This moonth's newsletter is now live. In the newsletter there is an invitation to join us at our Full Moon ceremony on the 29th of September. We also talk about how you can reclaim your connection to true time by honoring Corra in the night skies. Corra is one of the three Totem creatures of Manannan Nac Lir, the other two being the white horse and the salmon. Con has also announced the details of his Ogamnua teacher training course. Read about this and more here.
Become a champion with this new and exciting course that offers one-to-one training for you to become a qualified OgamNua Teacher. Successful participants of this course will receive a Certificate of Qualification from Ireland’s Druidschool as an official signed and laminated document that proves that you have trained and qualified to teach OgamNua. Then on qualification and if you wish it - your contact details will be entered into our Online Register of approved OgamNua Teachers so students from your area can easily find you and buy the OgamNua book directly from you. Your OgamNua Certificate of Qualification with your listing on our Online Register and your Celtic Druid Temple membership identity card showing you as OgamNua Teacher will set you apart from all the bandits who teach false church Ogham, fake Ogham tree calendars/zodiacs etc. You can buy the course here
In this moonths newlsetter we invite you to celebrate the Full Moon with us on Thursday the 31st of August as well as updating you on the progress of Tuath Mór na nGael which had two great meetings during the last month and many new households were welcomed to the Mother Clann aswell as details about Con's new online course designed to teach you how to teach OgamNua! Read all this and more here
We're hosting a gathering this weekend of like minded people dedicated to reviving our shared heritage. This is an open invitation to all with an interest and desire to celebrate our culture. There's no fee. We ask that you email us first to book your place. Our newsletter is now live and it contains all the times and contact links for this weekend as well as an invitation to our full moon ceremony taking place on Tuesday the 1st of August at 8pm. Read more here..mailchi.mp/dde5a9046816/gaelicculture-20271070
The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the Full Moon at 8pm on Monday the 3rd of July. Its one ceremony at three different locations. If you’d like to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about our Full Moon ceremonies and the different locations where they take place on our website here. We also wish to extend a very special invitation to you to join us on our unique Lughnasa Crom Pilgrimage on the 30th of July where we bring our blessed Crom head replica to a viewing point that looks over the great plains of north Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim. Also in this newsletter there is an invitation to join Tuath Mór na nGael and a personal announcement from Ard Druí Con. Full newsletter in the link below:
If you are on Tallaght Hill for the Sunrise tomorrow, you will see the Sun rise over a dormant volcano called Lambay Island. For the shortest day - the Sun will rise over the same dormant volcano called Lambay Island and this is seen from Newgrange!
On the 20th the daylength is 17h00m09s, on the 21st it is 17h00m13s and on the 22nd it is 17h00m10s and this means that the 21st is the longest day by a mere 3 or 4 seconds longer than the day before / after! This graphic was created based on info from https://www.timeanddate.com - use it and adjust it to your location to connect with true time.
Where to look on the horizon for the rising Sun, setting Sun and how to be sure you connect with true time by watching your shadow point due north at high noon - source https://www.suncalc.org you can set this to your location but it is pretty much the same for everywhere in Ireland.
From Tara with the Sun glare removed - you cannot see the stars and planets as the Sun rises but it helps to know where they are...
High Noon is at nearly 1:30pm... the graphic has had the glare of the Sun removed so you can see and connect with the combined incoming energies. Never look at the Sun.
At close of day and entry into night... It does not get fully dark at the longest day as the dusk and dawn twilights meet! Our ancestors measured new days begining at the setting of the Sun.
The great magic of knowing where to look and which god to call on really works if you are in the right place at the correct time and you are calling on connection with the intended hero / god / goddess. Aonbharr is the White Mare of Manannan that can run on water and on land and brings Oisin and Niamh to and from Tir na nÓg - just say her name 'Aonbharr Abú'
We have a private solstice ceremony here tomorrow for members only at high noon - contact us if you wish to be invited. Happy Summer Solstice to everyone!
Our Full Moon newsletter has gone live! Inside you'll receive an invitation to our Full Moon ceremony on the 4th and our pilgrimage to Croagh Crom aka The Reek on the 17th. This year's pilgrimage is extra special for us as we'll be bringing our blessed Crom head replica up the mountain with us.....read more in the link below
Hi to all our members and friends,
we hope you and yours are well. We wish to extend an invitation to you and a friend to join us for our Beltine celebrations here at Temple Crom at 2pm on Sunday the 30th of April 2023. We will be celebrating the Full Moon at 8pm on Friday the 5th of May. If you’d like to attend please email email@example.com You can read more info on our full Moon ceremonies and the different locations where they take place on our website here and you can read our full Beltine newsletter here
CROM STONE HEAD AND 3D REPLICA
in the afternoon of the 25th of March 2023 we had an invited gathering to connect with the ancient stone head Crom and to bless our new 3D replica. It all went really well.
Our plan was to create a positive affirmation / time capsule / focusing wish / conscious desire / guiding hope for the present and future of the people of this land.
The main focus was to create a concentrated positive charge in small quartz rocks that we have here, that have not had any human charge impressed and that have been washed clean by rain - this makes these quartz rocks ready to hold a 'positive thoughts' charge. These charged rocks were then put inside a 3D printed copy of the Crom Stone Head for others to connect to later.
Some backstory -
During Lughnasa last year 2022 we were gifted with an ancient artifact of a carved stone head, another way of saying this is that a Crom stone head came into our guardianship because the time was right. We do not believe that important things like this happen by accident. Nor do we believe that our ancestors worshiped 'rocks' but instead that such carved rocks as now in our guardianship were memory holders, witnesses to agreements, special items to help the clans focus, to help them share common consciousness and a shared connection to planned futures.
I, Con had already made a stone head from a large almond shaped rock taken from Belmullet a few years ago, then this 'new' head came to us last year and we now have a 3D printed head for our gathering. The 3D Crom head is made from natural materials and is hollow inside with a closing cup (under the neck) to keep it all secure. We will place our best positive thoughts into 'items' and then put these items into the head and then seal it closed using beeswax. This will create a concentrated positive charge for others to connect to later.
Suggested to our gathering -
The spoken word carries strong vibrations and our gathering will witness everyone's advice being spoken out loud. A maximun of 10 words is plenty and a minimum of one word is ok too. Just think of it as a condensed version of your own life's wisdom gained from your personal knowledge and experience that you wish to make available to others when they need it most.
It all went really well. John and Frank did a great job filling the head with the pot of hot beeswax after each round of quartz rocks blessing, everyone has such wonderful input. The elder at our gathering was honoured with a craft gift, all participants got a 3 finger mug with an image of Crom as the Dragon inside Temple Crom printed on it (image pic below) and a copper triple spiral necklace. The 3D head stayed warm for ages and I imagined the quartz rocks, feathers and sea shells and inside the skull all becomming one with the beeswax as it cooled. Crom is present in the past, he is here now and he is sure of a future once again - Crom Abú
The spring time of equal day and night for 2023 is closest to exact on the 18th of March. Sun rise is at 6:33am and 91* East of North. In the Dublin region the alignment of the Sun over the dormant volcano on Lambay Island lines up with the temples on Summerhill and Knockastia (just south of Uisneach). There are many temples aligned with the Sunrise on this day and the most famous is Knowth, close to Newgrange.
If you could stand on the Hill of Tara for the Sunrise on the 18 of March this year you could use the image below with a compass to determine where the Sun will rise, where the Sun will be at High Noon (true midday) and where the Sun will set. But it is only at true midnight that Crom, our flying Water Dragon will be in the Sky blessing the land.
The chart below shows the source material for these calculations. Look closely and see the difference in the 'Daylenght' on the 17th and 19th with regards to the 18th. It is by adding 12 hours to the midday calculation of when the Sun is due south or High Noon that we can calculate the exact mid-night, which as you will notice is not 12:00 but 00:34.
There really is a Starman waiting in the Sky... In the graphic below you can see where the star group named 'Starman' appears in the sky shown in yellow. At the Spring Equinox the 'Starman' crosses both the horizon and the Milky Wayas it pssses over the tail of Crom... "He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds"...
At Rathra, a little known but huge 4 ring temple near Castlerea close to the Celtic Druid Temple in north Co. Roscommon - Niamh captured the image below of the Sun setting over the holy mountain Croagh Crom. We watch the Sun sets from Rathra every equinox and as the next images show there is a fantastic alignment of over 60 miles from Croagh Crom to Rathra when the equinox Sun sets in the west.
You can see from the above 'best' selection of images that clouds or no clouds is what give us the chance to capture the glorious moments as the Sun sets behind a pyramid shaped mountain over 60 miles / 100 km away. It started for us on a divining worksop on Rathra and since then we try to get the alignment photo that proves the exact Earrach choice of Rathra's location.
The graphic below shows Crom at true mid night as if seen from the Hill of Tara. Crom is by far the biggest of all star constellations but it is also made of dim stars so a dark night without Moon light or clouds is required to see it. Called Hydra else where for us it is the flying Water Dragon. Here you can see its links to Asian Dragons in that it too chases the bright ball or pearl through the night sky. Procyon is the bright star of Canis Minor (little dog) and rises with Crom long before Canis Major (big dog) Sirius or Bran in the Fionn tradition. Crom's lowest star that touches the Earth is its birth organ and Crom blesses the land from Earrach to Fomhar every night at true mid night. If you see Crom during this time - just say "Crom Abú".
Happy Earrach / Spring Equinox to everyone - never mind the clocks getting changed - the days get longer and Nature wakes up and food crops grow. May more of us wake up and grow too.