Welcome to the homepage of Nemeton Dumnonantu. This is the personal website of Trebomâros Auigani, a Gaulish polytheist and a Hearthkeeper affiliated with Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF). This website and blog is based on the work I have done regarding my spiritual practices over the years. Much of the work that I do revolves around the home hearth and family, as well as working with people to develop their personal practices. I am not a master in spiritual practices, nor am I Druis (druid). But I am one voice among the many that are out there involved in ADF and the Gaulish Polytheistic community. Here, you will find much of my academic research, insights into my practices, and local lore regarding the Upper Midwest.
Why Gaulish Polytheism?
My first interaction with Gaulish Polytheism was in the late 90s in the woods of the farm that my family has lived on for over 100 years. At the time I did not know anything about Gaulish Polytheism. I had been studying Wicca because of a friend and I had recently fell into Celtic Shamanism, which was popular at the time. It was through my meditations and trance-work that Carnonos (Cernunnos) came into my life. With his guidance, I was directed to a community of people who were able to help me understand what it meant to be a polytheist. The whole time, Carnonos would point me towards looking at the continent and the Gauls, however I kept finding little to no information that I could use in the work I was doing. It took me several years to eventually come around and understand what he was telling me while I studied the Norse, Greeks, Irish, and Scots. With the expansion of the Gaulish polytheism community, and resources becoming available to me that I was not able to get before, I feel that I have finally came to be where I needed to be to start to build my home hearth, creating something that I can share with my children and my community.
Why Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF)?
Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) is a Neo-druid organization that was first developed in 1983 by Issac Bonewits (1949-2010) and has grown into one of the largest Neopagan organizations in the world. Despite the word “druid” as well as the Irish language being used in its name, it is actually an Indo-European focused magical and religious tradition that allows its members to cultivate a local community with whatever IE cultural focus they choose. The ritual structures are based on group (usually large group) involvement and has a strong scholarly approach, especially with its study programs. This flexibility allows anyone from any IE cultural focus (even Gaulish) to build the practices they need to honor their gods, ancestors, and whatever else they find to be sacred and true. In addition to that, they also have a solid mentorship program that works with the study programs to assist students with their studies and give guidance when the student hits a roadblock. I find the structure that they provide helps keeping me moving forward and they are more than flexible enough to accommodate how I jump around with the study programs as I follow my personal development and growth.
Why this website?
I have notebooks going back years on thoughts and ideas regarding my development as a polytheist, although much of it was lost in 2013 due to a fire. However, that following year is when the goddess Bríg (also spelled Brígid) came into our lives and things completely turned around for us. Despite her Irish following, she also pushed me to look to the British and Gaulish tribes to deepen my polytheism and through her, she has encouraged me to build our Home Hearth into something more than just a alter in the corner. She reminded me that what I do doesn’t have to be perfect and that my work and my voice has value. My wife also agreed that having an online place to put the work that I do would be good for not only those who are looking to develop their polytheism, but it would be good for me as well.
So, I hope you find this website useful as you walk your path as a polytheist. I want to say thank you to all the people in the Gaulish polytheism community as well as my mentors within the ADF who have been helpful in my growth as a polytheist. Your insight into the Gaulish language, history, and religion has been and continues to be most valuable.