The Celtic Commandments
From the Carmina Gadelica, ancient Celtic oral tradition.
The ancient Celts had their own ideas about what is needed for the health of the spirit and the good of All, and those ideas have a whiff of wild magic and poetry about them. Read the commandments of the earth-centered Celtic culture here, and see how they differ from those of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Give thou thine heart to the wild magic,
To the Lord and the Lady of Nature,
Beyond any consideration of this world.
Do not covet large or small,
Do not despise weakling or poor,
Semblance of evil allow not near thee,
Never give nor earn thou shame.
The Ancient Harmonies are given thee,
Understand them early and prove,
Be one with the power of the elements,
Put behind thee dishonour and lies.
Be loyal to the Lord of the Wild Wood,
Be true to the Lady of the Stars,
Be true to thine own self besides,
True to the magic of Nature above all else.
Do not thou curse anyone,
Lest thou threefold cursed shouldst be,
And shouldst thou travel ocean and earth,
Follow the very step of the ancient trackways.