Addatus (Offering)

Gaulish Druidism, Gaulish Polytheism

Datiesti uta dassân, datiûmî uta dassais
“You give that I may give. I give that you may give.”

Addatus (Offering, Sacrifical Gift)
I put this small list together because many folks ask what kind of Addatus to give to the Dêuoi. I looked around the Gaulish Community and compiled the basic Addatus folks give to help as a starting point. It is not a list of every Dêuoi but a starting point to help you understand what to give.

What are Addatus? The act of one who offers. Something offered especially: a sacrifice ceremonially offered as a part of worship. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to the Dêuoi. It comes from a place of acknowledgment that everything is sacred and must be honored.

Cantos Râti

One of the most important fundamentals related to interactions with Dêuoi (Gods and Spirits), or Senoatîs (Ancestors) is the Gifting Circle or Cantos Râti. In popular discourse, the “gifting cycle.” This means giving offerings in ritual to a recipient that they may also give. However, this is not merely transactional. This is done in a way that is meant to bring the one who offers and the one who receives closer together.

Disposing of Addatus

Composting when you can. Be mindful of disposing of items back to nature, making sure they will not bring harm to anything. One can burn them or bury them or even eat them. Also, throwing them into the trash is acceptable.

Votive Offerings

Votive offerings are items left at a place and are not meant to be taken back. They are items associated with the Dêuoi or represent them somehow. We have found a lot of Wheels, hammers, and representations of animals from archeological digs. Common places Votive offerings are left are the forests, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, caves, wheels, and even shrines. Temples and shrines are usually filled with food, candles, flowers, trinkets, paintings, etc., to honor the Dêuoi and secure prosperity, good health, and other blessings for the giver. The practice of throwing coins into a fountain for “good luck” is seen as a votive offering. I will be doing a separate article on all that.

Common offerings to the Deoui

  • Incense
  • Colored or Scented Candles
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Grain
  • Coins
  • Art
  • Actions
  • Music
  • Fruits
  • Cooked Foods
  • Natural Things – feathers, bones, stones, flowers, leaves
  • intangible offerings – Picking up trash, Art in its many forms, Gardening, Devoting one’s time.

Uentâ – place one makes sacred and gives offerings.
Devote a space for a Uentâ and decorate it with statues, paintings, and such.

These are items that can help you when just starting. As you develop more of a connection with the Dêuoi, you will learn other items to offer. You will learn about different incense and wines that they like. Some offerings are based on attributes of a given Dêuoi. Always try to be specific to whatever Dêuoi you are giving Addatus. Please do not get caught up in what they like at the very being. You will learn as you go.

There are also many reasons to give offerings, such as holidays, daily devotion, asking for something, or a general love for the Dêuoi.

Offerings To The Deoui

Below is a small list of examples of a few of the Dêuoi. I will keep out the general items and focus on the more unique items. In time I will make a list of the Addatus to the Dêuoi.

  • Carnonos – Dried Jasmine, fresh plants/flowers, forest finds, grain, brandy/scotch, honey or mead water, rocks, acorns, nuts, dry red wine, blackberries when in season, game meat, chicken, cheese, frankincense, sandalwood, dark liquors, milk mixed with honey, hard cider, gin, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, weed, rare coins, flowers, homemade bread, juice grape, apple juice, vanilla-scented candles fresh, tea, cookies.
  • Taranis –  Burnt offerings, Wheels, lightning imagery, daggers, feathers, baked goods, meat, alcohol, strong incense, candles, the imagery of his animals, artwork, and poetry.
  • Eponâ – Roses (Dark Roses)time with the horse and donkey, biscuits, cakes, fruit, hay, sweet grass, oats, freshwater, rosebuds, and rose garlands.
  • Sucellos – Milk, meats, grain, gems and minerals, soil, vanilla, fish,
  • fir scents, small hammers, fruits, and actions.
  • Nantosueltâ – Burgundy or Rhine wine, fruit, honey, honeycombs, flowers, fruits, bird feathers, flower scents, gardening, corn
  • Artiu – frankincense, cedar
  • Rosmertâ –  Aromatic plants, fruity liquor, laurel, spices, honey, pastry, milk, various alcohol, cake, Fruits, springwater, baked goods, actions, butter, weave her something or sow something for her.
  • Lugus – Cider, spears, dark liquor,
  • Catuboduâ – Whiskey, raw meat, roadkill if fresh/available, shiny rocks or jewelry
  • Camulus – Bay leaves, beer, water, incense, 

There is plenty to offer, and finding those items the Dêuoi likes is part of your connection. Do not overthink it. Start finding the right incense and candles to the kind of beverages and that sort of stuff.

Incense is an essential Addatus and should not be overlooked. They are sacred offerings to the Dêuoi as the smell is pleasing. They are not a tool to create an atmosphere to conjure magic with the Dêuoi. They are gifts of precious materials to give gratitude and our love to the Dêuoi. Libations also should not be overlooked as they are poured offerings to the Deoui.

Ultimately, it is all about one’s intentions. Do not overthink all this.

Just be mindful

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