The longest night and shortest day approaches, the 4 images are based on looking and seeing from An Forradh (the seat of judgement) on Tara Éire. In our indigenous language this time of the Eightfold Year is called An Geimhreadh, meaning winter.
An Geimhreadh, the Sun will rise at 08:41 on Sunday the 22nd of December at 131*SE to give us the shortest day of the Sun's passage. High Noon at 12:25 and Sunset is at 16:08. The day length is 7h:26m:25s.
Dagda at 00:25 on the 23/12/19 is due south. He dominates An Geimhreadh, the longest night. This image shows Dagda (aka Orion) in the middle of the night on the longest night based on looking and seeing from An Forradh (the seat of judgement) on Tara Éire.
Image below - From my current lecture - "Dagda's Return to the Realm of Land". A composite image showing Dagda rising in the east with his shield first (a special shield he was given by Manannan and later loans to Fionn), the middle section shows Dagda's Harp "Daur da Bláo" (described as '4 cornered, three stringed') and Dagda setting in the whest dipping the dead into "An Coire Ansic" his cauldron of reincarnation.
"Due to previous farming practices and land use techniques the majority of the land suffers from poor soil regeneration......original hedgerows remain relatively intact and without testing indicate more balanced soil PH. These hedgerows are the largest source of biodiversity and possess the most beneficial eco tone on the land. Improvement of soil conditions, water drainage and take up are visible from the efforts of the recent years. With proper management practices and the succession of time the land would eventually regenerate into a unique woodland and thriving ecosystem"..............this is an excerpt from our first biodiversity survey you can read the full PDF here
Two very different events for two very different traditions.
Celtic Samhain simply means the ‘end of summer for the Celts in Ireland’. It was not and could not be celebrated on a catholick calendar because Samhain existed thousands of years before the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great created the catholick (universal) church to instill spiritual fear into his subjects in 325ad.
Samhain is the third of three cattle harvest festivals when breeding stock were selected for next the year and gifts of prime quality bulls were given to kings from their sub-kings and the final slaughter of cattle happened. Everyone was involved because everyone had input into ‘growing the herd’ and so they were all entitled to a share of the harvest too. Hides were harvested for tanning into leather, horns and hooves were separated for glue, meat was selected for smoking, salting and for feasting and specialty meats such as hearts, livers and kidneys were were most likely given to the free hospitals for the old and sick.
What was left over during the processing of this harvest, i.e. that which had no use, was burned. This is where the term BONE FIRE comes from. This fire of bones may have been called “Tine Cnámh” in Celtic Ireland. Ashes from these bone fires were put back on the land to guarantee the fruitfulness of the land. Think it through - open air slaughter of 1000’s of beasts, huge gatherings of people involved in many aspects of processing the bounty of the land, billions of flies, thousands of crows, vultures, eagles, wolves etc etc - of course they had big bone fires! They would have been foolish not to have multiple fires for waste control... These bone fires would probably have been ritually started and supervised by the Druí and tended by their daltaí (students) but everyone would find safety from the flies etc simply by being near these fires. It is my guess that the first fire for the third harvest at Samhain was the most symbolic or ritualistic and may have even been made with wood specially brought from each area that was to supply beasts for slaughter. Bear in mind that cows were used to pull carts back in the day and they could not arrive empty because they expected to go home full...
The timing for this first of the Samhain fires was on the Dark Moon of Samhain. This happens during an alignment of the Earth, the Moon and the Sun with the star Antares. Antares is one of the four royal stars in the zodiac and we call this star Tlachtga after the Earth Goddess in Meath whose sacred temple is on the Hill of Ward near Athboy. This temple was desecrated by the ‘wiccan burning cult’ on catholick helloween 2018. (see https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/ home page for details). When the Earth, Dark Moon, Sun and Star alignment happens it is on the south western horizon and the star appears as a bright light for only a few seconds after the Sun and Moon have set together. You check this out on the website Stellarium or keep watching until we get a year without clouds on the horizon... https://stellarium-web.org/
The week long bone fires had strong odor and were kept going day and night to reduce waste and defend the clans from flies etc, different and separate fires were made for cooking, there were beacon fires too because the cattle herders would not be allowed to arrive all at once. A lot of fires with different purposes all of which were probably lit from the first fire and tended or overseen by the Druí and their attendants. So we know what the sacred fires of Samhain were and are about, we know they were celebrated regionally and we know the exact timing for these ceremonial fire is too. The Celtic New Year is honoured at dusk on the Dark Moon of Samhain.
Catholick Helloween has a confused dating history from various Popes, Abbots, Martin Luther (Reformation Day) and commercialization in America! The date for celebrating catholick helloween was originally set when Pope Boniface IV reconsecrated the Pantheon in Rome on May 13th, 609ad, renaming it the “Church of St. Mary and the Martyrs,”. Pope Boniface IV established May 13th as a day of remembrance for all the Church’s martyrs. Pope Gregory III (died 28th November 741) later changed the date of remembrance to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to “all saints.” This became All Saints Day, also called ‘All Hallow’s Day’. The night before became All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween. While Halloween began as a localized celebration, Pope Gregory IV extended its observance to all of Christendom in the 9th Century AD. In Ireland, All Saints Day in 998ad was set as Nov 1 by the Abbot ‘Odilo of Cluny’. By the 13th century, even though the Celtic Samhain rituals persisted because of the 3rd harvest tradition, November 1st had also become an established catholick festival.
In 1517ad on October 31 we get ‘Reformation Day’ because Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg, Germany. This started the Protestant Reformation. Bear in mind that calendar they all used was chaotic and was only secured as the current (fake time) version long after all the dating events given above. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the prevailing current commercial calendar in October 1582. This is the ‘calendar’ that has one extra day every four years... Gregory XIII’s biggest mistake was that he did not start his calendar with year zero as that concept did not exist - he started it at year 1 so every one using the current commercial calendar (fake time) is off by one year... plus one day every four years... plus no one can prove exactly when Jesus was born... lol.
On catholick helloween in American every year people spend billions of dollars on costumes, decorations, sweets, and other items. For example - in 2017, Halloween spending reached $9.1 billion compared to the $8.4 billion spent in 2016. This makes it second when compared to xmas revenue... It emerged as a tradition in America following mass emigration of Irish people in response to An Gorta Mor (the great hunger) of the 1850’s in Ireland but it has these days lost all connection to the pope’s efforts to displace Samhain as the current celebrations are ‘trick or treat’ witches, pumpkins and skeletons...
Chaos is celebrated at helloween in Ireland these days because tyres are burned, fireworks are used as attack weapons and in many places in the cities it is unsafe to wander... The ‘wiccan burning cult’ attacked and displaced the 17 year tradition of a native pilgrimage on helloween last year in 2018, most of the wiccans wore masks - “fools dressed as she-devils and he-devils” to quote one observer. They also burned a 14 foot high Eight Spoke Sun Wheel on the ground inside a national monument using paraffin – see pic above.
So we know what the fires of helloween were and are about, we know too that they were always celebrated by the catholick church and we know what the exact timing for their ceremonial fires are. We also know that the ability of the church to regulate their event has long gone into chaos. We know that the ‘wiccan burning cult’ seeks to stand in where the priests of the church used to be.
The Celtic New Year is honoured at dusk on the Dark Moon of Samhain while Helloween is a profitable event on the commercial calendar shrouded in fear disconnected from the ways of our ancestors. Which do you honour?
In the many well known paintings of the young knight stabbing a downward spear or sword thrust in to a Dragon there are anomalies to be considered. Archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and almost all academics will tell you that 'no Dragons existed in the medieval era'. Ok, so no Dragons existed for the painter to paint – yet there are many paintings of dragons, often attacking a young scantily clad maiden. Why?
Bear in mind the absolute power the church had in the medieval era and that they commissioned many incredible works of art, senior wealthy lay persons would follow this trend and as usual most craftspersons will follow the money. The client would specify the contents of each image including details and the painter then hand made paint, painted and framed a canvas and held an opening day event for the client. Often, big money was involved and follow up commissions.
Below = Marduk - the vatican seal
The vatican is a treasure trove of dragon images on public display. Marduk is their male dragon from the Sumerian era who killed his mother and took control over all other dragons – some say this was the start of monotheism. The papal crest has a dragon, the chair, the wall, the floor and many sarcophagi .... all have dragons. So it is clear that the church believed and still believes in Dragons. Keep in mind that their dragon Marduk is the supreme commander of dragons and to perpetuate their absolute control they must erase all other dragons to prove their might. Even and idea of dragons that was not in line with church teaching had to be destroyed.
Below = Marduk on the floor of the vatican museum
But there are two main Dragons for the northern hemisphere and both live in the stars – Draco and Hydra. The church could not and cannot hide the stars from us – they can hide the stories but not the actual stars. Draco is the northern fire breathing dragon that gets closer to us in winter as the earth tilts away from the Sun.
Hydra is the southern flying water dragon that appears above the horizon during Summer.
Draco has a star called Thuban and it was the pole star approx 7000 yeas ago – these days this pole star duty has shifted to Polaris in Ursa Minor / the smaller bear. In thousands of years Thuban will once more be the north pole star. In Summer it is high in the sky over Ireland almost directly overhead. In Winter as the earth tilts away from the Sun Draco grows in size because earth tilts towards Draco. This meant that the Fire Dragon was visiting... He is a fire dragon because of the Meteor showers that come from his region in Winter. Draco has two fire effects...
In early October, just after Sunset we get the Draconids – a meteor shower of shooting stars issuing from the head of Draco = this makes Draco a fire breathing dragon. To best see this get to a place of low light pollution on a night without clouds or a bright Moon. This year 2019 – Draco breathes fire between October 6 and 10... before midnight, peaking on the 8th. The waxing gibbous moon will hide some of the fire show but Draco produced thousands of meteors per hour in 1933 and 1946, and in Europe we saw over 600 meteors per hour in 2011. The Scandinavians and the ancient cultures from northern Europe all honour the Fire dragon of the north.
In the morning of December 22 or 23 2019 the Ursid meteor shower of shooting stars issues from the crotch of Draco – this makes Draco a male parent. The 2019 Ursid meteor shower is not spectacular when compared to the Draconids. In 1945 and 1986 approx 50 shooting stars per hour were seen but usually there are approx 10/hr. The waning crescent moon may hide some but stay aware that the blessings are given...
On the 3–4 Jan 2020, the Quadrantids meteor shower will peak during pre-dawn hours – with up to 100 per hour but only for 1 to 2 hours. These shooting stars come off the back of Draco. As you get used to watching Draco you'll notice that he rotates through the night (it is the earth that rotates but it looks like Draco moves in circles). In time you may connect up many of the legends of the Fire Dragon (not hollywood) and gain personal access to the ways of the ancestors.
Hydra, which means water dragon, spends winter out of our sight as the earth has tilted north and Hydra only ever rises fully above the horizon in summer. Hydra has a minor meteor shower in mid-December - only producing low activity rates over its two-week activity period. Peak rates occur around December 11th.
Only the head of Hydra is visible in winter and it is from the head that the fire spews... after midnight, when the radiant is climbing higher in the sky.
The Full Moon is on December 12th in 2019 and although this will hide the fires from Hydra – know that they are there...
We attended a DruidCon in Scotland many years ago – very bizarre really – there were two tall men selling wands with crystals glued to painted sticks... it was all a bit harry potterish... I presented a talk and slide show on the Eightfold year of the Tuatha Dé Danann and afterwards I was asked to be a part of the closing ceremony. I did not know the man who had asked me so I declined. Turns out he was a monotheistic priest member of obod serving as interfaith minister. In his ceremony he called on Saints Michael, George, Andrew and Patrick to protect the 'druid gathering'! These 4 characters were Dragon Slayers! Nobody knew enough real history to call a halt to his religious fraud and they all partook and clapped afterwards. No true druid would call on 4 notorious dragon slayers to protect a druid circle...
Across the room sat Emma Restall Orr who just like us also had her feet crossed and her arms crossed...
The 4 dragon slayers from the medieval era that were called to protect the 'druid gathering' all do downward thrusts by spear or sword into a dragon with feet and small wings – this is Hydra. The ordinary people of greater Europe would know that with this star groups appearance it was getting close to spring and that at the autumn equinox Hydra goes back into the sea from whence he came.
Here at the Celtic Druid Temple we call this star group Crom. It is the longest of all the star groups but is composed mostly of faint stars. Crom brings Arrach, our spring equinox and when he dives in the great ocean is is Fomhar, the autumn equinox. Crom is the ancient Irish male God of Fertility and his appearance in the sky brings abundance to the forest dwellers.
As the long standing churches displacement strategy for pagan celebrations locations and dates demanded – they installed Michaelmas (dragon slayer) on the 28th of September. This is one full week after the equatorial equinox or 3 to 4 days after the autumnal equal day and night in Ireland. Go back to spring and see St Patrick chasing Crom into the sea or Patrick chasing Crom down the middle of Ireland creating the Shannon floods...
So these days their Michaelmas has gone from fear of the almighty church to celebrations with kids playing kill the dragon... it has become fun... across the world hand made Dragons appear in parades... I'd like to think that in just one more generation we will see celebrations for the arrival and departure of Crom in our night skies.
Their fake history dissolves when you see the truth.
Crom Abú (Crom for ever)
Ard Druí Con 01/10/2019
Celtic Druid Triad 1. You can see more of these on the videos page.
the dark side fights for the right to burn our sacred symbols and our sacred sites...
Wondering how much money and good name they lost from being exposed...
But "it is not defamation when it is the truth", fools.
The wiccan burning cult, the Isis witches and the obodites fight back with a solicitors letter...
But "it is not defamation when it is the truth", fools.
They claim that they have good names and imply that they might loose money because I wrote a report exposing what they did (on Halloween 2018) to Tlachtga, the temple of our Earth Energy Goddess. You can see my report dated 09/04/2019 half way down the home page as a pdf and doc at https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/ if you wish.
A case is being prepared by me for consideration to present to the ICC on state funded cultural misappropriation, displacement of indigenous pilgrimage, burning of our sacred symbols and the burning of our ancient temples by David Gilroy and the wiccan burning cult members as named in Steen O'Reilly's letter to me.
The wiccan burning cult includes those named on the solicitors letter - these people are members of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, a freemasonic fake druid group based in England, the Temple of Isis, a freemasonic group of witches and fake druids based in Wexford and the disconnected wiccans and theatricals who play at woo woo.
Deliberate deforestation of the Amazon
We must identify the heads of the financial corporations who profit from the deliberate deforestation of the Amazon. Their front men are the puppet politicians who facilitate them but the unrestrained greed of those who make big profits from exporting and importing beef, poultry, and soy from Brazil are the true cause of these huge forest fires. It is inappropriate for media opinion to blame the poor farmers or poor loggers as they only seek day to day survival. It is the commercial profit policies of the export / import food chain that is the true problem and if left unregulated by global awareness of the true ecological impact of their greed; their policies will continue until no forest remains and there is no profit left to be extracted.
Suspend international food trade
China, the European Union, and the United States import much of their beef, poultry, and soy from Brazil. They must suspend their international food trade policies with Brazil. The Mercursor bilateral trade talks which seek to force beef from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay onto supermarket and fast food outlets in Ireland and Europe must be suspended immediately. The entire world must urgently review the true ecological / environmental impact of such trade. Ireland does not need beef from Brazil as we can grow enough beef for ourselves and surplus for export without need to burn any forest. This very quickly removes the profit incentive for deliberate forest fires to create short term beef grazing.
Political puppets of the bigfood cartels
The political puppets of the bigfood cartels who dismantled governance and neutralized regulatory bodies in Brazil that facilitated the deliberate forest fires did so for personal glory and gain. We must name and shame these greedy uncaring profiteers, that means the people who make huge profit at the top of the export and import cartels. When China, the European Union, and the United States stop buying low grade fast food from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay it will automatically dismantle the profit mechanism for the beef, poultry, and soy cartels very quickly. Then we can restore protections for the Amazon and begin cooperation for the deliberate reforestation of the entire planet.
Find the cause – fix the problem
In the short and medium term – the Oxygen producing rainforests of our world are seriously compromised and Oxygen levels in the atmosphere have drastically fallen and will continue to fall. This is about the current fires in the Amazon, the fires in Siberia, the commercial deforestation in Oceania and that we now have very little mature forest left anywhere on planet Earth. Growing new native forests must be a planned global initiative that observes all ecological impacts / benefits while denying corporate profits. But, it will take many years before these new forests will restore the Oxygen production to sufficiently repair the current Oxygen deficiency. During this period – (if allowed) the global warming / cooling / climate change scam will seek to increase tax on the low paid shifting blame from the cause to the victim. Media opinion will promote this shifting of blame and attach guilt to the consumption of beef with another tax but none of these taxation scams will fix the problem. Media opinion refers to the rainforests as the “lungs of this planet” but this is disinformation as lungs consume Oxygen releasing CO2 when the truth is that our rainforests produce Oxygen while consuming CO2.
Very little fossil Oxygen left
We are drowning in an atmosphere that is deficient in its Oxygen content and this is affecting us in many ways. We have very little fossil Oxygen left in our atmosphere. Two hundred years of industrial revolution have basically mined our atmosphere of its Oxygen content. This is very serious because we have also destroyed the Oxygen producing rainforests as well. So, the problem is: we have run out of Oxygen; we have destroyed our forests, the source of new Oxygen.
The destruction of our rainforests has destroyed our source of Oxygen production and the only place we can now harvest the Oxygen from is the fossil AIR, this is the huge problem and we are in big trouble. As we consume the fossil Oxygen we do not really notice the levels dropping. I suggest that the best way to see this invisible reality is to consider ourselves as goldfish swimming at the bottom of the bowl and the level of water is constantly dropping but we do not see it because we are swimming at the bottom of the bowl...
Pic above of Marcus McCabe Kama Hemp on fb
Hemp cultivation creates Oxygen
The Oxygen % of our atmosphere needs urgent repair because of the fire damage to the Amazon rainforests that are a major part of the Oxygen production for this planet. The immediate short term repair requires a focused and determined global response. One acre of Hemp absorbs 10 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere while giving us 10 tons of Oxygen. Hemp grows fast and with two crops a year easily achievable in hotter climates one acre can absorb 20 tons of CO2 and give us 20 tons of Oxygen every year. Hemp has huge benefits for humankind but was criminalised by bigoil for commercial reasons – this corporate commercial 'criminalisation' can be undone overnight.
We, the people of the land must make this decision, not corporations or their puppets. We must grow Hemp to breathe Oxygen rich air, we must respect Nature as supreme being and comprehend, copy and compliment Nature.
An old essay – 'The problem with AIR and the beginnings of a solution' can be seen at https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/blog/january-18th-20183506985
We invite you to join us for Celtic Camp 2019 to celebrate Lughnasa with warrior games and family fun. We've hosted these games since 2008 and we're very excited to present this year's line up of activities.
Queen Maeb Warrior Tales
Fresh from her summer tour Bernadette D'Alton will bring us stories and more from Rath Croghan. In the roundhouse around the central fire listening to the great tales of old we will be transported back to a time when Maeb ruled Connaught.
Fuinseog Woodland Crafts
The Bemusement Games
This is a selection of Niall and Brenda's games which they bring to festivals and shows. They're a spin on classic old-styled toys and games.
Festival Face Painting
Rachel from Fierce Fun Faces will paint you pretty or ferocious!
Celitic Camp Warrior Champion
As last year's champion Niamh will be presenting this Celtic Style Sword to the champion of 2019...will it be you?
Friendship, exercise and a visit to the Temple are some of the things that happen on a volunteer day here. There's a task set out for the day and we approach it under the guiding principal of Tóg é go bog é....take it easy. Yes,it's a physical task, however in the space of working side by side breathing fresh air, magic can happen......our connection to the Land around us deepens, and when this is a shared experience our sense of connection with Nature is amplified.
You are also helping us out at the Temple with some of the simple and practical things that we really struggle to get done. This not only helps us achieve more in the day but it also enhances the future experience of visitors and seekers to the Temple.
We're meeting up here at Celtic Druid Temple this Saturday the 29th from 11am - 4pm. Lunch is provided. Email here to let us know you'll be arriving. If you can't make it this Saturday but would like to join us on another Saturday email us and we'll add your address to our volunteer email contacts.
Grá agus Solas.
Niamh agus Con
Celtic Druid Temple
Dagda is the good god of Ireland's Tuatha de Dannan. For a long time now He has lived only in high stories around Celtic Camp fires but with guidance our Druí Daltaí will discover that He has started on His long awaited return journey to the Realm of Land. Dagda is our Ollathair meaning 'All-Father', He is a chieftain and a druid. He is bringing his cauldron 'Undry' which gives sustainable food and reincarnates warriors. He will carry 'Uaithne' a three string 4 corner living oak harp that plays the music of sorrow, of joy and of dreaming. He also brings his war club that can give or take life. Dagda has two marvellous swine - one always roasting, the other always growing - and ever-laden fruit trees.
We look at three times: past, present and future and we can see the first emergence of Dagda into view from Ourland about 6000 years ago. We will see how two thousand years ago He was called by other names – Cuchullain and Fionn McCumhaill. On our upcoming Slí an Druí Celtic Spirituality Weekend our Druí Daltaí learn where they can see and connect to Dagda, Undry, Uaithne, the war club and the abundance of the re-incarnating boar and ever-laden fruit trees...