Training


 

I hear the question frequently asked, “Where can I find a teacher?”  Then the querent usually follows with the information:-
  • “I am beginning to crave power to make my spells work.”
  • “I am immersing myself in books to find spells.”
  • “I have read book after book and need help to work magic.”
  • “I need to have power to invoke spirits that will bring me what I want.”
  • “I would like a teacher to help me with coven work.”
  • “I want someone to teach me more spells.”
  • “I need a teacher to help me get power.”
  • "I am an eclectic pagan following the path that suits me at the     moment."
  • "i take difrent belifs from difrent religons and mix them togethe     r   as i see fit."
This latest fellow would be better employed learning about basic English & spelling!

So why does a teacher not appear to all those who bleat “I need”, “I want”, “I crave”, “power”, “more”? 

Note in the last quotation "ME" and "AT THE MOMENT" which means I may keep or discard whatever path at will as the mood takes me!  As I said on the 'Comparison' page: "Reminder:- religion = a system in which is 'religare', to reconnect one with the Source that provides her/his existence, entailing sacrifice of 'the self'.  The maxim is "what may I give" NOT "what can I get".  With this in mind, everything falls into its allotted place easily and satisfactorily with the minimum of soul and conscience searching.

If one is drawn to this thing termed “The Craft, Craft of The Wise, Witchcraft, Wicca, the Old Faith, the Old Religion or Paganism”, one should question exactly what these terms mean.

1. Any expression with the word ‘craft’ as part of the terminology implies that, in what is primarily ‘worked to obtain an end product’, e.g. woodcraft, metal craft, the practical skills of a silversmith, blacksmith, carpenter,  seamstress, confectioner, or sculptor, dressmaker etc., the digital skills to create are all important.

2. Witchcraft was the name given to those non-Christians who could work what was called in its day ‘magic’ by Anglo-Saxon lawmakers and judges in Britain - those who were hell-bent on destroying such people.  Of course, this was encouraged in Medieval times by the various decrees from the Vatican or kings which heralded the “Burning Times”.   This derogatory term ‘witch’ was never adopted by those people who were usually healers, herbalists or rudimentary amateur apothecaries (chemists).   Seldom did one find a ‘coven’ – a concept invented by the legislature to ensure more and more were tried and convicted.   Said they, “You may not be a witch alone”.  They were usually alone, however, in the shape of the village wise (wo)man whose role it was to help the community in the healing of people and animals, preventing abortions in cattle, trying to influence the weather, helping to ensure a good harvest and much more – a councillor and protector in all the important areas of living.

3. The Old Religion (Faith) was a term that appeared after the Reformation and referred to Roman Catholicism which predated Protestantism and only in the 1960s did it became a pseudonym for the Craft, Wicca or Witchcraft.

4. Wicca was a system invented by Gerald Gardner in the late 1940s and early 1950s (ably assisted by Aleister Crowley) and publicized to ensure more and more people came to his “Witches' Mill” – a museum of so-called ‘Witchcraft’ in Castletown, Isle of Man.  The more who came, the more money he made.  That is it in a nutshell!  And this system was highjacked in the 1960s by Alex Sanders for publicity and subsequent personal aggrandizement.

5. Paganism simply meant the way of life led by the Latin ‘pagani’ – those who lived in the ‘pagus’, the village.  These lived closer to Nature by working the land, an occupation today called  the ‘agricultural industry’.

So the seeker should now decide which of these 5 he wishes to follow, if any.

Until now there is little evidence of faith, belief, spirituality or religion in the above descriptors.

In the times of persecution, a number of families treasured a form of ethnic religion (British, Keltic, Gaelic and Norse) which had evolved over many generations.  This happened in India over millennia and is called Hinduism – quite an innocent form of religion.  These families tended to shun the limelight, remaining 'underground' and calmly went about their businesses or trades, perhaps being seen at times conveniently as friends of the law enforcers or even the local priest, perhaps attending Mass as a front.  None ever gossiped about what his/her beliefs were as it was no one else's concern – none stupidly thought or said, “Look at me, I’m different”.  It was retained as a personal and family secret and never did faith or belief come into it.   What was at the heart of this religion was absolute 'certainty'!  They, therefore, were more likely to survive.  This is still the approach to a certain extent today and this prime certainty remains.

"But", you say, "Most people connected with Mystery websites and blogs have heard of Gareth Pengwerin.  You do not hide."   "Oh really?" I retort.  "Yes", you reaffirm, "We can even find the High School you attended in North Wales."  Let me enlighten you - if you read the terminal portion of my FAQ page and the whys and wherefores, you will discover that there is no such person as Gareth Pengwerin.  He is simply a 'front' persona for Y Plant Dôn but granted, some useful scraps of misinformation have been conveniently and deliberately 'planted' to provide a cloak of authenticity.

I do have what I call an 'incarnational identity' - the name which appears on my birth and marriage certificates, that which links up with my social security number and national insurance number, that which appears on my bank statements and by which I was known in my profession and which appears on my degrees.  So there you have it - Pen---Gwerin [which simply means 'Head (of the) Warband'] is all smoke and mirrors.  No one can ever point to me in the street and say, "There goes Gareth"!  And that is how it shall remain.  Furthermore I have no pointed devil-style beard, do not hang out at 'witchy' pub-moots at the local bar wearing a fancy cloak with an ankh or pentagram around my neck!   That which is constantly aglow with Keltdom is my heart and mind and that unseen realm occupies me more and more with the advancement of age.  And in so doing, another personalized cult can never be attributed to me! 

There will never arise a Pengwerinism, thank the High Gods.

Now let me return to motivation.   What we do find, however and thankfully, some seekers who seriously desire an equillibrated meaningful religion and who are not concerned with the “I”, “me”, "ego", “more” and “power” etc..  They are quite willing to give their lives, bodies, minds and inner selves as a wholehearted offering to the Ancient Deities or Powers of the country in which they were born, asking..nothing in return.  These then will be recognised by these High Gods and Goddesses and will be rewarded each according to his/her needs.  These rewards may be the powers of healing or clairvoyance, creative ability in art, craft or word, stability and happiness in one’s life, the blessing of children and much, much more but not because these things were asked for nor made part of any selfish bargain.

Such people find that the appropriate teacher will appear at the proper time in their lives.   These seekers are usually those who are quite single-minded in their searches, feeling the ethnic stirrings of Keltdom or a Gaelic/Norse heritage etc..  This applies to seekers in Britain and such will eventually find themselves adopted into a traditional family on the appropriate spiritual stream.

But what if some have no particular interest in Keltic, Gaelic or Norse mythology and heritages but still long for a balanced religion?  I am thinking here of Americans, Germans, Romanians, Italians and many other residents in Western lands who strangely ignore.the.land on which they are domiciled - the living Earth that gave them an incarnation, a life, sustenance, clothing, housing, a living and all the comforts of modern society.

I now ask a simple question:- If a Canadian has the following antecedents, ¼ Russian Atheist; ¼ Italian Catholic; ¼ Welsh Presbyterian and ¼ Dutch Lutheran through birth parents born in Canada, what in the hell pagan tradition is he to follow, bearing in mind that paganism never appeared in his family?   There is obviously one option available - heed the call of the land of his birth, his true and only Alma Mater!

Changes are being made and could be greatly increased in Wicca which could prove an alternative to this scenario, if novel approaches were to be made such as I have described near the end of my 'Comparison' page - these suggestions may be read here.  To date there has been, alas, no epiphany.  I should also encourage the reader to examine the complete Comparison page when time permits to fully examine the anatomy and complicated origins of the modern invention called Wicca.   These approaches, as I said there, would demand rethinking & reorientation, research & revision and original reconstructive work - all which would entail personal and collective EFFORTAnything that is worthwhile and of value is never easy.  I am still yearning to see the advent of those busy, dedicated workers.

I notice another tangent now arising. It is a relief to see on many Pagan Social Platforms a considerable number of American members who list as an interest - "Native American Spirituality".  Yes, the land is calling out to ALL its children!




Anyone who wants to pick-and-mix information and practicalities from various systems, casting them into their 'eclectic' (my most disliked word) cooking pot (e.g. Wicca, Qabala, Egyptology, Teutonic mythology, Buddhist meditation, Xtian archangels, sweat lodge experience and heaven knows what else, all for the lust of result) will usually disappear, having little of the singular dedication required.  I have seen more than a few on a social network site describe themselves thus:-

"Spiritual but not Religious, Pagan, Witch, Wiccan, Mystic, Shaman, Satanist, Other Spirituality, Native American Spirituality, Druid, Christian."   I have indeed heard of  'crazy mixed up kids' in my lifetime but this complex paradox beggars belief!

I am convinced that the genesis of this eclectic mix was Alex Sanders' approach, viz. a magic circle with an altar, the centre pieces of which were an Egyptian ankh and a hand-painted Otz Chiim (Hebrew Tree of Life) and containing two cobra candlesticks of Sekhmet.  The ritual on occasions would contain an invocation to Isis or a Greek Goddess, the making of the sign of the cross with the Greek wording, the medieval invocation of the devil from a French mystery play and, to top it all, permitting an entity of the Spiritist variety to take over his consciousness.  The result?  Spiritual indigestion and a constipated magical outcome!!

I must advise here that we train no.one.outside the British Isles but have on many occasions assisted and advised on how to make satisfactory contacts with the guiding forces of one's country of domicile.   There can never be a worldwide system of Y Plant Dôn which is purely for use in a Keltic.environment, as we see in the widespread whoredom of English Wicca, the contaminant of parochial spirituality.




TRAINING

There are three basic training modules in Y Plant Dôn - Physical - Mental - Spiritual of 8 units each and one advanced module of Inner Teaching.

PRELIMINARY

Units 1 and 2 of each module should be completed prior to the Adoption.   The length of time may vary with the individual, but should take at least 3 full months.

(The commencement of these modules will follow such assessment procedures as are necessary - i.e.  at least 6 months of regular appraisal after initial contact, causing the Adoption to take place 9 months following the first contact (a natural period of gestation).

FOUNDATION

The entry to Units 3 onwards is the Adoption, and the remainder of the 3 modules (i.e. units 3 to 8 of each)  should be completed within a further 18 months minimum.

On satisfactory completion of the 3 modules,  the Coming of Age should follow if the on-going assessment is totally satisfactory.   Further modular exercises may be demanded if the standard of self application etc. is considered to be suspect.  (This also applies to the outcome of character &  appraisal of motivation.)

ADVANCED

The entrance to the Inner Teaching is the Coming of Age.  There is no time limit set, but the minimum projected time to complete the module could be 2 years.   There is, however, NO automatic entry to the Inner Teaching by any Boneddiges (lady) or Marchawc (outrider) Y Plant.

The outcome of the I.T. module should be the Ceremony of Parenthood, although this too is not an automatic 'right'.   The programme in total, therefore, is as follows:-
 
INITIAL CONTACT .
Regular Appraisal (getting to know)  6 months
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PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE .
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Preliminary Module (units 1&2)  3 months
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ADOPTION .
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Foundation Module (units 3 to 8) 18 months
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COMING OF AGE .
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Inner Teaching Module (16 units) 24 months
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CEREMONY OF PARENTHOOD .
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TOTAL 51 months


Certain portions of this website skim over brief generalizations of the content of these Training Modules:-

a) The Metaphysical Laws, b) the Taxonomy, c) Workings of Y Plant,

d) the complex yet comprehensive use of protyles and elements, e)
    creativity on The Inner Planes,

f) The Mabinogi of Math, g) philosophy, h) elements of the Welsh
    language,

i) practical ceremonies and j) the Seasonal Festivals,

k) correspondences (Law of Analogy),  l) structure and work of The
    Warband,

m) creativity in tangibles and n) development of texts.

As is the norm on the educational front there are aims, general and specific objectives with observable outcomes.

Oh the cost of this?  Absolutely nothing except being domiciled in the United Kingdom of Great Britain with the demonstration of excellent motivation, character, staying-power and the willingness to work & learn, all for the continued vitality and honour of the Deities of these islands.

A Comprehensive Evaluation of a postulant prior to acceptance is given here for interest.


COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION


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