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13 April 2010 @ 09:08 am
Greetings and a question  

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      I wanted to post some sort of greeting before I came in asking questions. I'm currently  university student in New Jersey (Double majored in Anthropology/ Religious Studies, and Minoring in Archaeology). I'm almost finished with my undergrad and am applying for graduate schools for Celtic Archaeology (specifically evidence for religious ritual in mortuary context, and I'd like to possibly help with the excavations of an "oppidum" if i wind up in a gaulish focused program.) as well as Religious Anthropology. I'm originally from texas but have lived in the Czech Republic (briefly) and in Virginia for the past few summers.  
     All that said I've been interested in CR for the past few years. I've had way to much education on the topic to be able to stand most of what the ADF had to offer in the areas I was around in and I never went through an awkward Wicca stage thank the gods. I started my live journal to help keep track of my attempts to be more focused on the religious aspects of my life.

   But yeah I wanted to ask folks who may have had more experience with CR if they might be able to direct me to any organized groups out there whom I could possibly get in touch with to help with learning more traditional ways of ritual practice etc. I know that sounds like a strange question but I really feel like I'm not meant to be practicing this as a solitary and would love to chat with people of like mind.

PS. Thanks for all your help in advance!
.felmac3 on April 13th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)

One of our members hosts a CR group in the Delaware Valley, if you're in that part of Jersey.

Gaol Naofa(.com) is a national Gaelic Reconstructionist Polytheist organization, if Gaelic Polytheism is your practice.
brandon1659 on April 13th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm actually about 30 minutes outside of New York City atm. But I've seen their yahoo group and joined.

As for Gaol Naofa I'll take a look after class thanks! I'm very much focused on Irish practice so that sounds promising.
Seren: argyllheilun_coo on April 13th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
There's Gaol Naofa, as Tomas mentioned, which has a yahoo group for non-members interested in Gaelic Polytheism, here:


The list is quite new and is just taking off, but you're more than welcome to join :)

Groups in real life are few and far between, unfortunately, but as Tomas said, there's a CR group in the Delaware Valley who've been doing lots of good work. Most of us seem to be working on our own, or in households, though.

I studied Celtic Civ and Archaeology at uni and loved every minute of it *nostalgia* Ahhh, those were the days...
brandon1659 on April 13th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Anyone know how to reach the person in charge of Gaol Naofa?
Serenheilun_coo on April 13th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
You can contact Treasa at gaol.naofa@gmail.com

I'm the vice president though, is there anything I can help with? Feel free to message me, or contact me at heelancoo@googlemail.com
Teresa (Chrissy): Inishbofin (Isle of the White Cow)eireannoir on April 14th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Fáilte ó Chroí, a Breandán! I'm so sorry that the email on the website had a typo. I didn't notice as other emails have been getting to us. I've since corrected it though.

I'm the president of Gaol Naofa, so if you need anything you can email me at gaol.naofa@gmail.com -or- message me on here.

Edited at 2010-04-14 08:54 pm (UTC)