In the study of Witchcraft we are indelibly forced to look for older references to glean our knowledge. The oldest surviving literature is our mythos. Myths are narratives about divine or heroic beings, arranged in a coherent system, passed down traditionally in any Oral History, and linked to the spiritual or religious life of a community, endorsed by rulers or priests. Once this link to the spiritual leadership of society is broken, they lose their mythological qualities and become folktales or fairy tales. In folkloristics, which is concerned with the study of both secular and sacred narratives, a myth also derives some of its power from being more than a simple “tale”, by comprising an archetypical quality of “truth”.
Myths are often intended to explain the universal and local beginnings (“creation myths” and “founding myths”), natural phenomena, inexplicable cultural conventions or rituals, and anything else for which no simple explanation presents itself. This broader truth runs deeper than the advent of critical history, and it may or may not exist as in an authoritative written form which becomes “the story” (preliterate oral traditions may vanish as the written word becomes “the story” and the literate class becomes “the authority”). However, as Lucien Lévy-Bruhl puts it, “The primitive mentality is a condition of the human mind and not a stage in its historical development.”
Like many before us, and likely many after us; The Silver Moon Crow Coven Embraces the ancient mythos of the Celts in its teaching and religious practices. Though Celtic myths were not of written record until the eleventh century A.C.E., after the Vikings were driven out of Ireland, their sources, mostly oral traditions, were quite old. Even ancient.
Many of the myths that come to us, come mainly from Ireland and Wales. Celtic myths also included those from Scotland, Cornwall, and Brittany (in France). We have to thank the Welsh myths, and to a lesser degree to the Irish, for the legends of King Arthur. While the medieval romance of Tristan and Isolde originated in Brittany, it gained popularity in Continental Europe and the British Isles.
In Timeless Myths, the foundation of a culture and information about Celtic gods and goddesses. Deities from Irish myths were more generally well known than those in Britain, Wales, and Gaul (France and northern Italy).
Also included are brief descriptions of Welsh deities and those of ancient Gallic and British deities. Note that though the Irish and Welsh deities have similar names, however, their myths are different. The earliest known deities in the Celtic world can be found in these tales, it is our hope that you will read of them, respect them, and learn from them as we all have in our own time and fashion.