A cosmology is a belief structure that explains the soul's
existence and can be heard of in a story that explains the
origin of creation. There is a map of a universal flowing spirit
in the Celtic cosmology; it is in a vision of a tree where
there are three worlds that exist together within. There is
a surrounding circle that symbolizes the oneness. The oneness
in Celtic cosmology means that all that exists within is of
any written record of how the ancient Druids practiced ritual
is not available, scholarly Druids of today have to
put a considerable amount of effort into discovering the ways
of the ancients. What we have to work with for creating Druid
rituals is the Celtic cosmology or way the ancient Druids perceived
order in the universe. The only resources that have been left
for us to ponder are from a few various accounts made by Julius
Caesar or Pliny, the old lore mythology,
archeological findings, scholarly research, Celtic stone circles
and carvings. Most of the old lore was written or recorded
by Christian monks. Some scholars and historians speculate
that a number of the ancient Druids may have entered the Christian
monasteries in disguise to preserve their lore and art. During
the process of recording it Christian elements were added probably
for safety precautions. These old stories were originally told
in an oral tradition.
are no facts left for us that tell if the Celts had a belief
system that had lore concerning how they believe the
living Earth's creation occurred. We can only speculate that
the Celtic tree cosmology is related to the great creation
of life. The tree cosmology is present in practically every
story. Drawn from the old mythological lore, the order that
the Celtic Druids perceived the cosmos or universe was very
well established. Even in the older lore, the stories of the
pantheons of the gods and goddesses was a well-established
concept of the
cosmology of the three worlds in the world tree.
In reading and studying the old lore you will find continual
reference to the Otherworld and Underworld. In fact, most of
the old lore revolves around the Middleworld or Earth and the
relationships that happened between the gods and goddesses
from the Otherworlds with humanity. Good evidence shows that
the ancient Celts viewed the inhabitants of the lands they
conquered as people who were originally from the Otherworld.
In Cymreag lore, the Pretanic old tribes are the pantheons
of Cymreag gods and goddesses.
cosmology of the Celtic Tree unfolds in all directions. When
you do a tree meditation the roots are first developed,
then the trunk, and then the branches. The three worlds of
existence are contained in the world tree. The Middleworld
contains four centers and a sacred fifth. The center symbolizes
the core or heart spirit. The outer circle that surrounds the
three worlds is the unity of all spirits and oneness - it is
called Ceugent. When all realms are in harmonious balance the
three worlds connect straight down through their centers with
the energy of
Nwyfre. Nwyfre is a bright energy that runs through the centers
of the worlds. When it flows clearly then we have a scepter
of light that goes straight down and up through the center
of the tree. The scepter runs energy through and between the
three worlds, and this energy exists in the outer circle that
surrounds the whole cosmology.
the Tree cosmology, the Otherworld and the Underworld are
two different worlds. The Otherworld is above and of a higher
dimension. It is the canopy of branches and leaves on the tree.
Access to the Otherworld is usually located through portals
on Middleworld (Earth) in areas where there is energy concentrated,
such as leylines and power spots, hills, stone circles and
the like. The Underworld is more distant from this world than
the Otherworld, and is usually located through water, the sea,
or places that reach deep water. The world tree roots are in
the Underworld along with the past, our ancestors, our mind.
The trunk exists on Earth, the Middleworld; it is our nature
relations, our physical bodies, here and now.
is not only the center in the world tree; it is also this
present moment. Druids remain on this Abred
(Middleworld) during ritual. The "Between the Worlds" that
Druids refer to is this Earthly plane, or Abred, Annwn (the
Underworld) being below, and Gwynfyd (the Otherworld) being
above. Instead of transporting ourselves to deity, as many
other Pagans do, Druids open a door between the worlds and
create a pathway for the spirits to cross over into our Nemeton
to the tunnel that connects the three worlds sending energy
and spirit up and down through the center of our Nemeton, this
is also where we have the fire pit. The world tree branches
reach into the Otherworld, the world of spirit and deity, and
into the future. The roots dig deep and touch the cauldron
of rebirth, our past, and ancestry, the trunk is where we are,
Earth, the Middleworld.
In wholistic perception we are each a holograph of the cosmology's
entirety. These three worlds are our divine connection to being
open to Otherworldly guidance and inspiration when they are
in balance and alignment. It is from within that our truer
form will emerge. To know the truer form of our innermost selves
allows one to see the truer form of what is without. Within
our physical bodies there are places that have direct connection
to these three worlds. They are the cauldrons of existence
- they are energy centers. Our belly is connected with the
Underworld, our heart is connected with the Middleworld, and
crown when it is open, is connected with the Otherworld. They
are similar to the chakras of Hinduism but when we see them
within us, we see three cauldrons. Each of these three cauldrons
represents the three worlds from the cosmology. These energy
centers also carry the energy of the three worlds within us
when they are clear and open.
It would help one to understand the cauldrons of existence
more by doing the tree meditation first. The state of union
we gain by doing the tree meditation and using its desired
effects (which is a state of being merged with the Awen and
all of existence) will assist in clearing any blocks and open
our energy centers, our cauldrons of existence, and then we
can anchor our scepter of light (Teyrnwialen).
scepter of light comes down from the crown through the center
of you and anchors into the Earth mother as a tree grows
roots. It is a tool with which we gain a clearer awareness
of the energies around us. Imagine the three cauldrons of existence
that are within us as being direct outlets to the knowledge
and spirits of the three worlds. The cauldron of warming is
in your belly area and is facing up when it is healthy and
open. The cauldron of vocation in your heart is facing
forward when balanced in giving and receiving. The cauldron
in your head and crown facing up in the open direction when
we are spiritually mature.
the center of each cauldron or energy center there is a power
spot that is activated or charged
when all three cauldrons are in proper alignment. When attuned
to alignment, balance, and unity, it opens a ray of light
that goes straight down through the crown of your head and
straight down your spine where it branches off at your legs
and is connected with the Earth energy. This
scepter of light when it is anchored opens new awareness
of what is around you, energy wise, the sometimes invisible
The tree meditation is simply a tool to get to this place,
this awareness, but once you learn to recognize this state
of alignment in your being you can go there anytime, anyplace
at will, and see/read the energy of what is without.
Once we have attained this state of being, in tune and in
alignment with those three worlds we can learn to see who we
are and our connection with the divine energies around us.
From this whole awareness, sensing or seeing those energies
is possible. Meeting your otherworldly guides happens. You
may get visits from the Ancestors. Try merging in a coffee
shop sometime after you get familiar with the process. We also
call this *merging with Awen* or *attaining Gwynfyd*.
Most people's cauldron of knowledge is on its side or upside
down because they have not yet reached Gwynfyd/Otherworldly
knowledge, or have not become spiritually mature enough to
reach this point of growth.
When the cauldron is facing up it is open to attaining Gwynfyd.
Love is definitely a big part in the process of merging, the
love of life and *all* existence.
seekers understand this and some of them don't. Some can
be helped if they seek the knowledge, you know, they ask
questions and return to the Nemeton for gaining more experience.
Much of these lessons come with continual practice, if the
seeker continues to come back they will eventually learn by
the way of the teaching that is in the rituals and meditations.
Guidance in a seekers path is earned with their continual work
and integration of wholeness and removal of energy blocks.
If they become lazy and do not keep up with their work, then
guidance slips away from them and they will have to re-earn
by getting back on track within themselves.
It can happen that a seeker attains Gwynfyd knowledge and
afterwards they have an event happen in their lives that causes
more energy blocks and their access to Gwynfyd's guidance gets
cut off. The cauldron of knowledge in the crown tips sideways
and is facing outwards so it is then not open to Gwynfyd. To
repair this the seeker will need to deal with the blocks and
clear them to re-gain Gwynfyd and adjust the cauldron of knowledge
to it's open position, facing up.
cause for a seekers misalignment can exist in their other
energy centers, the cauldron of warming, and the cauldron
of vocation. For to have access to wholeness, all three cauldrons
must be balanced and aligned in their correct positions. If
the cauldron of Gwynfyd is open, and one of the other two are
closed it can cause for an unhealthy relationship to develop
with Gwynfyd and can even lead to schizoid behaviors, not Otherworldly
guidance. Because that seeker is not grounded in their cauldron
of warming they have a tendency to leave their being through
the cauldron of Gwynfyd in a twisted way. Their block serves
as a starting point from which they gather all their energy
above the block and move it up, twisting it out of their crown
and escape life. This causes delusional behaviors because the
seeker receiving Gwynfyd is not grounded in their being and
they there for can not correctly interpret what they experience
when they are outside of them selves, they end up with paranoia
towards real life.
is just one of the ways that a seeker will end up from an
and imbalance below. That imbalance will eventually manifest
in their crown cauldron as well. The flow of energy discussed
in the cosmology is the same as the flow of energy in our
Nemeton (sacred space). Therefore as we work with the Celtic
Spirits, the spirit of Nwyfre flows through us. Nwyfre just
opens and clears the way for the Awen. It is then not only
us performing the ritual and meditative actions. As an equal
mature relationship, we work with the spirits, and they work with us, at the same time the Awen begins to flow through us,
guide us, and unify us.