I have a few influences that inform my practice, some of which are more apparent than others, and some more surprising than others. As I continue to create a worship cycle, accompanied by specific rites, actions, and prayers, I find that I draw on a fairly wide-ranging variety of sources to do so. This is a short list of those sources, in no particular order.
Celtic Reconstructionism. Reconstructionism is how I formed my practice originally, being introduced to its methodology in university. I believe it is important to draw from the recorded practices of our ancestors and bring them forward into today, making them relevant. Many of my and the Grove’s practices are drawn from the Celtic traditions and folklore. But a strict reconstructionism didn’t have that “magic” feeling that I sought, or at least, not how I was doing it. Various things led me to no longer consider myself a reconstructionist, though the method is still valuable to me.
Proto-Indo-European Religion, and comparative Indo-European studies. For filling in spaces where I knew I needed something else that wasn’t available in the Celtic lore, comparative IE studies helped me out considerably. Ceisiwr Serith‘s book Deep Ancestors and its exploration of “common Indo-European” religion was invaluable.
Waincraft. Along with PIE, Waincraft encouraged me to look at the Celtic gods as emanations of natural sources or older gods. Whereas I don’t agree with that entirely, it helped me re-find magic that I thought I’d lost. I did prefer the previous incarnation of Waincraft, where the Powers had titles rather than natural names (The Lord of Plenty v. Abundance, for example). While reading about Waincraft, I also found this adoration calendar which inspired me to craft my own wheel of worship in a similar style.
Elizabeth Vongvisith. Though it no longer exists, Elizabeth’s blog Twilight and Fire was important to the monastic influence in my practice — a rule of life, set daily prayers, but most importantly, finding sacredness and devotion in every day tasks.
Ár nDraíocht Féin. The source of my ritual structure and cosmology, a synthesis and modern version of shared Indo-European beliefs. The desire to share what I learn and develop with others, so that we may have a living practice as a group.
There are other things, of course — traditional witchcraft, the movie The Wicker Man, bioregionalism, and of course, making up stuff that sounds good and fits whatever I’m attempting to do at the time.