Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism is a polytheistic reconstructionist approach to Celtic Neopaganism. Celtic Reconstructionism recognizes a number of sub-traditions or denominations, such as Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and even within New World colonies such as Nova Scotia and other parts of North America.
Celtic Reconstructionism is a mix of Celtic Studies with pre-Christian Celtic spiritual practice. Many Neo-Druid groups follow the Celtic Reconstructionist path, and both groups read similar historical, anthropological and archaeological texts as part of their study.
Some beliefs of Celtic Reconstructionists include:
- The connection to ancestors and land spirits.
- Reverence for pre-Christian Celtic deities.
- Environmental awareness.
- Respect for women.
- Strong moral code, stressing truthfulness, honour and personal responsibility.
It also involves a connection to ancient Celtic culture, mythology and folklore, through both historical accuracy and poetic inspiration. The Celtic Calendar is often followed, which includes Samhain (Oct 31), Oimelc/Imbolc (Feb 1), Beltane (May 1), and Lúghnasadh/Lammas (Aug 1).
Given that the Celts themselves left no written record, and the only accounts documenting the Celtic way of life was written by early Roman and Greek sources, it seems reconstructing Celtic culture would be difficult. However archeological evidence, comparative anthropology, and other historical manuscripts can piece together what little we know about the ancient Celts.
Many Celtic Reconstructionists have Celtic ancestry, however all that is required is an interest in Celtic culture. And while it might not be the aim of Celtic Reconstructionists to revive all ancient Celtic practices, many wish to preserve the spirit of the ancient Celts along with their mythology and folklore, artwork and symbology, poetry and prayer.
© The New Pagan (2013)