Our forebears, generations back, lived a sense of respectful relationship with the elements. This is true of all peoples of the earth. Some of this knowledge has fallen out of practice, some of it has been preserved under other auspices, and some of it remains vibrantly alive — a breathing echo of a former time.

All of it lives in our bones and our distant blood memories. This we believe. And we believe that if you listen close enough, you can hear the whispers of your blood ancestry telling you who you are, and how to live well.

“The Celtic tradition knows that all the rivers of Ireland have their source in an Otherworld well and that a hazel tree overgrows that well, and that kernels of wisdom are going to fall from that hazel down into the well, and that they are eaten and carried downstream by the salmon who swims out of this ordinary world into the Otherworld. And that any one of us who eat that Bradan Feasa [salmon of knowledge] will become wise…that is a wonderful picture of reality. If we could make that live among us, that awareness, then we could walk the earth. Then it would not be possible for us to release the sluice gates of our slurry pits and let the water into our rivers.”

John Moriarty, from Celtic Threads

Our focus is to re-make connections between descendants of the Celtic diaspora and their homeland traditions -- the cultures that sprang forth before their lands were colonized and their lives were enlisted in the colonization effort.

Our goal is to find these old patterns and the ways that they engaged with their culture and landscape, and attempt to translate them to the new landscape we find ourselves in.

But we must begin where we started.

We must go back before we can move forward.

And then we must create anew.

 


For much more, visit us at The Celtic Root, a joint project of the Temple of the Waters and Saphichay.