Tribal Roles & Guardianships


guardians 4

The tribe is considered as a tapestry, in which every thread in its diversity has a fundamental and integral part to play in the purpose and destiny and above all the fabric of the Tapestry.

The Sagh’ic see that everyone regardless of external definition is ‘sent’ in a sacred destiny and purpose of this fabric.
At the centre of the Tribal demography is the intimacy that plays out again and again in the stories; the invitation of lament and the response of passion; The eternal ocean Seanamhair Cuan calling into the dark; Fear Tintreach thundering a response.
Not one spirit, but a cycle of divine love between dark & light, death & life, creation & destruction, gathering & hunting, female & male.
Not two separate but a collusion, collaboration, intimacy of movement.
At the Heart of the Tribe are the two Lineages; Forest and Dark, held in place by the Holders of the Forest and Hunters in the Dark, manifested in the Seanair (Elders) by the Cnuasaitheoiri Anam (Female Harvesters) and the Sealgari Anam (Male Hunters) ; Arrnwath and Mear Dao-ean; guardianships of the sacred love, served by Keepers of the Dead.

About them are the Cean-Iuil; the interveners, the bridges between the worlds.

Around them are the five Elemental Guardians/Warriors:

  • Caomhnóirí an Tinne – Guardians of the Fire
  • Gallain an Domhain – Pillars of the Earth
  • Siuloiri ar an Ghaoth – Walkers on the Wind
  • Shealbhoiri an Uisce; Bearers of the Water
  • Coimeadaithe an Oiche; Keepers of the Night

and there are the three Tribal Guardianships;

  • Cnuasaitheoiri Anam
  • Sealgari Anam
  • Ordu ar an fFach dubh Marbh; Keepers of the Dead

And the threads that weave all of these together as one are the 11 genders.

As with Cean-iuil and Seanair, all Guardianships are bound by oaths and blood cast marks and those willing to stand as these will submit to a ‘noviciate’ so as to fully understand the sacred duties of these.

The Tribal Community, though not strictly an ancestral role, now has legislated/licenced ministers, the Aoghair, who in this modern society are designated as those that ritually redefine transitions and changes in relational roles, specifically in Nuptial and Funerary Rites, along with Transition and Prayer rituals.

Along with all being involved with the tribal journey, are the Keepers of the Bees, Brewers of Mead, Smyths, Shrine Keepers, amongst many others.