One of the things that has excited me about joining ADF is the incorporation of, well, in ADF’s case Gaelige, into the rituals, and the fact that there is a small Gaelic community as kin here. What led me to my spiritual path to begin with was Gaelic. Basically one morning, I literally woke up with a deep need to study Gaelic. And it had to be Scottish Gaelic, not Irish. It was an utter COMPULSION, very difficult to describe, especially at the time; this was before I joined OBOD and started actively following a Path. I came to understand over time that it was my connection to the ancestors and to my matrilineal line – my family came to the United States for my Grandmother’s health, and my mother is first generation American.
Now I don’t speak Irish at all; it’s just different enough from Gàidhlig to have the waters muddied for me, as I’m not a native speaker and can’t hardly get out of my own way when it comes to the speaking part of it. I get what amounts to stage fright. My mind goes totally blank, and I have a panic attack if I’m speaking to someone. Horrible! I have to work on my confidence levels here, and as part of that commitment, not only will I continue to incorporate the Gaelic into my ritual, but I’m planning on doing some other things as well:
1) Study some Irish. I was always afraid to mix the two, but, well, Irish is more available and native Irish aren’t so possessive over their language as the Scots; and
2) Continue to utilise Gaelic chant in my rituals, and add to my repertoire; and
3) Not be afraid to speak – to speak up, to talk, to utilise, to understand that it’s okay for me to speak Gàidhlig, even if the native speakers of Skye and other Highland / Island areas discourage people learning ‘their’ language and generally refuse to speak with anyone non-fluent. This has intimidated me and driven me away from really pursuing fluency. I do have a beef about this though; isn’t the point of language to form connection and communicate?
The ancestors will just have to put up with Irish, HA 😉