They have soothsayers too of great renown who tell the future by watching the flights of birds and by the observation of the entrails of victims, and everyone waits upon their word.
(Diodorus of Sicily, Historical Library, V, 31, 2)
The image above is a Uatis Inscrîbatus (Sigil, Mark) Found in the Carnutes territory. Speculated to be from around 150 BC. Here is another one that the symbol is found all around Gaul and even scribed in stones at sanctuaries and healing shrines for curative Deuoi. It is thought to be an eye that makes sense as it looks just like one.
I felt this is perfect for the Uatis role as eyes are extraordinary and hold a mystery to them. In many cultures worldwide, eyes are seen as a symbol of prophecy, literarily seeing the things to come—the ability to see the connection of the natural order of things around the self.
So for me, the iris is the self looking and watching that which is around you. The two lines are the voyage of life to death or death to life. These are the walkers between the worlds seeing the magical flow in all things, teaching nature’s high mysteries. This Inscrîbatus is a pure representation of what a Uatis is.
Uatis (The Mantic One)
One who sees
The Seers and Healers
The Uatis should know by heart all the herbs of Gaul and the practical and magical aspects of them. They should follow the Uelîturunâs and other forms of Gaulish Divination methods. Tarot, Norse Runes, and other forms have no place under the trees of Drunemeton. One must have formed Samolouissus (Plant Knowledge) in one’s areas. Know how to conduct sacrifices and take Omens, be an herbalist in whichever way one chooses, meaning spiritual or practical. They are very much connected to Dubnos, reaching into the mysteries of the unknown bring back with them Soito and knowledge from the darkness. They understand the physical realm in human behavior along with understanding the journey to and from the Dubnos.
This is an Initiatory tradition, so that means one must be initiated.
- One who takes omens
- A healer in all things to all things
- Knowledge of plants and trees and
understands the benefits of them.
- One who studies divination in a
- Natural philosophers
- Does sacrifices
- Knows incantation’s
More to come as this role is more forged out.
Criteria to help the Building of Uatibessus
You must have provided an essay of what you know of Gaulish things; this is a must.
- An Ovate in one of the Druid Orders.
- One should have an herbalist certificate.
- Understand Divination or created a form of it.
- Studied Natural Philosophy
- Counseling and Pastoral care knowledge
- At the least, show us, you know, and have a deep passion.
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