Ghosti – A Sacred Journey


The great god Pan is a fan of ghosti.
The great god Pan.

Ghosti is one concept from my ancestors that I learned about during my time studying along the ADF Druidic path. It is an excellent word to describe hospitality and the guest / host relationship as it applies to our dealings with the Kindred ( Our Ancestors, Gods and Nature Spirits) as well as with one another. I hope to pass this along to others.

This somewhat strange looking word, ghos-ti, is an early Indo-European one which refers to the guest and host relationship of hospitality. As a matter of fact our modern words “guest” and “host” both come from this word. When we speak of the concepts of being both a good host and a good guest these concepts have their root in this ancient Indo-European word and proper conduct on both sides of this relationship have long been laid out in the religions of those whose ancestry stems from this source.

The idea of offering food and drink to a guest in one’s home as well as that of bringing a gift when visiting someone’s home come from this ancient concept of ghosti. Also, the history of the hunger strike derives from the old indo-European practice of refusing food and drink in protest if a host has treated one poorly. Hence the reason some cultures feel insulted if one refuses their hospitality of food and drink while visiting.

There also exists within this concept of ghosti, the idea of “a gift for a gift,” where we seek to give to the Kindred so that we may open a relationship in which they may reciprocate (not in the knowledge that they will reciprocate, but in the hope). Our interactions with the Kindred are based on the idea that “the same hands that reach out to give also reach out to receive.”

A “gift for a gift” is not a one-to-one exchange, though. It is not “I bought you a $15 meal yesterday: today, you have to buy me $15 worth of food.” You would not participate in that relationship very long, and neither will the Kindreds. A ghosti relationship is more like having a friend with whom you have been to dinner so many times that neither one of you remembers whose turn it is to pick up the check. When the check arrives, you do not break out your tally sheets and calculators, seeking to determine who owes what and who paid for which meal last; instead, one person simply grabs the check and, should the other protest, the response is always, “Oh, I’ve got this one. You can get the next one.” In these cases, the relationship is more valuable than the check could possibly be, and the understanding is that the second person values the relationship just as much and would have done the exact same thing if he’d been a hair faster.


Our relationship with our gods, ancestors and nature spirits is one of reciprocity, much like the friends sharing dinner.

The previous two paragraphs are from the ADF website at: https://www.adf.org/articles/cosmology/nine-tenets.html

Here is another informative article on the subject as well:

http://celticawitch.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/g-is-for-ghosti/

For more great articles on topics of this nature check out Ceisiwr Serith’s Homepage.


Shiva Pashupati – Another Horned God

Horned gods appear in some unexpected places throughout the world.

Yes We Are A Cult... We brainwash people into thinking for themselves. Horned God.
Yes We Are A Cult… We brainwash people into thinking for themselves.

I have found Shiva Pashupati fascinating since I learned of him while studying Druidry with the ADF some time ago. Until learning of this god I didn’t fully grasp the Indo part of that religion’s Indo-European focus. But now I understand that within modern day Hinduism we can find nuggets of practices which can connect us to those of our Celtic ancestors for those who, like me, have a great interest in such things. If you get the time, please read the article at the link below. I would love a discussion on such things.

Of all of the Gods that we honor in Paganism today probably the most revered is the Horned God, in the shape and form of Cernunnos. Pick up some modern Pagan literature and chances are he is in there, listen to conversation at a Moot and you will hear him mentioned, surf the net and you will find him in hundreds of sites. Yet a place where he is not often sought is in a land which is home to a thousand Gods and Goddesses, the mysterious land of India. Deep in India’s ancient past we find a God which could be the Horned God in his original form, preceding Cernunnos, Hu Gadern, Pan and Herne, that of the Horned God of the Indus Valley, Pashupati.

https://reikiserpent.wordpress.com/tag/horned-god/

Blessed Be,

Cianaodh

Circles For Healing And Working

Om painting by Emily Dewbre-Young
Om painting by Emily Dewbre-Young

Circles
© 1979, 2001 c.e.
words by Gwen Zak (verse 1-4) and Ann Cass (verse 5)
modified by Isaac Bonewits
music by Alan Bell (“Windmills”)
Key of D

In days gone by, when the world was much younger,
We wondered and prayed in the winter’s cold night;
Marveled at the glory of the moon and the sunrise,
We saw then the Lady and Lord of all light.

And around, and around, and around turns the good Earth;
All things must change as the seasons go by.
We are the children of the Lord and the Lady
Whose mysteries we know, but will never know why.

In all lands the people were tied to the good Earth,
Plowing and sowing as the seasons declared;
Waiting to reap of the rich golden harvest,
Knowing Her love in the joy that they shared.

Through Flanders and Wales, and the green hills of Ireland,
England and Africa, Denmark and Spain,
Circles grew up all along the wild coastline;
They worked for the land in the wind and the rain.

And around, and around…

Circles for healing and working the weather,
Circles for knowing the moon and the sun,
Circles for thanking the Lord and the Lady,
Circles for dancing the dance never done.

And we who reach out for the stars in the heavens,
Lifting our eyes from the meadows and rows,
Still live in the love of the Lord and the Lady ­
The greater the Circle, the more the love grows!

And around, and around…
“This was written by SF fans Gwen Zak and Ann Cass. I rewrote the verse about the countries where stone circles were raised to make it accurate. I have a great music video idea for this one…” – Isaac Bonewits

“Far from being the crown of human thought and religion as its supporters have claimed for several bloody millennia, [monotheism] is in fact a monstrous step backwards–a step that has been responsible for more human misery than any other idea in known history.” – Isaac Bonewits

"Christians have oppressed Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Pagans, and each other throughout their centuries of power, preaching religious intolerance as the word of Jehovah whenever they had the military, political, or economic power to make it stick - and then piously preaching brotherhood, peace, and toleration when they didn't." - Isaac Bonewits
“Christians have oppressed Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Pagans, and each other throughout their centuries of power, preaching religious intolerance as the word of Jehovah whenever they had the military, political, or economic power to make it stick – and then piously preaching brotherhood, peace, and toleration when they didn’t.” – Isaac Bonewits

Scarborough Faire

Kids ready to go to Scarborough Faire.
Kids ready to go to Scarborough Faire.

So, we’re thinking of going down to Scarborough Faire sometime in May. It’s funny in a way. Neither Em’ or myself has ever been to that particular Renaissance Festival even though it’s practically right in our back yard. Oh we have been to other things like S.C.A. events, Hawkwood ( When it was still around), Middle faire, etc. But not Scarborough faire.

Now, I have told this to some of my Pagan friends and received “the look”. You know the one. That, what’s wrong with you!!!! Look. LOL! But it’s true. Renn Faire’s are a nice, occasional diversion for me but they’re not something I would ever describe as “my thing”. I know, a great many Pagans absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, their Renaissance Faires. It’s a fact so well known that a website I remember sending ripples of discord through the community some years back called “A Fatwa Against Wicca” noted that “Wiccans all believe that every day is a Renaissance Festival.”

A view I, of course, disagree with but one I can see where an outsider might mistakenly believe. In the past, my retort to most of my Pagan friends who just didn’t get why I didn’t share their adoration of the Renaissance Festival was that if you look at Scarborough Faire’s own website they say that their faire is based on Sixteenth Century England during the reign of King Henry the VIII. Certainly a more enlightened time and place than the Dark Ages but by no means a period I would refer to as Pagan friendly according to historical accounts. My own interests actually lie in more ancient times.

So, while I certainly do see Renaissance Festivals as a fun thing to do and a good way to show the kids a little slice of history. I don’t really see them as a particularly “Pagany” thing to do. Of course, as always, your mileage may vary. I wouldn’t mind hearing other people’s points of view on this.

In any event, if life treats us right, we look forward to experiencing this Scarborough Faire thing this year for ourseleves finally. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Blessed Be,

Troy

 

Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men

Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young - Plans
Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young

So yeah, I thought I might blog a little this morning and let people know what I have my plans are with this site. As some may already know I am also this year’s Promotion Coordinator for DFW Pagan Pride Day and some of what I plan to do here I also plan to do over on the DFW Pagan Pride Day website and that is help spread the word about what a new seeker in the Dallas / Fort Worth Pagan Community or someone who is already on a Pagan path of one sort or another can find to do that would interest them. So why do this in two different places? Well, one of the primary reasons I have for this actually is that at the DFW Pagan Pride website I intend to keep my opinions, things of particular interest to me but probably no one else, etc. out of it because I think that is the appropriate thing to do on a website that is representing the Pagan Pride in the DFW area.

Here, I feel I have a little more freedom to express my personal points of view, maybe occasionally use some language and humor that others might see as “un-professional” or whatever, etc. In other words I may say things here that I would never say there because it wouldn’t be suitable to all. As for here. I might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I might be your shot of whiskey. Some will like me, others may not and that’s okay. I only seek to inform, enlighten and maybe entertain a little bit here.

So! With that being said, one thing I have in mind to do at both sites is make up a page that will be a directory of local groups, public rituals, gatherings, shops, shows and other things of interest to the Pagan minded out there. I’ll probably throw up a calendar too and ask people to let me know what’s going on as well as see what might already be posted at places like Witches’ Voice and other networking sites like that to help share the information.

When we go places and do things I will probably take pictures, interview people, etc. and blog about it here once in awhile too. Stuff like that. But do understand that when I express an opinion here it is just that and your own opinion might be different and that’s OK. We are all individuals with our own set of likes, dislikes, histories, etc. So, I implore you to go out and seek for yourself. Don’t take my opinion as the absolute truth. It might be my truth but yours might be different. As the Goddess once told me, “If in truth and wisdom ye walk, in truth and wisdom shall ye grow.”

So mote it be.