Anamchara and Soulmate
It seems to be a commom misconception that the Irish word anamchara (literally soulfriend) means soulmate (in the modern English sense of true love, perfect mate, etc.)
Anamchara traditionally means spiritual advisor/’confessor’/'spiritual mentor’, etc. I believe it has its origin in medieval times when (younger) monks sought advice from older more spiritually mature monks.
It was never used to mean soulmate in the modern English sense.
I was thinking about this question yesterday and how one would properly translate the modern English meaning of soulmate into Irish. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no exact equivalent (there rarely is) but that there is a word/concept in Irish which is similar enough in meaning to be used as the Gaelic equivalent of soulmate :
As in the blessing :
Sonuachar chugat !
which I would translate roughly as
May you find a soulmate !
Sonuachar roughly means a good spouse (sona = happy ; sonuachar = someone you’re happily married to) and would be an appropriate word to use to translate expressions like
To my soulmate = Do mo shonuachar
Youre my soulmate = Is tú mo shonuachar
And so on.
Spread the word !
Contributed by: Tadhg an Mhargaidh, Redwolf
Bráithreachas = Brotherhood
Contributed by: Ailill, Aisling_M