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 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
We get regular questions about how we calculate the timing for the Celtic New Year and for Sun Samhain. The method to determine the Celtic New Year is when the Sun sets with the Dark Moon of Samhain. Scroll back here on fb to read more on this.
Sun Samhain (pics below of 2020, 2021 and 2022) is when the Sun sets with the heliacal setting of one of the 4 royal stars called Antares in Scorpio, we call this star Tlachtga. Tlachtga sets below the western horizon shortly after sunset. This is the last visible setting of the star until next year. This is the "heliacal setting" when the star is at 3* above the horizon and sets after sunset when the Sun is already 7* below ie far enough below the horizon to let the star become visible just before setting. The angle of the star to the horizon enlarges it to make it seem bigger but only for a few seconds - a wink if you like.
Interpolation is a mathematical technique used by those who want to escape the commercial church calendar but have not enough knowledge or awareness of the obvious links of the Eightfold Year to the Zodiac and its four bright stars. This is far too detailed for fb but is a part of our online course at https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/druidschool.html
This year Sun Samhain is on the 2nd of November. Watch out for the bandits who use the catholic calendar and call halloween 'Samhain' and for the interpolators who say Samhain is when the Sun is at 15* of Scorpio because they calculated it with a slide rule and a catholic calendar... Note - there is no visible star at 15* of Scorpio while one of the 4 brightest stars of the Zodiac shines very brightly but briefly on the 2nd of November just after the Sun has set! Do you reckon our ancestors used slide rules, mathematics and calendars that did not exist back then to time their celebrations for the Eightfold Year or do you reckon they looked to the Realm of Sky???
On the 25th of October 2022 we have a very special event because at the setting of the Sun there is an incredible alignment with the sun, mercury, venus and the dark moon just as one of the 4 the royal stars has its heliacal setting. This is the end and start of the Celtic New Year here in Ireland.
To put this fully into perspective it is important for us to know a few things first. This is not a catholic calendar event and it is not an interpolated or mathematically calculated event - this is like what our ancestors saw in the Realm of Sky and used to determine the end and start of their year. Our ancestors saw the start of the day/night cycle as beginning when the Sun would set. Our ancestors also saw the Celtic New Year start when the Sun and the Dark Moon aligned on the day/night that the star Antares (we call Tlachtga) had its heliacal setting. Antares is one of the 4 brightest stars in the belt of the zodiac and these 4 stars form an equal arm cross as part of the eight fold year. All part of the homestudy course details here.
Breaking the above down - Dark Moon = there is a night every moonth when we get to see the last crescent of the Moon and there is also a night two nights later when we get to see the first crescent of the Moon, in-between the last and first crescent we get the Dark Moon, shown as )o( with the circle in black. It is not 'no Moon' it is simply that there is no sunlight reflected to us here on Earth because the Moon is directly in between the Earth and the Sun. So on the nights of the Dark Moons we know that the Earth has the Moon between it and the Sun, on the full Moon however - the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun which fully illuminates the Moon and we get to see it as the Full Moon.
Heliacal setting is an important magical thing that happens at dusk, the special time that is not day and not night, a liminal space where things change in the skies and here on Earth too - the birdsong stops, the temperature drops and we button up our coats... When the Sun has gone over 5* below the horizon and we cannot see it but its beams of light brighten the under cloud space and the royal star Antares (we call Tlachtga) gets to 3* or just above the horizon a special magic happens because the brightness of Tlachtga escapes the glare of the Sun and shines its own light through to us. It is a brief event but it is spectacular! The curvature of the atmosphere (meaning vapour ball) magnifies this and enlarges the star even more so it seems to get bigger as it shines its light to us before it too goes into the underworld. This is a 'unaided eye' visual experience that happens ever year even if cloud cover hides it from us. Recap - the Sun sets with the Dark Moon inside its inner circle and shortly after this the royal star becomes visible and gets bigger before it too goes into the underworld. But this Celtic New Year is even more fantastic than usual because the fast moving planets Mercury and Venus are also between the Sun and Earth as they set with the Dark Moon! That is two planets: Mercury and Venus with the Moon setting inside the Sun's circle and shortly afterwards the royal star Tlachtga gets brighter and bigger shining its own light briefly to us here on the third rock from the Sun before it too goes to the underworld.
Look south west at dusk, choose a high place with little or no light pollution, wrap up with a warm coat, scarf and hat and honour the Celtic New Year just as our ancestors did. Remember, if you are in the right place at the right time looking in the right direction calling on the right energy then maybe, just maybe there is a chance you could be heard.
Happy Celtic New Year to everyone on a Celtic Path.
/i\ Con 17/10/2022.
Our newsletter is now live, included in this moonth is an invitation to our full moon ceremony on the 9th and information about our upcoming samhain celebrations including how we time our celebrations with the Moon the Sun and a star called Tlachtga. Con has also made a video about his new book....the full newsletter is in the link:
In this moonth's newsletter we look at the timing of the Autumn Equinox and why its important to watch the movements of the moon, sun, stars and planets. We also invite you to join us in Full Moon ceremony, a tradition within our group which has been ongoing now for almost 20 years! We also look at whats going on in our woodland nursery and why its important to make space for trees to grow. We share the great news that Con's book has gone into it's second round of printing! There's also a special event taking place int he sky at the Autumn Equinox - find out more at this link.
Hi to all our members and friends and welcome to our new subscribers. The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the Full Moon with ceremony this Friday the 12th of August at 8pm at Tara, Temple Crom and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria. You can read more about joining our Full Moon ceremony on our website here. Con's first book has arrived from the printers and there are only two (out of four) places remaining for the workshop at the end of this month. We are also now hosting tours of Celtic Druid Temple until the Autumn Equinox. All the details including how to book are in the main body of this newsletter at this link.
Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide - a new book of guidance written in OgamNua is now in stock. First batch of pre ordered books are now in the post. Two places are still available on the Weekend Course dates 26, 27 and 28 August 2022. More info on how to order your copy of the book and to book your place on the weekend here