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  • In his book “Anam Ćara” (Spiritual Wisdom From The Celtic World), John O’Donoghue writes:

    All through Celtic poetry you find the colour, power and intensity of nature. How beautifully it recognises the wind, the flowers, the breaking waves on the land. Celtic spirituality hallows the moon and adores the life-force of the sun. Many of the Celtic gods were close to the source of fertility and belonging. Since the Celts were a nature people, the world of nature was both a presence and companion. Nature nourished them; it was here that they felt their deepest belonging and affinity. Celtic nature poetry is suffused with this warmth, wonder and belonging. One of the oldest Celtic prayers is a prayer called ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’; its deeper name is ‘The Deer’s Cry’: there is no separation between subjectivity and the elements. Indeed it is the very elemental forces which inform and elevate subjectivity:

    I arise today
    through the strength of heaven:
    light of sun,
    radiance of moon,
    splendour of fire,
    swiftness of wind,
    depth of sea,
    stability of earth,
    firmness of rock

    (Translation: Kuno Meyer)

    “Anam Ćara” (Spiritual Wisdom From The Celtic World)
    by John O’Donoghue
    Bantam Books
    ISBN 0-553-50592-0

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