In the mystical realm of Celtic traditions, the practice of Celtic shamanism holds a profound significance. Shamanism, with its ancient roots and connection to the Spirit World, offers transformative experiences and healing. In this article, we will explore the five secret techniques of Celtic shamanism, providing invaluable insights into Shamanic Healing and the transformative power of this ancient tradition.
1. Communion with Nature Spirits: A Gateway to Shamanic Healing
Celtic shamans recognized the interwoven existence of Nature Spirits within the natural world. This belief formed the basis of communion with nature spirits, an essential technique in Celtic shamanism. By establishing a harmonious relationship with the spirits of trees, animals, rivers, and mountains, shamanic practitioners access profound wisdom and healing. Incorporating this technique into shamanic services allows individuals to deepen their connection with the natural world and tap into its transformative energies.
Tree Spirits are of significant importance within the Celtic Spiritual World, from Healing, Magick to the Ogham (the Celtic equivalent of the Norse Runes). The Ogham acts not only as a Primal Magickal language or script, but facilitates deeper access to the Wisdom of the Tree Spirits.
The Individual Ogham can be combined together, but rather than overlaid like the Runes, they sit end to end, forming what likes like a Tree, with Roots and branches, connecting the Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds- each one is a representation of the specific potencies of the Crann Bethadh (the Tree of Life).
See image below for Ogham Protection Script, Combining Eadha (Aspen), Beith (Birch), Ruis (Elder), Duir (Oak).
2. Ancestral Connection: Insights from Divination and Shamanic Journeys
Ancestral connection and Shamanic Journeys into the otherworld are core components of Celtic shamanism. Shamans honoured their ancestors and sought guidance from the Spiritual Realms through Journeys and divination practices. These techniques are deeply embedded in our daily practice, and provide valuable insights into the present lives.
Each Realm has its own Spiritual Beings, from Ancestors to Spirit Animals, the Sidhe/Fae, Mighty Dead and Gods/Goddesses. We can Journey to each Realm and seek direct connection, insight and revelation. However in doing so we must abide by the correct etiquette, approach, taboo, always ensuring the proper offering is given in exchange for Wisdom provided.
Utilising divination tools such as Tarot cards, Ogham sticks, Bones, Shells, Feathers, Stones or scrying mirrors, shamanic practitioners establish a direct line of communication with their Ancestral Spirits outside of Journeying. The Ancestral connection and divination techniques are instrumental in Celtic shamanism, aiding Shamanic services by offering profound insights during transformative experiences.
3. Journeying through the Otherworld: Exploring the Depths of Celtic Shamanism
Celtic Spiritual Realms, known as the Otherworld, serve as a gateway for Shamanic exploration and healing. Celtic shamans embarked on visionary journeys to the Otherworld, accessing hidden wisdom and transformative experiences.
Through trance-like states induced by drumming, chanting, the use of hallucinogens/Flying Oil/Ointment or deep meditation, Shamanic Practitioners unlock the secrets of this mystical realm.
The technique of journeying through the Otherworld plays a vital role in Celtic shamanism, allowing individuals to delve into the depths of their being and encounter Spiritual Guides and Deities who offer shamanic healing and guidance.
4. Sacred Plant Healing: Harnessing Nature's Power in Shamanic Healing
Celtic shamans revered the power of Sacred Plants for their role in Shamanic Healing and transformation. These plants, such as Mugwort, Yarrow, and Elderberry, were utilised to induce altered states of consciousness, enhance divination practices, and facilitate physical and emotional healing.
Incorporating Sacred Plant Healing into shamanic services deepens the connection to the Spiritual Realms, allowing individuals to access profound levels of healing and transformation. This technique in Celtic shamanism honours the wisdom and potency of nature, serving as a catalyst for spiritual growth.
It is not just about burning, ingesting or smoking the Sacred Plants, there are a variety of ways in which we can use them in our practice. We can tie them together to create charms, create Herbal grids similar to Crystal grids, combine them with wax to create dressed candles. But more so we can work with the Spirit of the Plant, even when it is not present, by connecting into its field of Energy, and drawing it into our Healing Space, or channelled into a person requiring healing.
5. Rituals of Transformation: Igniting Shamanic Healing
Rituals hold a significant place in Celtic shamanism, acting as powerful catalysts for transformation. Shamans conducted ceremonies to mark important life transitions, celebrate seasonal changes, and honour the cycles of nature.
Chanting and drumming, and the creation of Sacred Spaces were integral parts of these rituals. In ancient times, Sacred SPaces were built in the Wilderness, around Oak Tree’s, known as the Nematon, Sacred to the Goddess Nematona, Goddess of the Tree’s.
These Sacred Spaces were adorned with Skulls, not only of fallen brethren, but of their enemies as well. The Skull represented the seat of the Spirit, and all Spirit’s were considered Sacred and worthy of honour.
By engaging in rituals aligned with Celtic Shamanic practices, individuals ignite Shamanic healing and invoke personal transformation. The technique of rituals of transformation brings forth the ancient energies embedded in Celtic traditions, facilitating profound growth and healing.
From a Celtic perspective, we see only 2 seasons, 1 of Growth and 1 of Decline, by following the Wheel of the Year, and the Lunar months, we enter into an engagement with these energies. We can bring this into our Healing and Transformative experiences; the removal of something represents that which needs to Die (Season of Decline), and that which Dies grows a new (Season of Growth). There are many ways we can bring the Cycles and Seasons into our Healings.
There are many techniques of Spirit Healing within the Celtic Shamanic worldview, from the Eating and Transmutation of dense or heavy Energy, to Rituals of Death and Rebirth, Extraction, Retrieval and more. These practice are connected to the Sacred Healing Waters of the Lower or Underworld, were as Plant and Nature Spirit Healing are connected to the Middle World and the many Realms that exist at the edges of the Wildwood.
The secret techniques of Celtic shamanism offer a gateway to Shamanic Healing, transformation, and connection with the spirit world.
By exploring communion with Nature Spirits, Ancestral connections and Divination, Journeying through the Otherworld, Sacred Plant Healing, and Rituals of Transformation, individuals can embark on a profound journey of self-discovery.
Through these techniques, practitioners of Celtic Shamanism can unlock the hidden Realms of Shamanic services, experiencing Healing, Wisdom, and Transformation.
What is Celtic shamanism?
Celtic shamanism is an ancient Spiritual practice rooted in Celtic traditions, involving connections with Nature Spirits, Ancestral Wisdom, and Visionary Journeys for Healing, Transformation and Spiritual Growth.
How does Celtic Shamanism facilitate Shamanic Healing?
Celtic Shamanism facilitates Shamanic Healing through techniques such as communion with Nature Spirits, Ancestral connection, Journeying through the Otherworld, Sacred Plant Healing, Spirit Healing, Sound (Drumming and Chanting), and Transformative Rituals.
Can anyone practise Celtic Shamanism?
Yes, anyone with a genuine interest in Celtic spirituality and Shamanic healing can explore and practise Celtic shamanism. It requires respect of the Tradition, its rules and etiquettes, dedication, and an openness to learning and growth.
It is advisable to seek out an experienced teacher if you decide you wish to explore and train in Celtic Shamanism- please check out our Celtic Shamanism Course.
How do rituals of transformation contribute to Celtic Shamanism?
Rituals of transformation in Celtic shamanism act as catalysts for personal growth and Healing. They mark important life transitions, honour nature's cycles, and invoke profound Transformation through Chanting, Drumming, and Sacred Space creation.
Are there modern applications of Celtic Shamanism?
Yes, Celtic Shamanism can be integrated into modern practices such as alternative Healing modalities, personal growth, and Spiritual exploration. It offers valuable insights and techniques for individuals seeking Shamanic services and Transformation.