My Historical Reenactment Persona

TaranosMorbetOver the last year, I have been getting into historical reenactment with the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA). As part of that, I had to come up with a persona to reenact. For me, I wanted to take on a persona of a historical Pagan. The period range to choose from that the SCA reenacts is 600-1600 C.E. I choose a Pictish Persona from the early part of the 7th century named Taranos Morbet. I still have work to do with my Garb and other supplies needed, but this is a blast to do.

The description of my persona as listed on the East Kingdom Wiki:

Taranos Morbet was born 580CE in Northern Alba (modern-day Scotland) to one of the women in the matrilineal royal line. This alone doesn’t guarantee Taranos will ever be king, but he is amongst the men whose mothers bear potential Kings for the Picts to choose their kings from. Like most Pictish men in the royal line, his father was a foreigner outside the Pict tribes. His father was a respected warrior from amongst the Viking.

As an adult Taranos joined the Pictish scouts and can often be found somewhere in the wilderness. He is also amongst the people of the Picts that still practices the old ways in rebellion to those of foreigner religion that has started to take hold of his people. Taranos is a devout druid of the Picts and the ways of his people and is learning to be a Seer as a member of the soothsayers guild.

Taranos was amongst the Picts scouts that found the invader Donnán of Eigg on April 17, 617 CE on a mission to convert the Picts to Christianity. The Queen of the Picts ordered the invader and his 150 men to be decapitated and burned as they threaten the Pictish way of life. Donnán of Eigg people would later make him a saint of their religion for his attempt at destroying the Pictish ways.

Let me know what you think of my persona so far. I’m still pretty new to all the stuff in the SCA and always wanting to learn more. If you want to look at the official wiki page for my persona check out Taranos Morbet’s official wiki page.

Mush Love 🍄💚,
Marc the Maine Entheogenic Pagan

What Does Entheogenic Mean?

When discussing my spiritual path and I tell people that I am an Entheogenic Pagan. Most understand what a Pagan is, or at least have a vague concept of what I’m talking about. However, only a few people know what the term entheogen means and I’m most often given a puzzled look and then the inevitable question what’s entheogenic mean? Even from within the Pagan community.

The term entheogenic is the adjective of the word entheogen. An entheogen is a psychedelic substance taken in a spiritual context, but this is deeper than just that. The word entheogen is Greek and means ”becoming divine within.” What this means is when someone takes an entheogen they get to have a first-hand spiritual experience of divinity. Historical entheogens have been used in many cultures. Such as the Indigenous Native Americas that use Peyote, the indigenous Siberian use of Amanita Muscaria mushroom, South American Indigenous tribes that use Ayahuasca and along with many, many more examples of Entheogens use as part of a spiritual practice.* Entheogens have had a major role in many cultures and religious practices.

For me personally, I use psilocybin mushrooms in my personal spiritual path. I can connect to mother earth herself, the spirits of the land, and become one with all of nature while meditating in the forest under the effects of my entheogen sacrament. Outside the spiritual benefits, I get with using these fungal allies; I also benefit from the positive effects on my mental health at helping keep my treatment-resistant depression in check.

Mush Love 🍄💚,

Marc the Maine Entheogenic Pagan

*For some more information about the entheogens I mentioned.

Use of Peyote in a spiritual context.
https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/indigenoustraditions/6-•-independent-projects/peyote-in-native-american-traditions/

Use of Amanita Muscaria in a spiritual context.
http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/flyagaric.php

Use of Ayahysaca in a spiritual context.
http://www.ayahuasca.com/amazon/botany-ecology/unraveling-the-mystery-of-the-origin-of-ayahuasca/

Use of Psilocybin Mushrooms in a spiritual context.
https://thethirdwave.co/history-of-psilocybin-mushrooms/