Lean-sa dlùth ri cliù do shìnnsear.
Keep closely to the ways of your ancestors.
~traditional Gàidhlig proverb
This website is dedicated to my Ancestors.
As I have studied the animistic roots of both Gaelic tradition and other indigenous traditions, I have come to include a wide array of beings in this category, of both formerly-human and non-human persons, who have contributed to the person I am today, a blood descendant of former human persons, and a human sustained by powerful non-human persons. I offer respect and gratitude to my parents, my deceased grandparents back several generations, the original Brigidine flametenders of Cill Dara, the lands of Cascadia, Éire, and Alba, the Powers of Sea, River, Sun, Moon, Rain, Rainbow, Thunder, Lightning, and Cloud, and the Nations of Chestnut, Oak, Hazel, Douglas Fir, Cedar, Salmon, Trout, Cow, Pig, Chicken, and numerous Plant and Herb Nations. I've been sustained, guided, and/or taught by Them all, and recognize and honor Them as Powerful and Esteemed Persons and Ancestors.
I practice An Creideamh Sí, the indigenous Gaelic faery tradition, by building and maintaining sacred relations with the ancestral deities/powers collectively called the Aos Sí , the Ancestors, the fae folk, and the land goddess, traditionally called Flaitheas, meaning Sovereignty, as well as with other special Persons of Cascadia where I live, such as several nations of Tree People.
The Tradition includes celebrating the four traditional Celtic feast days, offering daily and monthly prayers, making regular food and drink offerings, and studying the tales of myth and family lore. For myself, it has also come to include opening up to the Powers of the land where I live, and engaging with Them through the ancestral template An Creideamh Sí suggests, as those of the Tradition who came before me would do/had done. I began by researching family genealogy, following family names and lines back to specific people and places, to connect with specific lands, sacred sites, deities, powers, and customs.
The Tradition endures today among many who maintain The Pact through offerings, visiting or recalling the sacred sídhe mounds and sites, and reciting the ancestral tales, whether they live in their ancestral homelands or in diasporal nations, and whether they be monotheist, atheist, or polytheist, although the Tradition itself is decidedly animistic and non-Christian, being a lifeway of maintaining respectful relationships with various powerful non-human Persons, grounded in a non-dualistic worldview. Some describe the Tradition as Celtic, as its languages and customs are, yet the Tradition also encompasses the great mounds which were built and used before Celtic languages were spoken by the Ancestors, and is observed today by those who do not presently speak Celtic languages. I will describe it as Indigenous, Ancestral, Gaelic, and Faery, meaning that it builds sacred relations with those non-human Persons and Nations said to reside in or be intimately connected with so-called otherworldly realms in the folklore, and derives from those original inhabitants who lived in/with the lands today known by the Gaelic names Éire and Alba, Ireland and Scotland respectively. So while the descriptor 'Celtic' can be helpful, it can also be confusing since it is popularly used today for all kinds of unrelated things, but ironically can also be unnecessarily limiting since its academic definition consists of certain specific parameters.
For anyone interested in beginning to research their Gaelic ancestors, I offer the links in the An Tobar section which pertain to the history of Gaelic tribal and clan names, and maps of tribe and clan areas of Ireland and Scotland, through which one can match up ancestral family names, and begin to then research traditions of tribe, clan, and region. These, in addition to personal family lore, were my starting points to learning and embracing Ancestral Tradition.
You are welcome to participate in discussions about An Creideamh Sí in this site's accompanying facebook group; follow the link below to join.
Beannachd, agus slàinte mhath,
Éirinn nighean mac Laomainn bean mac Iain