligence plus an AI assistant.


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