Das duci dami, Dami duci das
“You give that I may give. I give that you may give. “
We will be discussing Adbertâ (offerings) to the Dêuoi. This is from my sight at listing to what others within the Gaulish Community offer to the Dêuoi. It is not a list of every Dêuoi but rather a starting point to help you understand offerings. Within, you will see some of the different things folks are offering.
What are Offerings? 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.
Disposing of Offerings
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. Also, throwing them into the trash is acceptable.
Votive offerings are items left at a place and are not meant to be taken back—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 at are the forests, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, caves, and the likes. 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 this.
Common offerings to the Deoui
- Colored or Scented Candles
- Cooked Foods
- Natural Things – feathers, bones, stones, flowers, leaves
- intangible offerings – Picking up trash, Art in its many forms, Gardening, Devoting one’s time.
Devoting a space for a shrine and decorating 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 deity. Always try to be specific to whatever Dêuos or Dêuâ. Please do not get caught up in what they like at the very being. You will learn as you go.
There are also many different reasons why one would give offerings, such as holidays, daily devotion, and asking.
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 whole list of the offerings 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, rose garlands.
Sucellos – Milk, meats, grain, gems and minerals, soil, vanilla, fish,
fir scents, small hammers, fruits, 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 Deuoi likes is part of your connection. Do not overthink it. Start basic finding the right incenses and candles to the kind of beverages and that sort of stuff.
Incense is an essential offering and should not be overlooked. They are sacred offerings to the Dêuoi as the smell is pleasing to them. 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 are also not to be overlooked as they are poured offerings to the Deoui.
In the end, it is all about one’s intentions.
Again do not over think all this.
There is a lot I could say to go into all this much deeper, and I will discuss that in upcoming articles. The purpose here is the beginning of the basics for someone new.
Just be mindful