Îanoi

Ambactos Rotî
Servent/ambassador of the wheel

Everything is connected in the great cycle of the cosmic order of things, each leading and affecting the other. Just like our wheel helping to carry us, the more spokes, the stronger the journey.

Carnutos

The Îanoi (Virtues) is a key component to having a healthy relationship with the Cosmos, Cosmos meaning all that is within it. These help us evaluate our own ways within and outside the self. They help us to reach a higher state of understanding as they are something we all should be aiming for each day.
Now obviously, there is no one that can say hey, I’m the most virtuous; that’s not how they work. How they work is by doing your best to uphold them. At the end of the day, look at what Îanoi did you fail at and why. Try to play that moment in your head but rather now, put a Îanos in its place and try to visualize/feel what happens. Also, look at the ones you mastered that day and focus on how you were feeling in order to follow that Îanos.

Gaulish Druidism, Gaulish Polytheism

Each of these Îanoi below has a spirit to them; they flow, teach, and provide. For those that have a hard time connecting to words with more words after them try to step back and look at them with a more Anationton (Animism) approach. Feel each one and how it affects you. Maybe meditate with a candle and focus on one a week until you can close your eyes and see how they help to create a healthy flow around you.

Now granted, this is no simple task. These are very challenging. Especially in situations when we think we are right. You are calling into question your own behavior as most don’t do this. Most can’t step outside the self to bring judgment upon our own actions. But this is the path of Îanoi, which I call the Follower of the wheel of Îanoi. Following the wheel helps to bring us greater illumination. to be a follower of the wheel is hard work but very rewarding work, knowing that each day, you can self-evaluate your actions to help build you up into a better Galatis. This, in turn, resonates with others, and we create a chain of right action.

Below is the Îanoi of Bessus Nouiogalation a Adbessus Galaticos (Galatis tradition) that I help to form. These Îanoi were one of the first things we developed as a tradition; they have become one of our core teachings. Which countless Galatis have resonated with. My fellow Galatis Suturcos, another founder of Bessus Nouiogalation has been writing about each of them on their site Uepoi Suturcî.

The Senodruides left behind three sacred laws they are as follows.

Druids make their pronouncements by means of riddles and dark sayings, teaching that the gods must be worshipped, and no evil done, and manly behaviour maintained. (Diogenes laertius, Vitae, I.5)

Diogenes Laertius’s “Vitæ,” introductory verse 5

Now the last one has a few different translations and interpretations. Below are the updated laws to fit into our world today.

Trirextoues/The Three Laws
Dugie Dêuoi – “Honor the Gods”
Gneie ne drucos – “Do no evil” 
Biue eni mêdê – “Live in honor”

The Îanoi below is separated into three sections following the Senodruides laws, which we call Trirextoues (Three Laws). Within each law is four Îanoi, giving us a total of twelve Îanoi. As this helps us to align ourselves with each one of the Trirextoues.

Gaulish Druidism, Gaulish Polytheism

Dugie Dêuoi – “Honor the Gods”

Dêuocariâ (piety) Piety is important because by seeking and acting on honoring the Dêuoi, we bring ourselves closer to Them. In doing so, it helps us learn all other right actions. Not every pious person is otherwise virtuous. However, they’re arguably not pious. As part of piety is not simply regular worship but learning the virtues each of the Dêuoi has to teach.
Luxtiâ (duty) The Dêuoi fulfill Their duties perfectly. Of course, we do not always fulfill our duties perfectly. It’s part of being human. Though as doniâ (humans), we don’t let imperfection stop us from acting. And so it’s important to remind ourselves to act on the duties we agree to. Just as the Dêuoi would.
Uissus (wisdom/knowledge) To be wise is to have knowledge of the teachings of the Dêuoi. As well as how to put them into action. The Senodruides were exalted for their wisdom, but you don’t have to be one to learn the lessons of the Dêuoi and the world. Nor to act upon them. As wisdom is not passive but active.
Îanolabâ (right speech) Something particularly relevant to the Gauls. As Ogmios, what the Romans said their northern neighbors called Hercules. However, Ogmios was shown as older, as opposed to the younger Hercules. The reason why is that the Gauls, in particular valued eloquence, as speech can bind wills more effectively than strength.

Gaulish Druidism, Gaulish Polytheism

Gneie ne drucos – “Do no evil”

Doniocariâ (compassion) Compassion is one of the most essential ways to ensure we do good instead of evil. How we respond to the suffering of others and that we are aware of their pain is one of the most integral parts of the human condition.
Oigetocâriâ (hospitality) This is a key one. Through being hospitable, we forge connections and bonds with others, strengthening our communities. Both in person and online, guest and host relations still apply. An example of Gaulish hospitality can be shown in ‘Library of History‘, from Diodorus Siculus (5.28):
Raton (generosity) Until recently, people weren’t celebrated for being greedy. As one who is miserly is denying resources to the community. Sharing and generosity remind us that we are all interconnected. Without the goods or services others offer, a society cannot function. By being greedy in our personal lives, we cannot make friends. Generosity goes beyond material wealth and includes company, kind words, a listening ear. Many qualities we associate with good people even today.
Uiridos (truth) This is a more complex concept than simply “not lying”. As sometimes, in rare cases, lying is a course of action that serves truth. An example would be lying to protect someone from violence and harm if the assailant was looking for them. To live in truth is to be truthful to one’s actions and be authentic. It is to act in a way that fosters honesty, justice, fairness, and virtue.

Gaulish Druidism, Gaulish Polytheism

Biue eni mêdê – “Live in honor”

Decos (honour) We’ll get the obvious out of the way first. Honour ties into many other virtues as it is based on how well you live up to all of the other virtues. Thus, reputation ties directly into this as well. Your honour is measured by your integrity and virtue.
Uîroioniâ (justice) To be honourable is to also be just. To exercise fairness in our decisions and actions. It also requires the knowledge of making decisions in a just manner. As acting I’m a fair and just ways is important, so is speaking out when justice is being violated. And that takes a little of the next virtue.
Galâ (bravery) To be brave is another thing that isn’t always easily understood. It is not fearlessness. Bravery is doing something in spite of fear. And bravery is living up to the virtues even when it is inconvenient or when everyone around you disregards them. It’s also about having the fortitude to admit a mistake or flaw, as well as face consequences for one’s wrongdoings.
Ûxelliâ (pride) In the “over culture” we’re often taught that this is not a virtue. However, pride is not synonymous with arrogance. Being proud of one’s deeds is virtuous and can inspire others to also be virtuous. Whereas arrogance is for the self and doesn’t benefit anyone else. Pride also is about fostering a sense of self worth, and in turn recognising the worth of others. When in line with the other virtues, pride can help foster a sense of community and commitment

BESSUS NOUIOGALATION
Custom of the New Galatîs