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Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Fitheach » 20 Jun 2006, 01:12

Scots Gaelic Translations of Druid Liturgy (By Tris King)

I thought I'd repost this information, which can be used in Druid rituals:

Is beannaithe thu, a thimpeal, l’uisge. (I bless thee, O Circle, with Water)

Is beannaithe thu, a thimpeall, le tein (I bless thee, O Circle, with Fire)

Is beannaithe thu, a thimpeal, l’aer (I bless thee, O Circle,with Air)

Is beannaithe thu, a thimpeal, le cruinne (I bless thee, O Circle, with Earth)

Is guidh thu, a thimpeal, le Annwn, Abred agus Gwynvyd (I invoke thee, O Circle, with Annwn, Abred and Gwynvyd(Under World, Middle World, and Upper World)

Cuir me fáilte nan Áirdean   (I hail the directions)

Guma bithidh síth anns an Tuath (May there be Peace in the North.)

Guma bithidh síth anns an Deas (May there be Peace in the South.)

Guma bithidh síth anns an Siar (May there be Peace in the West.)

Guma bithidh síth anns an Ear (May there be Peace in the East.)

Guma bithidh síth troimh an Talamh (May there be Peace throughout the whole world.)

(Druid Prayer):Grant, O Spirit, thy protectionAnd in protection, StrengthAnd in Strength, UnderstandingAnd in Understanding, KnowledgeAnd in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice,And in the Knowledge of Justice, the Love of itAnd in the love of it, the Love of all ExistencesAnd in the Love of all Existences, the Love of Spirit and all Goodness.

Gaelic:
Thoir dhuinn, O Spiorad, do dhìon
Agus anns an dìon, Neart
Agus anns an Neart, Tuigse Agus anns an Tuigse, Eòlas,
Agus anns an Eòlas, an t-Eòlas Ceartais
Agus anns an Eòlas Cheartais, An gràdh a ghabhas sinn ann,
Agus anns a’ ghràdh ud, an gràdh a tha air uile a th’ann
Agus anns a’ ghràdh a tha air uile a th’ann An Gràdh Spiorad agus uile Mathas.

(Druid Vow) We swear by peace and love to stand, Heart to heart, and hand in hand.  Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now, Confirming this our sacred vow.

Gaelic:
Bheir sinn mionnan air an siths
Agus an gràdh a sheasamh
Cridhe gu cridhe agus làmh ann an làmh,
Mhothaich, O Spiorad, agus bi gar cluinntinn
Daingnicheadh seo, ar geàlladh naomh.
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Postby Arianwen » 10 Aug 2006, 15:19

Thank you very much for posting this, Fitheach. Most helpful!

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Postby Fitheach » 10 Aug 2006, 23:19

You're quite welcome.  I find it very powerful to use Gaelic in ritual.  I'm sure the same applies to all the Celtic languages.

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Postby Fitheach » 24 Aug 2006, 19:19

EDIT: The text between ( ) are the phonetic version of the Gaelic.
More ritual Gaelic:

DRUID

Druids are peace makers, and begin all their ceremonies by calling for peace.  

Deep within the still center of my being, may I find peace.

ALL

May I find peace.

GAELIC SPEAKER

Guma faigh mi sìth.
(Gooma fie mee shee)

DRUID

Silently within the quite of the grove, may I share peace.

ALL

May I share peace.

GAELIC SPEAKER

Guma roinn mi sìth.
(Gooma roy-een me shee)

DRUID

Gently within the greater circle of humankind, may I radiate peace.

ALL

May I radiate peace

GAELIC SPEAKER

Guma dealraich mi sìth.
(Gooma jell-rake me shee)

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Postby silverhawke » 14 Oct 2006, 09:12

Sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you could give me a prounciation guide...In my old coven we used to do a lot of our ritual in gaelic, but I had a prounciation guide...something simple please...
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galic language and or the subject matter of ritual

Postby harlow » 16 Dec 2006, 00:35

I find it invigorating to pick up scraps of the ancient languages,
would dearly love to learn them fluently, but from my studys I find
it hard to beleive the ancients preached peace,I beleive to preach peace is to lie. It is written"There is enough time for peace in the grave" anciant scottish rite; Also in the hava maal it states a man who aviods war shall
find no peace, anyway regnar redbeard states might is right.
MY opinions are based in morals and dogma of the ancient scottish rite and the hava maal  anyone care to comment please i am listening
ish mise ku derga macnois,tongu da dia toinges mo touthe  .....

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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby EnchantedWolf » 25 Jul 2010, 17:59

Tapadh leibh, Fitheach :)

I, too, find the use of the Gaelic tremendously important in ritual; I also do Gaelic chant, and was lead to my spiritual path through the study of my family's heritage language, Scots Gaelic... I appreciate the posting, because, although I had translated my own versions, I never know how particularly well I have done; I am not fluent and don't see fluency on the horizon, but I am committed for life to the language.
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Fitheach » 25 Jul 2010, 18:58

I am so pleased to see such love for the Celtic languages! I noticed that in Cornwall, signs are now being posted in native Cornish. I've seen this in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, too! :yay:
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Filiocht » 27 Oct 2010, 01:59

Tapadh leibh, Fhitheach.

It's so cool that you are doing this, using these languages in this context. Do you have any knowledge of old irish?

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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Aurora » 27 Oct 2010, 05:48

This is great, especially the phonetic stuff :D found it extremely helpful!
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Fitheach » 28 Oct 2010, 04:10

I am so happy to see an interest in Celtic languages! I've only studied Scots Gaelic, but there are a lot of similarities to Irish.
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Filiocht » 07 Nov 2010, 22:38

You've probably all already looked at this already but in case you haven't you should check out Carmichael's Carmina Gadelica: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cg1/index.htm

Although technically Christian there are a lot of invocations which call on Mac Lir or Brid, and it would be fairly easy to invoke other deities in the place of the name of the saints.

One of the ideas that has interested me for a while now is the usage of Old Irish (Namely medieval Irish) as a language solely for ritual. Seeing as the language is dead now it could be taken and re-used in a more spiritual fashion, much in the same way that the church uses Latin. A language whose cadence is not of the vernacular, but rather towards the divine, and coming out of the old traditions, could become a very potent tool for ceremony.

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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Fitheach » 09 Nov 2010, 03:49

Thank you for the link! I would love to see the ancient Celtic languages used in ritual, as well as see the modern versions revived and used as living languages. I think the soul of a culture is in the language.
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Maena » 12 May 2012, 10:11

Thank you Fitheach, this helped me in my journey of learning Scots Gaelic -I realised just now that is what I am doing :-)

Probably not in a broad way, but in the depth of it. Alike to learning the language of the trees, plants, animals.. focussing on the sensual more than the intellectual.
But who knows, in time..? I've found that, apart from intellectual understanding being a 'means to', one also develops it by the way/as one goes along.
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby elementalheart » 01 Oct 2012, 19:37

Just a quick query, why would you use the familiar thu rather than the polite sibh when addressing directions/elements etc? Is it to indicate the closeness of your connection? I tend to offer maximum respect as to an elder, hence sibh rather than thu, but am wondering if I'm a wee bit old fashioned and formal..

Not that I'll change how I address the mountains or elements in ritual or ask anyone else to do as I do, I'm just interested in what others practise and why. I've had very intimate conversations with elements but those tend to be in my native tongue anyway, and not part of my formal greetings. Anyone that knows me knows I am not that good at structured ritual anyway but I'm trying to get a vocabulary in Gaelic that can be used for the more formal greetings and invocations anyway and in that respect your translations are very helpful thanks :) I only studied Gaelic for a year and a half at evening classes so am no way fluent enough to construct the kind of sentence I want to use, based on the travel directions, shopping list and telling the time of ferries vocab we were taught in class!
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby Fitheach » 02 Oct 2012, 01:00

Elementalheart: Thank you for the corrections. You are right.
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Re: Druid ritual in Gaelic

Postby firinn agus » 13 Dec 2012, 12:22

It would be wonderful to actually hear these rituals spoken.


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