One of the rites I’ve been doing in my practice within Bessus Nouiogalation (BNG) is daily dedmatâ – offerings repeated over the course of a week to a set list of Dêuoi that have been identified as applicable to watching over our tradition. We call this core of Dêuoi our Toutâdêuoi.
Dêuoi that could be found historically throughout different touta include the Suleuiâs (“good guides”), the Materês, and a Toutatis. In addition to these Dêuoi, BNG has also chosen to honor Ogmios, the Gaulish God of Eloquence who was likened to Hercules, whom through his children can be seen as an ancestor of the Gauls. This gives him a preeminent position of honor in BNG, as one of our ancestors. BNG also assigns a day each week for offering to the Regentiâ, the ancestors.
Toutatis is referred to by multiple ancient authors, often likened to Mars. Toutatis’s name translates to “of the tribe, people, or nation.” This gives Toutatis a role as a Dêuoi of a tribal cult, which is why BNG is forging a relationship with Toutatis. We honor Toutatis as a protective Dêuoi over our tradition.
I have been doing dedmatâ daily to our Toutâdêoui for seven months now, offering contemplation and a line of poetry to each Dêuoi on their respective day. Our Toutatis was the first of these to reach out to me. He appeared early on to me in a desert canyon, as a block of sandstone. Each subsequent time I encountered him like this, the sandstone block had slowly been chipped away; facial features, of an older, wry man appeared. We moved quickly to a more familiar landscape to me; the dunes and sands of Lake Michigan, where I grew up. He reminded me very much of my Grandpa, and we have had what feels to me like a very grandfather/granddaughter relationship. He is protective in that particular sense to me.
As someone who works closely with crystals in my practice as well, he presented through a crystal skull I picked up around the time I began my dedmatâ as well – a fossilized coral crystal skull with a fierce, but grinning countenance. I meditate with his skull outside of writing the dedmatâ – in these sessions is where I see him most often as the sandstone man.
Recently, one of the founders of BNG reported a series of encounters regarding a more focused name for our Toutatis. The past few times he had engaged in rites to Toutatis, he had picked up a name from him, Galatos.
Diodorus Siculus says that one of the sons of Heracles is mentioned as Galatos (p. 25-27). Galatos is seen in some sources as the ancestor of the Galatians, a group of Gaulish people residing in Anatolia. We also have sources from the Roman world that talk about how Ogmios, one of BNG’s Toutâdêoui and the Gaulish God of Eloquence, is identified with Hercules.
While there are other stories about where Galatos comes from, including his parentage being from Polyphemos and Galatea, there are a vast array of Greek and Roman sources and mythology for us to study and take inspiration from today. What is specifically sought for our tradition is a context for why the name Galatos has appeared to us. Diodorus Siculus provides this context to explore why our Toutatis has given us the name Galatos; he is a son of Heracles, later the Roman Hercules, whom is identified with Ogmios. Discernment regarding the presentation of the name Galatos in this particular historical context would affirm for us that our Toutatis is the son of Ogmios, whom we honor as ancestor of the Gauls.
Meditation and Dreams
When I first approached Toutatis with the name Galatos, I did get a reflection from Toutatis when addressing him by this name. When called by the name Galatos, there is a very vibrant and strong energy from him, less focused and more mobile feeling than using the name Toutatis. The sandstone is still before me, but instead of being made of it, Galatos stands upon it, a younger man imbued with vitality.
For some reason, I also keep getting horse hooves in my visuals. Not the whole horse, just the hooves, and they seem like they want to go places post-haste.
Galatos has also appeared in dreams to me now, with Ogmios. I prayed for relief from my pain post-surgery, and was engulfed in a gigantic amber sun which glowed around me. It smelled so lovely, was peaceful surrounding me, and I no longer felt any pain. Ogmios spoke to me in a rich voice: “Fear not, you rest here now. The sun/son knows you well.” The amber pulsed around me and held me pain-free.
While healing is not indicated by Ogmios nor a Toutatis figure, they were who responded to my prayers. I asked whoever wanted to respond to me to respond, and I firmly believe that laying down groundwork with them via the dedmatâ was why they came to me in my time of need.
Prinni pull: meditation and introduction to Galatos by that name
Vlatos – sovereign obligations and leadership; teachings of the sovereign; feasting
Gestlos – exchange and reciprocity; ritual prayers and vows; guest-host relationship
Dubnos – the club-end from below; ancestral divinities; underworld knowledge
Prinnos specifically speaking in relation referring to our Toutatis as Galatos
Matir – mediation between worlds; youthful Dêuoi; liminality; fate
As a protector or guardian over a specific group of people, two prinni coming from Bitus ties this relationship nicely. A Toutatis would be concerned with the protection or status of the group they are watching over. Vlatos as a prinnos of leadership, teaching, and the obligations of a sovereign reflect Galatos’s prior knowledge in this Toutatis role and in his employing it in watching over BNG, while Gestlos as the prinnos of exchange and reciprocity shows the building-up of this relationship over the past year between Galatos and BNG.
Dubnos is a Dubnos prinnos. If we are looking at Galatos as a son of Ogmios, who is one of BNG’s primary Dêuoi, this reflects that relationship. Ogmios leading souls to the afterlife suggests a potential connection as well between his son Galatos and that important work. Dubnos holds underworld and ancestral ties; again, reflecting nicely this father-son Ogmios-Galatos connection we are exploring. It also can reference the club, a favorite weapon of Heracles, again tying back to Ogmios.
Matir is a prinnos of the liminal. I drew this prinnos specifically querying about the usage of Galatos as a name for our Toutatis. As a prinnos of between-worlds, liminality, fate, and prosperity, I interpret this a continuation of drawing this connection. As we foster this relationship, our Toutatis grows in their identity and clarity to us. Our energy reached out to ask if he’d meet us in the in-between, to grow with us, and he has responded to this work. This relationship, respectfully continued, brings enrichment to us both, and blessings from our Toutâdêuoi.
Since the above prinni reading, Galatos has been even more obvious to me than he already was, via dreams, crystal work and meditation, and in clairaudial cues. The combination of the positive interpretation of Galatos as a name for Toutatis, his appearance to me with Ogmios in dreams, historical interpretation that he is the son of Hercules (whom is syncretized with Ogmios), and this continued response to that name in my workings with him all tie together into an interpretation of Galatos as the name for our Toutatis, and to say that this relationship is to be further built upon.
My gut instinct says that when addressing Galatos by or with the name Toutatis, I get more of a sense of him referring to or connecting to past experiences to bring them forward to us. While we are a newer group, Toutatis as a protective Dêuoi over a tribe is not new at all. The sandstone-hewn, older man I see when using this name also indicates an age to this particular name – rocks are inherently old, they have been around for a lot. Calling him by this name seems to me like he is able to reflect back on the past experience and histories of Toutatis, to bring them forward to us. Perhaps this is like an epithet to Galatos.
While I mentioned working with the fossilized coral crystal skull for Toutatis, for Galatos specifically I have been finding success with tiger iron, a combination of hematite, tiger’s eye, and red jasper. It is a potent combination that brings grounding, vitality, and endurance, and is a very revitalizing stone for physical health. While it is so grounding, I have found it to be magnetic in attracting experiences associated with more ephemeral workings, such as dream encounters and meditation. This strong and bold stone fits well with how Galatos has presented to me so far in encounters and through the prinni – a vital, energetic young man who is firmly concerned with those he watches over here on Earth.