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For the Sons and Daughters of Míl

[This is a revised version of a text originally published in Galician. It is a simple token of appreciation from the IDG to the always loved Éire and Her People]

Holy mountain of Cruachán Aigle, home to Crom Cruach, now disrespected with the name of Croagh Patrick.

Our sister nation of Éire (Ireland) celebrates its national day today, March 17th. It is a day commonly associated with the celebration of its identity and culture, its affirmation as a free People, a formal freedom which was achieved not so long ago taking a high toll. As a matter of fact, part of the price to pay has been a partial memory loss.

More than familiar and intimately well-known, mimetic even in this, Éire hurts as much as our own Land does as Her big day falls on a controversial date. Like us, most of the Sons and Daughters of Míl (the modern Irishmen and Irishwomen) choose to focus on the joyful and light side of things, and even on some political and social issues. Yet, like us, many have a bittersweet sensation with a celebration which revolves around an odd figure, a usurper. Our histories truly run parallel.

It is said that this is “St. Patrick’s Day”, the one who allegedly “drove the snakes out of Ireland”, the same Isle of Destiny glimpsed from the top of Galician King Breogám‘s tower (Irish Bregon). Or better say, Patrick, the one who is claimed to have fought the God Crom Cruach and His wife Goddess Corra, the Dragon and the Crane, or the Great Dragons, akin to our Galician Crouga and Coca.

Twice a year in Galicia we “eat the dragon”: Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. That is… about now! This creature is the Coca, representing Crouga, the form God Larouco often takes “when He is not in His mountain”.

Crom, first shaper of the Isle and primordial being of Her lands, God of fertility made and covered in gold and, therefore, incorruptible, unchanging, eternally immaculate. This is whom the Christian myth wanted to replace by force, as they clumsily tried to do with many others by simply changing their names.

This way, the Patrick myth had to coercively reinterpret the principle of the Celtic Triad (see the Irish shamrock) and even adapt its main symbol, the Christian cross, to the pre-existing Celtic cross. Hence the Christian imposition was symbolised through the mentioned episode involving the elimination of the snakes, banished from our lives and beliefs. Hence they took possession over the house of Crom, metaphorically and physically, His holy mountain – like our Larouco – now wrongly called Croagh Patrick.

But what is said for Galicia can now be said for the Sons and Daughters of Míl, since they are of our ancient blood, descendants of the same lineage: the outlanders did not triumph despite the many they convinced. We are witness to that.

Although the Milesians – the Celtic Galicians who sailed to Ireland and settled there – supported Lugh in the quarrel with Crom and the Land and the harvests were eventually yielded to the former, it is clear that Crom remains not just among the Celtic Gods and Goddesses, but also as an ally to Lugh Himself, to the Mórrígan (our Reve) and to the one the Welsh call Rhiannon and the Gauls Epona (our Íccona). And Corra, always willing, continues to visit the holy mountain every summer.

We wish all the Irish a grand Day of the Dragon then, hoping they will take yet another step forward against oblivion, for the Honour of our shared culture and our Peoples. When they do, they must know they are not walking alone, for Galicia and Ireland can never be strangers to each other, for we sing the same songs.

Catholic respect for Druidry

Source: Celtic Druid Temple, Ireland.

 

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