“I sing of the Cauldron of Wisdom, which bestows the merit of every art” – The Cauldron of Poesy.
You’ve probably come across the idea of “Chakras”, found in traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Deriving from the Sanskrit for “wheel”, these Chakras are perceived as being energy centres, focal points, or nodes in the body.
Whether we believe them to be literally existing points or a more metaphorical mode of thinking about the body is less important than what ideas like this represent: a sense of the human as microcosm of the macrocosm, a wholistic being greater than the sum of their parts.
While many modern Pagans have adopted (or appropriated depending on your point of view) Chakras into their spiritual practice, for those of us practicing Druidry or another Celtic-based path, there is a similar mythopoetic understanding of the body we can make use of instead.
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