Triads for Celtic Values

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Truth
Three candles that illume every darkness:
truth, nature, and knowledge.

Three occasions for one to speak falsehood without excuse:
to save the life of one who is innocent, to keep peace among neighbors,
and to preserve the wisdom.

Honor
The three highest causes of the true human are:
truth, honor and duty.

Justice
Three marvelous deeds:
to forgive a wrong done, to amend everything possible,
and to refrain from injustice.

Loyalty
Three things from which never to be moved:
one’s oaths, one’s gods, and one’s truth.

Courage
Three things excellent for anyone:
valor, learning, and discretion.

Community
Three chief obligations of a person to their country and family:
to gain possessions by diligence and integrity,
to profit their country and their kindred in all they do,
and to seek learning wherever they go.

Hospitality
There are three things which one should give freely to guests:
gracious accommodation, friendly conversation, and ensured safety.

Three things a guest should never bring to another’s house:
ill tidings, presumptuous license, and treachery.

Strength
Three things of which everything is capable, and without which nothing can be:
strength of body and mind, knowledge, and love of intuitive wisdom.

Gentleness
Three things are becoming in a person:
knowledge, good deeds, and gentleness.

Three things it is everyone’s duty to do:
listen humbly, answer discreetly, and judge kindly.

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4 responses »

  1. I was led here by Terence P. Ward, via his column Including Children in Pagan Practice, at The Wild Hunt today. He interviewed Tammy Dugan, who said:
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    I really like the Asatru/Norse 9 Noble Virtues for kids: courage, truth, honor, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industry, self-reliance, and perseverance. I find them an inspirational teaching tool, and I suspect others would, too. I would love to hear from Heathen families on how they share these virtues with their children.

    Tressa Belle, an ADF Druid blogger, gave the 9 Noble Virtues an excellent Celtic tilt in her piece Triads for Celtic Values. For example: “Truth: three candles that illumine every darkness, Truth, nature, and knowledge.” Now that’s using cross tradition inspiration!
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    So I came to read yours, and I really like your view. I’m going to bookmark this page, and I’d like to share it with my NROOGD covensibs for discussion. You WILL get credit.

    I have one question about what you said about Hospitality, that a guest should never bring ill tidings. So, who should bring the ill tidings, if not a guest; where should ill tidings be delivered, if not at the host’s home?

  2. Actually, these aren’t the Nine Noble Virtues associated with Asatru, but a similar concept I found in Celtic Reconstructionism. I simply looked up Celtic triads to go along with them. I’m glad you liked them! You asked about ill tidings… keep them in a jar in your basement until needed.

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