The Druid mystery schools:
The first basic teaching of any mystery school is know yourself. This is the exploration of your glorious heights and the depths of your darkness, its relations to the other great immensities of the world and the way the quest tends to transform the seeker. It’s the hero’s journey.
The Celtic other world is called Tir-na N-og it’s the land where everything is tinged with mystery. The thing with the Celtic otherworld is its all around us. It is especially connected through the sacred sites but is accessible to all especially when one attunes oneself with it. The Druids were one of the greatest orders of magic-makers, as wisdom keepers in all the ancient world. The spiritual realm which they were in tune with was also part of the hills, valleys, oceans, lakes, mountains and forests of Celtic lands.
The recent change of perceptions and environmental stewardship rather than dominion as supported by Catholicism. Celtic Mythology is a religion of dwelling with nature. It places humanity enmeshed in the fabric of nature.
The Druidic mysteries recognise the sacredness within the material world. They are interlacing humanity with a symbiotic relationship with nature and divinity at the centre.
The druids are said to be capable of many magical powers such as divination prophecy, control of the weather, healing, levitation and shape changing themselves into forms of animals or other people. Druids were responsible for providing a system of justice they also held the position that adjudicated in social disputes where they are said to be able to magically reveal thieves and return stolen goods. Also, they could call on environmental powers and tribes to assist them.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead- his eyes are closed…… to know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull facilities can comprehend only in its most primitive forms……”