Part 5 – As Gaeilge, In Irish…
I found a Book Proposal from 13 years ago, that I had agreed to write before life took a different turn for me – a ‘Who’s Who of Irish Mythology & How to Work with Them’.
I may or may not turn it into a book at some stage…?! But for now it may as well be out in world as sitting on my computer.
WARNING: It’s an unedited old photo of my thoughts and practice 13 years ago. So, be aware.
Use of the Irish Language
I will also mention the use of the Irish language in ritual, and generally when working with the Powers of Ireland or at the ancient sites.
Yes, they do understand you if you speak English. They would understand you if you spoke to them in Tahitian, Mongolian, or the sign language you and your sister made up when you were kids.
Intent matters – they can hear and feel what is truly in your heart.
Of course, how the Powers choose to interpret and use that intent and anything you hand over to them, depends very much on who you are dealing with; not all are good and pure and looking out for your best interests, by any means.
Be clear, focused and a little cautious. Otherworldly entities don’t think or feel the same way we do, nor do they have the same sense of right and wrong as most mortals.
They understand intent, and whatever language you speak natively… but, Irish is their language.
It is the language of the ancestors, the continuity of the people, our connection to the past and an expression of our souls that makes them sing.
Modern Irish is quite different to the Irish our ancestors spoke, but it is a development of it, and a lot closer than English.
So many Irish people don’t seem to care about their own native tongue, and it is a huge personal worry of mine that Irish is being lost or disregarded. Even as I type there is a fight in Europe to get our national language recognised as an official EU language. (Note: it has been recognised since writing this.)
Although the issue was ignored for quite a long time, our government now seems to recognise, for once, a matter of national importance.
The use of Irish language terminology through my writing has been praised by some and highly criticised by others.
I have even seen it suggested that I skip the actual Irish words altogether and just give the phonetic sounds, as the pronunciation guides seem to annoy, or the Irish terms overwhelm some people.
Well, they are staying. The language is real, it is still vibrant and developing in many areas of our society. Although it may seem difficult to learn, in reality it is no more challenging than French or German.
Irish Gaeilge (pron. Gayl-gah) is an important part of Irish magic and spirituality. I know quite a few people who would have originally considered the use of Gaeilge in magic to be at best unnecessary, and at worst pretentious – but on having actually experienced for themselves the response it evokes from the Powers and the extra dimension it can add to a ritual, they now see the value.
As I said, it is not that the Powers don’t understand other languages, but they certainly do understand the respect (and often the effort or hard work) it shows to speak to them in their own tongue, or as close to it as we have.
So I do encourage you to at least try using Irish in your rituals or magical/spiritual practices.
I will continue to provide the terminology and pronunciation guides for those who wish to incorporate it, and I will be providing it in actual Irish format, not just some dumbed down phonetic version for those who are too lazy or too stubborn to at least look at the language of a culture they profess to have an inclination towards.