Aisus

Gaulish Polytheism, Aisus

Depictions/Inscriptions

  • Pilier des nautes – (CIL XIII, 3026; RIG L2-1) (Depiction with an Inscription) this depiction is him trimming a tree the tree is thought to be a willow.
  • A relief from Treves (Depiction) Thisdepiction is him trimming a tree with a bull and three birds in the tree.
  • An Inscription from Cherchell, Algeria AE 1985, 00934 The Inscription says, “Peregrinus [—] | quod Esus fuit iuben[s—]” A rough translation could be “What Esus has commanded.”

Literary Sources

  • Lucan’s De Bello Civilo (Pharsalia) I, 498-501
    Ligurian tribes, now shorn, in ancient days First of the long-haired nations, on whose necks Once flowed the auburn locks in pride supreme; And those who pacify with blood accursed Savage Teutates, Hesus’ horrid shrines, And Taranis’ altars cruel as were those Loved by Diana (18), goddess of the north; All these now rest in peace. And you, ye Bards, hose martial lays send down to distant times The fame of valorous deeds in battle done, Pour forth in safety more abundant song. While you, ye Druids (19), when the war was done, To mysteries strange and hateful rites returned: To you alone ’tis given the gods and stars To know or not to know; secluded groves Your dwelling-place, and forests far remote.
  • Marcellus of Bordeaux, De medicamentis liber
    “Exucri con-exucri Glion. Aisus scrumio uelor! Exugri con-exugri lau”.
    “Run away, go away, sticky thing! Aisus , I want to spit! Run away, go away, evil!”
  • Lactantius : Divine Institutions , XXI, 3, Translation by: Pierre Monat, 1986, Paris, Cerf
    “The Gauls appeased Esus and Teutates with human blood”.

We must remember that the things that the Roman wrote down about him have a political narrative behind them.

I have been wanting to do a small write-up about Aisus for some time but have never gotten around to doing it. The other day I was tending to my land and was moving some stuff around I took a break I was thinking about Aisus as Casnis, and I was sharing thoughts about him, so I went back to tend as I was thinking about him, I moved the wheel barrel that I moved earlier that day, and an Owl feather was sticking out of the ground, At that moment I knew the Senodruides was speaking to me to write the article. For those that don’t know I associate owls with the Senodruides, I have an article titled Cauannos of the Druits

Drunemeton
Within Drunemeton Aisus is our Primordial Tender, the first Druits. As he is the maintainer of Drus that which connects all within the cosmos together. He is involved in the creation of the cosmos and the maintainer of it. He shows us how to tend to that which makes up the branches of the cosmos. Shows us the act of sacrifice and in his cyclical nature, teaching us that clearing the old to make way for the new in order for things to flourish is necessary. We need to cut back the branches so that they can become stronger and new growth to happen. By his maintaining, he is also showing us Uissus (wisdom/knowledge) of the Trirextoues. As that is crucial for us to live with and in the thought of that which is sacred.

The Nemeton
The great Nemetons we have are a symbolic representations of the first acts after creation, and that is the tending to Drus. Aisus teaches us the act of maintaining our sacred spaces. Not just in a physical sense but also in the spiritual. As we each are leaves on Drus and connected to the vastness of all that is, it is important that we know when and how to sacrifice and how to tend our own selves for one another so that we can live in a balanced world. Our Nemetons are a central point for worship, and they help us to resonate with the divine energies of the Deuoi. He is our great keeper and tender in our Nemetons.

The Druides
We must remember that a Druið is one who knows Drus. This is someone that studies the deeper layers of the cosmos and its interconnectedness with all that is. These are the thinkers of Drus and keepers of the sacred rites. Aisus is their primordial teacher as they shaped themselves after his actions. So for the Druides, Aisus performs the role of the first Druits. He maintains the cycles and helped to create all within Parios Noibos (The Sacred Cauldron). This is a metaphorical vessel that holds all within the universe. Drus sprouted when the Cintutrîberous came to be. He shows usthat with Dêuocariâ (Piety) comes responsibilities to uphold daily. The Druides are the maintainers and, in a way, Priests of Aisus, helping to teach us the mysteries of Drus. With Doniocariâ (Compassion) he shows us that the things we tend to and sacrifice that we need to have compassion in knowing that all is a part of Drus and the cycles of life and death. And with Decos (Honor) he shows us that we must be honorable in our actions toward the sacred, as it is a great honor to be of service to one’s community, Deuoi, and the world around you.

Primordial Tender
The depiction of him on the Pilier des nautes and the Relief from Treves shows what he does, and that is maintaining for renewal. The Bull symbolizes the Earth as our great earth mother Litauia can represent the Bull and her willingness to sacrifice herself for us. As Aisus leads in that sacrifice, the cranes represent the flight of the soul. And the Tree Drus, Aisus, knows that for balance to be maintained that sacrifice is a must. Knowing at the same time that transmigration is happening. Nothing ever dies. It all goes in, and from one another, He is the maintainer of the cycles of life and death, representing the shifting of Samos to Giamos and vice versa. We see him with a cultivating tool, as this tool is also symbolic for us as the sacred tool that maintains the universe, so as a Druits, we use this tool to symbolize the cultivator within us to gather our sacred herbs and to keep our Nemetons clear and clean in both the physical and spiritual.

The Bardoi
The Bardoi are key to deepening a greater understanding of all this. In time they will help to connect all these thoughts into one of Drunemetons first Myths. Once this myth is created, we will then Reconstruct the Druits Mistletoe rite that Pliny talks about. Within that myth, you can see a lot of resemblance to the thought of Aisus and the first acts after creation within it.
Our Bardos Casnis has some amazing art and words on Aisus over at Below the woods. Please also check that out as they go into other details regarding him.

In the Sky
For those that want to gaze up into the sky, you can see Aisus reenacting the first sacrifices in the constellation of Orion and Taurus. He can be seen from January to April in the Northern Hemisphere. The Pleiades play an important role also within Drunemeton. You can find some thoughts here.

Orion = Aisus
Taurus = The Bull, Tarvos Trigaranus
Pleadies = The Cranes
The Tree = The Universe

Invocation
(I invoke Aisus)
(Great tender of Drus)
(Celestial woodsman)
(First Druits)
(Maintainer of the cycles of life and death)
(I give offering and thanks to you)
(Offering)

Note
We will go much more in-depth with Drus later on; these thoughts here do not represent those of the Contemporary Druid orders or the greater Gaulish community. They represent the thoughts within Drunemeton.

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