Lean-sa dlùth ri cliù do shìnnsear.
Keep closely to the ways of your ancestors.
~traditional Gàidhlig proverb
This website is about my building a lifestyle for myself and my family guided by and grounded in the Gaelic myths, folk practices, and wisdom tracts of Ireland and Scotland. I have always felt a connection to my Gaelic heritage, and so it is within this ancestral tradition that I take inspiration from, and find roots in a meaningful and spiritual way of life.
For myself, my teaghlach, or family household, is the center of this lifeway, with a hope of one day including the households of my children. Within my teaghlach, I practice the Creideamh Sí, reverence for the Aos Sí , our ancestors, the fae, and the land goddess, called Flaitheas, meaning Sovereignty. As a family, we celebrate the traditional Celtic feast days, observe daily and monthly practices, make offerings and tell the tales of myth and family lore. Through practicing traditional customs we strengthen our ties to our ancestors, each other, and the land in which we dwell. In these pages I hope to share aspects of our lifeway which might be of interest and inspiration to others, and I have also just started a blog here to explore and discuss these practices and the ideas behind them further. Please check back regularly for updated material.
Although my inspiration lead me to create a lifeway grounded in my household family, others might feel inspired to practice these ways with those with whom they have no familial relation. Within this context, it is the -idea- of family that better defines how a group of people relate and work together than does blood relation or direct generations. Please feel free to adapt these ways to suit the family grouping of your choice.
May your ancestors bless your hearth and household.
Erin MacShimidh Johnson,
Teaghlach Abhainn Mhòr, Hearth of the Great River