Pagan Church of Caudonia

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Pagan Church of Caudonia
Paugan Kirk o Caudonie

Eaglais Phágánach na Caudonia

Founder An Prionsa Beannaithe
Founded July 2019
High Priest An Prionsa Beannaithe
Head Druid Vacant
Headquarters Boardman
Territory All of Caudonia
Language English, Scots
Irish (certain religious texts)
Members 1

The Pagan Church of Caudonia (Scots: Paugan Kirk o Caudonie; Irish: Eaglais Phágánach na Caudonia) is the officially-established state church of Caudonia. The church follows Caudonian Paganism, a form of Neopaganism based on Celtic polytheism, which is practised solely in Caudonia.

The main scriptures of Caudonian Paganism are the Leabhar na nDéithe (Book of Gods), a collection of Irish Pagan folktales and folklore for church use, and the Cód Naofa (Holy Doctrine), the doctrine of the Church.

History

Caudonian Paganism started to take shape in May 2019, when Prince William I began to look into different forms of Modern paganism, specifically Irish polytheism. Following the creation of Caudonia, it was decided that a state church should be created, and so the Pagan Church was established in July 2019.

Caudonian Paganism

Caudonian Paganism is centred around certain deities who have various associations and embody forces of nature, aspects of culture, and facets of human psychology. There are many deities. These deities are considered gods and goddesses, and are typically depicted in human form because they are viewed as having human faults. They are therefore not seen as perfect, but rather are venerated as being wise and powerful. Although they are depicted in human form, they are not humans, they are supernatural beings. The deities dwell in the Otherworld but they interact with humans and our world.

Scriptures

Caudonian Paganism has two main scriptures: The Leabhar na nDéithe and the Cód Naofa. The Leabhar na nDéithe is a collection of Irish Pagan folktales and folklore for church use, containing folktales and folklore of all sorts. Its English name is The Book of Gods. The Cód Naofa is the doctrine of the Church. It lays out the core beliefs and principles of the Church, as well as the ancient rules contained in the Leabhar na Rialacha Naofa (The Sacred Rulebook). Its English name is The Holy Doctrine.

Deities

Although all the deities are considered equal, there is a sort of hierarchy between them. The church organises the deities into the two groups: The Creators and the Tuatha Dé Danann.

There are 26 deities within the Church. Here is the list of each classified into their group, along with the things and characteristics they represent:

The Creators

  • Great Father: The Lord. He is the male aspect of creation and the lord of winter, harvest, land of the dead, the sky, animals, mountains, lust, powers of destruction and regeneration.
  • Great Mother: The Lady. She is the female aspect of creation and goddess of fertility, the moon, summer, flowers, love and healing. She is also the mother of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
  • Íosa (Also known as Jesus): The son of the Great Father and Great Mother and god of sacrifice, forgiveness, sins and sinners. (Occasionally considered a creator god as he is the son of the Great Father and Great Mother)

The Tuatha Dé Danann

  • Angus Mac Og: God of youth, love and beauty.
  • Badb: Goddess of life, wisdom, inspiration and enlightenment.
  • Belenus: God of science, healing, hot springs, fire, success, prosperity, purification, crops, vegitation and fertility.
  • Boann: Goddess of the River Boyne.
  • Brigid: Goddess of fire, fertility, the hearth, all feminine arts and crafts and martial arts. Healing, physicians, agriculture, inspiration, learning, poetry, divination, prophecy, smithcraft, animal husbandry, love, witchcraft and occult knowledge.
  • Cerenus (also known as Herne or The Green Man): God of Virility, fertility, animals, physical love, nature, woodlands, reincarnation, crossroads, wealth, commerce and warriors.
  • The Crone: Goddess of old age, death, winter, the end of all things, the waning moon and post-menstrual phases of women's lives.
  • The Dagda: God of protection, warriors, knowledge, magick, fire, prophecy, weather, reincarnation, the arts, initiation, the sun, healing, regeneration, prosperity and plenty, music and the harp.
  • Diancecht: God of healing, medicine, regeneration, magick and silver working.
  • Domnu: God of elequence and the control of elements. Also the ruler of the land of the dead and entrances to the otherworld.
  • Druantia: Goddess of fertility passion, sexual activities, trees, protection, knowledge and creativity. Also the mother of the tree calendar.
  • Flidais: Goddess of forests, woodlands and wild things.
  • Govannon: God of blacksmiths, weapon makers, jewelry making, brewing, fire and metalworking.
  • The Horned God: God of growing things, wild animals, alertness, fertility, desire, physical love, agriculture, flocks and brewing. Also the lord of the wild hunt. (Sometimes considered the Great Father).
  • Íosa (Also known as Jesus): The son of the Great Father and Great Mother and god of sacrifice, forgiveness, sins and sinners. (Occasionally considered a creator god as he is the son of the Great Father and Great Mother)
  • Lear: God of the sea and water.
  • Lugh: God of skills, druids, physicians, smithing, war, magick, commerce, reincarnation, lightning, water, arts and crafts, manual arts, journeys, martial arts, poets, musicians, historians, sorcerers, healing, revenge, initiation and prophecy.
  • Macha: Goddess of war, death, cunning, sheer physical force, sexuality, fertility and dominance over men. Also the protectoress in war as in peace.
  • Manannan Mac Lir: God of the sea, navigators, storms, weather at sea, fertility, sailing, weather forecasting, magick, arts, merchants and commerce and rebith.
  • Morrigan: Goddess of revenge, night, magick and prophecy. Also the supreme war goddess and queen of phantoms and demons and shape-shifters. The crone aspect of the goddess, great white goddess.
  • Nuada: God of the water, oceans, fishing, the sun and sailing. Similar to Neptune.
  • Ogma: Similar to Hercules.
  • Scota: The shadowy one. Goddess in the destroyer aspect. A warrior woman and prophetess who lived in Scotland, probably on the Isle of Skye and taught the martial arts. Patroness of blacksmiths, healing, magick, prophecy and martials arts.
  • The White Lady: Dryad of death, destruction and annihilation. Associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess.

Symbolism

Work in progress.

Leadership of the Church

High Priest

The High Priest or Priestess is the highest ranking member of the Church. He or she carries the responsibility of writing, updating, and interpreting scripture, overseeing any major church changes, and other important administrative duties. The High Priest or Priestess is considered the Protector of the Leabhar na nDéithe and the Cód Naofa. The role of High Priest is assumed by the reigning monarch of Caudonia.

Head Druid

The Head Druid is the second highest ranking member of the Church. He or she is the Head of the Council of Druids, and is responsible for presiding over meetings of the Council and the day to day running of the Church on behalf of the High Priest. The Head Druid is elected by his or her fellow druids and approved by the High Priest.

Druids

Druids are equivalent to priests in various other religions. Each druid is a member of the Council of Druids, the main governing body of the Church.

Holy Festivals

The Church observes various seasonal festivals in accordance with the Wheel of the Year. These are:

  • Yule (21 December)
  • Imbolc (1 February)
  • Ostara (Spring Equinox)
  • Beltane (1 May)
  • Litha (21 June)
  • Lughnasadh (1 August)
  • Mabon (Autumn Equinox)
  • Samhain (31 October)