From the Egregore of these stories this Anamist lineage of Ceann-Iuìl holds sacred its mission:
The Ceann-Iuìl of the Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream and Gyre stand together with common purpose weaved together with the threads of individual purpose, ancestral purpose, and the purpose of the Art-s-Wath, Great Primal Forest that moves as the Mora-oa-Creon, The Great Song from each and all of our souls.
The fabric of this common purpose is that song caught in the winds of our breath, felt within the blood that nurtures the world.
This blood is the energy of compassion.
This blood is the River of our Sacred Lineage; Avon Fhuil.
This blood is the blood of the Ancestors that flows through us and to our Descendants.
So long as this blood flows between each of us and all our kindred, from the Heart of Art-s-Wath, The Great Primal Forest and Mora-oa-Creon, The Great Song to the pain of this world, we are one, we are family, we are tribe, and we are clan.
This blood binds us together.
With this blood we become a path, a bridge, allowing the pain of the world to be held and encompassed without fear and therefore healed – to be connected to the inevitable power of Spirit as it is.
As time passes, the web of life continues to change and as it does this blood continues to flow and nourish and heal; for the blood never changes.
As Ceann-Iuìl of Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream we continue to aerate this blood with the breath of love; the echo of the Great Breath; the Mora-oa-Creon, The One Song, Teir Rionard, The Star Fall, the thunder of Fear Tintreach, the Lightning in Seanamhair Cuan, the Great Primal Ocean Goddess; the song of Creation, Life and Unity, giving this blood vitality required to fulfil its purpose – the bringing together of Celi, The Creator; the Heart of the World and into Tei, the Great Heart. This is our work through, by and with Spirit.changes.
It is to this Prayer we are called and sent.
This is an oral tradition woven with story and dance, which the Ancestral Ceann-Iuìl used to draw together the nomadic communities they served and protected.
These Ceann-Iuìl were called and trained in the Wisdom of the Paths and the Spirits of the Tradition, each vowing for a lifetime service to the community, each acknowledging their straddling of and walking between the two worlds. The Training was one of testing and sacrifice and when finally called into the community they avowed through blood sacrifice and were permanently marked to show their vows to the otherworld and the Ancestors and their commitment to the community.
The essence of this Animist Way was an observance and aligning of the day to day life of the community with the turning of the seasons, the path of the moon and the cycle of nomadic journeying that maintained the community in direct relationship with the environment it was set in. The environment and the people of the community were never seen as distinct or separate, rather that they were all part of one living organism or spirit journey; all dependent on each other to reach the journeys end.
The Tradition is based on cyclical process in which everything returned to the night and recommenced at daybreak; as the world retreated to Winter and re-grew in Spring; as life slept in death to awake in birth. And this turning was a dreaming of a world in creation and as such was not real; it was the dreamtime that was real, the time out of time that we dreamt this life from. In essence the Tradition reflects the lost and disenfranchised soul of the world in a Gnostic journey.
The Wheel of Seasons is in essence the underpinning and driving force of the Tradition even with all its story and saga. The Wheel of Seasons begins as Winter descends; the tribe see the shortening days and feel the chill just starting to take hold of the winds. And so led by the Ceann-Iuìl, the tribe would venture on the returning journey to the winter home. In the ancient days of Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream, the Ceann-Iuìl was the guide of the tribe, leading them to safe havens according to the seasons, so that the clan would not go hungry or thirst, that they would be warm, that they would always have the wisdom of the traditional havens and lands. The Ceann-Iuìl was the walker in a world that was a living guidebook; that they knew as it was reflected in their own bodies. They knew the secret paths and the hidden ways that always brought their tribe to where they needed to be at the appropriate times.
The Ceann-Iuìl maintained an honouring of the Ancestors through ensuring a sacredness of ancient traditions and wisdom, thus facilitating a relationship that comforts and confirms the transience of life and the continuity of spirit.
The symbolism of the Ceann-Iuìl is that of guiding all parts psychological and spiritual to and awareness of their own truth and integrity; as all soul parts are gathered so the spirits becoming is complete and they can find ‘home’. The Ceann-Iuìl becomes the loom and shuttle of the weaver creating the tapestry that is the community.
When the Winter shed her darkened cloak, the Ceann-Iuìl would gather the Tribe and guide them on the outward journey to the hunting and fishing grounds. The Wheel of Seasons was the story that the Traditional Elders knew and lived and as such became a living compass and clock for the tribe.
The Elders of Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream were called by the community to be the resource and receptacle of the ancient stories, sagas and songs of the clan and it’s Tradition. They were respected as teachers of the stories and the means by which the stories could be interpreted to administer and manage daily life and all its anomalies. The Elders are not always but usually Ceann-Iuìl.
The People of the Wolf were held and supported by the Elders who in turn were held and supported by the Fiad-aic-he Dor-cear , the Dark Hunter and the Máthair-Wath, the Holders of the Forest (this triune of Elder Women reflected the stories of the Ocean, Earth & Forest acting as one).
These two figures Patriarch and Matriarch are living re-enactments of the stories of The Ocean & The Lightning; The Earth & The Stars; Fear & Bearch (the first man and woman); Gar & Cea-Lan (the procreators of humans); The Great Forest & The Son of the Land.
These two titles are conferred by the spirits of those ancient songs. These are hereditary, bloodline or blood of intent roles, one male and the other a female triune. Guided by The Primal Spirits and the Ancestral Egregore, the Fiad-aic-he Dor-cear, the Máthair-Wath, as the Hunter and the Holders of the Clan’s Virtue search out and train their successors to maintain the Bloodline.
The Bloodline is a sacred and taboo ceremony of blood to blood.
The role of the Elder of Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream is to maintain the stories and directions that link back to the cosmology of the Ancestral myths.
It is their role to be a direct link between the spirits and the tribe in a focussed and real way; that they are not just the vessel of the spirits but the manifestation of the spirits & Ancestors stories amongst the tribe.
The Elders know the ‘secrets’ of both the tribe and the spirits, holding the appropriate balance between both, acting both as advocate and adversary for both.
The Elder is the voice for the Oral Tradition and the One Song; Elders are the manifestation of the Song as well as the singer.
The Elder holds the taboo and hidden ordinands of the spirits which focus around the Last song.
The Role of Elder is not chosen by the individual rather the spirits through centuries of blood and soul lines have called the Elder to be present; in affect the Elder is a coming together of the rivers of blood, milk and soul and this is brought to the attention of the community who invite the Elder.
The Elder is not a pinnacle of hierarchy, rather the support or foundation of a community; therefore the Elder does not sit at the top of anything, they are the ground upon which the community walks. Elders are the servants of the community and that community embodies the Great Forest not the immediate human community.
The term Reverend is applied to the Elder, because the Elder reveres the Tradition and cosmology that brings them to this moment of the Great Song; because the Elder reveres the journey of the community; because the Elder reveres their journey; because the community acknowledge all of this. The term does not imply extra skill or governance or priesthood (even though Elders do carry out priestly duties which are to be the interveners between the spirits and the dream), more a sacred tool that the community has access and use of.
The Elder is referred to as ‘ordained’ because they have been so ‘ordered’ by the Ancestral spirits and vow to uphold these duties to the community.
Our Ancestral Ceann-Iuìl were the ones who held the song within. To do this they learnt the song of the world around them; the song of the season, the trees, the animals, the clouds, the weather, the winds, and the people; in this they knew the paths of song that enabled them to lead the tribe around the Wheel of Seasons. Inherently they had the lineage tradition of which path was safe and which was not. Not just walking paths, but paths of the plants (which to use for what reason) and similarly with trees and animals, rocks and waters; they knew the paths between relationships and families, they knew the paths between the spirits, between life and death and birth. Each Ceann-Iuìl is in tune with the Forest and the song of every path within them.