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 April 11th, 2023
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.
Happy Crom Day!
Our newsletter has just been sent to our members and friends. The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the Full Moon with ceremony this Tuesday the 7th of March at 8pm on Tara Co. Meath, at Temple Crom, Co. Roscommon and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria. We'll also be celebrating Crom day on the 18th of March and we'll be celebrating 20 years of Celtic Druid Temple on the 25th. The Summer School for Lughnasa is taking shape, this and lots more at the link:
Image - European Yew taxus baccata with story from from page 18 in "Your Celtic Path a seekers guide".
In ‘Baile in Scáil’ (The Phantom’s Frenzy) we have another church story in which the High King (Conn of the Hundred Battles) is visited by the god Lugh (Lugh had passed over by about 1000 years or more, so this is necromancy - manifesting the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events!). Lugh recites a poem telling the names and deeds of all the future Kings of Ireland, from Conn himself to the end of time. Lugh’s poem is so long that Conn's Druids write it down in Ogham on four rods of yew wood.
These four rods are eight-sided and twenty-four feet long. That was a very long poem to be carved into 768 foot (234m) of Yew which has an unpredictable grain pattern. Was such a thing even possible? At just 4 Ogham symbols per foot it is over 3072 Ogham symbols long. How many king names were recorded? Yew is a tough, flexible, toxic wood with lots of little pin knots in it that make it difficult to carve straight lines such as 3,000+ Ogham symbols. It is simply not believable that 768 foot (234m) of Yew was craved with Ogham symbols, just like the necromancy of Lugh being brought to ‘life’ to tell Conn about a king list...
But if such a poem was recorded on Yew wood in Ogham it implies many interesting things - that this Ogham poem of a ‘future king list’ was intended to be kept somewhere safe, that Druids were used to recording long poems and essays in Ogham on wood and that because Conn died in 157CE at Tara and is buried at Tara we see a continuity of use of Ogham from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age! This implies that the Druids of the Tuatha De Dannan used Ogham (because Ogma invented it) and that Ogham was still in use by the Druids of the Iron Age in 157CE!
Exerpt from the Book - "Your Celtic Path a seekers guide" now available at https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/ogamnua-book.html
Full Moon Ceremony, Imbolg gathering, Brigid's cross making, Tree planting, Indigenous Summer School, OgamNua Belts, Afternoon Tours, Weekend of Celtic Spirituality and more in this moonth's newsletter read it in full at the following link: https://mailchi.mp/9e275aadf675/happyfullmoon-20246322
A simple Logcabin Concept
A 500sqft logcabin concept I sketched in 2005. This was a simple design that was based on the abundance of 12" diameter sitka spruce logs less than 20' long (30cm x 6m). There is a huge abundance of these logs all over Ireland and there is lots of machinery to cut and trim, haul and to transport them to every part of our country.
Moderate skills and basic chainsaw ability combined with physical strength of 4 adults was what I reckoned as the workforce needs. The lifting of these logs into the final position was to be done by a simple tripod of logs with a pulley wheel and rope. Knowing that these Irish logs would shrink was not a problem as they would all shrink the same amount and stay together because of notched jointing and gravity.
Constructing the outer walls and roofing logs that create the basic structure was estimated at 3 weeks. Internal dividing walls would be from shop bought timber. A sod or earth roof was to be cut from the footprint of the hut as 100mm (4") thick of sod or earth and this would sit on fish netting to prevent slippage. Under this was butyl rubber over geotextile membrane all sitting on treated decking. Stainless steel chains were to be used as simple drains for the roof runoff during the rains = a very solid durable roof.
Double glazed windows in hardwood frames was a nod to luxury and would be bought pre-assembled and fitted as the walls were raised. Traditional tongue and groove flooring would hide the underfloor heating system that was to be powered by a simple wood burning stove with a wrap around hot water jacket. As the stove pipe is inside the house it can be a single wall pipe giving heat to the air, it would become a twin wall stainless steel pipe as it exits the roof.
A bedroom, a pc room and a full bathroom with whb and wc takes 300 sqft of floor area while the living room and kitchen gets 200sqft approx. The loft or attic area is described as storage and would have the water service tanks and hot water cylinder, and of course boxes of "stuff". As standard circulating pumps have limited capacity in relation to the length of 1/2" (15mm) pipework that they can get hot water through without wearing out too quickly I envisaged 2 circuits - and inner spiral of approx 200' long and a perimeter spiral of about 200' long as well. All waste water was to go to a simple basic 2 chamber tank before feeding into a 4sq yard of a reedbed system.
I share this idea now because I just found these pictures on my computer - all saved in the wrong file... I was looking for something very different but on finding 'my logcabin plan' I reckoned that some people might find inspiration from it. Use and modify freely if it helps.
At the same time, I draw your attention to two things -
1) the current housing crisis in Ireland. This has been engineered by a greedy corrupt political class because it profits them as landlords. It is part of their war on the people of the land.
2) the vast amount of processed logs produced in Ireland every year is unbelievable - most of it becomes pulp or chips for export under the blind eyes of the state forest company Coillte. The logs are standing, the people are needy and the solution is not too difficult but we cannot expect those who profit from wrongdoing to put things right. If you build a 'temporary' wood hut you can refer to it as a 'forest ranger hut' or if you have stock (cows, sheep, horses, even donkeys) on land you own then you have aright to build a hut to look after their needs.
Your truth is so important - their system will deny (fluoridated) drinking water and waste water treatment services to you unless you have planning permission. This is yet another scam - if you ask for any permission the system will not say 'yes' as it makes money off you when they repeatedly say 'no'. Compost all personal and domestic waste and plant trees, harvest rainwater and stream water and filter it through quartz sand and charcoal and boiling. Build your forester's hut or stockkeeper's hut away from the sight of public roads, be nice to your neighbours, respect the land and enjoy every step of the path.
The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the Full Moon with ceremony this Thursday the 8th of December at 8pm on Tara Co. Meath, at Temple Crom, Co. Roscommon and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria. You can read more about joining our Full Moon ceremony on our website here There is lots happening this moonth.The Ursid, Hydrids and Geminid Meteor showers are all taking place, the Moon is full and its occulting Mars, and the winter solstice will take place on the 21st.....read our full newsletter at the link below:
Our newsletter is now live. The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the 1st Full Moon of the Celtic New Year with ceremony this Tuesday the 8th of November at 8pm on Tara Co. Meath, at Temple Crom, Co. Roscommon and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria and for a large segment of the earth there will be a visible total lunar eclipse....read about this and our other activites in this month's newsletter at the following link: https://mailchi.mp/baab4f921aef/happy-celtic-new-year-20205598